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8.8
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  • Sri Gunanandaramaya Temple3.19 km
  • Sigiriya Rock4.76 km
  • Sri Shaila Bimbaramaya Temple5 km
  • Ederagala Wana Senasuna Temple5.86 km
  • Dambulla Main Bus Station6.19 km
  • Dambulla Base Hospital6.33 km
  • Hatton National Bank - Dambulla Branch6.35 km
  • Machan Bar6.62 km
  • Dambulla Cave Temple6.71 km
  • Vijaya Dharmaramaya Temple6.72 km
  • Free Wi-Fi

    Heritance Kandalama

    PO Box 11, Kandalama, Dambulla, Kandalama Lake Front, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka - See map
    "Great service Beautiful Architecture, views and surroundings Amazing breakfast and Rice and curry in the a la carte restaurant"
    Madeleine - December 31, 2018
    Fantastic breakfast
    93% positive mentions
    Exceptional cleanliness
    9.0 rating for cleanliness
    • Airport transfer

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Hot tub

    • Sauna

    • Steamroom

    This property is in high demand!

    Booked 18 times

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    Location score
    9.1/10
    Cleanliness score
    9.0/10
    Room comfort score
    9.0/10
    Value for money score
    8.3/10
    Better than
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    Value for money8.3
    Distance to city center11.80 KM
    Location rating9.1
    Nearest airportSigiriya Airport (GIU)
    Distance to airport9.7 km

    Rooms available at Heritance Kandalama

    9.0
    Excellent
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    • Room size: 43 m²/463 ft²
    • Mountain view
    • 1 king bed
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Mountain view
    • 1 king bed
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    Deluxe Room
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 king bed
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    Panoramic Room
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 king bed
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    Deluxe Twin
    Deluxe Twin
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Garden view
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Mountain view
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Mountain view
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
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    What people love about Heritance Kandalama

    • 10.0
      Exceptional

      "The position with view over the lake is outstanding."

      Hugh

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      February 24, 2018

    • 9.6
      Exceptional
      Breakfast

      "Amazing place, great service, excellent breakfast."

      Darja

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      April 5, 2018

    • 8.4
      Excellent

      "Pool, hotel service, and food are fantastic."

      Le

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      October 29, 2018

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    9.6
    Exceptional

    "Great dinner and breakfast buffet, a food option for everyon..."

    Harini

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    May 10, 2018

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    What they offer

    10.0
    Exceptional

    "An amazing experience of architecture, culture and cuisine."

    Mr

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    November 17, 2018

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    Restaurants on site

    Kanchana
    Cuisine:International
    Menu:A-la-carte
    Kaludiya
    Cuisine:International
    Menu:Buffet

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    8.8
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    Cleanliness9.0
    Facilities9.0
    Location9.1
    Room comfort and quality9.0
    Service8.9
    Value for money8.3
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    8.8
    Excellent
    Sejal from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Superior Room
    Stayed 2 nights in April, 2019

    Nice hotel, but if your not a fan of bats its best to avoid”

    The location and scenery around the hotel are amazing, only 30 minutes away from Sigiriya. The buffet options for both breakfast and dinner were immense and delicious. Our room was great, nice and clean, but slightly overpriced. As the hotel has open corridors from the room to the main lobby at night many bats fly around so if you are not a fan you may want to find somewhere else.

    Reviewed May 22, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Till from Netherlands
    Couple
    Superior Room
    Stayed 1 night in April, 2019

    Staying in an architectural masterpiece”

    Just three letters: WOW Happy we went there for our last night of our sri lanka holidays. Nevertheless it’s rate was 8-10 times higher then we are used to as budget travelers, it was totally worth it. Hope to be back one day.. for a night of two, three.

    Reviewed April 18, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    chinthaka from Sri Lanka
    Family with young children
    Superior Room
    Stayed 1 night in December, 2018

    Superb”

    Best Hotel in Dambulla

    Reviewed July 07, 2019
    8.4
    Excellent
    Kunal from India
    Family with young children
    Superior Room
    Stayed 3 nights in December, 2018

    Scenic beauty all around you”

    The hotel was made with a purpose... to be as close to nature without harming or altering the surroundings too much. The hotel oversees the lake and is built around rocks and the jungle. You can't help but admire the beauty around you. They have 3 swimming pools out of which the infinity pool at the reception has the best view of the lake. The rooms were pretty clean and the staff courteous. Being close to nature has it's own cons though - insects were all over... you have to keep the balcony closed unless you like living with insects... we were travelling with an infant so it was a good thing that we carried mosquito repellent stickers with us The food was good. They also custom made dishes for our dietary requirements. We enjoyed our stay here. We had 3 night here... In hindsight I feel 2 would've been enough to enjoy the place and see places in Sigiriya

    Reviewed December 22, 2018
    4.8
    hounayda from Singapore
    Family with teens
    Superior Room
    Stayed 2 nights in December, 2018

    Acceptable”

    The hotel location and view are very good. We had booked 2 rooms with a 40% discount but this does not mean that the hotel should give us very old, not clean rooms. The bathroom's curtains were disgusting, the rooms not clean. Very disappointing.

    Reviewed March 03, 2019
    8.8
    Excellent
    Sahan from Sri Lanka
    Couple
    Luxury Room
    Stayed 3 nights in August, 2018

    Amazing!”

    Amazing views, great atmosphere, good breakfast with Kandalama tank as the backdrop. Rooms are spacious and clean, service of the staff is excellent and all requests were attended to. We loved the place BUT it is worth taking note that this hotel has signs of aging, it is showing in some parts of the rooms hopefully the management will renovate this amazing piece of architecture in time. Definitely will visit again.

    Reviewed August 16, 2018
    9.2
    Exceptional
    MASAFUMI from Japan
    Couple
    Superior Room
    Stayed 1 night in June, 2018

    Exceptional”

    Must stay masterpiece of Jeffery Bawa with hotel architecture on surface of rock on a hill, facing to vast view of lake. All the room seems lake view with Sigiriya Rock in center. The hotel is designed as a part of forest, so that monkeys squirrels and birds are on roof and wall of the structure as if you are living in forest. Hotel facility is luxually spaced with wide view. The hotel locates easy access to Dambulla, Sigiriya Rock and Minneriya National Park. It is highly recommendable to stay in the hotel if you plan to go these places.

    Reviewed July 02, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Attila from Hungary
    Couple
    Luxury Room
    Stayed 2 nights in December, 2017

    Amazing”

    An Amazing Hotel in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the jungle. Room is great with fantastic view of the Lake and Sigiriya rock and surrounding. Infinity pool is really nice with fantastic view. Breakfast buffet and dinner which was included was very nice. Lots of choices. The tea was superb. Staff are friendly enough. Spa was excellent. They were very friendly, manager provided excellent customer service. Lots of monkeys around. Would stay there again in a heartbeat.

    Reviewed January 08, 2018
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Carolyn from Australia
    Couple
    Superior Room
    Stayed 2 nights in November, 2017

    Wonderful pools and views!”

    Very nice hotel. Monkeys outside balcony of room. Luxurious stay here and breakfast was delicious. Clean but the bathroom shower drain was slow. The water also kept spilling outside the closed shower door.

    Reviewed November 23, 2017
    8.4
    Excellent
    Amin from Canada
    Couple
    Luxury Room
    Stayed 3 nights in June, 2017

    must visit property”

    it is indeed an experience staying at this hotel. I did feel that it wasn't well kept in general though I'm really glad we visited and stayed in for 3 nights. Their spa is managed by six senses and was surely the best.

    Reviewed July 03, 2017
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Edwina from Australia
    Family with teens
    Superior Room
    Stayed 2 nights in January, 2017

    One of a kind”

    This place is a one of a kind experience. The setting and scenery around the hotel is just stunning! The pools are beautiful and it is so nice waking up in the jungle. The cocktails were very delicious and food was good.

    Reviewed February 02, 2017
    9.7
    Exceptional
    Marie from United States
    Couple
    Luxury Room
    Stayed 3 nights in August, 2015

    Amazing hotel in spectacular location”

    Location. design, service

    Heritance Kandalama is absolutely unique and spectacular. It is a large hotel and can be crowded and noisy (especially the pools) but it is simply an unmissable experience due to the setting and design. The room was very comfortable, the food was delicious and the personal service to help book outings was very attentive. You are a bit trapped in the hotel due to the isolated location and this causes costs to add up but again it's such a unique experience filled with natural beauty and so many animals that it's completely worth it. The spa is also very good.

    Reviewed October 18, 2015
    8.3
    Excellent
    yuying from China
    Couple
    Stayed 1 night in July, 2015

    Beautiful Hotel ”

    Location, Monkeys and food

    There's wide selection from breakfast, the room is nice but there's something wrong with the cold water, the room 202 we stayed had something wrong with the water tap, there's no cold water but only hot water no matter how to adjust it. same goes to the shower, very inconvenient. but have to say it's beautiful hotel , you have to stay there once.

    Reviewed July 11, 2015
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Naoko from Japan
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in July, 2015

    Very nice experience ”

    See sunset and Sun rise at roof top

    This is more than what I expected. Indeed this hotel location is a little far from Sigiriya rock however this hotel can offer something worthwhile to pay visit. Very spacious common space and every single corner they decorate space with nice furniture. room is clean and equipped enough. View from pool is awesome. You can see Sigiriya rock with lake. I highly recommend this hotel.

    Reviewed July 07, 2015
    9.0
    Exceptional
    TIN from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Luxury Room
    Stayed 1 night in October, 2014

    One of the best in Sri Lanka”

    View, tranquility, food

    It was a relaxing short stay. Everything is excellent except for the staff who took us to a wrong room (we booked for a luxurious double but he took us to a standard twin), and did not even apologise when we point that out to him. The restaurants are up to the standard of a 5 star hotel. The infinity pool is a must visit.

    Reviewed November 05, 2014
    8.7
    Excellent
    Kakuko from Japan
    Family with young children
    Superior Room
    Stayed 2 nights in June, 2014

    Iconic, green jewel”

    architecture, hotel staff, location

    This hotel was really a highlight of our trip in Sri Lanka. It is built in an amazing location cuddled in a rock formation over-looking a reservoir. Hotel Staff are all friendly and professional, and got things done even with some big tour groups in the hotel when we were there. Breakfast was plentiful at a restaurant with a great view. Monkeys and Squirrels are hopping about, and our 5yrs-old had a great fun watching them. It is a bit confusing reaching the hotel if you are not part of an organized tour and especially arriving after dark. There are not may signs along the way, and they are not written Heritance Kandalama. I think some said “Aitken Spence Hotel” (to be confirmed).

    Reviewed November 04, 2014
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Yu from Australia
    Couple
    Luxury Room
    Stayed 1 night in September, 2014

    Very special hotel, a MUST stay”

    Design, surroundings, food

    This is the most special hotel we have never stay at. You will have monkey visit your balcony, we see deer in the hotel. Room is comfortable. Food is great especially breakfast. However as a 5star hotel there was no hot water when we were there, the water is only warm. Laundry service is down for 3 days. Other than that all good. But will still recommend this hotel for a very different life experience.

    Reviewed September 06, 2014
    9.0
    Exceptional
    Danna from China
    Solo traveler
    Superior Room
    Stayed 1 night in August, 2014

    Nice hotel ”

    swimming pool, breakfast,

    It was a wonderful experience. Especially, it's first day in Sir Lanka. You can see lot of monkeys in balcony and also deer, different birds. The welcome flower and juice is nice. the dinner is good. But this is also the most expensive hotel I have ever lived in.

    Reviewed August 12, 2014
    8.3
    Excellent
    Ratchat from United Kingdom
    Family with teens
    Panoramic Room
    Stayed 1 night in September, 2013

    Great hotel, great view of the lake, great room”

    The hotel is really nice with the view of the lake and the architecture of the hotel is superb!

    We had a bit of a hiccup as we booked a room with the lake view but then we were upgraded to "something fancy name" and we hated it. The room was bigger but the view was terrible as we could hardly see the lake and that's what we were there for! We then went back to the front desk and asked if we could change the room to the one we booked and they made us feel like we bothered them so much. I really sensed the attitude, unlike all the other hotels that we stayed as the staff were all very lovely. If you book for a lake view, make sure you stick with it. It's not worth it at all to have a bigger room with no view. We managed to change the room and it was such a great view to wake up for! Also spend some time walking around the hotel especially the pool area. Do not leave the doors open as there are lots of monkeys there!

    Reviewed October 20, 2013
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Kevin from Canada
    Solo traveler
    Panoramic Room
    Stayed 3 nights in August, 2013

    Stunning views. Ecofrienldly hotel.”

    Exceptionally friendly staff. Wonderful food choices. Hotel design

    The hotel is now 19 years old and I guess in its day, it was a stunning hotel when it first opened .....(and it still is a beautiful hotel). It has aged beautifully, yet it seems things have not been updated (i.e., room furnishings are dated). I had the misfortune of having an adjoining door in my room.... to the next guest room.... and every spoken word and screaming child...(for two of my three nights there).... could be heard in my room. I expressed concern to the night staff at reception...and they attended to the noise immediately. Families were on holiday too... and the children were having fun, yet their late-night noise spoiled the tranquility, and peace that I wanted in my room at night. Despite the noisy children next door, staying there was certainly an experience. The views from my room were stunning. The staff is well trained (with varying years of service ....ranging from 3 months to 19 years!!!. They delivered top-notch service and I would certainly stay there again (without an adjoining door). The spa is very nice and staff well trained in various treatments. I had trouble receiving Wifi.... and two staff came to my room for assistance immediately after I called for help. Wifi was down in Sri Lanka while I was there and so service was slow for everyone on the island. The food was well prepared and presented..... and guests were offered a wide variety of food choices. I only ate at the buffet for breakfast and in the evenings for dinner... and was very happy with my meals. Very attention staff. Formal attire is required...so please bring along a pair of trousers. It's certainly not a beach resort ;) Thanks to staff. Your kindness and warm personalities made my stay memorable. Hospitality was genuine. I had a great stay.

    Reviewed August 22, 2013
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