Sigiriya Hotels Best Hotels in Sigiriya


Where is Sigiriya Located?

Sigiriya's central location makes it an ideal home-base from which to visit other attractions in north-central Sri Lanka. Most of the best hotels are concentrated within a 30 km radius of the the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. These hotels are well placed for visiting Sigiriya, Pidurangala, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya and Dambulla. (See map). Luxury hotels as well as more reasonably priced hotels are listed.

The author, Senani Ponnamperuma, has stayed at the hotels listed here while researching his books. These are his personal hotel ratings. He has no affiliation with any of them.

For your convenience links to some reputable hotel booking companies have been provided. (The author himself uses Agoda - a booking.com/priceline company. They offer excellent rates, cancellation policies and rewards).

5 Star Sigiriya Hotels


Kandalama Heritance

Designed by the famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa Kandalama Heritance is one of the most iconic hotels in Sri Lanka. The hotel offers a fantastic view across a lake to the Sigiriya and Pidurangala in the distance.

Built into the side of a massive cave and covered in creepers and vines the hotel is intended to blend into its surroundings and be one with nature. This gives it a somewhat surreal look. In keeping with its theme you will encounter bats fluttering about randomly and monkeys observing you with world-wary indifference. The buffet meals are sumptuous. The decor and ambiance is quite unique. The infinity swimming pool too overlooking Kandalama Lake is lovely. Be alert to the monkeys. They will steal anything they can get their little hands on.

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Value

Expensive but excellent value for money.

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Experience

One of the most talked about hotels in Sri Lanka. If you say you've been to Sigiriya you will be asked if you stayed at Kandalama.

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Food

The meals are sumptuous and the selection extensive. Both Western and Sri Lankan food is served.

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Rooms

Rooms are large, air conditioned and well furnished. The Sigiriya wing offers the best views of Sigiriya Rock in the distance.

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Presentation

The hotel is clean and professionally managed. The staff is well trained, courteous and helpful.

Four Star Hotel Rating Sigiriya

Location

The hotel is about 30 minutes from Sigiriya. But this is compensated by the fact that it has a beautiful outlook over a lake.


Vil Uyana Jetwing

This is a five star Eco-resort set amidst a serene lake. The cabanas (called Dwellings) are large, furnished tastefully and stand on stilts with their individual deck and outdoor dining area. The "Paddy Dwellings" even have their own private plunge pool. There is lots of wildlife around the property, especially peacocks. The dwelling are scattered throughout the property. For those not keen to walk, a golf buggy service is available.

There are three types of dwellings Forest, Marsh and Paddy. They all have a rustic look about them with wooden floors complimented by high quality furnishings. Some are outfitted with your own private open air bathroom facilities so be prepared for a visit by an inquisitive squirrel, a displaced frog or a curious gecko.

The hotel has its own resident Naturalist to explain the habitat with abundant birds and wildlife.

The ambiance is superb and relaxed. The four course dinner is excellent and served with impeccable finesse.

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Value

Expensive but worth the money.

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Experience

This upmarket eco-resort brings you close to nature while pampering you with all the creature comforts of a 5 star hotel.

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Food

The food is superb. The four course dinner is an unforgettable culinary experience.

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Rooms

The Dwellings are spacious, air conditioned and tastefully furnished. All have balconies.

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Presentation

The ambiance of this 5-start eco-resort is unique. The staff is well trained, courteous and helpful.

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Location

Located 10 minutes from Sigiriya in its own lake habitat.


Aliya Resort & Spa

This resort hotel has only recently opened and has yet to establish a reputation for itself. The facilities are superb and the food is excellent. The infinity pool with Sigiriya and Pidurangala rocks in the distance is lovely. The outdoor chess set is cute.

It has some unusual "tent" rooms. These are large tents under a protective over-roof. Inside the tent are all the mod-cons one would expect in a regular hotel room.

The main building is impressive with a large staircase leading up to the reception area and main facilities of the hotel. As you walk up the stairs Sigiriya Rock begins to loam magnificently in the distance.

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Value

Currently is excellent value for money. Prices may go up once it is established.

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Experience

The view of Sigiriya, tents, and general high quality of the hotel makes it worthy of consideration.

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Food

The meals are excellent and the selection extensive. Both Western and Sri Lankan food is served.

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Rooms

Rooms are large, air conditioned and well furnished.

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Presentation

The hotel is clean and well managed. The staff are enthusiastic and helpful. The elephant theme may be slightly overdone.

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Location

The hotel is about 20 minutes from Sigiriya. The near perfect view is ruined by overhead power transmission cables.

4 Star Sigiriya Hotels


Hotel Sigiriya

Hotel Sigiriya hotel is ideally located just a few minutes from the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. It provides a breathtaking close-up vista of the Sigiriya Rock from the hotel. What better way to enjoy breakfast or dinner on a moonlit night than gazing up at the magnificent rock almost at your doorstep.

The hotel cabanas dotted throughout the compound are large and comfortable, the staff helpful and courteous and the food excellent. The Ayurvedic massage at the end of a grueling day was very relaxing.

Room Tip: The cabanas can be a fair walk from the restaurant and reception and a bit hard to navigate at night.

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Value

Good Value for money.

Three Star Hotel Rating

Experience

Great for rest and relaxation before and after a busy day.

Four Star Hotel Rating Sigiriya

Food

The meals and selection available are good. Both Western and Sri Lankan food is served.

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Rooms

Rooms are large, air conditioned and well furnished.

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Presentation

The hotel is clean and well managed. The staff are friendly and helpful.

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Location

The hotel is only a few minutes from Sigiriya.


Cinnamon Lodge - Habarana

The hotel is located in lush tropical gardens with a lake and native flora and fauna. The staff was friendly and food and service excellent. The rooms were clean and satisfactory. Being a cabana style hotel the rooms are located a slight walk from reception and other facilities.

I made a special request for a cake to celebrate a special occasion and they produced one of the most delicious cakes I had ever eaten. Unfortunately we couldn't finish it all.

The hotel is located at Habarana which is a 30 minute (12 km) drive from Sigiriya. It makes up for the distance by its tranquil surrounding.

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Value

Well priced

Three Star Hotel Rating

Experience

Set in a large parkland with a small lake the property is peaceful.

Four Star Hotel Rating Sigiriya

Food

The meals are excellent and the selection good . Both Western and Sri Lankan food is served.

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Rooms

Rooms are large air conditioned and adequately furnished.

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Presentation

The hotel is clean and professionally managed. The staff are courteous and helpful.

Three Star Hotel Rating

Location

The hotel is about 30 minutes from Sigiriya.

3 Star Sigiriya Hotels


Back of Beyond - Pidurangala/Sigiriya

Back of Beyond Pidurangala is located just 2 km north of Sigiriya in a semi-forested and secluded property very close to Pidurangala Temple. It is eco-friendly hide-away with some interesting architecture. It is not is not intended as luxury accommodation.

There are six rooms in semi-detached cabanas located on the premises. The rooms are large and sparsely furnished. The semi-outdoor private courtyard bathrooms are fun. You can be one with nature as you shower. Yes there is hot water.

The staff are extremely friendly and obliging. The cuisine is Sri Lankan.

There is no swimming pool or air-conditioning.

This is not a five-star hotel. This is an Eco-resort. It is an experience worth having.

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Value

Excellent value for money.

Three Star Hotel Rating

Experience

Set in in a little forest. There are minimal facilities. There is an open air dining area and a reading room up in a loft.

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Food

Only Sri Lankan food but there is a quaint touch to it in that they will ask you what you would like to eat and cook accordingly.

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Rooms

Rooms are large and furnished adequately. There is no air conditioning. There is hot water and mosquito nets.

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Presentation

The hotel is clean. The staff are keen to please if not as polished as those in a 5 star establishment.

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Location

The hotel is just a few minutes from Sigiriya. A short walk if you choose.


Back of Beyond - Dehigaha Ela

This is not a five-star hotel. This is an Eco-resort. It is an experience worth having.

Located 6 kms(30-45 minutes) from Sigiriya the setting is surreal; being amongst lush forest with a babbling stream close by. Sleep in a tree-house. Venture into your bathroom downstairs which is an enclosed open courtyard with trees and plants and exposed to the elements (i.e. no roof). Listen to nature, Looks at the trees, watch the birds and insects, and thrill at the frequent frogs that will visit you in your bathroom. At night elephants and other wild animals roam through the compound. (You will see countless footprints of elephants around the property).

The manager and staff are very friendly and helpful. The food is Sri Lankan and tasty.

There is no swimming pool but there is a lovely stream nearby if you are adventurous. There is no air-conditioning.

The road to this resort is unpaved and rutted and somewhat challenging.

Elephants roam the roads during the night, so make sure you get there before dark. (While we were there some resort staff had rushed into town to get additional supplies. They returned rather shaken. Their little three-wheeler (tuk-tuk) had been chased by elephants when they foolhardily returned after dark. But this all adds to the excitement and fun of the place).

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Value

Excellent value for money.

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Experience

This is an experience worth having. You are nestled amongst the trees with wild animals roaming through the property at night.

Three Star Hotel Rating

Food

Only Sri Lankan food but there is a quaint touch to it in that they will ask you what you would like to eat and cook accordingly.

Three Star Hotel Rating

Rooms

Rooms are large and furnished adequately. There is no air conditioning. There is hot water and mosquito nets.

Three Star Hotel Rating

Presentation

The hotel is clean. The staff less polished than those of a 5 star establishment but make up for it with their keenness to please.

Location

The drive to the hotel in on unpaved road. The journey, however, is an adventure,past elephant proof fences.


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