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“Disappointing and a noisy night's sleep.”

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Grand Kalundawa Waterfront Resort
Reviewed 9 September 2013 via mobile

Although the staff were friendly, this hotel needs some improvements; both in terms of rooms and service. When we arrived, we were left alone for twenty minutes whilst we waited to be seen to. The rooms back on to the road, and unfortunately soundproofing was non-existent. The soundproofing between neighbouring bathrooms is even worse as the partition wall doesn't fully reach the ceiling so prepared to hear your neighbours' movements! The food was pretty poor. There was no choice of at all, you were literally offered one dish (not good for vegetarians) and it was ridiculously overpriced for average quality.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Located just few minutes outside Dambulla city, near the Kandy - Dambulla road, this resort is situated in a beautiful surrounding, on the bank of a small river.

Here are some characteristics of Grand Kalundawa Water Front Holiday Resort:
-has a pool
-wi-fi only in common areas and rooms that are near to the common areas
-great and tasty food, especially for dinner (local, pasta) - LKR 1000
-typical Srilankan breakfast - coffee/tea, fruit, toast, jam, eggs (omelette, fried)
-nice room with balcony and AC
-bathroom has some leakage problems, but I find that usual in Sri Lanka, as well as shower with low pressure
-you're in the jungle, so expect some small ants in bathroom and small lizards (geckos)
-monkeys tend to run over the roof in the morning, no need for a wake up alarm :)
-they have a great tuk-tuk driver for trips to Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya, ...
-friendly and attentive staff

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 March 2013

Great Hotel with panoramic view food was very nice and the location is fantastic next to the Dambulu oya great place for honeymooners you can have your food next to the beautiful dambulu oya visit and see u will feel how nice this place

Asanka sanjeewa

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Thank asanka s
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

Good choice for those wanting a very comfortable base to visit Dambulla, Sigiriya and the "elephant parks " of Minneriya and Kaudulla. You could visit the Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura ruins from here, very good service, relaxed pleasent surroundings, excellent food..
We will definitely visit again.

My sincere appreciation goes out to the management, staff of the Grand Kalundawa as they have achieved a high level of guest service.

Keep it up!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank dj_ranga
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

The hotel is based in some wetlands and spread over a large piece of land. The hotel is very different to anything else we stayed in and for that reason we would recommend it. It is a very romantic setting. Room was clean and tidy.
This is the second time I have been to this hotel and on both occasions I have been blown away by the beauty of the property. Worth every penny you pay. The service is fantastic. Highly recommended.
A beautiful setting, wonderful service and excellent food contributed to a memorable stay.

Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2013

The setting the decor the food and staff were very good.The stay was very pleasant. It was centrally situated to launch trips to Sigiriya polonnaruwa and anuradhapura
We stayed here for 2 nights when visiting Dambulla and Sigiriya rock

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Nuwanknsk
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

This is an amazing, calm and beautiful place to visit at least once in a life time. No such words to explain the hospitality of staff members, facilities they provided as well as quality of services for their guests. Never had such concern from any other place earlier in my life.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Kanishka W
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Additional Information about Grand Kalundawa Waterfront Resort

Address: Kalundawa Road | Dambuluoya, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Dambulla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 68 Speciality Lodging in Dambulla
Price Range: £32 - £67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Kalundawa Waterfront Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 5 minutes off the bustling and vibrant ancient city of Dambulla is the tranquil river fronted oasis of Grand Kalundawa Waterfront Resort with its majestic century old kumbuk trees and relaxing lush greenery. The charming getaway is a modern semi-boutique style hotel in a colonial themed building with an outdoor swimming pool overlooking a natural river. Rooms feature typical Sri Lankan-style furnishings, attached bathrooms, satellite TV, fans and air conditioning. With dusk fall, sit down for romantic candlelit dinner with wine and a western or traditional meal, custom planned or by our chef, at our tree house and let those bonds rekindle. You can also try the medieval BBQ diner by river. We serve western, Chinese and Sri Lankan dishes at the restaurant, Alternatively, you may also opt for room service or packed lunches. Our staff will happily provide individualised services and Day trips, Village excursions, elephant safaris or canoeing. We are centrally located to Dambulla Cave Temple (2 min drive), Ibbankatuwa anciant cemetery (8 min), Sigiriya lion rock(25 min) and Minneriya safari national park (30 min). Bandaranayake International Airport (Colombo) is 2.5 hour away. We can arrange Airport pickup. ... more   less 
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