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Banana Rest
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

We spent four nights in Banana Rest. The central location of this guesthouse offers an excellent opportunity to visit several major cultural sites, Sigiriya, Dambula, Polonaruwa, Ritigala, within the daytime using either bus or tuk tuk. The guesthouse is located in a peaceful and beautiful garden close to a lake 2 kms away from Sigiriya. The accomodation is comfortable and clean, providing large clear rooms and bathrooms with A/C or fan. The guesthouse is held by a friendly family which will help you kindly to organize every trip around. The cooking is fine and dishes change every day. Furthermore the rate of accomodation is moderate. Certainly one of the most pleasant guesthouse we visited during our 1-month trip around Sri Lanka. We recommend warmly Banana Rest.

Room Tip: The rooms in the bungalows are the most confortable with great view over the lake..
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Soltaj
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

We stayed here for three nights at the start of our trip. Like a few other reviewers, we were a little underwhelmed with the rooms on arrival. They were very basic and seemed quite pricey. Our stay here ended up being one of the best of our trip.
Although basic, the rooms were comfortable and clean. We started in a non-air conditioned room for the first 2 nights and moved to an a/c room for the last night. There are fans in all the rooms though so a/c isn't a necessity. The rooms have a beautiful outlook over a lake. We spent most afternoons sitting on our front verandah drinking cups of tea and playing cards.
The best thing about Banana Rest is the food. I am gluten free, and once our driving told them that I could only eat rice flour, not wheat flour or bread, the owner was happy to make me traditional Sri Lankan breakfasts every morning (string hoppers, egg hoppers etc), and for dinner we were treated to something different every night. The curries were some of the best we tasted in Sri Lanka. The owners are building a restaurant next to the guesthouse, and I would encourage anyone who is staying in the area to go and eat there once it is up and running!
The guest house is in a good location to Sigiriya rock and other sight seeing. There is also accommodation for drivers.

Room Tip: The air conditioned rooms are slightly newer.
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Kristal R
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Reviewed 14 February 2013 via mobile

We stayed here the last two nights while on a five day tour originating in negombo. At first we looked at each other and said... This is where we're staying? It was a wet and miserable day ad were both a bit weary. The place must be quite new as it looked to be still under construction in some places.
First impressions aside we warmed up to this place very quickly. The staff are all very kind and helpful and are looking for anything they can do to make your stay more relaxing and enjoyable.
The room was comfortable enough. The shower was a mere trickle, but the beds firm and comfortable, and the porch area nice to sit in and read or play cards.
The property backs into a bit of a marshland area, this comes with its ups and downs. The upside being that you can see a lot of wildlife from the verandah. Lots of birds singing beautiful songs, peacocks and sometimes even elephants stroll by (we were told).
The staff ask you when you arrive want you would like for dinner and each night and morning they ask what you would like for the following meal and what time you would like to eat. It is assumed you will be out during the afternoon. (And you will!)
No wifi in the room but free access by the dining area is excellent!

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Thank jrstobydo
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

Banana rest is the first guest houst we stayed in Sri Lanka!We were 6 of us and at first we should stay only 1 or 2 nights in Sigiriya....we stayed 4 and do not regret it!!!
Ramith and his mum are so adorable, I have no word to express how warm was the welcoming.
At first they look shy but after a local volley-ball, a night safari, a concert (Ramith has a band and they play srilankan song..and mum is singing too!), a bicycle ride around Sigiriya rock, a swim in a lake where all the locals have a swin, do their laundry....so many good memories tank to this place and especially to the host!
It is not too far away from the city, as you can rent a bike and Ramith offer you to drive you to the rock if you need it..we did it by walk and it was pretty ok!
Go to Banana rest, you will not forget it!!!!!Thank to Ramith, his mum, Bandare, Manara...We will miss you!!!!!!!
Mélanie, Vincent, Tibo, Melisse, Alice et Romain

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank melafouine
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Reviewed 1 August 2012 via mobile

Yes it's basic but it feels miles from anywhere even though Sigiriya is just around the corner. There's a lovely lake a hundred metres away for a relaxed walk. It's bright, clean and comfortable, good value for money and excellent food. OK so we found a frog in the bathroom. My wife kissed it and was disappointed it didn't turn into a prince!
We had the non AC rooms which have 2 comfy beds, each bigger than a single but smaller than a double. There is also accommodation for your driver.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Thank j_hod
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