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“Nice place, closer to Sigiriya Lion rock”
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Fresco Water Villa
Ranked #13 of 20 Hotels in Sigiriya
Reviewed 11 January 2014

We stayed here as part of our Srilanka tour. The place is very close to the highway (road) and gives a sense of exposure than seclusion. The place is built as 2 storied villas, we stayed on the top floor.The rooms are big, airy and clean. Some of the villas are surrounded by water and hence the name water villa.
Stay was a pleasant one but not the food. The food quality was average and the taste too was ok. We stayed here for a night and for a night this is a good place. Wifi is not strong enough and you need to go to the lobby to connect to it. Pool is good especially at night when its lit.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank rpradyumna
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Reviewed 10 January 2014 via mobile

The rooms at the Fresco Water Villa were nice. the buffet dinner ok but it is not served any earlier than 7:30pm. The Wifi is very patchy at times it would only work in reception area..... Pool area very nice. it is safe to go for a walk outside hotel to little village.
Good location/base for the area.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
1  Thank Lainie K
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

We were passing through the area and were here for an overnight stay. Room was large and clean with good bathroom with plenty of hot water. Separate toilet but no hand towel provided for basin. It did smell somewhat musty, probably because the block of rooms was built over water, which was murky and green looking. Because of late arrival we ate from the buffet dinner in the dining room - not brilliant and food not very hot. Breakfast was adequate, freshly cooked eggs good, but again the pre-prepared dishes were not kept hot. Waiting staff were slow to respond.

Pros:
Large swimming pool (though we didn't have the opportunity to use it).
Comfortable bed
Hot water
Pleasant reception staff
Good location for visiting archeological sites

Cons:
Poor food, not kept properly hot
No comfortable seating area within wifi reception area
Not enough sockets for recharging phones etc

Room Tip: 1st & 2nd floor rooms probably won't smell so musty
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Kate J
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

We'd stayed here during the month of October. Don't have much to say. The staff was trying their best to provide good service but it wasn't salvaging the poor facilities they have there. One srilankan meal (which is quite average, served with flies all around you) costs 2000 SL! Let me also warn you some of their villas have exposed Asbestos which can be quite bad for your health. The first room we were assigned had a broken asbestos roof which I asked to change.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Eurotic82
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

We stayed for one night when visiting sirigaya and dambulla caves. Rooms were good, spacious and clean. Pool was great and very big. Reception staff were great with good English, waiters less so. Dinner (set menu - catering for coach parties) was poor as was breakfast - hence the low score. Thee isn't really any bars or cafés to go to so most visitors to sirigaya eat in their own hotels.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank LindaandPhilip
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

Stayed one night with a group of 6 adults. The rooms were very spacious with good air-con & nice hot showers. Good size swimming pool and dining area. Dinner was a western set meal which was average. After dark, insects are attracted to the room lights and may fly in. Switching off the front door light seems to do the trick. Breakfast area was full of flies ( could be proximity to jungle area ) so remember to close the serving lids once done. Friendly and helpful staff. Would recommend this hotel as very close to Sirigaya Rock - 10 mins drive away. We left at 6.45 am and were back by 9 am for breakfast and a nice shower before travelling to our next destination.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank eeky888
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

Stayed our first night after a very long day in a party of seven friends. Looked beautiful, common areas all open sitting over fish ponds and the rooms arranged around the pool and gardens. Had a large ground floor room with three single beds and a separate loo and walk in shower. Managed to get to the pool for a very welcome soak and then we went for the buffet dinner as we were too tired to go anywhere else! Quite basic but very friendly helpful staff who came and bought us umbrellas as it was raining cats and dogs and there is no cover between the rooms and restaurant! I spent the next morning at the hotel as I wasn't well enough to climb Lion Rock and I think I was the only guest left! Everyone looked after me very well and I sat in the reception area for the wifi and the manager bought me coffee and made sure I was ok. The staff spent the morning manicuring the gardens and cleaning leaves out of the pool. I would just say that as has been mentioned, there were a lot of flies over the breakfast and that perhaps net cloches might be a good idea. Definitely would stay there again.

Stayed: October 2013
1  Thank Dubaidiva63
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Additional Information about Fresco Water Villa

Address: Sigiriya Road | Kimbissa, Sigiriya 21120, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Sigiriya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 20 Hotels in Sigiriya
Price Range: £19 - £118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Fresco Water Villa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Fresco Water Villa is situated on Sigiriya road at Kimbissa. Its 10 Minutes drive away from Sigiriya Rock and has beautiful view with quit surrounding. ... more   less 
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