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Fresco Water Villa
Ranked #12 of 19 Hotels in Sigiriya
Copenhagen
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58 reviews
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“Great place and convenient”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

A good place to stay if you are planning to go to Lion Rock, and thats all there is to see there. Very large open planned hotel with large garden. friendly and accomodating staff. After the evening meal its dark out and nothing to do or see but the rooms are large, clean and comfortable. Morning buffet for breakfast was a bit standard and not all that fresh. Evening meal also a buffet and pretty much the same stuff every evening. If you don't eat it in the evning you might find it for breakfast. Reception is outside which is a bit unusual and there are liguanas living underneath the floor.Quite good fun. Hotel was Ok and I would stay there again.

Room Tip: all rooms are pretty much the same in my opinion
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 May 2014 via mobile

Although a remote location, this new hotel was like a breath of fresh air. Clean rooms, clean pool, welcoming staff.
The restaurant/bar area were simple and so this could have done with some decor but other than that we had no complaints

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Zagreb, Croatia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Fresco Water Villa is located near a lot of Sigiriya sites (like the World Heritage site of Dambulla Temple, Lion Rock, Sigiriya ruins, Elephants Orphanage…) and is a perfect starting point for the area. This was my favorite hotel on our 8 day tour around Sri Lanka. The staff were very accommodating, friendly and always ready to help. The room was beautiful, right by the large pool. Definitely a place to recommend!

Room Tip: Rooms near the pool on ground floor
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2014

We stayed here for one night after some confusion with our planned accommodation meant that our room there was not available. The hotel is fairly new. Our room was clean and comfortable, but there were a few teething problems – the lights weren’t working at first (friendly staff sorted this fairly quickly) and the door didn’t lock properly. We weren’t particularly impressed with the food quality. Overall, a perfectly pleasant place to stay for one night, but not brilliant.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
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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Melbourne, Australia
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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
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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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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Property: 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 #12 of 19 Hotels in Sigiriya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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