We traveled with our family of 6 (ages 2,4,6,8) and this place worked out for us very well.
Some of the highlights:
- Friendly staff who was very helpful for whatever we needed during the stay.
- Attentive manager/owner who is always walking the property talking to guests and his staff. I had seen some comments about him being rude etc, but I found it quite the opposite. In fact, we found him very friendly. For example, one afternoon our kids were in the pool and he ran upstairs and brought down some pool noodles that he just got. It was very nice. To me he seems like an active and engaged manager, which is what you want.
- Pretty setting in the rice fields and a great area to go out for a walk and explore. Leave the property and venture left and there’s a lovely walk through rice fields, lakes and school and Temples. On our morning walk we saw peacocks, monkeys, monitor lizard, and many cool birds on the lake. It was very pleasant, peaceful and a highlight. My wife and I also alternated running in the mornings which it’s perfect for to go out and explore.
- Good big breakfast. We really enjoyed, toast, fruit, Sri Lankan omelette, coconut rotti, cake, coffee, tea. Plenty and good. We also enjoyed the dinner. Found it fine for our family, mix of the Sri Lankan dishes and some of the kids stuff. I’m not picky, as long as the kids eat.
-Wonderful to have a pool on the afternoon. We would explore during the day, then play by the pool on the afternoon. Loved it.
- Anything we asked for from staff was quickly addressed or accommodated - extra towels, adapter, etc.
Regarding the rooms, they are simple. We had two connecting rooms and it worked well for our family. The rooms have A/C and a refrigerator, they have a nice patio out front that we used for playing cards and having cocktails/mocktails.
They also provide food and accommodations for drivers which is nice.
This is out in the village and nature so it’s natural to expect some critters, although we didn’t have many. We live in Vietnam so none of that phases us and the kids enjoy catching bugs and building “make shift” terrariums.
For us this hotel worked perfectly. I have seen some comments about $80 USD/night being too expensive. For us, we have found that most of the accommodations in Sri Lanka are a bit expensive for the room amenities and the cost:accommodation ratio seems a bit high but we have found that throughout the country. So on some level I would agree. However, basing the pricing on just the room it’s high, but for the total package it worked for me. At $80 USD/night I was happy for all the aforementioned reasons and I really wanted a pool for the afternoon to cool off with kids.
One last note, I would say from reading reviews from 2015-2018, it would seem that the owner is consistently making improvements because some of the feedback doesn’t seem to be accurate anymore and seems to have been addressed, for what it’s worth.
With my kids, we stayed in the canopy tree house. The view and surroundings were awesome on the rice fields and lion rock.
However, the room is quite rustic with no air-conditioning, basic furniture and simple concrete bathroom. No shampoo and shower soap are provided. Canopy tree house is overpriced for comfort and services provided. Superior rooms are a better offer for this place.
We stayed at the hideout for five nights in a very comfortable two room treehouse with plenty of space for a 5p family. The view over the rice fields in the morning is spectacular. Also the food in the small restaurant is really good. Sue and her family made us feel very welcome. The hotel is well situated for visiting various sigiriya sites including Dambulla cave temples and the famous rock
Located 5 minute drive out of Sigiriya village so very peaceful and calming surrounded by rice paddies. Try to book treehouse rooms as you over look rice paddies and can see the rock in the distance. Worth paying an extra for a treehouse room
Other rooms are clean but very tired need renovation. The staff were great and the food was amazing.
The hotel is down a non-paved road - take the Sigiriya road north from Dambulla, ignore google maps if it indicates a different way as the road is much worse. We stayed in the ‘two room villa’. It’s an interconnecting room. With hindsight the treehouse would have been more interesting - I’d not wanted it because I’d thought it didn’t have glass in the windows or a/c, but it did after all.
The hotel is immersed in nature - frogs, birds... lots of bugs. The kids loved this. But no sitting outside at night.
The rooms themselves were outdated, the owners have concentrated on the treehouses... hard beds, some furniture didn’t work, broken mosquito net and the TV didn’t seem to have any channels. Not important to us but not fantastic.
The pool was nice and the staff very kind and helpful and made a fuss of us when they were around (didn’t speak much English - not a criticism of course but just helpful info for visitors who don’t speak a local language) but several things didn’t suit us - maybe they wouldn’t bother others.
The guesthouse was very quiet so we had to decide whether we wanted to eat, and choose our food and what time to have it, well in advance. It didn’t really suit us to choose breakfast when we were just finishing dinner, especially as the menu was the same and didn’t feel very breakfast-y. It also meant it was cold when we were a few mins late. The food itself was fine, not particularly great.
We walked out to the hotel next door for dinner one night, got back at 9.30 and the gates were locked. We rang the bell, banged on the gates, nothing happened - ended up ringing the owners who were out of town. This was probs a factor of the place being so quiet; there was no bar and it was all shut up and dark in the communal areas by 8pm leaving us to sit in our rooms (which were outside the dodgy WiFi radius).
The prices were surprisingly high for the type of place - compared to other much nicer places we stayed or ate, it was not that much cheaper. If the above niggles don’t bother and you’re visiting during a busier season, the treehouses would be a quirky place to stay. Otherwise, I wouldn’t recommend.