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Anilana Nilaveli

4 1508 Ward Irakkakandi, Nilaveli 31010 Sri Lanka
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#2 of 14 hotels in Nilaveli
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Welcome to the Open land of the Moonshine, also known as Nilaveli. Located in one of the best beaches in the world, Our sophisticated and serene guests rooms feature colonial artifacts, white granite baths and candlelit corridors. Our tropical landscaped gardens feature 2 large swimming pools – each pool 21 meters in length, leading and directing you toward a tranquil beach with clear blue skies.
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4 1508 Ward Irakkakandi, Nilaveli 31010 Sri Lanka
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Bandaranayake Intl Airport223 kmSee all flights
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Kingsley D wrote a review Apr 2021
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Anilana Nilaveli is an excellent location right in front of the Pigeon island. I was happy to spend two nights at Anilana Nilaveli & another 2 nights at their sister property Anilana Pasikuda. Their service was great and my son and I was looked after very well. I specifically enjoyed the night time calypso music which arranged at Anilana Nilaveli. Hope to visit Anilana Hotels soon.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Shemali Seneviratne, Marketing at Anilana Nilaveli
Responded 23 Apr 2021
Thank you for your visit to Anilana Nilaveli and for the wonderful review, we appreciate this very much. We will also look forward to welcoming you back in the not to distant future! Regards ANILANA
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U. Fernando wrote a review Apr 2021
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Spent 2 nights at this fabulous hotel. The food and service was excellent. Very entertaining and friendly staff. A special thank you to Mr. Trayan for his great hospitality and support in all ways. Keep up the good work guys. Cheers!!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from Shemali Seneviratne, Marketing at Anilana Nilaveli
Responded 20 Apr 2021
Thank you for choosing Anilana Nilaveli for your vacation; it was a pleasure reading your feedback and we do appreciate your wonderful comments. We are indeed privileged to work with a talented and highly motivated team at the hotel who are ever willing to go that extra mile to make out guest comfortable. We look forward to welcoming you back to be our guest at Anilana.
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Sambomb wrote a review Apr 2021
Colombo, Sri Lanka41 contributions4 helpful votes
We are staying in a studio room, which is "the highest room" category at Anilana Nilaweli, I'm writing this review while staying at this hotel. It's sad to see the situation of this hotel, i think the owners / Managers here are simply not bothers, we understand the struggle in the leisure industry of Sri Lanka, we had easter attacks and then covid 19, leisure industry never recovered yet there were plenty of locals just like us who were traveling travelling around, giving plenty some business for hotels. I feel situation in this hotel has little to do with covid or Easter sunday bombing, it's a clear case of management ignorance and lack of attention to detail, I don't see anyone running a proper business here. This entire property badly maintained, there was a dangerous wasp colony concrete column on the 2nd floor, one throw of a stone or a bird accidentally land on it will create dangerous situation for all the guests. management is simply not bothered about it at all. Entire greenery in this property is turning brown (grass is nearly dead in some areas), there are tons and tons of fallen leaves in the garden, lawns were not cut, unwanted bushes/trees are out growing, yet the management is not bothered. We checked in to room no. 201, the AC was out of order and we waited for about 5 hours, then we were given a new room, room no. 101, they said the room was a ocen view studio (highest room category in our hotel) at the time of booking, i don't see the ocean from my room, all i see is a dead garden and bunch of tree tops. ( i will be attaching images for your records). Room has all discolored, ugly furniture, it's like they were reused after a tsunami or left out in outside in the rain and suddenly taken inside after about 6-7 months, bathroom has ugly toilet seats, the water tap in the wash basin is sprinkling water in all directions (because it is blocked and never cleared), TV receiver is glued in the bottom of the TV and it's kept of falling. The curtain were ugly, the glass windows were not properly cleaned (you may find them all in my photos). it's a real disappointment. There are two swimming pools in this hotel, we used both of them, none of them have filters operating when we were there, water was murky (we couldn't see the bottom) and (check out my photo) there were algae growing on the side walls and the bottom of the pool. (check my photo - brown algae), this is a clear indication of lack of filtration, improper circulation of water. It's quite dangerous to have a pool like this for guests, i don't understand why this management is not even bothered? Variety of food served is not great, yet there was nothing wrong, we were served peppered beef twice for two consecutive days for dinner, well that's ok considering the other agonies in this hotel. We ordered french fries from in-room dining, received something we could called a brown version of french fries, portion was huge and horribly burned pieces were found. It was quite disappointing... So i inquired from the front desk about the GM, the man who should be in charge of this property, named was mentioned and yet i did not see that figure visiting any of the guests. I did not see the head chef visiting the guests to ask their opinion about the meals. There are bunch of minor staffs desperately trying to keep things under control here to the best of their capacity, while i feel management is not bothered to uplift any standard, they simply ignore everything, things they can see with their own eyes... if i can see these issues as highlighted in my photos, why can't they see this... over to you dear management of Anilana and Anilana Nilaweli, as one of your customer, i urge you to critically look in to all issues highlighted, you are robbing guests money as this experience is one of our worst up to now...
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: stay in the ground floor, close to the pool at least you will get a nice view of the beach
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Response from Shemali Seneviratne, Marketing at Anilana Nilaveli
Responded 19 Apr 2021
Thank you for taking the time to offer us your feedback. Anilana looks to offering a seamless service standard across all our hotels, and we hope we will be able to offer you the service standards you have come to expect from us the next time you visit. Regards Anilana
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Thilini wrote a review Mar 2021
Colombo, Sri Lanka82 contributions40 helpful votes
Had a pleasant stay. Friendly staff. The buffet was good and the rooms were clean. Clean beach and beautiful view. Recommend for a family visit. The dinner area was really beautiful in the night among the trees and lighting. (Traveled in 2018)
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Date of stay: April 2020
Room Tip: Recommended for family travel
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Response from Shemali Seneviratne, Marketing at Anilana Nilaveli
Responded 28 Mar 2021
Thank you for choosing Anilana Nilaveli for your stay. Once again we thank you for being our guest, and hope we would have the pleasure of seeing you again at an Anilana Hotel. Regards Anilana
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Nisha wrote a review Dec 2020
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Nice place we visited first time for a lunch first and we came again for diner ! Beautiful spot at Nilavelli , service was great ! We were alone but all the staff took care of us ! 2 big swimming pool , cooking in front of us ! We appreciated at diner owner who came for presentation . We recommand this place at every season
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from Shemali Seneviratne, Marketing at Anilana Nilaveli
Responded 20 Dec 2020
Thank you for staying with Anilana Nilaveli and for taking time to provide us with such positive comments, we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We appreciate your comments and look forward to welcoming you at one of our sister hotels. Thank you Regards Anilana
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Frequently Asked Questions about Anilana Nilaveli
Which popular attractions are close to Anilana Nilaveli?
Nearby attractions include Nilaveli Beach (3.3 km) and Pigeon Island National Park (2.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Anilana Nilaveli?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Anilana Nilaveli?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Anilana Nilaveli?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Anilana Nilaveli?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Anilana Nilaveli?
Conveniently located restaurants include Seafood Restaurant, Family Restaurant, and Nilaa Rice & Curry Seafood restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Anilana Nilaveli?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Anilana Nilaveli have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Anilana Nilaveli offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Anilana Nilaveli?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Anilana Nilaveli?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Velgam Vehera (14.7 km) and Girihandu Seya Temple (15.2 km).
Does Anilana Nilaveli have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.