Roy's Villa Hostel, Sigiriya

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Fresco Lion Villa Hostel is a very strong contender for being the best hostel in Sri Lanka, and one of the best in the world. It used to be a resort, and you can tell by how luxurious the dorms are. An amazing Sri Lankan buffet is served for dinner each night for an extra fee, and this is a great way to meet everyone at the hostel. Not many guests can stay here, and as a result, you will definitely end up making friends with everyone staying. The owner, however, really makes this place special -- he's passionate about what he's doing and will talk and play games with guests at any opportunity.

The Location

Don't be put off by the location, it's still a cheap tuk tuk from the sights, and exploring the surroundings will give you a feel for village life. Whichever direction you are coming from, you will need to get a bus from Dambula. Get the bus going to Wewala from the Dambula station. The bus stand is easy to spot. Before you depart, tell the driver to stop at Kaludiya Pokuna Junction near the Paradise Hotel (a well-known place). Once here, you'll see that this is like a T junction. With the bus stop (a little hut) in front of you, turn left. You'll see a left turn with a sign for the hostel fifty meters ahead.

Rooms and Bathrooms

All dorms are furnished to a very high standard, but one in particular is special. A little tip -- after booking, email the hostel and request to be put in the second-floor dorm and reserve a bed upstairs near the window. This is like a little cabin that you'll be sharing with three others. Even if you're not placed here, it's ok because every dorm comes with very comfy single beds, and these are fitted like mini bedrooms with lockers, fans, and cupboards. Bathrooms are decorated to a high standard and electric showers are fitted. Wi-Fi is slow and the connection is poor, but this is the case almost everywhere in Sri Lanka. Plus, this is the perfect opportunity to put your phone away.

Common Spaces

The main common area is one long table, perfect for meeting eveyone over dinner and beers. There's also a dartboard and a Sri Lankan equivalent of drafts/air hockey. The owner and staff will definitely challenge you at some point -- in our case, before we were even shown to our rooms! There's also a volleyball pitch and numerous hammocks (they're great for chilling out). Surrounded by the noise of the wilderness around you, this is an epic place to be at any point in the day.


Being a bit out of town is one of the golden features of this hostel. You will be far away from tourists and traffic, and instead in the real Sri Lanka! The staff run cheap trips to Lions Rock and the national parks, so traveling to these on a budget isn't an issue. Making friends is inevitable and the owner is a legend. Definitely book yourself in for dinner, play as many games as possible, and take one of the free bikes for a ride around the nearby lakes. Oh, and watch out for monkeys in the shower!
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Roy's Villa Hostel, Sigiriya
Roy's Villa Hostel, Sigiriya
Roy's Villa Hostel, Sigiriya
Roy's Villa Hostel, Sigiriya
Roy's Villa Hostel, Sigiriya
Roy's Villa Hostel, Sigiriya
Chris Staff Reviewer
Published on Nov 28, 2018

Location and Contact


• If You are coming from Air port / Negombo , first you have to get the bus to Kurunagala ( Bus no 34 ) the city where between sigiriya & Negombo. Then You can take the ( bus no 49 or 48 ) if You are coming from Colombo bus no is the same ( 49 or 48 ). If You are coming from Kandy get the ( bus no 41, 45) or from Trincomalee ( bus no 49,45 ) or Polonnaruwa ( bus no 48 , 41 ).
• If you get any of those bus number or wherever You are coming from , ask the driver to drop off you at Inamaluwa junction ( latitude 7.929025, 80.686888 ) where You can get a tuk tuk or bus to our hostel . If get the bus ( bus no is 490 / 1 ) towards to sigiriYa. Once you get off in Inamaluwa junction you can find out the Bus stop is close by Henry Bathik shop & it comes every 30 minutes. Don't get off in Dambulla make sure the google location that i mention with google latitude numbers. If you get a tuk tuk from this junction ( inamaluwa junction ) they will charge about 800LKR to our hostel.
• Once You get the bus to sigiriya ( Bus no 490/1 ) , ask the driver to drop off you at ' Rangirigama junction / Jetwing vil uyana hotel junction( famous 5 star hotel & we are right next to there) & latitude number is 7.935056, 80.713903 ) . Once you get off here, cross the road where You have to walking on dirty road to our hostel about 1kms & You can fallow the sign boards until arriving to Roy's Villa hostel ( latitude 7.927792, 80.721312 ) or otherwise call me & I will come & pick you up.
• If You are coming from Anuradhapura get the bus number ( 43 or 57 ) Then only this time You have to first get off in Dambulla & get the bus to sigiriya bus no is ( 490/1 ). Then ask the driver to drop you directly at Rangirigama junction / Jetwing vil uyana hotel junction( famous 5 star hotel & we are right next to there) & fallow the instruction given above. There 2 bus stop in Dambulla & You have to get the one located opposite side of the commercial bank or Benthota Bake house. If you not coming from anuardhapoura don't get off in Dambulla. Just get off directly at Inamaluwa junction instead of Dambulla.
• Roy's villa is in the google map. But still If you getting struggling, you can search the name 'Jetwing vil uyana sigiriya ' for the direction ( it's a famous 5 star hotel which is located exactly right next to our hostel .Once You arrive there call me or text my mobile or whatsapp , I will come & Pick you up from there.



Address: Rangirigama, Kimbissa Sigiriya., Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Distance to city center: 4.84 km

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Phone Number: +94-770394468
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Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Airport Pickup

Bike Rental

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage


24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Cultural Tour/Class

Currency Exchange

Evening Entertainment


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers


Live Music/Performance

Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities


Themed Dinner Nights

Wheelchair Accessible

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

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