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Clingendael

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Coconut Hill, Rajawella, Sri Lanka
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We loved our two night stay here, on our first night we were only guests, and on the second night there was one other who we only saw once.Our room (the Red room) opened on to our own large terrace with dining table and comfortable seats, we ate there for both dinners and both lunches, we had our breakfasts in... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been fortunate to have travelled extensively and have had the pleasure of staying some of the world’s greatest hotels. And while the properties and service of these grand hotels is beyond reproach, the nature of their business, the scale of the hotels can cause a certain lack of intimacy, and a lack of interaction with the staff. Some... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your compliments. Our team members do indeed enjoy providing our guests with a highly personalised and bespoke service. And they are further energised and be even more motivated when they receive and read such a detailed and positive review as we received from you. We have a great team spirit and we do all we... More 

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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20 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Clingendael has it all. excellent service, most friendly staff ,delicious food, great warm cozy interior which makes you feel at home immediately. The garden and view is just spectacular where ever you look.The silence is overwhelming. After one day you feel reborn. The famous St.Andrews golf course down below is stunningly beautifull. Wish I could stay for a week

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. You compared the Victoria Golf Course (VGC) located on our doorstep with St. Andrews and although not steeped in so much tradition as yet as the Home of Golf, Golf Digest rated the course as no 88th most scenic golf course in the world. Clingendael being located close to the VGC, is however not... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

From the moment we stepped foot in Clingendael we were surrounded by kindness and luxury. The staff is attentive and made us feel very welcome. Having breakfast in the garden with a sight on the mountains is simply spectacular! Thank you for the great experience; we loved it. Guido & Sara

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your compliments to describe your stay with us as an amazing experience of Luxury and Kindness. Much appreciated by all. The Luxury that we provide is aided by the old world character of the property, its carefully selected luxury interior decorations and its soft finishes, the "hardware" so to say. The "software" is provided by our team,... More 

san francisco
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44 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

This is a very small property with only six rooms, more like a bed and breakfast hotel. You feel like you are a guest in a large private home. Each room has elements that you are more likely to find in a home then a resort. We spend our first night on the deck living room dinking wine with the... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Dear Guests, Thank you for your kind words. It was our pleasure to meet you during your stay with us. You awarding Clingendael a 7 star hotel accreditation is of course well received by our team and such compliments will remain a key motivator for our team to continue to do our utmost for our valued guests. We enjoyed to... More 

London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We set out for a long weekend (our second) trip to sri Lanka. This time having done some homework our expectation were high to visit a top hotel with breathtaking vistas, yummy food and with a service as Somerset Maugham would have demanded. Well that is what we were treated to in the 4 days (still too short!). But what... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind response and positive review. It is indeed the atmosphere we have strived so hard to achieve: Colonial Splendour. Besides having had so much pleasure in creating this Clingendael oasis of calm and blissfully private luxury, our team are now indeed focussing on creating additional unique experiences for our guests. You writing about some of these... More 

Warrington, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We arrived at Clingendael after a long trip from Sigiriya. The first view of the pool area was stunning, but got better as we crossed over the stepping stones into the hotel and then walked through to the rear, the view of which across to the mountains caused both my wife and I to use a naughty word, it was... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for expressing in such "stunning" and original manner the way that you describe your positive experience of your stay at Clingendael. We so understood and appreciated that you used the naughty word that you used when the wonderful vista of the Victoria Lake with the Knuckles mountain range in the back ground presented itself to you upon your... More 

London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Arriving after a long journey, this boutique hotel, or more aptly described as a private house, is truly outstanding. Located on the side of a verdant and lush valley, its views are magnificent and the set up is wonderful. The food was faultless, the service impeccable and the house was stunning in both its decor and outlook. As a family,... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your much appreciated and kind review. We enjoyed having your family as our guests and your positive evaluation of our property and our services are a great reward to us. At Clingendael we are now working on one week stay offers, packed with extras, excursions and special experiences. We are furthermore in the process of completing our... More 

Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Clingendael truly is a spectacular place to stay. From the moment we arrived, the staff showed us the utmost care and attention. We stayed in the master suite, which comes with its own large living room, two waterfall showers and gorgeous views over both the pool and the mountains. It is evident that a lot of thought has gone into... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing Clingendael as the place where you were celebrating your honeymoon. May we wish you happiness and health in your marriage. Your kind words of appreciation are important to all members of our hardworking and well motivated Clingendael Team, who collectively form such an key component of what we are aiming for at Clingendael: To receive recognition... More 

Dubai UAE
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21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

As others have said, Clingendael is a great experience. Stay in the Royal Suite upstairs in the main house, and ask them how many other guests they have staying. They can be quiet around this time of the year which is perfect for the lucky smart ones who choose to retreat here for a few days. We used it as... More 

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rkokshoorn, General Manager at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind and appreciative comments, which serve as a further motivation for our staff to continue to strive to become the best boutique hotel in Sri Lanka. To that end we are also expanding on the variety of activities that we can offer our guests and one of such initiatives is that we are in the process... More 

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