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Clingendael

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Coconut Hill, Rajawella, Sri Lanka
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 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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24 reviews
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Simply amazing. The fact that rooms don't have TV and a telephone makes it even a better experience. If your looking for a peaceful place near an unpeacefull city like Kandy this is it. The only negative thing I can say about the place is that the way to get there is awful.

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rkokshoorn, Manager at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for yet another kind and most positive review of Clingendael. Your input remains such a motivator for our team members to up their game even more in order to ensure that our clients will continue to enjoy the Clingendael Experience. It is indeed an atmosphere of luxury and the solitude of the Colonial Splendour of bygone days that... More 

London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This is a beautiful hotel, old colonial house with fantastic staff and the most gorgeous views. We stayed for 2 nights and used it as a base to visit Kandy. It was pitched to us as a Kandy hotel but you should know that it is at least 40 minutes outside of Kandy so if you are looking for something... More 

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rkokshoorn, Manager at Clingendael, responded to this review

We thank you kindly for your 5 stars review of Clingendael. We welcome yourrecommendations. We have taken on board your comments about expanding our menu card with additional traditional Sri Lankan dishes and this morning discussed such with our General Manager. Appropriate action has since been taken. We hope to be able to welcome you on a next visit to... More 

london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We booked Clingendael as a stop off to see Kandy and break up the journey between Dambulla and Yala National Park. We loved it here so much that we never made it to Kandy in the end. The staff are amazing and couldn't do enough for us, but without being in our face or making us feel uncomfortable. The food... More 

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

Thank you for your kind review. We enjoy as much you, after you, as are our guests, have enjoyed your stay at Clingendael. We had such fun ourselves when we created Clingendael and we still thrive on continuing to try to add to the scala of experiences that we can offer our valued guests. Besides adding to the facilities (we... More 

Rugby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We have never stayed in a hotel like this before. This is a lovely old style bungalow in a wonderful setting with lovely views. Our room the 'red room' was at the front of the building on the ground floor with the veranda outside. It is one of five rooms so as you would expect the service is persoanl and... More 

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rkokshoorn, Manager at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for this 5 stars review. We aim at providing a heaven of peace and tranquility in a busy country. It is indeed some 20 km from Kandy to Clingendael. The vast majority of comments that we are favoured to receive from our Clingendael clients is that they revel in the privacy and the atmosphere of colonial splendour. As... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Old colonial style house with 5 luxury suites and magnificent views. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff, or the Manager Anne-Marie. For golfers its a perfect location and you can even borrow the hotels golf clubs and get driven to the superb Victoria golf club in the mini moke! (Only 3 mins away) Menu changes daily, and is... More 

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rkokshoorn, Manager at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your 5 stars review and apologies for the belated response. We welcome your input and your comments and your rating will motivate our team at Clingendael to further improve on our service in order to continue to ensure that the Clingendael Experience is an experience which will in turn result in all of our future clients to... More 

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