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Coconut Hill, Rajawella, Sri Lanka
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I guess we were just lucky chosing Clingendael. We were looking for somewhere nice as a base to watch some Cricket at Pallekelle, and stumbled across it, not knowing that it was perfectly located for the Cricket ground, the right side of Kandy. I have to confess to being somewhat nervous on the way in, as we drove on numerous... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

For clients who wish to stay in a wonderful Colonial home and feel as though they are re-living the Days of the Raj with all mod cons, this is the place. There are only five rooms here. The Master Suite lies upstairs and is woody and large. Close by is a lovely suite with a massive bedroom. The Red Room... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Situated in the grounds of the Victoria golf club, but placed high above it with spectacular views of the valley below, this small boutique hotel has only 5 rooms so you will never be disturbed by hordes of other guests. Owned by a Dutchman and managed by a Swiss lady called Anne Marie this exclusive hotel runs on oiled wheels.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We are in the hotel business and as such, are fortunate to have stayed in many luxury properties around the world. This was our first trip to Sri Lanka, organised by Sri Lanka in Style, who did a great job. It was a family holiday with our children aged 8, 11 and 13. Clingendael was by far the best hotel... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

This newly built small hotel, about 25 minutes outside Kandy, is kitted out with the original furniture and accessories from a 200 year old Dutch colonial house. It is in a lovely elevated position and our room was very comfortable and homely, and the staff are eager to please. Unfortunately, the food was mediocre.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This is one of the most incredible plaaes we have ever stayed in and we travel all over the world. From the moment we arrived, to the time we left 5 days later, we were treated like royalty. Nothing was too much trouble. It is very similar to an old colonial mansion and there are little bells everywhere to summon... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Set on a hillside this former colonial mansion must be one of the best places to stay at in the Kandy area. I have to say that I really loved the design and feel of the place. We were lucky enough to stay in the Red Room which is delightfully furnished and on two levels. The room has it's own... More 

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Address: Coconut Hill, Rajawella, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Rajawella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 5
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