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Olde Empire Hotel

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21, Temple Street, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Olde Empire Hotel
Ranked #91 of 208 Kandy B&B and Inns
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for wifi and a nice snack. We ended up staying for longer and chilling with lots of drinks and great food. Right by the Temple of Tooth so great location also. Staff were really friendly and played cool soul music in the day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

For 3000R per night with a private bathroom in the centre of Kandy the Olde Empire is a great place to stay. It's budget and has no hot water but it is clean and has a bustling atmosphere so it evens out. - the hotel was bought over in early 2014 and it has been renovated and given a makeover.... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The alleged better double rooms are expensive (3000 rupees), the cheaper one were 2000 rupees. In any case both of them are without air con, without wifi, and the most incredible its main door is closed at 10:00 pm. Finally the attention of its manager was very unpolite and misconsidered. This was a real thief..... On the second floor there... More 

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

Olde Empire Hotel is difficult to review. By many standards its a cheap and cheerful backpackers haunt with tiny rooms squashed as close as possible. Beds are fine if not excellent. We paid 1500 rupees for a twin with a very cold communal shower and not a lot of room. But that's OK, it was clean and comfortable enough. But.... More 

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4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We got that place recommended, stayed for three nights. Cheapest place we could find, nice house, friendly staff, clean so far. Shared bathroom!! We got bites from the first day on and thought they we're mosquito bites but on our last day we actually found bedbugs!!! So even if you travel low budget I would NOT recommend staying there!!! Its... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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21 hotel reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I stayed at the Olde Empire during previous visits to Kandy. It was always perfect while backpacking. But on visiting again this week, I don't have that luxury. I need to have a confirmed room. I have called 4 times from the UK to try to reserve a room. Every time I have been told to call back later, as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Only moments stroll from the temple of the tooth relic the olde empire hotel was a great budget option. The room was the cheapest we found in Sri Lanka, 750Rs each for a simple twin with shared bathroom. The ground floor has been converted into a trendy cafe (which does amazing pancakes) while the upstairs is like something out of... More 

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Osaka, Japan
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I was stabbed 100 or more locations to bed bugs . Very itchy !!!! Could not sleep. Was dressed , but did not prevent. The host said to discount to 800 rupees , but it is not a problem of money . Still itchy and go to hospital. Cheap, but super itchy place. Also does not have hot shower.

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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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18 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

Restaurant is in the style I an old English mansion. Good ambiance and they play good old rock music :). Food is a bit less. We had the chicken pasta, was not very good. Lots of creme and not real pasta. The wrap with cheese was okay. The smoothies were perfect though! Place is good for a bite after the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Stayed here twice on my trip to Sri Lanka. The rooms vary in how nice/big they are quite dramatically. The second time I went there they tried to put us in a tiny room next to the communal showers. But I knew there was a nicer room for the same price and asked if that was free, which luckily it... More 

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Address: 21, Temple Street, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6

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