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Olde Empire Hotel

21, Temple Street, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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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
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stayed at this hotel at the weekend for two nights whilst I was volunteering in Sri Lanka. The hotel itself is in a great location. The temple of the tooth is right outside, with Kandy lake next to that. The restaurant in the hotel was amazing as well! We had breakfast here both days and the Ceylon tea and muffins... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very good prices, the cheapest we found traveling around Sri Lanka, in fact when we booked, the lovely owner rang us to say it was even cheaper for some reason. Couldn't be in a more perfect location. Rustic old building perfect for back packers, the food is incredible and the staff were lovely. I would definitely recommend this place!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled across this hotel when walking around Kandy and I was so charmed by the history of the building that we decided to spend our last night there. The location is very central, right next to the temple of the tooth and the town's restaurants and shops. It had a large balcony for guests which is perfect for relaxing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Great food, price, location and hospitality! We accidentally stumbled across Olde Empire due to unforeseeable circumstances, but it was a great surprise. Highly recommend to any budget travellers or volunteers who are visiting Kandy for a weekend.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Central location, basic rooms. The bar underneath is very nice. The rooms are ok, nothing fancy. There are rooms with bathroom ensuite and rooms with shared bathroom. It is a bit noisy. The staff is friendly, and the temple next door.

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Cronulla, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

My wife and I are from Sydney, Australia and we found this place to be chilled out and relaxed with fantastic food. Its the perfect place to kick back and plan your next steps. Highly recommend when visiting Kandy.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This place has a character. It's left as it was a long time ago, so you get the colonial feel. They even have a very old-style phone that makes a sharp ringing sound when someone calls. This is one of the cheapest places to stay, and one of the best ones, because it's right in the Kandy city centre, overlooking... More 

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Paramaribo District, Suriname
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This hotel has the best location of Kandy (ok, shared with the expensive Queens Hotel). It is in the centre, at the lake and just next to the Temple of the Tooth. Almost unbelievable the hotel is still so cheap (we paid 1800rp/night, but i guess you can bargain). Rooms are comfortable with fan and mosquito nets. At the front... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Stayed in a room that slept four this worked out well in the spacious room and made the stay rather cheap.Great location in the city center and right next to the temple of tooth relic temple,no wifi unless you buy food in the restaurant downstairs.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Hotel was basic but loved the "period" feel. Beautiful wooden floors and a lovely balcony - perfect to have a beer or read a book at the end of the day. Enjoyed the restaurant downstairs - after a couple of weeks in sri lanka i was happy to have some "tourist food" although portions were quite small. Overall - good... More 

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