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21, Temple Street, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Olde Empire Hotel
Ranked #92 of 220 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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Dahab, Egypt
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Olde Empire Hotel best place for stay in Kandy! Close to Buddha tooth temple,150 meter to Kandy lake. Old style rooms. Clean. Everybody know this place in Kandy,very easy to find. House 130 years old have historical value.

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33 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed 3 days in 1500 rupees room with window and fan, without private bathroom. Available and more cheap rooms. Room is not ideal state. Curtains better not touch. No WiFi, no fumigator. Very good location. Nearby many cheap bakeries and cheap local restaurants. In guesthouse 3 shared toilets, 2 bathrooms without hot water, 2 sink for handwashing. Electrical socket... More 

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Oss, The Netherlands
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11 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hostel is 200 meters from the lake and the entrance of the temple. For 2000rpt. (13 euro) you have a double room with own bathroom. The rooms are noisy and the bed was thin and hard. In the cafe at the entrance they have very good food and the service is very good. If you want to stay in... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
41 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It does the job for 1500 rs. Though we were stuck in a room giving on the back street where workers digged a trench with a jack hammer all night long, we could sleep. As almost everywhere in Sri Lanka, it's overpriced for the quality of mattresses and cleanliness. But the location can't be better.

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 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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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

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
20 reviews 20 reviews
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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91 reviews 91 reviews
21 hotel reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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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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