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Olde Empire Hotel

21, Temple Street, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Olde Empire Hotel
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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
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

ON an amazing building with a good coffee in front you will find the most awfull hotel i slept in. Dirty, with no conditions no hot water it is a pitty that this place, that could be the best and trendy place to stay in the city presents this awfull conditions. Very poor management

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Realy nice hotel which is super located! Its just next to the big temple. the rooms are small, beds are comfortable, shared bathroom. very friendly employes who always try to help and serve us the best. No wifi, unless you buy something at the bar. Good value for money. Great location. We had a great stay in this hotel and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Wonder why Rough Guides says it only has 6 rooms. There are at least 20!! The first floor veranda is a wonderful place to people watch. I came prepared for noises but the those from the temple during morning prayer is far from expected. Friendly and helpful management who will direct you to local jewellers to change money at very... More 

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