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Swiss Residence

2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   No. 23, Bahirawakanda, Kandy, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #35 of 43 hotels in Kandy
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Bangkok, Thailand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Hotel is huge, perched on top of a hill, and at one point, we weren't sure the tuk tuk could make it up the incline! Room was clean, nice bathroom. Friendly staff, with an excellent buffet breakfast. Average pool, nice lobby area, upstairs bar / pool table area was pleasant.

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79 reviews 79 reviews
14 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This hotel has some old charm and overlooks Kandy city. The staff were wonderful, very friendly and helpful and the food very good. My friends stayed in the Royal Suite which is HUGE and even had a large spa bath. Highly recommended place.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were not expecting much after seeing the reviews. In fact almost all of the previous reviews were accurate. Its not a sparkling new hotel, a little outdated, there is a very steep, odd climb to the lobby. Elevators are on the second level. There is a noisy dog pond next door. however, the hotel staff was excellent in hospitality.... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This hotel is strange: a driveway so steep, our car couldnt make it to the top, as I think most cannot. So you walk up an extremely steep driveway to a porch, more steps up, sit on woody outdated sofa sets for the welcome drink, then climb yet another long staircase to the first floor from where you can get... More

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Tbilisi, Georgia
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Could be a lovely colonial hotel after some refurbishment. The room was big but scruffy and seriously out of date. Best towels, we have encountered on our route, white and fluffy. Hotel located by the lake, and it takes about 30 – 40 min to walk round, or 10 – 15 minutes to the Tooth Relic temple. When walking around... More

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Bishop Auckland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

This might have once been a very nice hotel, but is quite noisy as the police dog pound is next door, and the perishers howled all night. Strange set up with the lift as it starts on the first floor, so even the less able bodied have to climb the awkward stairs to the first floor and walk on a... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Despite being told by our agent that "everywhere in Kandy is full" there happened to be space here…should've set alarm bells ringing. Nice old colonial building up a very steep driveway. I'm not one to complain and I am used to questionable places since I've been backpacking before but inside tired and old fashioned furniture (like a retirement home), musky... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We reached the hotel just after sunset and we were impressed with the facade of the hotel located on the steep hill. However, not so impressive after we checked in... Pros 1. The staff were courteous.. 2. The hotel is clean 3. Good view of the town Cons 1. The rooms needs refurbishment. The furnishings and fittings are old and... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013 via mobile

What upsets me the most is that I have to pay for the wifi.. When it was stated that they provide free wifi!! Arrived there pretty late.. And was greeted by an army of mosquitoes at the lobby who would stop feasting on us. Breakfast and dinner were acceptable. They serve some traditional Sri Lankan food. I enjoyed the food... More

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Bangalore, India
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4 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Swiss Residence is old colonial style hotel located on top of steep hill with nice view. The place is clean and very well maintained. Christmas decoration in Reception area was very nice, kids enjoyed it. Room and bathroom were clean, but less spacious; balcony view of Kandy town was excellent. Good restaurant, complementary breakfast was elaborate. Hotel staff were courteous.... More

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Swiss Residence Hotel
Swiss Residence Kandy
Address: No. 23, Bahirawakanda, Kandy, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
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Ranked #35 of 43 hotels in Kandy
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Swiss Residence 2.5*
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