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“Quaint,but........” 3 of 5 stars
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Bandarawela Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   No. 14, Welimada Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Bandarawela
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“Quaint,but........”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2008

Bandarawela hotel is a quaint old hill station made into a hotel. We visited it in 1984 and it was magical. Iron beds and the old fashioned charm We returned this year. The old fashioned charm is still there, but the town has grown in size and noise and the new mosque is a real dawn wake up. The memories are still good , after the 5 mins wake up call very early in the morning, you can get back to sleep and have a great time. The surrounding country side has not been spoilled.

  • Liked — The friendly atmosphere
  • Disliked — Old plumbing
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2007

Characterful old hotel, which feels like you are stepping back into 1940s. Old fashioned rooms, complete the bedsteads and iron baths, and attentive service throughout. Spotlessly clean. Excellent food with a more home-cooked feel than other larger hotels. No pool however. Visiting is a really good experience and well recommended.

  • Liked — Terrific character
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2005

We stayed here purely as a convenient point to set off early for the Horton Plains National Park (great birds and scenery).

The previous comments are accurate, but don't give enough credence to the fantastic 'colonial' atmosphere of the building - which is (thankfully) not carried over to the service, which is friendly and helpful. Though welcome on arrival wasn't great.

Yes, the bathrooms are old fashioned, with iron baths on feet etc. But they function well and you certainly know you aren't in a modern corporate chain hotel! Similarly, the rooms are small and not the last word in modern features but adequate. Food is OK.

To summarise - don't go out of your way to stay here, but if you need to spend a night or two in this area, it's a nice place to stay and reasonably priced.

  • Stayed February 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2004

Firstly another Tripadvisor correction:
Location of hotel is Bandarawela which is 150 km SouthEast of Kandy (4 hours by car through the highest mountains/hills of Lanka).

Location is actually quite good, close to centre but still quiet enough. Rooms are 1970-1980 quality, some old furniture and not too good bathroom and also a bit basic restaurant. Compensated for by a nice garden, friendly staff and a very reasonable price level. Not a hotel to stay weeks, but 1-2 days as a starting point for trips to e.g. Badulla and waterfalls it is nice!

  • Stayed November 2003
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No. 14, Welimada Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Uva Province > Bandarawela
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Bandarawela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bandarawela Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Journey to the top of the world across a limitless mountain vista adorned by a green carpet of tea plants. Enter a long lost era through a portal of clouds and feel the kiss of mountain mist on your skin. Breathe the pristine mountain air and let your soul be rejuvenated. Gaze upon the dream scape of Bandarawela. Reside at the Bandarawela Hotel, and live for a while in a land of strawberries, pears and tea.The hotel has 33 colonial rooms with great views of tea plantations. All the bathrooms come with bathtubs and hot water. Each bathroom is supplied with all requirements. The rooms provide TVs with local channels and telephone with international direct dialing. Our rooms are wheel chair accessible. ... more   less 
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