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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
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Old style accomodation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2010

Stayed for five nights, thought it was a bit gloomy at first with the brown and cream paintwork, but we soon warmed to the place. The room was clean, spacious, the bath was a bit grotty but the shower was great , lots of hot water. The staff were brilliant, ever helpful but not in your face all the time. Food was good, decent buffet breakfast.
Located near the railway station, which is handy as Bandarawela is a noisy, fumy town and a good base to travel out from. The train journey to Badulla is brilliant, fantastic scenery and the return trip can be done in an afternoon.
All in all a great place to stay, but three nights would have been enough

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2010

We were not sure what to expect as the cost of the rooms indicated that this would be a bit grim. However, we actually quite liked the hotel. It's actually a real shame, as it appears that this hotel hasn't had any investment since it was built, it's very dated, but has a certain charm to it.

The public areas are nice, but the bedrooms would not look out of place in a pre-war hospital, but again you get what you pay for. We had a king sized bed, but the sheets were for a queen size so they didn't fit!

Rooms are fairly basic and not that clean, bathroom hasn't changed so the roll top bath is pretty weathered. Infact the bathroom is a little grim.

When we were there, there was only 8 guests, so it did feel a little empty and so there wasn't any real atmosphere, but we had fun chatting to the staff, all of whom seemed to have worked at the hotel for years.

The hotel is located in the centre of the town, but it's a strange place and we actually felt a little uncomfortable walking around, it was as if they didn't seem many westerners.

Worth staying here for one night enroute to somewhere else.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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colombo, sri lanka
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2009

this place gets the basics right. the staff were genuinely hospitable and understated. the food was perfect - both local and international. and the rooms were clean and comfortable. its location in the centre of town makes it convenient. all told a great place.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kotte, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2009

The hotel is in middle of the town and gives the feeling that it will be too busy. But once you get inside you find it homely and very cosy. Staff was extremely nice. Food was fantastic. Both the local and Western. One of the best places for Sri Lankan food. Rooms are average with few shortcomings. Evening time a few mosqitoes around making it difficult to sit in the verandah. Overall, a very good place to stay and a most relaxing holiday at this time of the year with moderate temperature.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2009

We stayed in this hotel for only 1 night. It is a period vintage hotel. The bed was very comfortable as it was an iron one very old fashioned with brass bed stead. The rooms were quite small and perhaps needed decorating. The bathroom had an iron bath but plenty of hot water. The sink was in the bedroom. All the rooms are situated off a main hall way with a garden in the middle. I loved the hotel as it was quite different from any of the other hotels on our tour. It is a short walk to the town which I found quite interesting. The food in the hotel was very good and the dining room is lovely. An old fashioned hotel but I would recommend it.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2009

We stayed at the hotel, in Jan 2008. It’s situated in the heart of Bandarawela. As a colonial building that’s been there for more than a century, it’s in very good condition. The garden is well-maintained.

The room is old fashioned, but spacious and clean. It has an iron bed, old TV, old style sink, bath and furniture.

We had our dinner and breakfast from the hotel. The food was excellent and the waiting staff was very friendly and helpful.

  • Liked — Service
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2008

We stayed here as put of a tour of Sri Lanka with Walkers Tour. After reading some of the reviews on here I was a little worried about what we would find, we stayed two nights at this colonel built hotel. The history of this hotel is excellent dating back to the 1890's and seems very little is different. The room was large in size with all you needed, a little dated compared to other hotels but this just adds to the colonel charm. I loved the look and the feel of this hotel knowing that it has been there for over 100 years and still looking the same. The hotel has a family feel to it with sitting area's, garden and friendly restaurant. The staff were always going out of their way to make our stay perfect, at one point they rolled back a old car just so I could take a picture. Food in general was of a very high standard and different each night, if the weather is good I would say if eating lunch to ask for it in the garden ........ it has such an English feel about it. Just outside of the hotel is a very busy shopping street, where you are able to see the day to day life of the Sri Lanka people.

If you are on a tour of Sri Lanka this is a must stay hotel for the history and just the sense of being here, I found it so relaxing.

  • Liked — just the feel of the hotel and staff
  • Disliked — nothing it was all perfect for a STOP OVER HOTEL - EXCELLENT FOR TWO NIGHTS
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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*
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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