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Villa 49
No. 49 Louis Peiris Mw, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #4 of 99 Specialty Lodging in Kandy
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“great place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

I really enjoyed my stay at this hotel. It is very well located nearby the Sacred Tooth Temple which is in walking distance. What I enjoyed most was the great and efficient service though- though I arrived quite late, the owner was waiting for me with delicious tea and cookies while we were proceeding through usual staying arrangements. Breakfasts were fantastic with a great variety of fruits, toasts, eggs and fresh home made crepes. So were the dinners I had there with authentic and healthy home made Sri Lankan menus (we had brown rice for instance). The menu included an appetizer, a great dish (Curry) plus desserts. Attention is given to lovely details like the use of candles in the living room for dinners at night - charming, especially as it opens on a small garden. The rest of the staff was very helpful, the owner helped me find a driver at a decent price to take me to the South. She also provided a lot of background information on Kandy and is a lovely person to chat with, very much concerned on the well being of her guests. Internet was working well everywhere and rooms are extremely comfortable with a bit of local style. I look forward to staying there again at my next visit in Kandy.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Neither a hotel nor a villa. The absent owner made it impossible to correct some of the issues (TV, hot water, transportation) because she wasn't around and the gardener should not be required to know electronics work (and he certainly didn't). Both the helper and owner blamed their problems on monkeys.(TV) The room was basic with a poor A/C that had a poorly controlled fan (on 45 seconds, off 20 seconds, on 60 seconds, off 2 minutes, ...) with limited amenities. Per the instructions, if you want your room cleaned, leave the key with the desk. I did such and there wasn't a sign of anyone in the room. While the people there were very nice, they are extremely incompetent in their job which lies directly on the owner. The other issue that bothered me a bit was there were multiple rooms and only 2 were occupied so why did you put them nest to each other with a shared balcony??? Early morning noise is a problem.

Sri Lanka is a developing country and as friendly as this place was, I'd certainly pass because a room for $50/nt without any extras is too much.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I recently stayed at the Villa 49 Hotel in Kandy, Sri Lanka and the experience was a great one. The hotel and room was excellent, dinner was super and the staff was friendly and helpful. Kandy is a clean and safe city and there are many things to see there. If you are looking for a good get away, this is a great place to relax. The hotel set up some touring for me and customized it to fit my tight schedule. My tour guide, Praboda, was excellent and made the experience fun. I hope youmake it to this city and hotel, and get the same tour guide, too! GO FOR IT!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

This was a fantastic hotel. The rooms and location are superb and just what you're looking for after the beautiful train journey from Colombo (a must do!). The best thing about the hotel was the owner, who was on hand for everything and anything. No request was too much...even allowing us to use the hotel's tv until the early hours of the morning to watch football.

One important point to mention is the fabulous traditional meal that she cooked us. This can be requested and is a culinary delight.

Thank you for a memorable stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 4 nights during a 10 day Sri Lanka visit. I would recommend it to anyone. In a country of friendly people, the owner surpassed them all. If there is a friendlier and more helpful host, I would be very surprised. Nothing was too much trouble. You can have dinner and breakfast whenever suits. Strangely, Kandy lacks eating places providing genuine Sri Lankan food so it was great to find that the Villa serves exactly that, and to whatever spice level you desire. And for the princely sum of 1200 rupees.

Transport can be arranged through the villa. We sorted out our own for 2 days which in retrospect was a mistake. The owner has high standards and this is reflected also in the drivers she recommends.

The location is perfect. Far enough from town to be peaceful but only a 15minute walk to the centre of Kandy, or 5 mins in a tuk tuk which are plentiful on the road which is 1 minute from the Villa. We had emailed the owner prior to our visit and she provided detailed instructions of how to find the place but local tuk tuks and taxis will know where it is.

All in all, great value and highly recommended. Just remember though it is a guesthouse and not a hotel.



Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Our best accommodation in Sri Lanka in terms of location, space, modern amenities, and peace amidst the city buzz of Kandy, probably because it was located in the suburbs so not so touristy but close enough to the city.

We liked the balcony where we could partially watch kids playing soccer, the private rooftop, tv channels, air con, free wifi, location (15 minutes stroll to the tooth relic temple), breakfast, the quality work of the rooms (good finish), clean rooms and dining area, comfortable beds, balcony chairs were very relaxing, homemade jams, and the friendliness of their staff.

We didn't get told about the gate being locked at night when we returned after midnight but it was no problem as we found the doorbell. Good to know some security was in place.

All in all a nice quiet guesthouse with modern facilities, not always easy to find in Sri Lanka.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Everyone working at the guesthouse was friendly, helpful and accommodating. Perhaps slightly over market value for Sri Lanka Rooms were clean, comfortable and nicely designed and the food delicious. Location good near lake and short walk or tuktuk ride into town. Staying on the top floor if there are other members out on the shared balcony area you can hear them but we were able to have breakfast on there to ourselves as well, so pros/cons.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: No. 49 Louis Peiris Mw, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 99 Specialty Lodging in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa 49 is a private and luxurious home away from home situated centrally beside the lake in the heart of Kandy city. Our tranquil environment allows our guests to relax while enjoying exceptional personalized service. Step outside of the residence and you are beside the lake within a 10 minute walk to the Temple of the Tooth and the center of the city. It is also a Sri Lanka Tourist Board approved property. ... more   less 
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