We ended up at the Topaz as our driver strongly recommended it. We stayed two nights and the food both for dinner and breakfast was excellent. A good mixture of Sri Lankan food and European style. In general I find Sri Lanka does this better than some of the other Asian countries I have visited.
Considering we got the room for two plus the food for $50 per night I don't find I have much to complain about. Yes I would agree the rooms are dated and stale, but don't smell. Basically we rise, eat and get going for the day.
The service of the staff is excellent. With the present strife in Sri Lanka many of the hotels must be struggling to survive with the low tourist numbers.
My main complaint would be that the beds are too hard, and ask for a second pillow, which they will supply. Also one other oddity was the charging the same for alcaholic and non-alcaholic drinks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Topaz was built in 1976 and fashioned after a much loved gem stone found in Sri Lanka. Considering its situation in the hill capital of Kandy, the last royal stronghold in the country, Hotel Topaz is considered the jewel in the crown of Kandy.Nestled amidst lush tropical greenery, surrounded by the distinctive Knuckles Mountain range and Bible Rock, enveloped in the cool winds blowing through the mountains, Hotel Topaz offers something for everyone.The short distance away from the city centre itself, lends the hotel and its guests maximum accessibility no matter what the choice of activity is. However Hotel Topaz offers guests a tranquil setting and the option of exploring the city’s rich heritage in style and comfort.The warm and personal service serves to truly bring out the widely famed Sri Lankan hospitality. Guests at Hotel Topaz are made to feel at home, and explore the surrounding gardens or have a cocktail or high-tea on our famous rooftop terrace with its 360 degree view of the city and its hills. ... more less
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