This was the second of our places to stay in Sri Lanka. A sensitively restored colonial manor it was one of the highlights of our trip. We stayed in the ‘Indian Admiral’ room. Wonderful shower and best of all a clawed bathtub! Make sure that the hot water is on and it is a wonderful end to a full day. Janeka our butler was great- nothing was too much trouble and he delighted in introducing us to Sri Lankan tastes we had not experienced before. Loved the hoppers for breakfast! It was also good to see the interest that management take in the experience of their guests.
Whilst understanding the comments made by previous reviewers about the air con over the bed and the early morning chanting from the local Buddhist temple neither were an issue for us. Cool evenings ensured that the air conditioning was not necessary and we enjoyed experiencing the bungalow as it would have been in the past. As for the chanting- for us it was actually restful and not at all intrusive- indeed we barely noticed it on our second morning. It is part of the community setting in which the bungalow is sited.
The bar area and dining terrace are both lovely and again carefully restored.
Breakfast was excellent and it was wonderful to have it served on ‘your’ balcony overlooking some magnificent gardens. We did have an issue with the evening meals as they are charged at “international” prices. Given that guests are essentially a captive audience and the menu is limited we expected the food to be of a high standard but were disappointed with both the meals we were served. The manager responded constructively to the comments we made and – without prompt- adjusted the bill fairly. Overall our experience was excellent and this is a place that we would not hesitate to return to in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kandy House is a unique ancestral manor house (walauwa) providing seclusion and serenity for its guests in a lush, tropical garden setting, close to Kandy. With only 9 bedrooms, this Kandy hotel, aims is to give guests an experience of staying more in a private house than a conventional hotel. Traditional Kandyan architecture has been blended with Bawa-influenced modern, polished titanium cement floors and bathrooms. In the gardens, a stunning infinity pool has been landscaped into the hillside overlooking the rice paddy fields. Delicious European fusion and Sri Lankan cuisine is on offer. Well-placed to spend time to relax as well as explore a broad selection of Sri Lanka's primary destinations in the Cultural Triangle and Tea Country, including the Temple of the Tooth and the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. The house can also be booked as a whole for important celebrations with friends, or just for the peace of mind of a group having total privacy away from the public eye. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Kandy House Hotel Gunnepana
- The Kandy Hotel
- Kandy Hotel Gunnepana