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Blinkbonnie Inn
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   69 Rajapihilla Mawatha, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #16 of 99 Specialty Lodging in Kandy
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“Great holiday space”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Excellent food, views and kind and warm service. Stayed over during The Essala Perehera in 2007. Short walk to numerous other villas, excellent traditional Ayurvedic spa and beautiful views over The Sacred Lake, Sri Dalaga Maligawa and not so far from the Golden Buddha. Walking is recommended to downtown is recommended although tuk tuk back up the hill is super cheap. I brought along a walking stick. One caution: beware of monkeys. They have a tendency to rummage and root around on the balconies in the early morning and evening hours. Don't leave anything you value out there. Well gated with 24 hour guard/concierg

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

A great guesthouse, we stayed for 3 days and found it very reasonable with very clean rooms. Wonderful views of kandy from the balcony of our room. The guest house also offers tours for the cultural triangle for a reasonable rate. We had a good driver for our trips. Stephen the owner looked after us very well.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

This place has a fantastic view in top of the hill overlooking the quieter part of town and lake. The manager was friendly and helpful, but not incredibly informative. After staying in a few guest houses and having no menu at the restaurant, it was nice to be offered a menu with prices, but when ordering, most choices were not available. Best to make dinner choices in the afternoon and tell them when you would like to eat (knowing this was necessary would have been helpful on our first night)
The two younger gentlemen who worked in the restaurant were nice, polite and helpful.
All in all a good choice in kandy. Just plan your meals at the restaurant with care. breakfast should definitely be included in the price of the room for what it was. 400 rupees for 2 slices of toast and jam and some tea? Get real. Go down the hill for some short eats at the market.
Free Internet in the restaurant is a nice touch.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

we stayed 5 days in this guest house and are truly satisfied, we miss our room and Stephen's hospitality already!
there's nothing better than a clean room and i think at the Blinkbonnie Tourist Inn you could eat from the floor. Stephen is in our top ten list of hosts!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013 via mobile

Came on 2 seprate occoasions first time was a good short stay in a nice clean room, good food and view if inconvieniently possitioned. However second time was a mess. On arrival there was loud rennovation noise and no-one around and when we found somosn they were un communicative and we needed to wait nearly half an hour to get into our room then when we left them with our key they lost it. We had to request 3 times to get pillow and sheet for the third bead.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Overall good service, staff are friendly and helpful,everyone was lovely and welcoming. The room was a decent size, nice showers, air con/fans to cool off, everywhere was clean and tidy, Kandy was a beautiful location to visit i would recommend this to other people and would return myself.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We spent 2 nights at Blinkbonnie and really enjoyed it!! At first you can think that it is a bit far, as it is one of the last houses on the hill, but tuk tuk drive you to the city center is 5 minutes (150 rps). Great view and service! Btw Kandy is a wonderful city!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 69 Rajapihilla Mawatha, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 99 Specialty Lodging in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Blinkbonnie Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Blinkbonnie Inn prides itself with the best views in Kandy. You will believe it after you have your breakfast in the view-point restaurant, overlooking the whole of Kandy. All this combined with their outstanding service and traditional hospitality makes the Blinkbonnie Inn a great place to stay in Kandy. The rooms of the Blinkbonnie Inn cater for all needs and budgets. All rooms are having a view point balcony overlooking Kandy Lake, Mountains. The view point restaurant has 180' views of Kandy lake and Temple and mountain ranges. You can enjoy a lovely cup of world famous Sri Lankan tea in the mornings watching playful monkeys passing by as well as a beautiful tropical and migrating birds, a great way to begin your day. Tours can be arranged in all budget ranges. Eco and Adventure tours are available as well as cultural tours of the ancient cities and temples. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Blinkbonnie Tourist Hotel Kandy

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