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“could be so much better....” 3 of 5 stars
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Kandy View Hotel
Ampitiya Road | 40, 22 Hillpankandura, Kandy, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #27 of 51 Hotels in Kandy
London, United Kingdom
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“could be so much better....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

the hotel is a hike up a steep street from the lake, but easily navigated. rooms are spacious, but the bathrooms could do with a makeover and some work to bring them up to the quality you would expect. No wifi access from the rooms.
food is good enough (there appears to be a lack of good restaurants in kandy!) and served in a lovely open air restaurant midway up the hotel with excellent views across the town.
small pool.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Upgraded to balcony room for few pounds more. Well worth it for floor to ceiling windows on 2 sides and great views. Really friendly staff, ok food although bit too westernised for our tastes. Fazeel is just best tuk tuk driver and guide and showed us all round Kandy and then amazingly took us all the way Kithugala very cheaply. Wifi bit intermittent but really enjoyable stay.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Have originally booked 2 nights at Kandy View hotel, but even prolonged 1 more night as the hotel is very nice. Deluxe High view rooms are very spacious with huge windows, clean, bathroom was pretty good as well. Roof top restaurant is brilliant! Amazing view on mountains around! The hotel also provided breakfast, which included fruits, toasts, eggs, vegetables & rice. But the best at the hotel is its manager! I would definitely nominated him as one of the best managers! Very helpful, he is always around all the guests from the morning until night! He made the best impression on us! Hope to come back again to the hotel!
As well, the location of the hotel is very comfortable - just short walk to get tuck tucks or to get to the Lake!

Room Tip: Go for Deluxe High View, it is just few dollars higher price, but the view is brilliant and room is...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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 November 15, 2012

On reading other reviews, we thought we were in for a treat. How we were wrong. The room we had smelt of sewage and the TV which they use as a selling point didn't work . There were worms in the shower each morning and the towels they provided didn't soak up a single droplet. The manager was very friendly but that alone wouldn't change how we thought.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Very nice big rooms, lovely and very accommodating staff -- they strike the perfect balance between friendly but not intrusive. Beautiful view from the terrace. Sri Lankan breakfast plus eggs and toast included in room price. Up a long-ish hill from the lake (hence the view), but three-wheelers are waiting at the bottom (or in town) to take you up. Not everything works perfectly, but it's a delightful experience, and the staff is very adept at solving problems.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

I spent 3 nights at the Kandy View Hotel. It’s not modern plush and it’s not expensive. My purposes were well served. I found the bed quite uncomfortable the first night. Sunday morning the staff happily moved me to another room which I enjoyed. The staff is delightful; the rooftop restaurant offers both a marvelous view and seriously excellent food. The breakfast buffet is my favorite offering a variety of Sri Lankan food, fresh fruit, a coconut “sombon” which is a bit spicy, Indian foods and fresh pan fried Indian bread. The Sri Lankan special lunch is also delightful While writing the start of this report, I was at the roof top restaurant and realized that it really is a special place. Open air, great food and wonderful people. Occasionally there is a little distraction like a torrential rain that might bother you even if you are in the center of the room. That only happened once, other rains were gentle. However, on Monday afternoon it rained a torrential down pour. The little road behind the hotel leads to homes further up the hill. It became a raging little river. School children were gathered part way up waiting for the river to subside so they could continue their journey home. An hour and a half later the river and the children were in their proper places. At this time of year the best approach is to do the tourist visiting in the morning and mid-day. Sure as the sun rises in the morning it rains in the mid to late afternoon.

Room Tip: No wi-fi in lower level rooms.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

When we entered the building, I couldn't get around to calling it a hotel save for the reception desk and few sofas,we were not thrilled though our travel guide/ car hire assured us it was great> We asked for a room on the top most floor with a good view. The place was very affordable so we climbed the stairs and as soon as she opened the door, the view just took our breath away. You get a feeling of openness with a wall of glass that faces lush green trees. The room was clean, the bathroom and its lightning could be made better. Hot water is not available 24/7. You turn on the heater and wait for 10 gallons of water to be piping hot and that comes through the taps. After 10 gallons, is another long wait. We learnt the value of 10 gallons of water here. There are no ACs and we didnt require any in December. In the evening, close all the doors since there are small insects around. Carry your own shampoos and stuff. Its pretty much a no frill hotel. The Sri Lankan breakfast was good, the view from the open air restaurant was good, the service was friendly and the location was good.

Room Tip: Rooms on the top most floor, left side of the hallway, have a view of the trees
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  • Stayed December 2011, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ampitiya Road | 40, 22 Hillpankandura, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #27 of 51 Hotels in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
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