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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My new wife and I stayed at this luxurious hotel for 3 nights at the beginning of our honeymoon and we loved every minute of our stay. The key features that really stood out for us were the excellent, attentive staff alongside the exceptional high-quality of the meals on offer. We chose Clingendael for a relaxing start to our honeymoon... More 

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Thank robdrane
rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Congratulations on the happy occasion of your recent marriage. Our Team so much enjoyed to make also your stay, for your honeymoon, a special occasion for you. We thank you for your kind and detailed praise for our property, the variety of "Clingendael Experiences" on offer, but of course also in particular your compliments for the service of our outstanding... More 

Hong Kong, China
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

beautiful, relaxing and stylish. Our family of 4 stayed at the Brown room for 3 nights. I highly recommend Brown room as it is on the ground floor and facing south with private dining area on the veranda. The grounds are beautiful and you can enjoy outdoor activities easily. There is no mosquito. The waiters are very friendly and highly... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Ayobowan. Thank you for your kind words of appreciation that you expressed for the service of our staff and the quality of Clingendael facilities. Our team, including our resident manager, Anne Marie Laspeyres, always try their utmost to make the Clingendael Experience live up to the high expectation from clients, that we ourselves create for our clients prior to their... More 

Haarlem, The Netherlands
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous place with astonishing views in this private mansion. Extra ordinary service by Ajith and Mahinda, which made us feel like coming home. We feel privileged to stay here with our family playing golf, crocket and practising yoga. Drinking the delicious cocktails after dinner at the porch was very much enjoyed. Also Ajith's talent in performing bed decorations contributes humorously... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your praise for our Team. it is indeed the bespoke and professional service of our Clingendael butlers of which we are proud and on which we continue to focus to differentiate ourselves from other 5 star hotels in Sri Lanka. Recently one of our other guests kindly commented :"Lord Robert Grantham of Downton Abbey fame would have... More 

badgworth
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69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

The Clingendael Hotel is situated in a heavenly, peaceful and beautiful part of Sri Lanka, not too far from Kandy but a world away from the busy streets ans the Temple of the Tooth. You are greeted by wonderful staff and guided to a stunning suite of rooms overlooking a valley with a golf course in it. The rooms are... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words of appreciation, which continues to be of great encouragement for our Team to provide the best of bespoke service that is to be expected from a top boutique hotel which is of course required to deserve your ongoing 5 star reviews. To re-invent ourselves to provide additional unique travel experiences for our valued guests... More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

We spent six wonderful and unforgettable days at Clingendael, definitely one of the best places we have ever been to. We so much loved the tranquility and luxury of this spot, set in a perfect surrounding overlooking the lake of Victoria. Despite being the only guests for most of the time we were incredibly spoilt by Ajith & Mahinda and... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you. Thank you. What a praise. We do especially love it when our guests stay with us for an extended period, like you did for 6 days. And then tell the world (on Tripadvisor or elsewhere) that they enjoyed their stay so much that they are of the opinion "that there is really nothing we could improve in this... More 

Conwy, United Kingdom
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76 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

We met the owner while at Clingendael and learnt a little of its history. It wasn't built as a hotel but a private residence and there is a real sense that you feel guests in someone's private home. You can have your own relaxing and eating space or mix with others if you wish. The rooms are beautifully and thoughtfully... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words and recommendations. We appreciate to have received also your vote of confidence and confirmation of our 5 star hotel quality, despite the short comings in providing you with the for you appropriate spa gown and that we did not alert you in a timely fashion to the lower height of the the antique spa... More 

London, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

Despite the long journey by road - that is a feature of any trip to Sri Lanka where everywhere is 4 hours from the next place - we arrived in this colonial house where time had stood still from the 1920s. As the only guests we were made to feel very at home with an excellent staff who did everything... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments. We are glad that also you did enjoyyour stay at Clingendael. Our service is the realisation of our motto "Dignified Servitude", where our butlers and other staff members are all aware and enjoy that they are part of a professional "cast" to create for our guests the magic of reliving the colonial charm of... More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

How wonderful is this hotel, from the beautiful people, to the outstanding location. Our stay was too short and will definately return next year for longer. From a bespoke dinner to breakfast on the lawn over looking the beautiful lake and golf course. SO so relaxing, a wonderful start to an amazing Sri Lankan holiday

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Thank SeanTayl0r
rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and compliments. Your expression to plan to return to Clingendael and the next time for a longer stay is much appreciated. We can hardly wait to welcome you on such occasion and to organise further unique Clingendael Experiences for you.The recent addition of the Clingendael Spa has been such an addition to the quality and... More 

Singapore
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

We stayed at Clingendael over the Chinese New Year break. Our party was made up of 6 people ranging from 6 to 75 and this beautiful property catered for us all. It was paradise - especially after a long day on the road through the tea plantations. Can't rate Clingendael enough - but the magic is really there due to... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. On behalf of our Clingendael Team: We are thrilled to continue to receive such accolades from our valued guests. Your recommendations are what is resulting in an increase in guests that we are able to welcome so happily at Clingendael. We are jointly working with our colleagues and management to try to create further... More 

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

We arrived after a horrendous 6hr journey by car from Colombo and were immediately struck by the calm and tranquillity of the place, a perfect antidote for frazzled nerves. The views are magnificent, surrounded by rolling hills and looking down onto the lakes and verdant green of the Victoria golf course, surely one of the most beautiful settings for any... More 

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rkokshoorn, Director of Sales at Clingendael, responded to this review

Thank you for your praise for our Clingendael Team efforts and the praise for the quality of the property and its surroundings. It is indeed your valued comments which will motivate us further to built on what we think that we have achieved thus far. We have aways stayed away from promoting our property in a business like manner, instead... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
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  • Golf course
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
"Clingendael" is located in the Kandian Hills on the premises of the Victoria Golf & Country Resort, some 20 minutes from Kandy the ancient and historic hill capital of Sri Lanka.This large stately home, built in Dutch Sri Lankan style with materials dating back to 1782, with its spacious "wrap around verandahs and colonnades", allows one to relive the colonial atmosphere of comfort and service of glorious days gone by .The Clingendael Resident Manager, the in-house chef and permanent staff of 8, will be there to cater for your exclusive needs.Situated on a hill at an elevation of some 80 meters, the visitor to Clingendael will enjoy a 230 degree, breathtaking view, over the reservoir of the Victoria Dam, as well as the 18 hole international championship golf course, with in the background the “Knuckels” mountain range.The property provides 7 different locations for intimate and private dining, whether on one of its cool verandahs, in one of its garden pergolas, overlooking the pond, the pool or the golf course or in the vacinity of one of the water features of the gardens situated on the hill at the back of "Clingendael". ... more   less 

Additional Information about Clingendael

Address: Coconut Hill, Digana 20180, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Digana
Price Range: $535 - $754 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Clingendael 5*
Number of rooms: 5
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