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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 03/27/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#15 of 186 hotels in Kandy
Location
4.5
Cleanliness
4.5
Service
4.6
Value
4.4
Encapsulating the best of Sri Lankan hospitality and the World Heritage charm of Kandy, our home-turned-hotel is the preferred address for those who want to stay in the middle of it all. Located within walking distance from all key attractions and transports hubs, Sevana caters to a wide range of guests with its basic Budget (Fan) Rooms, functional Standard Rooms and luxury Deluxe Rooms. The unique local experience at Sevana continues with hotel-like conveniences including an infinity edge plunge pool and a roof top dining room overlooking the city skyline and its enveloping mountains. A dedicated team complemented with owners who live on site will ensure that every aspect of your stay will be taken care of.
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Property amenities
Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Plunge pool
Restaurant
Highchairs available
Car hire
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Wifi
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary welcome drink
Taxi service
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Doorperson
24-hour check-in
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Telephone
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Centrally Located
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English, Sinhala, Tamil
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chammerkin wrote a review Mar 2022
Boston59 contributions46 helpful votes
My first impression of this hotel was that it is a bit odd because of the layout. The building has an old part and a new part, which means that you have to walk up two flights of stairs to get to the elevator, and the rooms did not have exterior facing windows. Rooms had interior ‘courtyard’ windows or no windows. We showed up without a reservation and were fortunate that they had a room available (I don’t recommend doing that). It was significantly more expensive than other places we had been staying ($54 USD compared to the $20-$40 USD range for our other hotels) and it was also much nicer. Of all the places we stayed in Sri Lanka, Sevana had the most comfortable beds with the best pillows and the best linens (they were basically Sri Lankan made Frette linen). I had the best night’s sleep here – quiet and comfy, which is striking since it is on a very busy and very noisy street right downtown. The room had a television (our first in Sri Lanka), electric kettle, toiletries, WiFi, and a small refrigerator. There was no safe, but the building is gated at night and felt extremely safe. I really liked the roof top pool, and it was bigger than I thought it would be (still small but I expected tiny). There is a shower next to the pool, which I am pretty sure no one uses to rinse off because there was a fair amount of sunscreen on the surface of the water – guests should do better. There is a seating area for smokers that also serves as a mosquito haven at night. I was not impressed with the food at the restaurant, fairly limited and not much flavor. I liked the chicken soup the best. However, their server Ruwani Piyumika was awesome. She was incredibly friendly, professional, and obviously a very hard worker. The hotel is lucky to have her. The hotel is an easy walking distance to the bus station, central market, lake, mall, and the temple. The central location also means that there are a lot of vagrants in the general area, but it did not feel unsafe. Everything in Kandy shuts down around 9 or 10 so you are in the hotel anyway. This hotel may not have the panoramic views that you get from the hotels on the hillsides, but you also can get around on your own without climbing those hills or taking a tuk tuk and that’s a good thing since traffic is bad in Kandy. Tip: if you want to rent a scooter, there are only five rental places, and you need a reservation. Totally worth it if you do.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Responded Apr 1, 2022
Dear chammerkin, Ayubowan from The Sevana; our home-turned-hotel. Thank you for taking time to share detailed feedback regarding your recent stay with us. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and have also passed your compliments to Ruwani. I have noted your comments regarding the restaurant food and the use of showers at the pool and will try our best to see how we can improve the offerings such as by adding more signage, more food options etc. Once again thank you very much for your feedback and we hope you have a pleasant stay in Sri Lanka. Thank You, Shantha
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abboa2 wrote a review Mar 2022
London, United Kingdom67 contributions77 helpful votes
Pros - Central location, easily accessible to all major sights in Kandy. - Staff were very helpful and friendly. Check in/out was quick and easy. - Room was large - we were given a free upgrade. Despite hotel being on a busy road are room was at the back so we heard no noise. - Good price. It’s a budget hotel. Cons - The swimming pool was dirty. - Many of the items on the restaurant menu needed pre ordering the day before.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Mar 22, 2022
Dear abboa2, Ayubowan from The Sevana; our home-turned-hotel. Thank you for taking time to share feedback regarding your recent stay with us. We are glad that you our enjoyed our location, room and service. I have noted your concern regarding the cleanness of the pool and will ensure that we increase the cleaning frequency. I will also see how we can further improve our restaurant menu. Once again thank you very much for your feedback and we hope you have a pleasant stay in Sri Lanka. Thank You, Shantha
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Doc.Lasantha Jayasinghe wrote a review Mar 2022
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It was very wonderful experience with sevana city hotel and we enjoyed very well.The best part is customer service,customer service was excellent.Meals and beverages also very yummy ,tasty and fresh.It was very calm and quiet environment.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Shantha Senevirathne, Owner at Sevana City Hotel
Responded Mar 12, 2022
Dear Lasantha97, Ayubowan from The Sevana; our home-turned-hotel. Thank you for taking time to share an amazing review regarding your recent stay with us. We are thrilled that you had a wonderful experience. It was indeed a pleasure taking care of you and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank You, Shantha
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StefanP wrote a review Mar 2022
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It has to be said that Sevana City is very much a budget hotel, and is somewhere you would stay for the location rather than the comfort. It's on a busy road, so not exactly serene, but it's a really short walk from all of the nicest bars and restaurants in Kandy, and the Temple isn't too far either. The staff are very friendly and provided a laundry service, while the pool on the roof offers a nice chance to cool down after a day sightseeing. The air-conditioning in our room wasn't working properly however, so we had to rely on the fan so was a little stuffy at times. Given we were only staying briefly we didn't ask to move rooms, but we're sure they would've accommodated us if we had. But for the price you pay, this is a good little place.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Responded Mar 9, 2022
Dear StefAndEllie, Ayubowan from The Sevana; our home-turned-hotel. Thank you for taking time to share your experience regarding your stay with us. We are glad to learn that you enjoyed our location and hospitality. Please accept our apologies for the malfunctioning air-conditioning. We will look into that matter and address it at the earliest. Once again thank you very much and we look forward to welcoming you back, Shantha Thank you and stay healthy, Shantha
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AdamCaldwell wrote a review Nov 2021
St. George, Utah176 contributions79 helpful votes
For the price, the hotel was lovely. The staff was very kind, and went out of their way to be helpful. The rooms were large, and the breakfast with cooked to order eggs were a nice touch. The hotel was walking distance to the major downtown attractions.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Nov 21, 2021
Dear AdamCaldwell, Ayubowan from The Sevana; our home-turned-hotel. Thank you for sharing an excellent review regarding your recent stay with us. My family and team are thrilled to learn that you enjoyed our hospitality, rooms and location. It was indeed a pleasure looking after you and we look forward to welcoming you again soon. Thank You, Shantha
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James_attree wrote a review Sep 2020
Hong Kong, China78 contributions87 helpful votes
We stayed here for 2 night and had a very nice time. Our room was clean, comfortable and well maintained. Breakfast was pleasant and I enjoyed the complimentary biscuits they left in our room each day. It is in a good location and a great place to explore Kandy by foot. The view from the restaurant is also nice.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Responded Sep 29, 2020
Dear James_attree, Ayubowan from The Sevana; our home-turned-hotel. Thank you for taking time to share your experience regarding your stay with us. We are happy to learn that you had a pleasant stay. It was indeed a pleasure taking care of you and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you and stay healthy, Shantha
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elmila wrote a review Jul 2020
Stuttgart, Germany407 contributions190 helpful votes
The staff was very friendly and the room was clean. But there was a bad smell coming from the aircon. The pool was nice and clean. The food in the restaurant was too expensive. We would stay here again but not for the food.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jul 29, 2020
Dear elmila, Ayubowan from The Sevana; our home-turned-hotel. Thank you for taking time to share your experience regarding your stay with us. We are pleased that you had an enjoyable experience. I have also noted your comment on the quality of our restaurant food and the air-conditioner and would personally look into it. It was indeed a pleasure taking care of you and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you and stay healthy, Shantha
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Lisa R wrote a review Apr 2020
13 contributions1 helpful vote
We only stayed one night here after getting a taxi from Habarana. We were then getting the train the next day to Nuwara Eliya so wanted a hotel close to the station. This was ideally placed. Kandy is a busy city and the hotel is on the main road however the room was quiet. It was quite small but perhaps to be expected for a city hotel. It had everything we needed for a quick stopover. We walked to both the Temple of the Tooth and Kandy Lake. Breakfast was good, good choice and the restaurant has a view over Kandy. Excellent service. The staff also went to the trouble of getting us a cheaper tuk-tuk through the app which was very helpful.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from sevanashantha, Owner at Sevana City Hotel
Responded Apr 5, 2020
Dear Lrodge, Ayubowan from The Sevana; our home-turned-hotel. Thank you for taking time to share a great review regarding your recent stay with us. We are pleased that you had an enjoyable experience especially in regards to our location and hospitality. It was indeed a pleasure taking care of you and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you and stay healthy, Shantha
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pat v wrote a review Mar 2020
Belgium61 contributions28 helpful votes
What we liked was the high quality of the room: very good beds, good airco, large room, splendid bathroom. We had the most luxury room of the lot, still at a reasonable price. Location has two sides: the street is unattractive and very noisy, but the rooms have good soundisolation. On the other hand, its very central so you can easily walk around. We had one time diner in the hotel and that was not good. Considering you are so close to "Buono", where you can eat delicioso, that's definitely a better choice.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Responded Mar 29, 2020
Dear patv324, Ayubowan from The Sevana; our home-turned-hotel. Thank you for taking time to share a detailed review regarding your recent stay with us. We are pleased that you had an enjoyable experience. I have also noted your comment on the quality of our restaurant food and will look into how we could improve it. It was indeed a pleasure taking care of you and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you and stay healthy, Shantha
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patrick19512015 wrote a review Mar 2020
Milngavie, United Kingdom22 contributions6 helpful votes
THE most SUPERB Hotel in Kandy imho. Owned by the DELIGHTFUL Severanithne Family, it can I believe NOT be faulted! The views from some of the rooms are GLORIOUS ~ out over the magical Kandyan Hills and down on to a lively + fascinating Street that leads into Central Kandy. The immaculate food served with love in the 7th Floor Roof top Restaurant is TOTALLY delicious + ALL the Staff are beautiful Gems! We will be back next year! The roof top pool is also WONDERFUL!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Responded Mar 18, 2020
Dear patrick19512015, Ayubowan from The Sevana; our home-turned-hotel. Thank you for taking time to share a stellar review regarding your recent stay with us. It is comforting and touching to learn that our hard work is well appreciated. My family and team are thrilled to learn that you enjoyed every aspect of your stay. It as always a pleasure looking after you and we eagerly look forward to welcoming you again soon. Thank You, Shantha
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PRICE RANGE
$30 - $33 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
sevana guest house hotel kandy
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Sevana Guest House
LOCATION
Sri LankaCentral ProvinceKandy DistrictKandy
NUMBER OF ROOMS
29
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sevana City Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Sevana City Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Jayamali Batiks Studio (0.2 miles), Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue (0.2 miles), and Kandy Market Hall (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Sevana City Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Sevana City Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, blackout curtains, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Sevana City Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Sevana City Hotel?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sevana City Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cool Corner Fried Ice Cream Parlor, Mystery Meat, and Kandyan Muslim Hotel.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sevana City Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a plunge pool during their stay.
Is Sevana City Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Kandy.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sevana City Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Tamil, and Sinhala.
Are there any historical sites close to Sevana City Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Temple of the Gadaladenia (5.7 miles).