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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Can't fault the location which is superb. But the rooms were grimy and horrid even by backpacker standards. They say 'no stars, no frills' and they really dedicate themselves to this philosophy. Overpriced at almost any price Also very very noisy. So bad that we left early even though we had paid in advance. You have been warned! The empire... More 

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Yamba, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Olde world charm from a bygone era with servants belks in room , squatters chairs and fliwer bowls on verandah. Around $US33/night for 2. Downside is that it can't b booked through trip advisor and $$ must b sent via moneygram which attracts a $10 extra fee. Loved this place. Just across from Temple of the Tooth and front room... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

This place is value for money if you want a good location to hit town. Service side and the rooms are pretty average, this is one of those experiences where you really get what you pay for. No wifi but if you buy something from the cafe on the ground floor that will get you internet in your room. There's... More 

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Thank Leon K
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

The Olde Empire Hotel is good value for Kandy. I have stayed here about 10 times over the last 3 years, and also tried a variety of other places in Kandy. Part of what you pay for here is the great location - overlooking Temple of the Tooth, close to everything and in the city centre. The rooms are basic,... More 

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Thank Kylie B
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

Went here for lunch with my family including my 9 yr old boy in his first trip to Sri Lanka. On the plus side the toast was great with mango and ginger jam. My parents had the Sri Lanka rice and curry, which didn't get any complaints. I ordered the calamari salad, which had 99% salad and 1% wet and... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

This place is infested with bedbugs. At first the manager adamantly denied that there were any bedbugs, but then he conceded that they have always had a bedbug problem, and deal with it by burning incense. Do NOT stay here unless you want to bring bedbugs home with you!

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Thank Kandula A
Risskov, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016

Very basic, rustic room and common baths. But nevertheless: Very charming. And the location right next to Kandy Lake and The temple of Tooth simply could not be better. Strongly recommended. Very nice cafe downstairs.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016

We wanted to have evening meal, there was no space but waiting fine minutes they arranged for us inside. Very friendly staff, nice food, very special venue. Free wi-fi working very well, good location right by the lake

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Thank Elisabet L
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2016 via mobile

Ventured here on strength of Lonely Planet guide, I think the writer has been in Sri Lanka too long and forgotten what good (Western food ) tastes like. Was almost excited as we entered the colonial style hotel with fresh modern stylings, picking up a menu that had been designed & printed. Reading through the introduction and the restaurant waxing... More 

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Colombo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016

We stayed one night and the rooms were clean. They have attached bathrooms or common bathrooms scenarios. The Antique funiture collection takes you back in time. Best about this hotel is that it is located heart of Kandy and very easy access to shopping, food courts, Temple of Tooth, Banks. Seconldy it has a balcony which has a great veiw.... More 

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Address: 21 Temple Street, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy
Price Range: $20 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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