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WELCOME TO QUEEN'S HOTEL One of Sri Lanka's iconic historic hotels, Queen's Hotel, situated in the heart of Kandy, faces the beautiful splendid surroundings alongside the Kandy Lake. With a history of over 160 years The Queen's Hotel is a 90 room British Colonial style luxury hotel. This former Governor's residence is one of the oldest hotels in Sri Lanka which is managed by the Ceylon Hotels Corporation. What's momentous about Queen's Hotel is that it is situated in Kandy, where the world prominent "Temple of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha" is. Every country has its pageants and festivals and so does Kandy which has the world famous "Kandy Esala Perahera Pageant" which is held annually. This pageant proceeds along side the Queen's Hotel's East & West wings, providing the most magnificent viewing facilities for the guests who patronize the hotel.
With a classic British colonial style and location directly across the street from Sri Lanka's most sacred site, this historic hotel can be an ideal choice. Queen Victoria once stayed in room 225, but the other 90+ rooms should be available at a reasonable rate.
Rooms are large with working TV and hot water. They are on the dark side, but that adds to the historical feel. The buffet breakfast is very good and includes a few unique items. I don't recommend the coffee, however.
This hotel trades on its history. The reality is not worth its charges. We paid $80 a night for a dark, dirty (the bathroom floor hadn’t been washed in ages and the bathroom fittings were at least 50 years old) albeit spacious room. We noticed afterwards that Booking.com quoted $40 for the same nights, and that would have been overpriced. The dinner and breakfast we ate there were the worst we have eaten anywhere in Sri Lanka. What was labelled Salmon curry was tinned sardines, and everything was heavily, almost inedibly over salted. The room was noisy and we were kept awake from 5 AM by religious ceremonies from the temple across the street and by traffic. We should have been warned by being asked for full payment for 3 days in advance before seeing the room. After 1 night we checked out and have yet to be reimbursed for the other 2 nights, even though we were promised a refund within 4 days. This is 10 days ago.
It was a very warm and friendly welcome. We appreciated the colonial environment of the room. The food was excellent and value for the money. The reception porters and dining room staff were extremely helpful and pleasant
A place that in its heyday would have been quite something and even now is a good choice in Kandy being centrally located. The public areas are well kept and our room was a good size with lovely wood floors. The pool is pleasantly refreshing after a busy day sightseeing. We had high tea one day which was very enjoyable. Breakfast buffet had pretty much everything you might want. There is a travel desk in tbe lobby who organised a car for us to visit Pinnawala area for fun with elephants. The upstairs layout is a bit maze-like so maybe give some thought to how you would find your way out in an emergency?
Response from Zulfikar H | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I suggest you to travel by Expo rail for this sector having with all the facilities. Expo rail will provide you very comfortable travel along with food, wifi, T.V etc. Please google Expo rail sri lanka for more... More
Hi, I suggest you to travel by Expo rail for this sector having with all the facilities. Expo rail will provide you very comfortable travel along with food, wifi, T.V etc. Please google Expo rail sri lanka for more information.
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"Rooms at the back of the hotel are quiet with no road noise."