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“Step back in time: Style and great old fashioned service” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bandarawela Hotel
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Bandarawela
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Step back in time: Style and great old fashioned service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2007

Characterful old hotel, which feels like you are stepping back into 1940s. Old fashioned rooms, complete the bedsteads and iron baths, and attentive service throughout. Spotlessly clean. Excellent food with a more home-cooked feel than other larger hotels. No pool however. Visiting is a really good experience and well recommended.

  • Liked — Terrific character
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Spencerswood
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2005

We stayed here purely as a convenient point to set off early for the Horton Plains National Park (great birds and scenery).

The previous comments are accurate, but don't give enough credence to the fantastic 'colonial' atmosphere of the building - which is (thankfully) not carried over to the service, which is friendly and helpful. Though welcome on arrival wasn't great.

Yes, the bathrooms are old fashioned, with iron baths on feet etc. But they function well and you certainly know you aren't in a modern corporate chain hotel! Similarly, the rooms are small and not the last word in modern features but adequate. Food is OK.

To summarise - don't go out of your way to stay here, but if you need to spend a night or two in this area, it's a nice place to stay and reasonably priced.

  • Stayed February 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank selimap
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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174 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 324 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2004

Firstly another Tripadvisor correction:
Location of hotel is Bandarawela which is 150 km SouthEast of Kandy (4 hours by car through the highest mountains/hills of Lanka).

Location is actually quite good, close to centre but still quiet enough. Rooms are 1970-1980 quality, some old furniture and not too good bathroom and also a bit basic restaurant. Compensated for by a nice garden, friendly staff and a very reasonable price level. Not a hotel to stay weeks, but 1-2 days as a starting point for trips to e.g. Badulla and waterfalls it is nice!

  • Stayed November 2003
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank ErikandSandya
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Property: Bandarawela Hotel
Address: No. 14, Welimada Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Uva Province > Bandarawela
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Bandarawela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bandarawela Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Journey to the top of the world across a limitless mountain vista adorned by a green carpet of tea plants. Enter a long lost era through a portal of clouds and feel the kiss of mountain mist on your skin. Breathe the pristine mountain air and let your soul be rejuvenated. Gaze upon the dream scape of Bandarawela. Reside at the Bandarawela Hotel, and live for a while in a land of strawberries, pears and tea.The hotel has 33 colonial rooms with great views of tea plantations. All the bathrooms come with bathtubs and hot water. Each bathroom is supplied with all requirements. The rooms provide TVs with local channels and telephone with international direct dialing. Our rooms are wheel chair accessible. ... more   less 
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