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“Great Value, charming hotel with character”
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Bandarawela Hotel
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Bandarawela
Reviewed January 6, 2011

Colonial hotel, built at the turn of the last century, left pretty much untouched. The public areas are nice, smiling staff, decent food, great tea, lovely flowering gardens! I live in San Francisco, and $80 here cannot even get me a generic room in a seedy motel. So, I think Banarawela hotel at $80 was a great deal as it also included meals and accomodation for my driver. The rooms were functional, but I suspect luxurious rooms were not so common at the time the hotel was built. One caveat though! At 5 am, you will be woken by the call to pray (over a loudspeaker) from the closeby mosque!
I enjoyed my stay and recommend this place.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 25, 2010

old english hotel that need some renovation. the room was dark and cold. T.V did not work, the food was terible, since there were no view and nothing to do we order a massage( part of hotels services) . It took them 3 hours to bring a masseuse to a cold smeling room . even the oil was cold.

Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 11, 2010

A wonderful hotel to be away from the bussy life of Colombo. Spent a good 4 nights of peaceful holiday in the cool climes of Bandarawela. Mornings are good while the nights are a bit cold. The food is very fantastic specially the breakfast which is very delicious. it could be improved (all 3 meals) where the menus could be changed regularly. The desserts could be improved with a more variety of desserts. The staff with the General Manager is very friendly and co-operative. Recommend that the Bathroom furnitures to be upgraded replacing the old Bathroom fittings. Overall it is a wonderful place to spend your holiday away from the Colombo bussy schedules.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 7, 2010

stayed here because it was aitken spence and good reviews, but was dissapointed, it was creepy.. Old style.Staff were not friendly.. Bad english.. beds were so uncomfy as two singles pushed together. The only thing was the location. I would not stay here again.

  • Stayed: October 2010
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Reviewed October 21, 2010

This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I really loved it. It's a leftover from the days of the British Raj, in every respect - the building, the service, the furnishings, the gardens. The rooms and bathrooms are basic, with no airconditioning, just ceiling fans and windows which open (and let the mosquitoes in!). The food is OK, and the service professional. It's a memorable experience to stay here, and I recommend it warmly.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 15, 2010

Bandarawela is a picturesque hill station and Bandarawela Hotel is quite hospitable. Good accommodation and good food and a good locality.
We can watch a lot of grand waterfalls in this area like Bambarakanda, Duhinda, Ravana Ella and so on.
A perfect weekend get away.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 13, 2010

We went in February; the time of the year when the hill-country is just about to look wonderful. The hotel is located at the top of the town, in a very attractive place. But as soon as you enter through the gate, the feeling of being in the town goes away and there is a feeling of elegance and peace.

Everything in Bandarawela Hotel looks old, the signs of its proud history can be seen everywhere. While we stayed there were some people and the place was still quiet and peaceful. It is just what you need for a change in the cold weather.

The room was nice and the bed was huge and comfortable. The bathroom was old but clean. The staff was friendly enough and the food was better.The breakfast was really nice and the head-waiter was extremely pleasant and helpful.

We recommend this place to anyone who looks for a peaceful and romantic get away. There is a lot to enjoy in the cold countryside. We hope to be back next year.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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: $38 - $196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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