We stayed at the lovely Richmond House, a boutique guest house set high above Kandy, for two nights in October 2011. We sincerely regret we have not managed to write a review on the wonderful hospitality we received until now. From the moment we arrived we were treated as special guests – with a welcome drink, baggage whisked away and an upgrade to their Suite (set on the second floor with amazing views – no lift so if you have mobility issues this may not be the best choice for you).
The Suite was spotlessly clean and spacious (with a large four poster bed, entertainment system, sofas, fridge, complimentary water, tea/coffee making facilities) with an en-suite bathroom (the only slight issue being the lack of a wall-fixed shower head which could be easily rectified).
The ethos of the helpful staff is to make your stay as comfortable as possible - one morning we enjoyed our breakfast al fresco on the second floor balcony to appreciate the amazing views. We even used their office laptop to send emails and enjoyed hearing about their plans for Richmond House #2 being developed close by. If you have time, we would recommend enjoying a home cooked Sri Lankan curry at the Richmond House. Take care of the spices if you have a weak palate like us – the complimentary Arak helped though!
While the Richmond House is situated up a steep hill, it is only a short taxi or tuk-tuk ride (c. LKR 400) from the centre of Kandy (not really walking distance). We recommend taking a RH card to direct Kandy’s tuk tuk drivers.
There’s plenty to keep you occupied in Kandy and the surrounding areas. We would recommend booking some of your sightseeing trips with the Richmond Hotel using the guest house’s car – much more flexible and informative. We did two sightseeing trips (one full day to visit temples, a spice garden, Dambulla Caves and Sigiriya and a second to visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage on route to Negombo).
In summary, if you’re seeking a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of Kandy with warm Sri Lankan hospitality, then this place is for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Richmond House Kandy is located on the beautiful and picturesque hill country, Kandy, Sri Lanka. Experience and enjoy Sri Lankan smilefull services and hospitality...Just fifteen minutes drive from the second biggest city of Sri Lanka, Kandy, The Richmond House located at the cool climate hill country area....The Richmond House Kandy provides you the luxury stay at the colonial city, Kandy. All our services depends on your request. Please feel free to communicate with us for your wonderful stay at this hotel. 8 Suite Rooms contain ensuite, picture windows and private balconies overlooking the hill country. Offering all our suites amenities, including colonial style bed, 32inch flat tv, bath tub with hot shower, and other facilities which makes you stay comfortable... A/C, King size colonial and modern bed,free wifi,full english breakfast, 32inch flat TV, Hot water, Bath tub, Private balcony with panoramic view, Telephone(local and International), 24hr room service,mini bar,cable channels,tea maker, and etc., Eight luxury rooms, Restaurants with panoramic view, Internet, Bar, TV room area, Villa, Private luxury vehicle to go on tours and one day trips, Private meetings and function facilities, Only 15 minutes to the city of Kandy and to the temple.on the hills of misty kandy. ... more less
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- The Richmond House Kandy Hotel Kandy