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Lakshmi Guest House
Ranked #234 of 438 Kandy B&B and Inns
Reviewed February 10, 2012

It is not good place for staying in Kandy. In this city you can easily find better places in the same or lower price. I think Lonely Planet makes worse this place.

Rooms are simply and clean, bathrooms are in bad condition. Staff is friendly as long they can earn money from you. Every kind of service (transport, laundry, food in restaurant, internet, entrance tickets) is much more expensive then in other places. I know, they want to earn money but it should be done in a fair way. And what I don't like the most - they (I mean staff) were cheating me all the time.

Summing up - you can choose this place if you don't care about quality

Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Management response:Responded July 15, 2012

I am sorry to read that you have had a bad experience at our establishment - we are investigating your complaint on Trip Advisor. Please be assured that all our staff members are undergoing retraining. We would like to welcome you back to the Lakshmi Guest house so you can see for yourself all the changes that have been implemented. We have confidence that you will be pleased with the upgrades. I would mention that any entry tickets sold at our guest house are only sold for the face value of the ticket so as to assist our guests. It doesn't matter if a guest purchases a dance ticket from us or the Kandy Dance Hall, the price is the same. This same procedure applies to all tourist locations including train tickets.

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Reviewed January 20, 2012

Quiet location, correct staff, okay kitchen. The room was simple but clean, the bed hard like stone! The bathroom i could call clean too but it was very old, with a leaking toilet, peeling paint, so they should care a bit more! We paid 2500Rs so if you travel with a small budget, that's what you get for it almost everywhere on the main travelled road - except for the leaking toilet and the stone bed then.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Katzi F
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

If you are booking in advance you cannot actually experience the room. When you arrive and see the rooms you will be disappointed. Thin, lumpy mattress. Bathroom with noisy leaking toilet. peeling paint on tiles. sink coming off the wall. Beware.

Room Tip: request decent mattress
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Foteini D
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

The rooms are REALLY basic - concrete floors, and simply a bed, a chair and a table with an old fan on it. The bathrooms were even more basic. The only 'unclean' part was the mosquito net which had been patched up in several places (including in one part with a band-aid!!!). The food in the restaurant was good (if the atmosphere was a little lonely) and the internet connection was fast enough. All around there are old, broken bits of furniture. But it was fairly clean, and the location was good, and the staff are nice.

All in all, it's a decent, budget option (apart from the depressing atmosphere), but for just a little bit more you can find something much better.

Room Tip: Ask to see a couple of rooms first - some are better than others.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled solo
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Thank Tim B
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Reviewed November 30, 2011

Pros:

- Location - 5 minutes walk in the city
- Staff - always nice but never accept their offers for Perahera seats. They sell the tickets for 7.500 Rupies per seat. When you bargain at the street you get the tickets for about 2.000 - 3.000 Rupies per seat.
- Internet - we had it without any extra costs

Cons:
- Price - 35 Euro per night (Perahera) is enormous, Breakfast for 750 Rupies (that's too much)
- Cleanliness - dirty room with dirty and broken mosquito net. We had 2 cockroaches inside.
- Loud fan
- Hard beds
- only cold water shower

Summary: Even for Sri Lankan conditions, Lakshmi guest house is quite dirty. When you'll be in Kandy for Perahera Season check early. I'm sure you find something cheaper and better.

By the way: if you want really delicious Sri Lankan Curry, just walk next door. Sharon's Inn is rather expensive (850 Rupies) but offers very delicious and huge meals.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank ampiano
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

Kannan here takes all the credit to keep all guest happy.
The place is great, nice view from the balcony overlooking with a few beers as company.

Very well located from the kandy temple and cultural centre.
They are well stocked with beer but lack a full fledged kitchen, so you need to place ur food orders well in advance if you plan to down some extra water of love. But there will be absolutely no one to disturb you here.

The only hitch to the place is its slightly away from the main market area, but considering there is not much to do there anyway you might as well stay here and enjoy Kandy while you are here. The pros outweigh the cons and they have limited rooms so book in advance to avoid disappointments.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank sidewindere
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

this was a nice guestouse with all the necessities covered, and for a good price. the staff were very polite and helpfull, and their shyness was a nice break from the shop owners in the town.
the location is great, just a short wals to the lake or town, or the 'main viewpoint'.
it doesnt do food, but there are places nearby that have this covered.
i would stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Beck_Kirk
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Address: No. 57/1/1 Saranankara Road, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
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Ranked #234 of 438 B&Bs / Inns in Kandy
Price Range: $40 - $46 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
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