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“Great view, clean rooms, and nice atmosphere.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Villa Sandalwood
Ranked #127 of 272 Specialty Lodging in Kandy
Copenhagen, Denmark
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21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great view, clean rooms, and nice atmosphere.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

We stayed at villa sandalwood for 2 days and enjoyed these. Before we arrived they called and asked us if we wanted food prepared, as we were arriving late (from the lovely terrace restaurant).
Regarding food: The Sri Lankan food was excellent (5 different curries w. unlimited topping up), whereas western food was bland (think fried chicken w. chips and 1/2 a tomato).
The staff were attentive and informative. The only tiny problem was that they did not have accommodation for our driver.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Karachi
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

i paid 65$ per night which was way expensive then better hotels in kandy.
this room didnot have an intercom to call anyone, so we took the number of staff and would call everytime we needed anything.
there were no tooth brushes and shampoo available it was bought by staff in the morning when requested.
breakfast was an egg , juice and fruits i guess thats the standard at most place in kandy but food wasnt tasty.
the location of this place is completely out of track, our driver didnt know the directions to hotel at night n got to know on phone from staff. wouldnt recommend going out at night in such a dark lane n then steep hill.
this hotel shouldnt charge so much when such less facility
also there was no view from my room, i could only see branches of trees.
also there is such sound which keeps coming at night as well as in morning i am guessing its from a church near by.
overall i wouldnot recommend anyone to stay here for the price paid. unless its cheaper to 30$ may be then also not.
however i liked the staff member named JAgud who helped us through out the trip and was very helpful n hospitable.
and also the view from roof top where you had breakfast was nice. but this hotel is too far from city area .
not worth the price you pay , although yes rooms are very comfortable n clean but then you can get that anywhere in less price.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ZohaAli
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Mannheim, Germany
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012

Wonderful terrace view. The rooms are just outstanding clean and sooo suuuper decorated.
The location is a bit out of Kandy but it´s absolutely no problem.
I don't know what to say except that it´s EXELLENT !!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2012

Great place to stay. Family-run business. The owner speaks excellent English and is very helpful in organizing day outings and trips to the local meditation centre. Rooms are clean and comfortable and the rooftop restaurant has superb views. As a single female traveller I felt very comfortable and had a lovely stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Sharon976
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London
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21 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2012

I have to agree with other reviewers, this place is too far from the centre of Kandy. You also have to be aware that it is not known by tuktuk drivers so you have to direct them - this can be quite difficult at night.
On the website it looks like it is a 'remote' property, however it is actually surrounded by other houses. The views from the terrace are stunning and the rooms are very clean, however I was extremely dissappointed and feel you could find better for the price

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank zinfandel01
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Pilton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
269 reviews
73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2012

As lovely as this place was, it left a few things to be desired. It is simply located too far from Kandy involving a 500-1000r three wheeler journey, each way, each time you go out. It is possible to use local buses which we did, but this is not an option after dark. The path from the main road is dark and not a little bit scary with large snarling dogs, thankfully behind fences but the worry is that one might get out. The rooftop terrace is stunning and the vistas afforded quite breathtaking, particularly over breakfast. The rooms and bathrooms were lovely but the shower water heater only provides enough hot water for the first 60 seconds of shower. This meant that one of us always had a cold one. A major design flaw, villa sandalwood has a metal roof. If it rains, which it does a lot at this time of year, you will have no chance of sleep! It's like trying to sleep inside a resonating metal tin! The man who prepared and served our breakfast and one dinner is worthy of note. He is utterly lovely, a perfect gentleman and meticulous about his preparation, presentation and courteous service. 10/10. Although Villa Sandalwood is clean, lovely and beautifully presented, frankly, to enjoy Kandy properly, it's too remote. Kandy is all about it's vibrant buzz and to miss that by staying in a suburb would be to miss what Kandy's all about

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WaterwaysExplorer
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Lyon, France
Level Contributor
582 reviews
137 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 390 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2012

The location is too far from the city with no signs.Not convenient for disabled people.Basic food with no choice,expensive plonk,large comfortable room with great..view!(see my picture)

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bernard69
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Property: Villa Sandalwood
Address: 09 Pallekalle, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy
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Ranked #127 of 272 Specialty Lodging in Kandy
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Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Sandalwood 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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