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“A quiet retreat with a beautiful garden”

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Clove Garden Kandy City
Ranked #37 of 333 Specialty Lodging in Kandy
Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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“A quiet retreat with a beautiful garden”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

We stayed for two nights and really enjoyed it.
Finding Clove Garden is a bit difficult but calling Priyan will help any Tuktukdriver to find it.
The location is beautifully set in a nice garden just a short threewheeler (200 rupees) ride or a 30 min. walk away from busy Kandy.
Breakfast changes every day with offering pancakes, waffles or french toast as well as an egg and some fruits.
Staying here was a real pleasure!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Hobart, Tasmania
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

My 4 friends and I stayed here for 3 nights, and it was a wonderful place to stay, with many positives and just a couple of quite minor negatives. Priyan, the owner, spoke almost perfect English, and was extremely helpful with everything - accommodation recommendations, information about the cricket match we were hoping to go to, local knowledge, storing our foods and drinks in the family's fridges as the rooms didn't have these, other information ... he was a wealth of knowledge. The other staff we met did not speak such good English, but were always smiling, friendly and helpful.

The meals here were also a highlight, some of the best meals I think we had in the country. The (included) breakfasts of either pancakes, waffles or french toast, with syrup or butter and jam; different fruits; and an egg - either poached, fried or omelette were both visually and gastronomically wonderful. The dinner we ate here was equally spectacular (I've included a picture). There was a choice of several curries, a cucumber based salad, rice, and brightly coloured papadums. There was so much we could have fed all our friends at home, and the food was so delicious they are disappointed we didn't! The only downside to these meals was that at every one there was a bottle of water for each of us - which was great - but when we got our bill at the end we noticed this cost us USD0.50 per bottle. A minimal cost - and not a big issue at all - but just very slightly disappointing that it wasn't made clear that this was costing us. Another minor issue with breakfast was no juice was served. However tea and coffee were virtually unlimited.

We ate in a beautiful dining room, there were several lovely common areas available for our use, which was a bonus for a group such as us. We had three rooms, I was in a 'family room'. It was wonderfully clean and very well presented, though the lay out was slightly weird. You walked into one bedroom, and had to go through this to get to a second, which had a couple of chairs in it also. Off this one was the bathroom. So my room-mate had to go through my room to get to the bathroom, and I had to go through his to get outside. Again, this was only a minor inconvenience, and the room was intended for a family and would be a better layout for parents and kids I think.

The place had wi-fi, but it was only available up at the owners' residence, not in the accommodation area we were in. This was only a short walk and there was a covered outdoor area we could sit to use it, but it was still a little inconvenient. I believe this may have been due to an issue with the ISP though and I think Priyan is looking at having it fixed.

We had a driver, so getting around was easy, but even without a driver, it was a 5 minute walk to a supermarket, and 10 minutes to a bigger supermarket and a couple of restaurants. You could even walk to the main part of Kandy (such as the lake) if you wished, however it would be quite a long walk in the heat (maybe 30-40 minutes at a guess). This was great considering the beautiful garden surrounds and serenity of the place as it's not right in the city. One downside was the Clove Garden had no accommodation for drivers, so our driver had to go and get separate accommodation. If you have a driver, considering their accommodation is important - we didn't know this when we booked this place in advance, and ended up paying some money towards our driver's accommodation as he was disappointed about this.

Overall, as mentioned, the positives far outweighed the negatives, and I recommend this as a beautiful place to stay with friendly owners and staff (and black labrador - Molly!) and great Sri Lankan food. Great value for money.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

We only stayed one night at Clove Garden, but it was absolutely wonderful and we would have loved to have stayed longer.

We were greeted with smiles, coffee and cake (still warm!) and felt so relaxed that we decided to put off sight-seeing until the following day.

The location is great, a short tuk tuk ride from the city and it's sights and the setting is beautiful. We stayed in a new family room, which is spacious, clean and very comfortable.

Our two young children (aged three and two) were incredibly well looked after; we barely saw them all afternoon as they raced off to play.

As other reviewers have said, the food is amazing. We were treated to delicious curries (spicy for us and mild for the children) and waffles for breakfast. Chalani and Priyan were also very helpful in arranging our onward travel.

We highly recommend a stay at Clove Garden and hope to return ourselves one day.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

We stayed at Clove Garden for 3 nights and wished we could have stayed longer. Priyan and Chalani were wonderful hosts and we cannot praise Chalani's cooking enough. It was a joy to find someone who cared enough to make each meal, including breakfast, different and interesting. The curries were a delight and some of the best we ate in Sri Lanka. Clove Garden is an oasis of calm, close enough to Kandy to walk (although we didn't ) and yet feels so removed from the noise and busyness of the city.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sohar, Oman
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

After an easy flight, longer journey (car broke down) and visiting some temples and culture dans event we arrived in this peacefull place. Staff is very friendly and the owner can give you a lot of good tips for the rest of your journey. Rooms are basic but clean and a nice warm shower. The location is good, away from the buzy centre but not too far away. Breakfast was perfect for an other day exploring Sri Lanka.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2012 via mobile

The clove garden is the perfect stay in Kandy, it's in a lovely peaceful setting while also being close to Kandy centre. The staff are brilliant, from the owners to the gardener everyone is so friendly and will go out of their way to make your stay the best possible. Breakfast is great...fruit, waffles, French toast! Something different everyday which is nice. Traditional Sri Lankan Dinner is also available which is super! I would recommend this to everyone...couples, family, groups of friends or solo...you'll be looked after!

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Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Muscat, Oman
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

Clove Garden is a very family- friendly location indeed. Five-star service and you can still feel at home, no kidding.
If you're looking for something away from the hustle of the town of Kandy and yet perfectly accessible ,don't look further from Clove Garden. Neatly set in a lush green landscape typical of Kandy , the Garden is your tourist haven alright. Priyan, Chalani and their dog were extremely pleasant and helpful hosts. We had a driver whose English wasn't too strong, but thanks to Chalani, it wasn't too much of a bother. She was extremely communicative and informative which is what you really need. Priyan is all too helpful as far as discussing your itinerary with him is concerned, and you can totally rely on him for any concerns you may have, no matter how trivial. In fact, Priyan was in regular touch with us prior to our trip.All the domestic helps were equally friendly and efficient and truly believe in service with a smile- which is exactly what you want while you're on vacation!
We had no issues with cleanliness and the Sri Lankan cuisine served , was indeed remarkable- mouthwatering and great presentation!
Priyan and Chalani have great taste , as far as the interior decor and garden landscape is concerned, so if you do have time to while, be sure to take a stroll around the property- a sight for sore eyes!
So..Clove Garden? Your best buy indeed for a no-worries stay in Kandy!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Clove Garden Kandy City
Address: 198/11 George E De Silva Mwt, Kandy 01, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 333 Specialty Lodging in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Clove Garden Kandy City 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located within Kandy city limits just 2.5km from the center of the city and 2km from the Railway station.We strive to offer clean comfortable rooms. Our garden is possibly the largest privately held property within the City limits. Theres plenty of bird to greet you in the morning and beautiful tropical trees to keep you cool throught the day. The silence only a private estate can offer will assure you a good nights rest so you can continue to visit what Kandy has to offer. ... more   less 
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