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“Refreshing blast from the past.”
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Queens Hotel Kandy
Ranked #30 of 55 Hotels in Kandy
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
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“Refreshing blast from the past.”
Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

Nice colonial style hotel in the heart of Kandy with short distances to almost eveything.

Good range of breakfast foods with an ok quality too. Atmospheric bar, lobby, elevator, etc.

Only really two draw backs which are small rooms and the time it takes for the hot water to become present.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Stayed in queens hotel just before Christmas. Charming, slightly run down, classy place with large bedrooms and bathrooms and a very cool old style bar. Its not super luxe but atmospheric and comfy. There is also a fabulous old bar next to the hotel I think one attached to it but now independently run. Worth checking

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chittagong City, Bangladesh
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

We got a chance to stay at Queen's Hotel,Kandy last December-2012 during our vacation in Sri Lanka.It is a piece of antique hotel started from British Colonial Rule but still maintaining old heritage of the hotel.It is a great place to stay to visit Sri Dalada Maligawa and we attended morning Pooja at 5.30 am.
Buffet breakfast had a good selection of items and most of the guests are regular visitors.And specially valet parking is most helpful for self driving people like us.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Darfur, Sudan via Charlotte, NC, USA
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Queens Hotel manages to maintain an aura of old colonial grandeur, but the fact that it's in a noisy, bustling, touristy area undermines this positive.

Even at night, it's noisy! The temple next door is noisy. And since it's THE temple (Tooth Temple), it's busy from sunup to sundown. And before sunup and after sundown, the people who work in the temple are setting up/tearing down. Even on the top floor, on the side (not the front, but also not the back), it was still noisy enough to prevent sleep.

The rooms are large and I THINK they were clean, but the natural lighting was bad (except in the bathoom, which was INCREDIBLY noisy) and the provided lighting was dim like mood lighting and you could barely see what was in the room.

The lobby was nice and airy and inviting. The bar was very nice and kept up the colonial Long Bar atmosphere of the hotel.

The staff was very nice and helpful, and went out of their way to help you.

Overall, very nice in a very touristy location (if that what you want), but you do sacrifice peace and quiet.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

The hotel is in the best location in Kandy and as soon as you walk through the doors the place is stunning! The old colonial style is fantastic, the rooms are basic but have everything you need and were very comfortable. The bar and swimming pool were very good for relaxing and the buffet breakfast had fantastic choice.
The rooms facing the temple are noisy, with prayers being called at 6am and then the horns start on the road, but this is only a minor negative.
This hotel is a must, even if you're not staying here you should visit as the decor is amazing.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

This hotel definitely has character and history, but it has seen better days.

The family room was large with beds in 2 different rooms. The beds were large and fairly comfortable. The bathroom was large, but the hot water supply was variable.

It is worth noting that our suitcase was placed by staff beside the bathroom, and water leaked from the bathroom shower onto the bag.

The room was very as we could hear chanting from the Temple of the Tooth and vehicles from the road.

Breakfast was disappointing.

Worth considering for its history and character, and it could not be much closer to Kandy's major sights.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

This must be everyones idea of an original Colonial Hotel. Only stayed one night but would recommend the hotel purely based on location.
The hotel itself was clean, staff were pleasant, helpfull and reception efficient.
Rooms had very high ceilings and wooden floors, stunning interior.
One unique experience was being woken in the early hours by the Buddhist Monks early morning chanting!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Queens Hotel Kandy
Address: No. 4 Dalada Veediya | No. 4 Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 55 Hotels in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Queens Hotel Kandy 3*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
WELCOME TO QUEEN'S HOTEL One of Sri Lanka's iconic historic hotels, Queen's Hotel, situated in the heart of Kandy, faces the beautiful splendid surroundings alongside the Kandy Lake. With a history of over 160 years The Queen's Hotel is a 90 room British Colonial style luxury hotel. This former Governor's residence is one of the oldest hotels in Sri Lanka which is managed by the Ceylon Hotels Corporation. What's momentous about Queen's Hotel is that it is situated in Kandy, where the world prominent "Temple of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha" is. Every country has its pageants and festivals and so does Kandy which has the world famous "Kandy Esala Perahera Pageant" which is held annually. This pageant proceeds along side the Queen's Hotel's East & West wings, providing the most magnificent viewing facilities for the guests who patronize the hotel. ... more   less 
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