We arrived at the Queen's and were skeptical at first on our decision upon the sight of the hotel - old, historical .... But we were in for a pleasant surprise. Upon entering the reception area, we were greeted with a warm and a humble smile from one of their best front staff. The check-in was quick and we were even more ecstatic to know that our room had been upgraded to the deluxe family room.
The hotel has been preserved for years (as it was formerly a king's palace) and they have done a very good job to ensure the decor remains intact. Our room was HUGE and spotless clean! Moreover, the location was excellent. Right next to the lake and in the middle of town.
The tour company - Royce tours is stationed at the reception area and the owner himself is available to guide through the different packages. Be sure to bargain though as he can be a bit pricey.
Only down side I see is that since our rooms were facing the main road, there was a lot of street noise (traffic etc etc...). Other than this, the hotel is a must visit because of it's perfect locale and friendly service.
- 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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