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“Magnificent view over Kandy”
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Hotel Thilanka
Ranked #12 of 54 Hotels in Kandy
Stockholm, Sweden
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77 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Magnificent view over Kandy”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

The hotel is a nice one, nothing luxouriuos, but nice. The most spectacular thing about it is the magnificent view over Kandy. The location is good with walking distance to the temple of the tooth and the Kandy city center.
We liked the rooms (even though I've now realized the I'll never understand singalese electrical installations) and the restaurant area was very nice (inculding the actual food). The only thing about the eating experience on the negative side was the entertainment. It was the night of Poya (full moon) and perhaps the entertainment diring dinner was and extra due to that. I do not know. I did not like it all that much, but other might have. The staff was quite friendly too.
The management warns about keeping doors closed due to the monkeys. They did not bother us, but perheps we were lucky?

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

This is a convenient hotel but is a little strange feeling. Breakfast was good, restaurant is nice enough, room we stayed in was nicely furnished. Bathroom very old and needed renovating. Massive bare concrete corridors and bare concrete in rooms make it feel a bit cold and prison-like. Balconies should be great but there is no furniture provided so you can't sit on them. Pool area has no real seating area so can't really enjoy view there either. Glassed in bar has no atmosphere, it's in a fantastic location but the furnishings and lighting make it feel like a cheap motel bar. Compare it to the rooftop open-air bar along the road and you'll see the difference. Overall an ok place to stay which is convenient for main sights, but not somewhere you wanted to hang out.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Stayed for one night. Was pleasntly surprised by the hotel itself. Large rooms with beautiful views overlooking Kandy. Lots of monekys so keeping the doors locked is a must. Very entertaining to wake up to!!! Nice buffet dinner and bar area. Couldn't fault it.

  • Stayed January 2013
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed January 28, 2013

The Thilanka is located on a hill overlooking the lake in Kandy and has spectacular views. It's just a 10 minute walk from the Temple of the Tooth Relic or a few more minutes into the centre of Kandy. (Because traffic has to go around the other side of the lake, a tuk-tuk takes longer.) Rooms are big, bathrooms fine and the staff very friendly and helpful. Monkeys are a problem - you may not be able to use your balcony and have to keep the door closed. The only complaint I have about the hotel is the huge green neon sign on top of it, which dominates the view of the hills from Kandy, not in a good way!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Stayed here on our tour of Sri Lanka for one night in room 916. Difficult to navigate getting to the room with large suitcases traveling straight from flight. We were warned about the monkeys and couldn't use the balcony and had to make sure the door was locked. Aa breakfast they become a real nuisance as other reviewers have stated.

The room had a great view of the lake it was very large but very comfortable as was the bathroom. Food was OK we tasted better on our travels, but the bakery was excellent.

A good hotel for one night with easy access to the Tooth Temple.

Room Tip: Higher floor appear better but are nearer to monkeys.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2013

This hotel is amazing. It is located in the mountains, so you can see a beautiful view of the city.
The rooms are big, clean and luminous. The bathrooms are Ok. The pool is big, but the water is so cold! The better thing is the restaurant. The food is incredible, with an excellent bakery!! All the staff was kind and cordial!! we spend a very good time in this hotel!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Watford UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2013

Not much to add to other reviews, the monkeys are still there, the builders are still there and the hotel still allow you to stay in rooms that aren`t finished.
I wouldn`t have minded but a simple thing like showing 3 members of staff that the TV had no power cable followed up by a written snagging list including broken bulbs, exposed electrical wires and no coat hangers still brought no action other than lots of understanding nodding.

Room Tip: Ask for one you don`t have to build yourself
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Thilanka
Address: 3 Sangamitta Mawatha, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Kandy
#7 Luxury Hotel in Kandy
#7 Family Hotel in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Thilanka 4*
Number of rooms: 94
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