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“Excellent Option in Kandy”
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Hotel Thilanka
Ranked #11 of 54 Hotels in Kandy
Montreal, Canada
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“Excellent Option in Kandy”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

Wonderful location, overlooking the lake, and within easy walking distance of the sacred tooth temple, central Kandy and bus/train. Solid service and good local options for dining if tired of hotel buffet. Enjoy the monkeys, but keep hotel balcony doors closed as recommended, to keep them from a too close visit.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

Our room wasn't ready when we arrived at the hotel but the manager was very helpful and showed us 2 others that we could check into straight away. One was a room in the older part of the hotel with great views - but we actually chose a smaller room at the back of the hotel because it had recently been renovated and the bathroom was great. We still had good views over the rooftops and of lots of monkeys!
Communal areas were great and the bar /swimming pool area has wonderful views over kandy.
Good value for money and the best hotel in that price range that we stayed in in Sri Lanka - but would recommend the rooms in the newer wing unless views are your number one priority.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

We stayed at the Thilanka Hotel for 3 days over Christmas after coming down from Habarana. The hotel is well situated at the back of the lake and quite close to the Temple of the Tooth Relic.

We reserved one of the spacious rooms on the top floor with a great view overlooking the lake. Each of these rooms has a balcony with a couple of seats and a table however don't leave anything outside as the monkeys will have it. In fact the monkeys can often be seen jumping from balcony to balcony. We did notice that if there were more than 1 of us on the balcony, the monkeys didn't bother us but if you were alone, there was greater chance of a confrontation - which was an interesting new experience for me - all part of the adventure I guess.

Even down by the pool there are monkeys but these are often shooed away by the staff. If nothing else, it makes good entertainment to watch their antics.

We only ate breakfast at the hotel and this consisted of a buffet for a wide variety of tastes - an interesting mix is to start with spicy curry and then have some croissant - delicious!

One negative aspect about the hotel is that we thought that the price of their taxi from the hotel to the train station in Kandy was quite expensive - so check around before you book it. Other than that, we had a pleasant stay there.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

Thilanka is situated high over Kandy. No problem, as we are touring with car and driver. We had a room close to the swimmingpool . Basic furnished, but spacious. Friendly, not too personal staff.
Hotels should realise that travelers are using camera's, Ipads, Ereaders, cellphones, which need connecting faciliteit. Bring your own adapter. The breakfast buffet was fresh and well filled.
Beware of the many monkeys, looking for a bite and drinking from the outside tables when it is raining. The swimmingpool is cool and refreshing. The side bar offers nice cocktails and good wines. We saw many mariage ceremonies and because of Full Moon, no alcohol drinks were served. Overall a busy hotel, but a nice place to stay in Kandy. Cees and Theo

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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cheshire
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

My husband and myself stayed for 1 night in thilanka hotel in may 2013 when we visited kandy on a tour from Kalutara. The hotel is on an incline looking over the Kandy lake and city. We stayed in a top floor suite at the front of the hotel with stunning views. The bed room was large and tastefully decorated and very clean .The dinner we had was buffet style with plenty of choice and was lovely.The breakfast was again buffet style with chef cooking omelettes on request ..i have read the other reviews and cannot understand why some are as they are.this is a lovely hotel and I would recommend it to my friends.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

Very standard issue kind of hotel with oh so little atmosphere and poor price/quality ratio. If you go to Kandy go for a guesthouse . . far more personal, better food and you get the true taste of Kandy.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Our room #705 was located in the West wing. It was comfortable, cozy and had a small terrace. Due to the pre-new year's eve bustle, Thilanka hotel was full and busy. This unfortunately was disadvantageous to the general atmosphere. As this was the largest hotel we stayed in Sri Lanka and it felt a bit impersonal. However Thilanka hotel had a nice swimming pool and a bar next to it.
Strong points: great views of Kandy surroundings, quiet location (Rs.250 up the hill by a tuk-tuk from the center), superb ayurvedic spa (facial treatment for just Rs.1800 was excellent and highly recomendable), buffet dinner/breakfast had good variety;
Weak points: music entertainment during dinner was pretty annoying, wifi signal only in the pool area, bathroom untidy and wc flush tank was broken.

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  • Stayed December 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:
#3 Spa Hotel in Kandy
#6 Luxury Hotel in Kandy
#7 Family Hotel in Kandy
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Thilanka 4*
Number of rooms: 94
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