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Freedom Lodge
Ranked #23 of 54 Hotels in Kandy
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17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“They forgot my reservation”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

I booked a room about 2 days ago via email, and had a confirmed reservation. When I arrived, they told me the rooms were full and wasn't able to recommend another place. In the end, I walked down the hill and stayed at Pink House, which is widely different from what I expected.

Will be good to confirm your reservation a day in advance!

Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

Nice comfortable guesthouse close to the center of Kandy. Run by a friendly family. We did not but you can join them for breakfast or dinner. The rooms we stayed in were clean and had a private balcony.The owner was a great help with the busses too :)

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

We ended up staying here a couple more nights than we planned - after two nights in Kandy we went up north to Sigiriya, but then came back via Kandy and stayed at Freedom Lodge again because we'd been so comfortable there. The family were very friendly, and were the most open about discussing the country / political situation etc out of everyone we met on our travels, so were very interesting. The room was very comfortable, nicely decorated, very clean and quite large, although crawling with insects (met ENORMOUS spider in the bathroom!). Breakfast was the standard fare, but perfectly good. Sarith has a van and will drive you places, but is more expensive than drivers you can pick up elsewhere in town.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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vancouver
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

The house and the room were both very clean. The hosts were very friendly and nice. We had a room on the second floor with a balcony but the view wasn't great. It just overlooked other buildings. The breakfast was average. There was a damp smell in the bathroom that was kinda gross. The bathroom tiles are black so you can see the mold or ants. There were also lots of ants in the bathroom crawling over the sink and toilet.

No real mosquitos when we were there. The room was cool even though it was fan only and provided a comfortable sleep. The location was good on the hill.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

Sarith, the patriarch of the family is incredibly accommodating, kind and honest. His wife is the same and the people who he has helping him do a great job.
Location is very central (up the hill from Hotel Suisse).
Clean room and bathrooms. Very good breakfast (didn't eat any other meal there).
If you go to Kandy, no other reason to stay anywhere else.
We had an issue with our driver from Nur Ellya to Kandy and had to fire him, Sarith then had his nephew, Gerard, take us to our next destination. Pricing was fair and Gerard was great.

Room Tip: Spend the extra rupees to stay on 2nd floor or higher.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Northampton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2012

We stayed for two nights in the penthouse suite. The owners were very friendly and the breakfast good. On the second day we asked for hoppers and they were made the authentic way with fresh coconut milk. They were the best we have had in Ski Lanka!
The only aspect that made us feel somewhat uncomfortable was when the owner and his brother in law took every opportunity to express their views on the lack of morals in the younger generation.
We also felt chastised for not booking directly with them by email but through a booking agent. We explained we did this because they did not have a website and a booking agent could confirm the booking. We were told we should have looked in lonely planet.
Still…………….it was a good place to stay for location and value. We also met some very interesting people.

Room Tip: Book directly using the email address in the lonely planet
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vienna
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2012

we stayed at the freedom lodge for 3 days. the owner gave us a warm welcome and every time we needed their support they helped us and they always asked if we are fine. we had the usual "fruits, toast and eggs-breakfast"and also dinner one time - the service was attentive and the food was good. we had a nice clean upstair-room with private balcony and mosquito-net. in the morning it is a little bit noisy because there is a school very close. good value for the rate (4.000 b & b)

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Freedom Lodge
Address: 30 Saranankara Rd, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 180
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