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“Great intro to Sri Lankan hospitality”
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Freedom Lodge
Ranked #23 of 54 Hotels in Kandy
2 reviews
“Great intro to Sri Lankan hospitality”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

We arrived at 7pm so having the owner Sarath pick us up from the airport meant we made it to the Freedom Lodge that night instead of having to stay around Colombo. Rs8000, about £40 well spent! This was towards the higher end of our budget but, again, worth it to get a clean room/bathroom and really friendly and helpful hosts.

We have 2 weeks here (backpacker style) and are using buses and trains for most of our travel as it is so cheap and much more enjoyable. We did use one of Sarath's trusted drivers to take us to Pinnewala ele sanctuary, a spice farm and 3 temples near to Kandy which was again money well spent, especially as it pours with rain all day at the moment. Gerard was really friendly, informative and we think good value to see a lot in one day. Buses are fun but only if you have the time.
I would definitely recommend Freedom Lodge but note that the price was Rs3600 as opposed to the recommended cost in the 2012 Lonely Planet of Rs3000-3500.

(A 34yr old couple from London)

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Reviewed October 26, 2012 via mobile

“Great place!!!
The place was a great surprise, the rooms are clean and beautiful, the view is great .The owner is very friendly and a great .You will discover from breakfast util dinner the tasty Sri Lankan food!
They arrange good driver also my full tour.
Thanks for all
I wish you all the best......,,

  • Stayed September 2012
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Sarath and Nalini continue to make this the most welcoming and comfortable place to stay, it's a truly beautiful place. The rooms are spotless with loads of space. Nalinis cooking is delicious. We very much enjoyed watching the twenty/20 cricket on tv with the staff!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

On our way from the airport in the taxi we were told by our driver that we couldn’t stay at our originally booked hotel, Freedom Lodge. My wife and I had read that scams like this happen all the time. The driver told us that the owners mother had died and they could not honour our booking as the body was being kept in the house. Sarath, the owner at Freedom Lodge wanted to honour our booking and he booked us into Sharon Inn for our first 2 nights and then we would stay at Freedom Lodge for one night.

The welcome at Freedom Lodge for our last night in Kandy was great and the room we were given was absolutely fantastic. We paid for the most expensive room for 2 nights. The balcony and the view were absolutely brilliant. We only had breakfast at Freedom lodge and it was the typical fruit and toast served everywhere.

The room was really nice!

I am gutted we couldn’t spend our entire stay at Kandy in the room!

A big point! Don’t let the TUK TUK drivers rip you off. Outside of Colombo all tuk tuk drivers are ripping tourists off! Inside Colombo the tuk tuks are metered at between 35 and 50 rupees per KM. In Kandy they will try and get upwards of 100 rupees per KM. Don’t let them get you and refuse to get in!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

We only stayed here one night but we absolutely recommend this place! The room is big and clean, the people are very friendly and the food was very good (though a bit too expensive for Sri Lanka norms).

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

love the stay and the welcome got this lovely people. we had a very good stay..its not so comfortable, but OK. average meals. and lovely chat had with the owner. we didnt have a problem with the reservation. cheep and worth. got for the budget travelers.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

This place is lovely. We felt very welcome by our hosts who introduced themselves and we were taken to a lovely clean room with a hot shower.

The hosts here are very friendly but not pushy in terms of tour etc which for Kandy is a breath of fresh air. We did use their services to take us to the elephant safari. The host drove us himself and negotiated a good price for us with one of the jeep drivers.

We cannot find fault in this guest house in anyway and would highly recommend it.

It is only a short walk to the lake as well so if you like a short stroll no need to keep using the tuk-tuks.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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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 Best Value Hotel in Kandy
#5 Romantic Hotel in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 180
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