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“Great guesthouse in Kandy”
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Freedom Lodge
Ranked #23 of 53 Hotels in Kandy
Auckland, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Great guesthouse in Kandy”
Reviewed January 31, 2014

Loved staying here. Central location overlooking Kandy. Friendly, helpful hosts who welcomed us into their home. Well appointed room, good breakfast and lovely evening meal. The only downside is that a large hotel is under construction just up the road - so it was very noisy on one of the four days we stayed. However, that wouldn't put us off staying again.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms have views.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

The friendly and helpful hosts have got guest house accommodation down to a fine art after 20 years in the business. Despite the constant turnover of guests the greet every new arrival as an individual. It's annoying that the local government allows construction to continue after dark as this is the only thing that marred my stay.

Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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San Francisco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

Note: I'm only just getting around to writing reviews from our fun month trip to Sri Lanka. My husband and I stayed here just over a year ago. The drop-down selection of dates provided by Trip Advisor only goes back 11 months, so I selected February 2013 as the closest date.

The hotel was under construction when we arrived, but this wasn't an issue. The room we had was clean, the bed was comfortable, and the owners (who were leaving for a holiday themselves) were pleasant and open. For dinner, they recommended a local restaurant up the street and we loved it.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

Freedom Lodge good location, very clean and friendly. Nice public areas and room, bathroom large and airy. Nice and quiet after noisy town. I thought food very average and not the greatest quality. Breakfast included in rate and fruit looked like it had been sitting out all night . as favourless and dried out - quite disappointing. I had evening meal first night - quite overpriced - curry - favourless and not that fresh - tasted like they had come out of jar. Food a real let down compared to what I had eaten and what I was going to eat. There was something lacking at this place, looked good on the outside, but seem to be cutting corners in the food line.

Room Tip: Don't bother with evening meal, unfortunately not too many choices other than guest houses.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Zurich, Switzerland
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45 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed December 6, 2013

Staying with Mr. and Mrs. de Alwis was like staying with locals. It's like staying with a family. Their house is beautiful and very clean. Great food in the evening, and nice breakfast in the morning in the garden. From the top floor there is lake view. It is quiet and that's what we need after noisy Kandy full of traffic jams. We absolutely recommend this wonderful guest house!

Room Tip: Take a room with balcony as the back rooms are a bit dark.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Victoria, Canada
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15 reviews
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

We stayed Sep 29 for 4 nights. The owners were delightful - friendly, courteous, helpful and kind. We needed a private car for transfer to Dambulla and they arranged the best driver and quality of car we had during our entire trip. The rooms were clean and spacious, though air conditioning would have been nice. The food was good. The location is excellent.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

We've spent 3 nights in Kandy, and have chosen the Freedom Lodge following a recommendation in our Rough Guide. Bottom line - it deserves its recommendations.
Clean and comfortable rooms (much better than similarly priced guesthouse in Colombo), very reasonable price, and a very friendly staff. Above-average quality dinners are also offered. The place is walking distance from the city center (about 10 minutes walking).

Recommended!

Stayed August 2013, 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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