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Reviewed January 29, 2013

This hotel makes an instant impact when you arrive. The main reception area is very bright, clean and overlooks the bright blue pool with river as a backdrop. The staff were very pleasant and efficient. The room we had was on the second floor it was big and had a great view from the balcony of the pool and river. The restaurant on the first floor had a large open terrace so we ate there on the two nights we were staying and had breakfast there too. It was wonderful to eat breakfast in the open with great views and feel WARM in January.The food and atmosphere was never bettered in our stay in Sri Lanka. It was impressive that the Head Chef came round each night to ask about our satisfaction with the food. This hotel is highly recommended.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank arjem
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

We reached pretty late to kandy, slept confused when given a room on the ground floor, so below the reception area. But woke up to a fantastic view of the river and sound of chirping birds. Their sheets were so clean ... that they were smelling nice. Breakfast buffet was good. Basically a feel good place. Keep up the good work.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Ritu s
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

The hotel has an expensive and stylish feel. We were given a room far below the reception level and were concerned, but it was spacious, with the back door opening onto a green garden, and the furniture had a faint and pleasant smelled of cinnamon - or did we imagine it? The buffet choice of food was one of the best we had ever seen anywhere, with all possible Sri Lankan meals and an open counter for Japanese food. The service was excellent, my son enjoyed free wi-fi in the room, and the river was shrouded in misty fog (when it does not rain in Sri Lanka it drizzles, we believe) adding to the hotel's grace.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Vadim92
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

A decent choice when staying in Kandy. The best part of the hotel is the view overlooking the Mahaweli River - its open terrace from the bar allows you to enjoy the view while having a nice meal. The hotel offers an a la carte restaurant as well as a breakfast and dinner buffet which in our book rated very well as the choices were both local and international cuisine it allowed for us to be somewhat adventurous in our food selection while having an international option. My fiance who is a very picky eater said this was the best out of all the hotels we stayed in during our trip. The hotel is about 15 minutes away from the hectic city but if you want to enjoy the city and have a nice quiet evening this is the way to go. Unfortunately, our last night was not the best as there was clearly something wrong with our plumbing as the pipes kept making a loud popping sound about every 2 hours in the middle of the night - perhaps a one off situation but the hotel could be a little better maintained to avoid these issues. Lastly, I thought the hotel was perhaps slightly over-rated on here as I wouldn't rate it any higher than 3 stars.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank ML_az2dxb
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

This hotel was fantastic. The rooms were the best I saw in touring Sri Lanka, the food excellent, the staff great, the lobby area (free wifi) looks amazing. It is hard to find fault with this hotel.

It is not located near the heart of Kandy though. We had a driver so it was not a problem at all, for people without though it might be frustrating (see other posts/reviews on this website).

Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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