I stayed here with 2 friends for 3 nights. The room was basic but clean and with everything you need. What really makes this hotel though is the owners. Joseph and Kumari are 2 of the most welcoming and helpful people I have met when travelling. Kumari drew up an itinerary for us for a day out. She took us to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and gave us a guided tour getting us great seats at the spot where you can see the elephants playing in the river and then queuing up to go back to the orphanage. On the way back to Kandy she took us to a spice garden where we had a free tour and demonstration which included complimentary Ayurvedic massages - these were very much appreciated as it was the day after we climbed Adam's Peak. We also went to a tea factory where we enjoyed a nice sit down and complimentary cups of tea.
On returning to the hotel, we put our order in for dinner - rice and curry - and were then delighted when we were offered a curry making lesson. Joseph is a brilliant cook and his rice and curry dishes are fantastic. He taught us how to make 5 different vegetable curries and a chicken curry, all of which tasted amazing.
The view from the top floor restaurant is also great.
If you want a truly memorable trip to Kandy but want to stay somewhere cheap and cheerful then this hotel is a must.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Majestic Tourist Hotel is located in a quiet, clean area within the Kandy city limit, over-looking rain forest and beautiful mountains. We are one and half km from the city center. We have 20 rooms with attach bath, hot/cold water, some of them have balcony and a/c ( a/c on add charge ) we are approved by *Sri Lanka Tourist Board as **A** Grade. Walking distance to Temple of Tooth, Kandyan Dancing Hall and Ayurveda center etc. Free Breakfast, Free Pick up from Kandy City on arrival, also we do Tours and Airport pick-up for very reasonable rates. Roof Top Restaurant over-looking Kandy Lake. ... more less
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