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“Expensive and very pushy”
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Highest View
Ranked #46 of 54 Hotels in Kandy
Kathmandu, Nepal
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10 reviews
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“Expensive and very pushy”
Reviewed 24 November 2013 via mobile

I stopped in to have a beer and curry one evening. The rooftop restaurant is pleasant with great views but it was the worse rice and curry I've ever had. I was still hungry afterwards and it cost 750 plus tax which is insane. The manager is so pushy with tours and meals even though I wasn't staying there. He kept saying you eat here everyday. After that it was uncomfortable to walk past there always being hassled for food. I would never go back or recommend this place to anyone. Worst guesthouse in SL.

Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
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Reviewed 12 November 2013 via mobile

Very clean house (no shoes allowed in the house) with a fantastic view from the rooftop terrace. The owner is very kind.
Breakfast was ok. The hotel was empty when we came but we suspect it could be noisy when fully booked.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2013

We stayed here for three nights and were charged 2000Rs per night. Our room was a double room with no view and had an en-suite. The room was clean if not a little damp. The bathroom only had hot water for one night and the others we had to get cold showers. We are not normally too bothered about this but Kandy is quite cold so it was unpleasant. The manager is friendly at first and pushy with breakfast and tours. Breakfast was too expensive for us so we politely told him we would eat in town and he said it up to us but all the places in town have unclean kitchens. Not a true statement since we ate there everyday. We also didn't want to take a tour but the man is so polite we felt bad saying no thank you. Especially when he says things like, 'ok but I am only trying to help you.' The hotel is up a very steep hill and a tuk tuk costs no more than 150Rs. The hotel restaurant has a beautiful view but the drinks and food is expensive. The most annoying thing though is that everything you use in the hotel, including your room and the Internet gets a ten percent service charge on it. We expect it on food and drinks but not on the room tariff which put our room up t 2200Rs a night and not on the pay by the ten minute computers you can use. We wouldn't really recommend this hotel, it is ok, nothing special and not particularly cheap. There are better ones to stay at on the same road.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2013

Nothing to recommend, nothing to stay away from. We took the Rough guide recommendations and tried this place. The view from the room was truly amazing and the room was quite clean, mosquito net and fan included. What bothered me was mainly the approach of the manager, who insisted that the restaurant in the place is awesome and they make really good food. So we counted on that. When we arrived in the evening, the manager looked surprised, that we demand some dinner. And it took them really long to make simple, not very impressive noodles, which I'd say were highly overpriced.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 29 June 2013 via mobile

We went here following LE ROUTARD, the view on the lake is nice but the workers aren't. You have plenty of guesthouse in the same area we are advasing you to choose another one. They asked for a early check out. It seemed like they were getting us out as soon as possible. We weren't able to go out after 10 o'clock because they were closing the guesthouse. Price was not cheap for the low season and "additional charges" have been added. Worse experience in Sri Lanka for us.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jeddah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

We stayed in Kandi view hotel during vacation time end of October 2012. The view is awesome! but nothing else. the location of hotel is very high, our taxi could hardly climb there. Room (left side next to jungle): we have chosen the room with 2 huge glass windows (practically glass wall) - amazing view but entire night I could not sleep at all! because of very poor isolation of the glass walls. I felt like I am laying in the middle of that jungle where the hotel is located: all sounds of jungle - night singing of cockroaches,birds, sounds of monkeys and etc. So, it was not pleasant. Cleanness of room: ok,bathroom is not good. Breakfast is Ok. Very basic hotel, for this cheap price it is ok. Staff is friendly.
Regards, Alsu

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh
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Reviewed 24 April 2013

After having difficulty with another property we found Highest View last minute in the Lonely Planet guide. The manager sounded very friendly on the phone and said he had room for 2 nights; there was no aircon but no curfew so we went over and checked in. They were very welcoming and although the rooms were a bit run down and dirty we were happy to have a place to stay. That night we went for dinner with friends and returned at 12.30 with no issue. The following morning we ate breakfast which was fresh and tasty. However when we returned that evening things took a turn for the worst when walked through the reception to our room with 2 bottles of water. The owner called us back to the reception desk and was adamant that we read the terms and conditions of the hotel, which were not displayed at the time of check in. One of the conditions was that no consumables were allowed in the room! He then went onto demand that we were back at the hotel by 10pm although no curfew was stated on the list of conditions. The owner was almost like a different person to the one we met the night before. He was aggressive and unreasonable to the point where we felt uncomfortable so packed our bags and found alternative accommodation further down the street. I see from this website that reviews are mixed and in my opinion it would be directly related to alcohol the owner had consumed as he seemed drunk.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Highest View
Address: 129/3 Saranankara Road, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
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Ranked #46 of 54 Hotels in Kandy
Hotel Class:3 star — Highest View 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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