We stayed at the Richmond house for 4 nights in August. We booked for one night as we were in Kandy during the parahara and the hotels were all fully booked. We were lucky to get a one night stay as we are 5 with our three kids. The hotel room are very nice with big beds and bathrooms. Very clean and cosy with spectacular views from the balcony. We loved the hotel and Kandy so much that we wished to stay longer. The Richmond house was booked solid but Naweera, the amazing manager, offered us a room that they don't usually book as it is not on the side with the views and is a little dated. It was still fantastic and all 5 of us fit very nicely! Naweera then got us tickets to the Parahara that were at the start of the parade just beside the temple. That was also a magical experience.
The hotel itself is the past residence of a wealthy family. It is built on a hill with amazing views from the rooms and from the dining area. The decor is elegant without being stuffy ot overly formal. The food was always excellent and the service is beyond description. At one point we ran out of rupees so Naweera gave us some and tacked it on our bill. He was so helpful in so many ways that we started calling him dad. I could tell from the way the other guests treated him that they felt the same way.
Although this hotel is not in the heart of Kandy it is very close and all the tuk tuk drivers know it well.
I would not hesitate in any way to stay here. If you want to experience the height of the Sri Lankan hospitality and a bit of the old world history you can not go wrong by staying here. It's fun to imagine what it must have been like when one family lived in this amazing house.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Richmond House Kandy is located on the beautiful and picturesque hill country, Kandy, Sri Lanka. Experience and enjoy Sri Lankan smilefull services and hospitality...Just fifteen minutes drive from the second biggest city of Sri Lanka, Kandy, The Richmond House located at the cool climate hill country area....The Richmond House Kandy provides you the luxury stay at the colonial city, Kandy. All our services depends on your request. Please feel free to communicate with us for your wonderful stay at this hotel. 8 Suite Rooms contain ensuite, picture windows and private balconies overlooking the hill country. Offering all our suites amenities, including colonial style bed, 32inch flat tv, bath tub with hot shower, and other facilities which makes you stay comfortable... A/C, King size colonial and modern bed,free wifi,full english breakfast, 32inch flat TV, Hot water, Bath tub, Private balcony with panoramic view, Telephone(local and International), 24hr room service,mini bar,cable channels,tea maker, and etc., Eight luxury rooms, Restaurants with panoramic view, Internet, Bar, TV room area, Villa, Private luxury vehicle to go on tours and one day trips, Private meetings and function facilities, Only 15 minutes to the city of Kandy and to the temple.on the hills of misty kandy. ... more less
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