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Lakshmi Guest House
Ranked #255 of 465 Kandy B&B and Inns
Reviewed 18 September 2013

Listed in the newest Lonely Planet as a budget option. I can't stand when hotels and guesthouses that are listed as budget options automatically start charging more, even though they keep things the exact same, or even worse! That seems to be the case here. They're cashing in on their listing in the Lonely Planet. This is why I try to avoid places listed in the guide. The restaurant prices are ridiculously high, as are the beer prices - the highest I had seen in Sri Lanka! The only thing budget about this place are the dingy rooms with dirty bathrooms. I don't mind staying in those kinds of places, but I expect to pay budget prices then! Also, I asked for help booking a train ticket, as they advertise that service - but they wouldn't. They also sleep in past 7, which I haven't heard of in Sri Lanka. You'll have to unlock the gate yourself to get out to visit the temple. Just down the road not even 100m, there is a hotel with far superior rooms for almost half the price! (1300 rupees instead of 2000). If you're looking for mid-range options with budget rooms and luxury restaurant prices, then by all means stay here.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

We've been staying in hostels all over Sri Lanka for two months and this is the WORST one we've stayed in! The bathroom was so dirty that we were unable to shower, the beds had very mysterious stains on them and the staff were rude!

3 days before our arrival, we had to cancel one of the days of our reservations (as we had to work). When we arrived and saw the state of the room, we (very politely!) asked for a discount. The hotel manager yelled at us for him loosing money on us canceling one of the nights!

At all of the hostels we've stayed at, the Sri Lankan owners have been friendly, helpful and welcoming. At the Lakshmi Guest House we had the only bad experience of our 5 week stay in Sri Lanka.

Avoid it!!!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank GeorginaH909
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Reviewed 1 May 2013

Lakshmi is a good value for money place for modest backpackers. The rooms are small and the bathrooms are basic but all is clean. The stuff is nice and helpful, esp. Roomy, who was our guide and tuk tuk driver for 1 day. The terracce was great for the breakfasts as well as evenings - food is good, although Sharon Inn (just next door) serves probably better, yet more expensive. Overall, we would come back :)

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank MartinaHucinova
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

nice view on Kandy city and very quiet guest house in a peaceful area. Due to several hours of delay with our flight, the taxi driver coming from the guest house to pick us up doubled the price ! not nice...

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank neverletuforget
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

The guesthouse is located on a hill, the view from the terrace is obstructed by giant water tanks. The room was rather gloomy, the attached bathroom wasn't very clean and could use some renovation. It cost 2000 Rs per night. Food was OK but pricey.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
Thank kasia_lach
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

We came to this hotel because of good review in Lonely Planet guide book. Rooms were simple and quite clean as it was described there. The difference was price. For simple doubleroom with shared bathroom cost after some negotiation 1 800 LKR.
Well, the manager was helpful, the shared terrace of the guesthouse is nice, so it was not bad simple place to stay, but not for prizes which you can see in the book. I'd recommend to find other place to stay in Kandy.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Michal M
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Reviewed 2 March 2013

We had made a reservation in Lakshmi Guest house based on the positive review in the Lonely Planet and stayed there for one night. It turned out to be much less than the LP promised ("cheap, clean and cheerful option"). We found it to be gloomy and dirty (the shared bathroom especially) and on top of that, our room had a leaking roof which kept us awake half the night. When we complained about it the next day we were told that this was not their fault because monkeys damage the roof. We only managed to get a small discount after debating with the manager for quite a while.
In addition, the food was the most bland rice and curry we had on our entire trip.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Katiahb
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Address: No. 57/1/1 Saranankara Road, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
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Ranked #255 of 465 B&Bs / Inns in Kandy
Number of rooms: 7

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