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“Cozy and comfortable, with character” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Change
Ranked #12 of 58 Hotels in Kandy
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Singapore, Singapore
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Cozy and comfortable, with character”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

Staying here feels a bit like staying in someone's home, albeit a five-storey home with multiple rooms on each floor, in that it feels very warm and cozy. It has quite a bit of character in the sense that it is thoughtfully and tastefully furnished. Rooms are clean and comfortable, and from our room on the third floor we had a pleasing view of trees and hills beyond. Wifi was very strong, which was a pleasant surprise. This is not the most easy place to get to; it takes 15 to 20 minutes to drive here from the centre of Kandy, and the path leading to the hotel is narrow and steep. However, for that reason it is also a quiet and peaceful place. Now the food is not the best, but overall it is a very pleasant place to stay in, and at an excellent price. We would certainly recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014 via mobile

Firstly ,the journey to the hotel may seem a little difficult. Once you get there, it is completely worth it. It's beautifully decorated and immediately makes you feel warm and cosy. I love the simple decor and the blue painted floor. The view is gorgeous and the staff is very helpful. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants to experience a homely feel away from the noisy city. :)

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brunei
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8 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

Clean rooms but haphazard service; no towels or loo roll ( but immediately provided when asked for). Food was very basic and expensive for what was provided and service was slow due to lack of staff. Would I stay there again; probably not.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin
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39 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2014 via mobile

Nice rooms. Clean enough. Shower good with hot water.
Lovely little balcony with great views across Kandy countryside. They have a good wi fi service.
Food is terrible though. Dinner was awful, only rescued by a scoop of edible vanilla ice team. This was the extent of this chefs skill. Not normally overly fussy but we won't be recommending it.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Mahilyow, Minsk, Belarus
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014 via mobile

Мы приехали в The Change Guest House на ночлег во время нашего двухдневного путешествия по маршруту Унаватуна - Нувара-Элия - Канди - Сигирия. Этот замечательный гестхауз посоветовала нам хозяйка отеля, в котором мы жили в Унаватуне, Такшила. Она уверила нас, что нам очень понравится гестхауз, т.к. он принадлежит ее сестре. Дорога была очень долгой и утомительной, на окраину Канди, в The Change мы приехали практически на закате. К машине вышли служащие гестхауза, приветствовали нас и провели в наши комнаты, которые располагались на третьем этаже. Наш номер и номер наших друзей объединила большая лоджия с шезлонгами и столиками. Когда мы вышли на лоджию, у нас просто перехватило дыхание от красоты, которую мы увидели. Солнце садилось, окрашивая небо в розовый цвет, в дымке виднелись очертания гор, вокруг - пальмы и бурная тропическая растительность, воздух словно хрусталь! И волшебное многоголосие птиц! Мы оказались в раю! Сам гестхауз выдержан в колониальном стиле, он очень уютный и какой-то домашний. В большой столовой на первом этаже -красивая мебель, столовая посуда, на стенах - старые фотографии . В номере есть все, что нужно - удобная кровать, трюмо, вешалка для одежды и полотенец, кондиционер, ванная комната и туалет. Но особое очарование комнате придают вышитые постельное белье и шторы. Мы заказали к определенному времени ужин, который нас тоже очень порадовал - нам приготовили жареную курицу с картофелем и салатом. Простая еда, но она была необыкновенно вкусной! Проснулись мы под пение птиц, а рассвет был также волшебен как и закат... В столовой нас ждал аппетитный завтрак, который входил в стоимость номеров - чай, кофе, молоко, джем, тосты, яичница с сосисками. Нужно было продолжать наше путешествие, но, честное слово, не хотелось уезжать из этого рая! Большое спасибо владельцам и служащим этого замечательного гестхауза! Я рекомендую этот гестхауз всем, кто путешествует по Шри-Ланке и кто хочет отдохнуть от городской суеты и пожить в тихом, уютном и экологически чистом месте -это просто рай! We stopped at The Change Guest House for the night during our two-day trip along the route Unawatuna - Nuwara Eliya - Kandy - Sigiriya. This wonderful guesthouse was advised to us by the owner of the hotel at which we stayed at in Unawatuna, Takshila. She assured us that we would love this Guesthouse, because it belonged to her sister. The road was very long and tiring, we came to the outskirts of Kandy, to The Change Guest House, almost at the sunset. The employees of the Guesthouse, welcomed us by the car and showed us to our rooms, which were located on the third floor. Our room and the room of our friends shared a big terrace with deck chairs and tables. When we went out to the loggia, we just stopped breathing under the influence of the beautiful sight that we saw. The sun was setting, painting the sky in pink color, in a haze, we could see the outlines of mountains, surrounded by palm trees and various exotic tropical plants , the air was very crisp. And the magic singing of the birds! We were in Paradise! The Guesthouse is designed in colonial style, it is very cozy and it makes you feel at home. There is beautiful furniture, tableware, old photographs in the large dining room on the ground floor. There is all you need in the room - a comfortable bed, a pier glass, air conditioning, towels, bathroom and toilet. Embroidered bed linen and curtains attached a special charm to a room. We ordered dinner for a certain time, which we were also very pleased - fried chicken with potatoes and salad. Simple food, but it was delicious! We woke up with the birdsong, and the sunrise was also magical as the sunset. We were served a delicious breakfast in the dining room which was included in the price of rooms - tea, coffee, milk, jam, toast, scrambled eggs with sausages. We had to continue our journey, but, honestly, we didn't want to leave this Paradise! Many thanks to the owners and employees of this wonderful Guesthouse! I recommend this Guesthouse to anyone traveling to Sri Lanka and those who want to relax from the urban bustle and live in a quiet and ecologically pure place - this is just Paradise!

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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118 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

This cool and chic hotel has gorgeous views of Kandy. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. We were sad we only booked one night. We wished we could have stayed longer. The food was delicious and the Internet speed was fast. We highly recommend The Change.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Taya K
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20 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

We stayed 2 nights at this guesthouse as arranged by our driver. The location is admittedly in the suburbs rather than the city centre but the views are great and it was very peaceful (apart from the neighboring dogs). Rooms are basic but clean and spacious each opening on to a balcony with spectacular views of kandy and beyond. The sunset is fantastic. We ate at the guest house One night and were pleased with the quality of the rice and curry. Good wifi and staff friendly and obliging.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DublinDownUnder
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Property: The Change
Address: Green Hill, Block 56, Heeressagala, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy
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Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #12 of 58 Hotels in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Change 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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