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“Made our stay in Kandy”
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Hanthana House
Ranked #1 of 452 Kandy B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Staying at Hanthana House made our stay in Kandy. Pathi and his entire family go out of their way to ensure that all of your needs are satisfied. As a special note, the home cooked Sri Lankan meals are the best we have had in country, and are very authentic. The drivers hired through Pathi are very knowledgeable, and the price is fair. Pathi will take you on a beautiful hike in the tea country for a reasonable price.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

We spent three nights in Hanthana House and really enjoyed our stay a lot! The owners are extremely friendly and helpful. Mr. Pathirana goes out of his way to make his guests feel comfortable and he and his children speak excellent English.
The guesthouse itself is well and newly built with nice furniture, smooth concrete floors, spacious bathrooms and comfortable beds. Everything is spotlessly clean and the overall impression was excellent, especially compared to all other places we stayed at in a similar or even higher price range.
Mrs. Pathirana cooks the best and most amazing Sri Lankan food for breakfast and dinner we had on our entire journey. Make sure you don't miss out on this experience!
Mr. Pathirana (Pathi) is more than happy to help and advise with travel planning if you want him to. In our case he organised an excellent tuk-tuk driver to take us on a day trip around Kandy, Peradeniya and Pinnawela (ask for the "Elephant freedom project"...).
The guesthouse is located in the hillside about 15 min from the city centre by tuk-tuk. Make sure you know your way or ask Mr. Pathirana to organise pick up from the centre.
If you're lucky you might get to see wild boar next to the garden and even be taught how to properly wear a saree...

If you plan to visit Kandy, Hanthana House is the place to stay!

Room Tip: The rooms on the ground floor are nice, but go for the top floor rooms if available. They are more e...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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pathirana, Owner at Hanthana House, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2014

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Reviewed 18 May 2014 via mobile

Pathi, Subha and their children are delightful people, making my stay very comfortable and treating me like a part of their family. Pathi arranged all my travels (Sigiriya, Dambulla, Nuwara Eliya) without any hassles at a reasonable price, taking my budget and time constraints into account. The driver was also helpful, courteous and sincere. Subha's cooking is incredible, using fresh ingredients from their own garden and servings are generous. Subha even thoughtfully organised for me to have my favourite foods and invited me to join in for family dinners. A personalised, lovely experience. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: May 2014
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pathirana, Owner at Hanthana House, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2014

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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Make sure you get the right Hantana and make sure you write down the phone number before you set foot in a tuk-tuk. This guest house is really difficult to find. But my goodness, what a find. The rooms are amazing. The addition of the sun terrace overlooking the mountain vista and Kandy is a real bonus. The home cooked food is top notch and the family are so friendly and welcoming, it's hard to actually leave. Plus, if you need anything, they will sort it out for you. Need a tuk-tuk driver with good English to drive you around all day? They'll sort it out. Need laundry picking up? They'll sort it out. Need a really trustworthy driver to take you to your next stop in Sri Lanka? They will sort it. Celebrating an important birthday and want it to be a special occasion? Yep, they'll sort it out. We did all of the above and we were only there one day. We loved it so much, we left a gift for them. Couldn't recommend highly enough.

Room Tip: The room on the right as you walk in has a slightly bigger terrace space (although it is all shared)
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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pathirana, Owner at Hanthana House, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2014

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Reviewed 11 May 2014

We stayed just one night in Hanthana House, but we loved it! The hospitality was enormous, the food was great, the walk in morning was good, and the honeymoon-surprise was really nice! It's a much better place than the standard hotels in Kandy. Thanks!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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pathirana, Owner at Hanthana House, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2014

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Reviewed 8 May 2014

We stayed at the Hanthana house for a glorious 3 days and it turned out be the highlight of our vacation. Mr.Pathirana is an extremely hospitable and committed person. Not only did he take good care of us in Kandy, but also helped us get around the country - it was our first time in Srilanka and we were very delighted to have Mr.Pathi's cab and his super reliable and helpful driver Mr.Satish take us around (from Colombo to Galle to Katargama and up the hill country then to Kandy all in 4 days - phew!)

Weeks after our return we still fondly recall Mrs.Pathi's culinary skills. She has magic fingers :) The food was of exceptionally good quality. The Pathis have two delightful children (one of whom plays the piano very well) and a helper who is ever smiling. What a lovely stay - we hope to stay in touch with the Pathis for a long time to come! :)

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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pathirana, Owner at Hanthana House, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2014

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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We throughly enjoyed our one night stay here. The family that own it were all just so lovely and welcoming. The room was very comfortable and clean and had a lovely patio out front where we sat out at night time. The room looked out onto the bush and was very peaceful. Its about a 10 minute drive from the town of Kandy, up into the hills, but if your after a taste of real Sri Lankan hospitality, this is the place. The breakfast provided was amazing and set us up for the day!

Room Tip: the downstairs double room as outdoor seating
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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pathirana, Owner at Hanthana House, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2014

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Additional Information about Hanthana House

Address: 108 Thapodarama Road | Hanthana, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 452 B&Bs / Inns in Kandy
Price Range: £26 - £56 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hanthana House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hanthana House is a boutique type accommodation which offers a comfortable stay in an attractive surroundings with added benefit of tasty and Srilankan Cooking which you can learn to prepare yourself!. Hanthana House consists of two en suite double bedrooms and one en suite twin bedroom and one en suite triple room, all with generous balconies overlooking the neighbouring tea estate. The bedrooms have ceiling fans, teak furniture and polished cement floors as well as a wet room with shower, basin and WC. The newly-built spacious and light dining room also has views of the tea estate and it is open to the generous new kitchen, where cookery lessons are always available! The upstairs sitting area has a comfy sofa and armchairs as well as a piano and Wi-Fi access! An organic kitchen garden is planned which will provide most of the vegetables for meals, and various walks through tea plantations and up to local viewpoints are accessed from the front door. Hanthana House is approximately 4 km from Kandy in the Hanthana hills, an area famous for cultivating some of the first tea grown on the island and the location of the Ceylon Tea Museum. Please be aware that a homestay is neither a hotel nor a guesthouse as you live and socialise with a family in their home. Think of it as an extension of your own home, with the usual creature comforts and no-one to make your bed or clean your room on a daily basis! The real experience is the interaction with a Sri Lankan family as they go about their daily life. ... more   less 
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