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Madugalle Friendly Family Guest House
Ranked #13 of 388 Kandy B&B and Inns
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Singapore
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“Felt like home”
Reviewed 28 August 2013

My friend and I stayed here for 2 nights in August 2013. The owner - Kumari, made all the difference to our stay. She is warm, friendly, helpful and she always had a smile for us. We felt very safe at the guesthouse and we were treated like a part of Kumari's family. To top it all off, the homecooked meals at Kumari's guesthouse are delicious. Our absolute favourite was the breakfast of roti with homemade jams.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

The accommodation is simple but more than adequate for us, with a modern bathroom. After a hectic day in Kandy it was so good to relax in the calm atmosphere here and enjoy a good meal. The owner Kumari makes all the difference, she was always on hand to answer questions or just to chat. Her advice was clear, to the point and proved to be reliable. She really tries hard to help her guests to make the most of their time in Sri Lanka. This is an inexpensive guest house but the kindness makes it top class.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

I visited with my parents and grandparents during my summer. The simple entrance does not reveal the great interiors of the house, so don't judge the house by its exterior. It was a great stay in the heart of Kandy. The family and hospitality was wonderful. Ms. Kumari was extremely sweet and social. She helped us understand the Srilankan culture, also explaining her family background. She along with her team very great. Especially the cook who made excellent Srilankan food. The room were clean with mosquito nets (even if there weren't any mosquitos) and there was WiFi available as well.
all in all great experience. Out of the whole trip in Srilanka we always remember this one as a great memory and experience.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

The service is great, home made curry lovely and you feel very welcome here. Rooms are basic but perfectly functionality and very good for the price. Kandy is very noisy and this guesthouse is not quiet but it is away from the main central streets and noise. It's easy to walk to the lake and temple and trips to sigiriya arranged through the owners. I'd recommend this place to anyone on a budget.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2013 via mobile

We are a young couple travelling around Sri Lanka and for the price we paid, we could not have asked for more! In a central location within 5 minutes walk of the temple and the lake but also a very quiet house away from the hustle and bustle of Kandy! Our room was very clean with a good mosquito net and a clean bathroom! Kumari (the lady owner) was one of the best and friendliest hosts we met on our entire trip! Was happy to help us arrange anything, cook anything, give us useful information on the locals and local places and barter down prices for us to make sure we didn't get ripped off! The train noise was not a problem at all as they came Very rarely!! Couldn't have wished for a better stay! Would definitely recommend to anyone!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

The rooms are simple but very clean and comfortable and are reached from an internal courtyard which is wonderfully calm and cool away from the hubbub of central Kandy. The house is beautiful and full of Mr and Mrs Madugalle's family history.

We have eaten here every night of our 6-night stay and the home cooked Sri Lankan food has been exceptional. We have had a variety of delicious curries, hoppers, roti, rice/noodles and fresh fruit. We are vegetarian and this has been no problem.

The location is very convenient for central Kandy and is about 10mins walk from the lake. You will probably need a tuk tuk on arrival at Kandy railway station which is the other side of the town centre. Kumari was happy to organise this for us.

The above are all good reasons to stay here but the real magic of this place, though, is Kumari and her family. We were made to feel so welcome and she provided us with so much help and kindness. We really felt that we had found a calm haven in Sri Lanka.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2013 via mobile

We stayed for two nights in Madugalle Guesthouse during our stay in Kandy. It was a pleasant stay, although we expected a little bit more after reading all the positive reviews. At the end it was an okay and average experience.

Madugalle is about 15-20 minutes walk away from the city centre with the Temple of Tooth and the lake. The outside area of the guesthouse is beautifully decorated with plants and is very cosy. The room was very basic containing a bed and a bedside table. There was no A/C but a fan with multiple levels. The mosquito net above the bed was not placed in the centre so it hang in my face all night which I found very unpleasant. The bath was basic as well, the water was not always warm. From time to time it was extremely noisy due to the railway track leading right next to the guesthouse. Internet was available also in the room.

I think the price of Rs 3.500 per room per night incl breakfast was very fair. It isn't a bad guesthouse at all, we just found it quite average due to the room, the distance and the noise.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Madugalle Friendly Family Guest House
Address: 291A D. S. Senanayake Street, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 388 B&Bs / Inns in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Family run Guesthouse in the heart of the city with-in walking distance from the Temple of the tooth, Kandy Lake, shops,restaurants and supermarkets. Bus stop opposite Guest House. All rooms have an ensuite and hot water. Free WiFi. Recently renovated bathrooms with brand new fittings. Warm friendly environment. Meals can be ordered (Home style Sri Lankan cuisine). An oasis in the middle of the city. Tours can be organised on request. (Day tours around Kandy as well as tours to other cities around the country). Airport pickup or drop off can be organised on request as well. ... more   less 

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