I travelled to Kandy on a bit of a whim during something of a Hikkaduwa heatwave. I knew Kandy was a popular destination for many wonderful reasons, so thought I'd better not wing it and hope to find a room the minute I got there.
So as ever, I consulted trusty Trip Advisor who recommended Amanda Hills. I swapped a couple of emails with Jude, the ever-helpful manager, and was pretty thrilled to read there were rooms available. Confident I wouldn't have to rough it in the Knuckles, I hopped on a sequence of mad, colourful and exciting train journeys from Hikkaduwa to Kandy via Colombo - not for the faint-hearted!
Finding the hotel was a little difficult in that even our tuk-tuk driver had to ask for directions. The hotel's quite a way up a steep hill overlooking the lake but what the location lacks in convenience, it gains in terms of the view. It was a fiercely hot day, and we were greeted with chilled juice as we were shown our rooms - a simple but very welcome extra touch.
My room was a nicely-furnished, clean double room and came with air conditioning, a digital TV, a fridge and a small shower room (with excellent shower). Plenty of room for two of us, our luggage and the tourist bits and bobs you tend to accumulate in this wonderful country. The room also provided access to a large balcony shared with the adjacent room, with views towards the forest park, Buddha statue and numerous wild monkeys in the foliage across the way(!).
Breakfast was included and, I have to admit, pretty excellent. It began with a fresh fruit platter followed with toast, eggs, pancakes, coconut dahl (with a tasty naan), juice and a big pot of delicious coffee. Service was faultless and the staff offered smiles throughout.
The manager, Jude, made a point of ensuring we were sorted for tuk-tuks, itineraries, food and drink and this was appreciated.
Overall, then, a great hotel that offered lots for a good price, all the better for a bit of a spontaneous excursion. Thanks, folks!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It’s just 5 minutes away from the city of Kandy,this newly built hotel offers apartment type accommodation with tastefully furnished air conditioned luxury rooms.You will be having a fully furnished living area specially for you.Enjoy the stunning and wonderful views of the Kandy lake,Udawattakele sanctuary and Temple of the tooth from the roof top restaurant. The friendly staff takes pride in preparing delicious Sri Lankan, Western or Chinese home-cooked meals.We provide all the facilities to make you a homely environment deviated from the concept of a hotel. It is ideal for families and travel groups.From this comfortable base you can explore number of world class attractions and experience number of exciting activities in and around Kandy. ... more less
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