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“Very nice, clean room, great service and great food”
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Hotel Amanda Hills
Ranked #32 of 54 Hotels in Kandy
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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“Very nice, clean room, great service and great food”
Reviewed 5 August 2013 via mobile

This hotel had a very nice, clean room, great service and great food. The manager helped us plan our activities in kandy and it was one of the best guest houses I have stayed at in Sri Lanka. It even had a TV in the room. The only drawback is there are 4 flights of stairs to the restaurant with no lift but we were ok with that.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

+ Service of the staff was very nice. They gave us a bigger room when it was not so busy. Breakfast was good. Manager brought us one time to the city when there were no tuktuk available. Location is nearby the city.
- did not clean every day, they switched off the wifi every night.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

We had a great time staying here. It's basic but good compared to other Kandy accomodation and is clean and comfortable. The staff really make this place - always on hand to help or advise. They organised all our trips (Sigiriya/Dambulla), airport and train runs and fed us so well every morning and the evening we stayed in for dinner. There are amazing views over Kandy lake and mountains from the terrace and the centre of town is a short walk or tuk tuk away. I would highly recommend!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 27 July 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Amanda hills for two nights and found it a nice, quiet place with good basic facilities. Rooms were clean (although they didn't service our room during our stay) and the balcony has a decent view down the valley towards the lake. Breakfast is ok, but the Sri Lankan lunch we had when we arrived was fabulous and I would recommend it. Kandy is just a short walk down the hill from the hotel but you might want to get a tuk tuk back up. Overall a good place to stay and would be happy to go back.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

I had a wonderful experience at Amanda Hills. The hotel room was very clean. The staff was very helpful and accommodated us when we wanted to change our room to a room with bigger windows. They also helped us with anything we required including extension cables etc. The breakfast was pretty good. Overall it was good value for money. Location was slightly distant from the centre (was a short drive), but decent nonetheless. They didn't have a place for the driver (tour guide) to stay, who was with us. Many hotels in Sri Lanka offer this for a small price. Since we didn't check this before booking, it was our fault. Just that people should know this. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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amandahillskandy, Manager at Hotel Amanda Hills, responded to this review, 26 July 2013
Dear Valve Guest,

Thanks for your recommendation and I highly appreciate your Suggestion, we do have limited no of bed for driver accommodation and it is fist come fist sever basis.

Regards

Jude
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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

We loved the place, the staff was very nice. The manager himself took us on the trip to Pinawalla Elephant Orphanage and also to some local shops with spices and restaurants. The breakfast in the hotel is very good and all the food at the restaurant. Don't miss the Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre for authentic local stuff.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 May 2013

We travelled round Sri Lanka in three weeks, so I'll try and make this meaningful, rather than just telling you the room was nice.

Kandy seemed pretty poor on the hotel and restaurant front compared to other towns and cities we visited - everything seemed overpriced with poor service. The prices quoted in our guide book (2012 edition) were doubled when we knocked on their doors (in low season too). We decided to look South of the River (I'd advise looking North of the River or stay further out of town at Randehole or similar).

We arrived, and it was clear no one else was staying here at the moment. This is a 4 or 5 level hotel with 6 rooms per floor (at a guess). We were told 7500 for an AC room. Ridiculously overpriced since there were ants across the floor and wall, one wall had splashes of something on, the bathroom was pretty small and shower a bit grim. On the plus there was a satellite tv. We went away to try and find something else. There were many hotels on this road and all seemed as bad as each other (this seemed better than Sharon Inn and others)- thin mattresses and 6500 a night. We went back to negotiate on the price. Starting at 7500 for an AC room, we agreed on 4500 with the manager. When we were in our room we asked for the AC wand. "Oh, no", we were told, "it would be 2000 extra rupees for the AC wand to get it to work'....hmmmmm

Out of principle, we didn't pay it, and survived the night in the heat. We'd vow and declared to leave the next morning but decided to do a day trip instead so ended up staying for another two nights. This was more for the convenience and because we'd seen what the other hotels were like.

On the positives: Good breakfast
On the negatives: There wasn't much warmth and I could see how the business manager could get nasty ( as other reviewers have mentioned). Also the free wifi kept dropping out. I think the business manager was turning it off to save money. I felt bad even going and asking for it to be turned on. And once we were told it wasn't working because it was raining (ummmm...hello??? do I look like a fool?).Also we were asked to pay our bill on the second day because it was the end of the month and they need to settle the accounts?? Again, poor service, and we had to ask for a receipt - which they did reluctantly.

In terms of things to do: Go see the Kandyan dancing at the YMBA. There is a tuk tuk driver on the road leading up the hotel (Palitha) he has a tuktuk with ELephants all over it, inside and out. We paid 2000 rupees for a day trip to botanical gardens and Pinnawala seeing a tea factory, and many other things on the way. The business manager of the hotel was going to charge us a lot more than this (to profit the commission). Visit the Slightly Chilled Bamboo Lounge.

If you're stuck for accommodation, I'd stay. However, check out some options North of the Lake or Swiss Hotel. If you do stay, I would imagine this would be the worst hotel on your trip - it was for us.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Amanda Hills
Address: No 65 Saranankara Road | Kandy, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 54 Hotels in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Amanda Hills 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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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