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Kandyan View Holiday Bungalow
Ranked #38 of 54 Hotels in Kandy
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Level 5 Contributor
27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Breathtaking view, Friendly Staff”
Reviewed 18 August 2012

Once in a while a person comes across a place while on vacation that just screams ' I've finally found the place '. Yes, we found our holiday home, aptly named the Kandyan view Holiday Bungalow. Situated just 15-20 minutes from the heart of Kandy city, the bungalow offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the mountains, as well as a bird's eye view of the city of Kandy.
This jewel of a place is probably one of the best kept secrets in Kandy, as apparently there's very little advertising for this holiday bungalow, and I stumbled upon this by accident via TripAdvisor, Agoda and bookings.com. The place is usually booked full.

The Staff made you feel like you were at home, and every small detail like the afternoon tea served at our favorite table, morning tea prepared just the way we liked, How dark the toast were to be for the kids, how we liked our eggs done.. were all taken care of.

The Staff made the difference! The bungalow is staffed by a group of genuinely caring people. Dilip the Manager, Took care of every small detail, from arranging transportation to making sure the meals were on time. The meals were prepared by Thusitha, who had come from the Pinnalanda Restaurant in Rambukkana, and his food preparations covered a wide gamut. From freshly made string hoppers in the Morning, Rice & Curry for adults, Club Sandwiches for the Kids for lunch, Mixed Grill, Grilled fish for dinner, were all covered with years of expertise, and tasted really delicious, well in par with any restaurant worldwide. Migara, the butler/waiter/room Steward was attentive and took care of all the other details. He kept the place spotlessly clean, and the meals were served with a smile. Lal, our chauffeur was always ready to take us places, gave valuable advice on places to visit, and where to dine while we were out exploring.

We've decided to make this place our home away from home when we visit the city of Kandy.

Room Tip: 3rd floor rooms have the best view, and one has a balcony with a panoramic view
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

We spent the 2012 new years eve here. It's a really nice place but a bit far from the the city center. Which is not really a bad thing, just wish it was a little easier to find. A few more direction pointers would have helped.
Other than that, it has got a great view, quiet neighbourhood, clean, comfortable rooms and friendly staff. There was water problem in one of the rooms, but I feel it was more of an accident than a trend or something.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

The place was small, clean and rooms comfortable. True to their word it was high over looking Kandy. And the staff was very nice and attentive to our needs. This is a great place for individuals looking for seclusion. It has very few rooms, so once you have gone back to the hotel from your day out. You better be ready to go to sleep. There is nothing anywhere near the hotel. NOT Even a small shop to buy a soda outside the hotel that I could find. It was nice of the manager to let us know that a pizza place delivered. The place is not horribly far from Kandy but it is far if the tuk tuk driver doesn't know where the hotel is, and they will all tell you that they know where it is, even if they haven't a clue.
Transportation to and from the hotel is a problem. We were there two days and everyone got lost trying to get back to the hotel at least once. My wife and I wasted around forty five minutes and our friends said they were lost for almost an hour trying to get back to the hotel. On our second day we hired a van that the manager recommended and the driver did a good job. A problem arose at the end of our ride. After we paid the driver the hotel manager told us that the driver told him we had under paid the driver. Without considering what was happening we were angered. We had paid the driver correctly and tipped him well. I believe that the manager was simply trying to find out how much we had paid TOTAL :( . On our depart we overpaid for a van to Negombo and found out on the drive there that we were riding in the manager's brother's van. (huh).
I would recommend going down to the city and negotiating with a driver yourself.
Get a hotel business card because even the local taxi drivers will get lost looking for the hotel.
Seriously consider the inconvenience of getting to and from the hotel.
I would have rated the hotel higher but the location ruins it for me.

Room Tip: take food. nothing else around the area.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

Kandyan view is located high above the town of Kandy,sitting here at present and even though this evening we have rain the view from the window is enchanting and stunningly beautiful.It is a small hotel and the service we have recieved has been exeptional and very personal making every aspect of our stay memorable.The whole building is spotlessy clean,the bedroom quiet and comfortable ,the garden beautifully lanscaped, te whole place just a super place to unwind and relax after busy days sightseeing.The cook here rustles up the most delicious meals of your choice and the breakfast is amazing(the best omletes ever)the waiter whom is here from breakfast till very late evening caters for your every need and its amost as if he seems to know what you want before you want it.The Manager ever present and has certainly brought his wealth of experience of his work in hotels in Dubia to this tranquil haven here in Shri Lanka.Our driver from the hotel group could not have looked after us any better,taking us where we wanted rather than organised tours,again enhancing the personal touch.both my husband and I would recomend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kandyan View Holiday Bungalow

Property: Kandyan View Holiday Bungalow
Address: No 17 Richmond Hills, Heerassagala | Hantana, 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 54 Hotels in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kandyan View Holiday Bungalow 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel offers the visitor magnificent views of the city of Kandy and the surrounding countryside, known in days gone by as the Kanda-uda-pas-rata (the five counties on the hill). Offering the visitors every modern comfort and amenity, it also allows them to experience traditional Kandyan hospitality at its best. Ideal for short stays, extended tours or even family gatherings and parties, the Kandyan View Holiday Bungalow is the perfect venue to experience the hills. ... more   less 
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