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“Drainage failure - all the time!”

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Blue Haven Guest House
Ranked #15 of 406 Kandy B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Kandy, Sri Lanka
2 reviews
“Drainage failure - all the time!”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

The staff is friendly and helpful yet the drain-water from the bathrooms are let out to neighbouring properties, which in turn gives a foul smell. The owners could do a bit to make the surroundings more hygienic and pleasant.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

This review is not for the Blue Haven Guest House, but for the driver I hired through Blue Haven Tours and Travel. Public buses in Sri Lanka are in bad shape and are overcrowded, so the best way of saving time and for your safety is to hire a driver. I hired a driver for 7 days (2 days from Kandy to Cultural Triangle and 5 days from Ella to Unawatuna) for a reasonable price given the driver's expertise and trustfulness. The name of my driver was Nishantha Maldeniya who was really careful driving around crazy Sri Lankan roads. In addition of being an excellent driver, he spoke great English, has a really good knowledge of everything related to the country, so I was able to ask many questions about history, various destinations and sights, local customs, good restaurants, etc. Because of Nisha's knowledge of the country, I was able to discover places that are not in guidebooks! Nisha also know people everywhere and helped me to book safaris and other tours when needed. Another good thing is that he was not too pushy when recommending sights, hotels or restaurants. If you want to enjoy an amazing experience in Sri Lanka, you must hire Nisha!

Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Valby, Denmark
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

We travelled with BHTC for two weeks in Sri Lanka. Our guide picked us up in the airport and I must say it was an experience out of this world. Waruna is his name and he is by far the best guide we have ever had. Sri Lankans are easygoing and meet you eye to eye. Waruna was the quintessence of that description. He was eager to show us as much as we wanted, but also clever enough to know when we needed a break.After the two weeks it felt like we had become friends and yet still he would call me Sir. If youre planning a trip to the most fertile and lovely island, dont hesitate to get a guide with wheels. Two weeks seemed a perfedt time. We felt totally safe and secure all the time with Waruna and are longing to go back.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed 16 June 2014 via mobile

I originally booked a 3 day tour for the "cultural triangle" but extended to 7 days as I was very pleased with the tour. Lalinda the driver was excellent, he knew all the essential spots to check out and was helpful when I had troubles. Highly recommend!

Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Karlsruhe, Germany
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Reviewed 13 June 2014 via mobile

We did not stay in the guesthouse, but we made a 1-day trip to Dambulla and Sigirya with "Blue Haven Tours". The booking via Email was very easy and uncomplicated.
Our Driver, Saman, was a very very nice person. He showed and told us so many things about Sri Lanka and even arranged a nice guide at Sigirya for us. He also took us to a very nice place, where we had a good traditional lunch.
I can only recommend doing tours with "Blue Haven", especially with Saman as driver (ask for him when you do the booking).

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wichita, Kansas
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We just came back from an 8 day drive tour with Blue Haven, We spent two days at the guest house in kandy and we had a good stay. We also booked a drive tour with Mr.Linton who is the owner at Blue Haven. He helped us with additional requests and was easy accessible through email. However the trip was very memorable due to Lalinda who was our driver and he not only has excellent driving skills but he is also very knowledgeable about all the sites in Sri Lanka, including Sigiriya, Dambulla, Pollonawura, etc, he is also friendly and he was very flexible as well. We made a few changes to the program and Lalinda was always helpful with suggestions and happy to help offering ideas and making the trip an excellent experience that we will never forget. I will definetely recommend Blue Haven services to anyone interested in visiting Sri Lanka and most of all I will recommend Lalinda.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 24 May 2014

We have just finished an excellent 8 day tour with our driver and guide, Saman. He was great company and an indispensible source of local knowledge and advice. Always polite, friendly and honest - he was enthusiastic in helping us see everything we wanted and more. If there was anything he didn't know the answer to he was quick to get on the phone or ask a local. We were keen to try all the Sri Lankan cuisine and he helped in finding local eating houses which we would never have stumbled across - always finding great food! If you are booking a tour/driver we couldn't recommend Saman enough! He knows so many people across the country that finding a decent guest house, tour guide, safari driver etc along the way was always seamless, giving us several options/recommendations where possible - we never had to worry about finding/negotiating ourselves allowing for a relaxed and enjoyable trip.

We stopped off in Kandy for a night before heading south where we stayed in the Blue Haven Guest House, the pool and view were brilliant and the staff very friendly, would recommend a stay here even if it is a little further from town than some other guest houses. Excellent tour and great value for money.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Property: Blue Haven Guest House
Address: 30/2 Poorna Lane, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #15 of 406 B&Bs / Inns in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Blue Haven Guest House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
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