This very strange guest house is nothing like the images on their website. The rooms are very dark, with gaudy, clashing, nylon bedding. There are amazing views, it's true, but inside it's all a bit *weird*. Especially the outdoor breakfast area which features a very strange fake waterfall feature with a murky green fish tank.
That said, it is very cheap and finding cheap accommodation in such a great location is quite a task in Kandy. The staff were very nice (no surprises there), and chatty.
Our room was fine, if garish, but another member of our party didn't sleep for two nights as she was eaten alive by some tiny bugs in the bed which also ended up infesting her bag. We were advised by the staff that this was because she had sweets, and apparently they like to eat sweets and if you've been eating sweets they also like to eat you. No offer of compensation or apology was forthcoming so we chalked it up to experience.
In summary - a very cheap guesthouse in an excellent location, walking distance to the town, with fantastic lake views; could definitely do with a good clean and toning down on the decorative touches.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nathashiya located very close to the Kandy city in Sri lanka and situated right opposite to the great creation, Temple of the Tooth Relic and Kandy lake. It is the best view in Kandy city. Each room has private balcony towards Kandy lake including hot water and internet,satellite T.V. facility. Kandy Esala perahera is one of the finest cultural pageants in Asia. You can make live visits of Esala perahera from Nathashiya. ... more less
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