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“Great service : pleasant stay”
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Elephant Stables
Ranked #3 of 54 Hotels in Kandy
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London, UK
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“Great service : pleasant stay”
Reviewed 24 August 2014 via mobile

Staying with family. Great master bedroom with 4 poster bed, functioning mosquito nets and aircon. Small adjoining bunk bed room for kids with no fixed aircon but cooling fan available. Smallish bathroom (shower: no bath) servicing both rooms which is a little but damp but airs out in the day provided you can open the windows if it's dry. Lovely pool (not heated) and garden. Excellent service and very friendly. Good food. Noise reverberates around the house v easily so other than telling our kids to be quiet a lot of the time(!), we had a lovely stay. Re value - it's difficult to say having not seen the local competition. Price seemed a bit high but perhaps that's the true market value.

  • Stayed August 2014
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Inoka-Karunananda, Guest Relations Manager at Elephant Stables, responded to this review, 2 September 2014
Dear Guest,

While thanking you for the complimentary remarks, we would like to add a small note about our Vanilla Suite which you had stayed. This was the historic master bedroom of Sir Cuda Ratwatte hence there are limitations on the structural renovations that we were able (or wanted to) carry out because we did not want to alter room sizes etc in any way and spoil the ambiance of the property.

Our nearest competitor charges USD 128 more per suite than ourselves, so we do feel that we offer a very fair room rate indeed when compared to other luxury boutique hotels at Kandy.

Once again, we are very happy to know your thoughts about Elephant Stables and we hope you will visit us again. Cheers!!!
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Reviewed 21 August 2014 via mobile

Wonderful historic setting just outside of Kandy. Great building and lovely historic rooms. Staff are extremely helpful and friendly. Food is plentiful and delicious although expensive.
The hotel can also arrange transportation into Kandy and the local area in vintage cars.
We left passports in the room and they ensured we didn't leave without them!!
Worth the extra $$$ for the service and setting.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Inoka-Karunananda, Guest Relations Manager at Elephant Stables, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Dear Bryn,

Many thanks for your review. We are extremely delighted to understand that you had a great holiday. We wish to see you again.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

My wife and I stayed here on the 7th and 8th August 2014.
We were on our honeymoon and this place and the staff made that experience event better.
From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we were made to feel very special.
The staff, especially Nihall were always smiling and couldn't do enough for us and all the guests.

The hotel is stunning, and really are treated as a house guest rather than a customer.
The hotel is set in the hills, and has fantastic view of Kandy. The food and rooms were equally impressive.

If I could give this 10 stars, I really would - Well done to all the staff.

Thanks for making our honeymoon even better!!

Richard

Room Tip: All rooms would be perfect here
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Inoka-Karunananda, Guest Relations Manager at Elephant Stables, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Dear Richard,

It's our pleasaure to know that you are 100% satisfied with our services at Elephant Stables and we are humbly proud for being able to add memorable experiences to your honeymoon. We hope you will visit us again to celebrate your first wedding anniversary too.
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Fantastic boutique hotel. As we arrived at this hotel from the hustle and bustle of Kandy , we were definitely not expecting this amazing, calm retreat , surrounded by stunning views. We were greeted by the very cheerful manager who showed as around the place. Very tastefully decorated.
This hotel only has six rooms, so the place feels like home. Staff are so friendly and nothing is too much trouble, they will do anything to make your stay a pleasant one. There are no set times to use the swimming pool or set times to eat , they are very accommodating . We were a party of seven and we were allocated The Cottage suite for family of four and The Vanilla Suite for the family of three. The cottage suite is located on the grounds detached from the main building. Both our accommodation was fantastic. Very spacious rooms with big four poster bed, very clean rooms with good supply of toiletries and a nice fruit basket. Food is delicious , freshly cooked and again they will make it to your taste. All the staff are so friendly and courteous at all times. Nihal really made our stay special. He has such a good sense of humour and makes a wicked margarita. We were celebrating my mum's 70 birthday and they made a lovely cake for her, such a pleasant surprise. We only stayed here for one night , wish we had stayed here for couple of nights just to relax and make use of the swimming pool. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone. I for sure will be coming back .

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Inoka-Karunananda, Guest Relations Manager at Elephant Stables, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Dear Guest,

Please pass the belated b'day wishes to your mom from the whole team of Elephant Stables. We are happy to hear you had a fabulous time, and especially Nihal is delighted to see your comments on Trip Advisor. Hope you all will visit us again in near future. cheers!!!!
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

I have to say that this small hotel took me by surprise. I loved the building, its interior and the views. It was all fantastic for me.

Staffs were very attentive and full of smiles. Food was fabulous. Would love to go back one day.

Stayed in this beautiful place with my partner in August.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Inoka-Karunananda, Guest Relations Manager at Elephant Stables, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Dear Emma,

Thank you very much for the lovely comment. We look forward to receving you again in Elephant Stables to provide you a better service.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

We stayed here for two nights in the Pepper Room (highly recommended) and the staff could not have done more to make our stay a memorable one. I had been in touch with the hotel in advance as I was planning to propose to my girlfriend on the first day of our stay and wanted all the stops to be pulled out. We were looked after impeccably and added extras like flowers, private dinners and bubbly were all thrown into the mix. Besides the service, the hotel is well located, stylish and has fantastic views across the city beneath it. You'll be hard pushed to stay in a more comfortable, welcoming and luxurious hotel in Kandy.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Inoka-Karunananda, Guest Relations Manager at Elephant Stables, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Dear James,

We understand that you had a great time in Elephant Stables. We hope you will visit us again in near future.
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Essex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

The Elephant Stables is a lovely boutique hotel just outside of Kandy. It was lovely to return to this calm oasis after the hustle and bustle of Kandy. The hotel was so welcoming and calm. Nothing was too much trouble. The staff, especially Nihall, not do enough for us and had a great sense of humour. The food was excellent and we really enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Inoka-Karunananda, Guest Relations Manager at Elephant Stables, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Dear Natalie,

Many thanks for the beautiful review. Nihal is extremely happy to see your comment and the whole staff is looking forward to receive you in Elephant Stables to serve you better..
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Property: Elephant Stables
Address: 46 Nittawela Road, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 54 Hotels in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Elephant Stables 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Elephant Stables is a beautiful colonial era bungalow on a hill overlooking Kandy city that has been converted into a luxurious boutique hotel offering elegant colonial style living in Sri Lanka. It features a unique blend of original mid-century furniture with modern chic interiors with an exceptional level of personalized service. ... more   less 
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