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Queens Hotel Kandy
Ranked #31 of 56 Hotels in Kandy
Reviewed 27 August 2012

Large hotel with nice rooms, if a little dated. Very clean and wonderful staff, nice pool, but the best part of Queens is the location. Right on the lake opposite the Tooth temple, it's a great place to base yourself for a stay in Kandy. Only let down was the evening buffet which although nice, doesn't compare to the local outlets as it is aimed at westerners and therefore much blander than we were used to.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

We chose this place as it was central and we wanted to explore Kandy city and the Temple of the Tooth (which is directly opposite the hotel). The lobby of the hotel is impressive and very colonial. The rooms are musty and dated. There is so much potential for this building to be amazing. The rooms are large but the bathroom was old and there was an old musty smell in the room, particularly the wardrobe which we chose not to use.
Breakfast was a buffet choice of Sri Lankan or Western options. Chose Sri Lankan every time! Ok but the atmosphere was quiet and a bit eerie.
Location is the best thing going for this place. It also has a small pool area which we used.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

In fairness the staff must have been pretty challenged by the 8th night of the Perahara when we arrived, but they were helpful and friendly nonetheless. The room was pretty basic though, and the shower not in the best condition, with a non-closing door. Meals in the restaurant were very average with only a couple of tasty treats, which was disappointing after such good cuisine elsewhere on the island. It's a great place from which to watch the Perahara, but you'll need to arrange to be with a group tour to get the best balcony seats at the corner of the hotel on each floor. Pool area, ok, bar ok & pianist in lobby provides distant echoes of previous grandeur.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

My partner and I stayed at Queen's Hotel for 4 nights. We chose this place because it was centrally located and we were staying during the lead up to the Esala Perahera. Due to the festival prices were very high, but disappointingly service was average.

Quality of food was very poor. My partner ordered a pork chop one night which tasted of fish due to being cooked in the same oil! If you stay at Queen's Hotel make sure you just pay for the room and eat elsewhere when you can. The cockroach we saw on the dining room floor didn't help our confidence!

On a positive note the hotel is in the centre of town, has a lovely pool and an excellent view of the temple and the parade during the festival. Just be prepared to be woken at 5am by the monks chanting, the traffic noise (not just during the festival) and the drumming water pipes!

Unless you are staying during the big festival and don't wish to battle crowds, I would look for accommodation elsewhere.

Room Tip: As far away from the road and temple as possible if you want to sleep!
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 August 2012

Stayed here for 3 nights. The first night was in a "suite" ($150) as that was the only room available. The next 2 nights was in a standard room ($85). The suite is in the western wing overlooking the street. Obviously being a very run down building the rooms are not soundproofed and at 5am the buses and tuk-tuks honking will wake even the dead! The next two nights were in a quieter pool facing room. However at 3am the second night the A/C unit broke down and water started pouring into the room from the vents which required a couple of towels to stop the flood. Then the third night the same fixed A/C unit's fan broke and emitted a high pitched screeching noise at 4am. So once that was switched off, and just as I was about to sleep again the staff started firing flares to chase monkeys away! So 3 nights of no sleep.

The room rates include breakfast and you're best avoiding it.

Try somewhere else first!

Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

Queens Hotel is in the very best position in Kandy - opposite the Temple of the Tooth and the lake, and adjacent to the commercial centre and a few blocks from the market. Yet, once inside the main doors, you enter a very different world - quiet, comfortable and a special experience in itself.
Little seems to have changed since the 1930s. The lobby is sparkling and the corridors smell of oiled wood (mahogany - ?). The wide spiral staircase encircles an old lift with concertina doors and the common spaces are replete with old china cabinets, fotos, collections of pos(!) and wondrous memorabilia.
The rooms are adequate and comfortable and surprisingly quiet. Altho ours didn't, most have a view over either the pool & garden or the street life outside. Each room's new bathroom is fine. But it's not the rooms that are the highlight.
The staff seem to be everywhere, and all willing to help to make the experience even better. The breakfasts are a special highlight and not to be missed. Piles of fresh food of all description (from local options to fresh croissants). Staff hover around, in their white coats, to ensure that the cutlery and crockery are cleared away and hot drinks replaced as soon as needed. A great start to each day for visitors.
The bar area is small, but very comfortable and the occasional piano player in the lobby adds to the ambience. The pool is clean and deligtfully situated in the gardens - a great way to start each day.
The floral dispays somehow just polish off the whole experience.
On top of all this, the place is surprisingly attractively priced. It really is great value for money. Queens Hotel was a highlight of our tour around Sri Lanka and is unreservedly recommended.
My only (& trivial) complaint is that, like much of Srti Lanka, it is difficult to get a good cup of tea! Message to staff - don't stew the tea.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

the hotel is very near the Kandy temple and accessible to shopping center in Kandy.
the lobby is nice.. however i find the hallway to the room a little dark.. for one night of stay is good for me but otherwise i would prefer not to sleep alone.. the room is quite gloomy.. little dark for my liking.. plus the old wood furniture adds to the creepy feeling.. also, the hot shower did not work at first..
otherwise, its a good hotel, maybe just to add more life in the corridor and the rooms.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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Address: No. 4 Dalada Veediya | No. 4 Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #31 of 56 Hotels in Kandy
Price Range: £44 - £113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Queens Hotel Kandy 3*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
WELCOME TO QUEEN'S HOTEL One of Sri Lanka's iconic historic hotels, Queen's Hotel, situated in the heart of Kandy, faces the beautiful splendid surroundings alongside the Kandy Lake. With a history of over 160 years The Queen's Hotel is a 90 room British Colonial style luxury hotel. This former Governor's residence is one of the oldest hotels in Sri Lanka which is managed by the Ceylon Hotels Corporation. What's momentous about Queen's Hotel is that it is situated in Kandy, where the world prominent "Temple of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha" is. Every country has its pageants and festivals and so does Kandy which has the world famous "Kandy Esala Perahera Pageant" which is held annually. This pageant proceeds along side the Queen's Hotel's East & West wings, providing the most magnificent viewing facilities for the guests who patronize the hotel. ... more   less 
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