In terms of historical value and the location of this hotel, it is really good. When you enter the lobby you feel the grandeur of the olden days. Hotel staff is courteous and helpful with good service. We were in a group of 30+1 tourists and I was triple-sharing a room with my parents. The lake view is really good especially in the morning and good to take a walk. The tooth temple is also at a walking distance as well as the Kandyan cultural centre. The dining hall is spacious and the dinner and breakfast buffet fare was quite good. The elevator facility is available only in 1 wing of the hotel, so it is cumbersome to carry one's baggage and have to depend on the hotel staff if your room is on higher floor in the other wing. Then the walk to your room too is more through a long corridor. The rooms are quite big and look bit empty. Even the room numbers seemed to be haphazardly placed and difficult to find on our own. There was also some problem with water in the showers - it came in spurts and bursts. But my own nightmare started when I went to sleep. After about 45 min to an hour, I felt itching over my arms and neck. Putting on the light I saw quite a few bed bugs on my pillow. Mine was the extra bed due to triple-sharing. At around 12 midnight, we called the hotel reception & they promptly came. They took away the cot, mattress and all. They said there was no other spare room in the hotel to shift to and got me another cot, etc. The new bedsheet that they had put was slightly damp. Worst was when I tried to sleep again after all the changeover, again I felt and saw another bed bug on this new pillow. Somehow the night was over with bits of disturbed sleep. For me, I felt the old hotel had equally old furnishings and setup.
- 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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