This hotels offers from the sublime to the ridiculous. The Royal Suite has 360 degree views of Kandy and surrounding mountain peaks with eye level views of the monolithic Buddha overshadowing the superb Tooth Temple. The first level refurbished rooms (ask for 105 or 106) are small but chic and not much of a view. The rest of the hotels rooms are sad, dark and very tired though if you are feeling positive, you might enjoy the "retro" experience they offer. They do have quite lovely views and balconies. Overall the hotel is well-positioned, quiet and set among greenery with really lovely views and away from the absolute mayhem of downtown Kandy - which is a frenzy of human and vehicular chaos. The bus and tuk tuk rides are positively terrifying. But it is the adrenaline rush that places like this inspire that staid old home just doesn't do for you!! Now breakfast was a grand affair on the first day - who were they impressing? Me? They succeeded. The Dosai were the best ever and then there was all other cuisines as well. Three meals in one. Day 2 on the other hand was a drab offering of next to nothing on the a la carte. I was told there were not enough guests to have the buffet. Now the staff - the grimmest looks to the most angelic. It was an interesting place all round. Overall as elsewhere, the people were just lovely and could not do enough with what they had to please. Problem with room changes - could not get TV cable reception - as with previous place, the story is something about satellite connectivity. Some of us just cannot do without good viewing from the bed to relax after a day of touristing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the World Heritage City - Kandy, The Swiss Residence is more a home than a hotel. Known for our warm and personalized service, you will be greeted and made to feel right at home, from the moment you set foot here. Placed amongst the luscious rain forests in the hills of this calm & peaceful city, The Swiss Residence, though placed in the heart of the city, is the perfect spot for those looking for a place to simply relax and enjoy solitude, forgetting the burdens of urban life even for a moment. Created with a rich mixture of Kandyan and Swiss architecture, The Swiss Residence consists of 40 cozy, well furnished rooms, with spectacular views of the surrounding mist covered hills in one direction, as well as the sun touched busy streets of the city seen below in the other direction. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Swiss Residence Kandy