We stayed at the Thilanka hotel in Kandy for two nights during a tour of Sri Lanka which was arranged by the owner of the guest house where we were staying in Bentota (see separate review for Shangri-Lanka Villa). We stayed for one night and were then away in Dambulla for two nights (also Thilanka Hotel - see separate review) before returning for one further night at the Thilanka Kandy Hotel.
We first stayed in Room 904 and then 210 on our second stay.
The first room was large with a small balcony which overlooked the pool and a small wooded area at the side of the hotel. The room was spacious and clean with a large bathroom with a bath/shower. There was a sign on the window which advised keeping the doors closed to avoid monkeys coming into the room which we took with a pinch of salt given that we were on the 3rd floor.
We had a brief opportunity to use the hotel pool on our first day. The pool was cold but refreshing. It was relatively small but was not particularly busy whilst were there.
We didnt have any monkey altercations but on our way down to breakfast in the morning, we watched as a monkey swung from the roof into the restaurant and then away with a banana!
We stayed at the hotel on a half board basis and both dinner and breakfast were buffets which were very tasty and varied.
However, be careful, on our first night we had the Sri Lankan curry from the buffet and there was one bowl at the end of the table which did not have a label and I assumed (it looked like) Mango Chutney and added some to the pate. When my mouth later began burning whilst eating dinner I assumed it was just that the curry was incredibly spicy. I like hot curries but I couldnt eat it. I later found out that the chutney I placed on my plate was in fact sambol a very fiery and spicy condiment which should be used sparingly... needless to say I didnt make the mistake twice!
There was a small issue on our first night. Whilst eating, a man, who said he was a member of staff came to us at dinner and told us that he had smelt burning coming from our room and that he thought it was coming from the air conditioning unit and he was talking about wanting to go to our room. I tried to ascertain whether he was telling us this because he wanted to go with him/ because he needed us to be with him as he wouldnt enter our room alone/ he didnt need to go into the room but was just telling us what was happening (the air conditioning unit is situated just above the main door to the room). When I tried to ascertain this, the member of staff just walked off and said it didnt matter. Needless to say i was concerned about this - if there was a fire or a burning smell then this was potentially an emergency but the member of staff just walking off and saying it didnt matter made me wonder if he was in fact a member of staff or in fact a stranger who was trying to get us to go to our room where we could have been robbed.
We stayed put in the dining room and after dinner I decided to approach reception to clarify whether there was an emergency, the receptionist had no record of any burning smell near our room and seemed confused. At that time, the man who had accosted us at dinner came into the reception area and the receptionist asked what the problem and he seemed to be telling the receptionist (in Sri Lankan) that there was nothing. We were told there was no issue and so we went back to our room although the receptionist sent a member of staff with us (not the man who had been raising the alarm) just to check the air conditioning unit which was fine and there was no burning smell in the room or otherwise. We had no further issues but it was a bit weird.
On both nights that we had dinner at the hotel there was live music - a calypso quartet on one occasion and a spanish style quartet on the second night, both were very good and were doing the rounds in the restaurant whilst trying to and plug and sell their CDs.
On the second night we also took a short detour to the hotel bar on our way to dinner for cocktails which were well made. The bar was dark and more akin a small pub.
The second room we stayed in was room 210 which was a slightly larger room with small couch and larger terrace which overlooked the restaurant area. The bathroom was again slightly larger than the first room, with a separate walk in dressing area.
I was slightly worried as were taken to our room which was via a service elevator and I thought it was in the staff quarters as there were a number of mops and buckets left in the corridor outside our room. I later learned that our room was next to a dorm room used by tour drivers.
There was no sign on the window in this room and having not seen any monkeys in our previous room we did not have any great expectations. We were therefore extremely surprised when we opened our curtains in the morning to be faced with approx 6 monkeys, clearly intrigued by us and pressing against the window to peer in! Amazing!
The location of the hotel is good as it is a short walk to the Temple of the Tooth, the lake and the shopping area. The hotel is, however, up a steep hill without pavements.
We didnt make use of the spa at the hotel.
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