Castle Hill has a fabulous view over the lake and is a short walk from the centre of town. But that's it. The rooms are shabby and sparsely furnished, and the bathroom was very dirty. A washbasin tap that wobbled, no soap provided, no hot water in the morning - other guests had used it all, we were told. Well - the guesthouse has 4 guest rooms, so there should be enough hot water for at least 8 guests, shouldn't there? The shower was an inadequate dribble, so not good even when the water was hot, and the drain in the shower was clogged with other peoples’ hair. Our room had no cable TV, even though this was mentioned in the facilities available. And there was no drinking water in the room. There are insects that bite at night, though I don't think they are mosquitoes. A net was provided, but it was so dirty that we didn't fancy having it hanging over us at night. Definitely very poor value for $49.50 a night. Having travelled a lot in India, Sri Lanka and Asia, we know that this is ridiculously expensive for what was offered. We were disappointed in the extreme, as this stay was to be our "treat" on an otherwise low budget holiday.
On the plus side, though, we must say that we found the owner and staff helpful and friendly. And the breakfast was fine. With a complete refurbish - it's a great house - and an efficient cleaning team, this could be a great place to stay. But for the meantime, look elsewhere.
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Hill Kandy