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“A high price to pay for the view”
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Castle Hill
Ranked #50 of 54 Hotels in Kandy
Bouloc, France
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“A high price to pay for the view”
Reviewed 18 February 2014

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.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 February 2014

A wonderfull guesthouse in Art Deco style, the rooms have a lot of charms to it, the guestroom had soo much space and the living and dining room make you feel like you made a trip into the past, we enjoyed sitting in front of the house with this nice garden and the amazing view over the lake and the temple of the tooth! The owners are very friendly and helpfull and the food is great as well! It was really one of the best places we stayed in Sri Lanka!

Room Tip: The front room with a view over the lake!
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

We stayed in one of the tripple rooms in the front of the house, which are incredible huge and beautiful furnished in an Art Deco way. You can feel the History in this house.
Breakfast&Dinner were served in a large charming living room with Open doors to the neat garden and an absolutely overwhelming
view on Kandy&Lake!
Breakfast was good. The curry was tasty...but it felt a little akward when ordering.
We absolutely enjoyed our stay!!!


  • Stayed January 2014
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Napier, New Zealand
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49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2013

Good Points:
-quiet, only 4 rooms.
-very big rooms with mosquito nets.
-nice view of Kandy and the lake.
-cool art deco decor and living areas
Bad Points:
-breakfast not impressive. Pale eggs (on request), fruit, tea and coffee, crappy white bread.
-quite far up the hill if you don't have own transport.driver

Room Tip: Choose either of the 2 front rooms with a view.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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4 reviews
Reviewed 26 December 2013 via mobile

The guesthouse has a beautiful location with a great view over kandy and the temple. It seems that the house hasnt changed much since the 30s including no warm water. But people who appreciate the retro charme should def visit the place.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2013

This is the second time I have stayed at Castle hill the first being 6 years ago. I don't think much has changed except the price which has doubled . You stay here for the location,gardens and art deco lounge -all wonderful and the view over Kandy is stunning .The rooms are large but could do with a lick of paint and some dusting would not go amiss.Hot showers were fine. Breakfast was good eggs cooked to choice fruit etc.There is a small library .The staff were very friendly and helpful. My overriding memory is sitting on the terrace drinking tea taking in the view after a dusty squashed 6 hour bus journey from the north- BLISS.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2013

A breath taking view! Best location ever! The place is very warm & cosy. Had a great, pleasant, relaxing stay. Super service. The rooms are huge & very clean. The food was brilliant. The staff was very hospitable. The owner/manager was friendly. All facilities were provided. We are satisfied & happy customers. We just loved our stay @ Castle Hill. No complains at all. Hoping to come back soon! Can’t wait to go back there again! Looking forward for our next stay. We highly recommend it.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Castle Hill
Address: 22 Rajapilla Mawatha, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
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Free Parking Room Service
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Ranked #50 of 54 Hotels in Kandy
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Number of rooms: 4
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