Castle Hill Guest House is a place I have known of for many years but it was only on the recommendation of a friend that I finally decided to go there. The reviews on Trip Advisor were pretty mixed, so I had to see it for myself.
First thing to say is that it is a guest house not a hotel, so do not expect hotel facilities (or prices.) Second and more importantly, it has the best setting and views of the lake, across to the Temple of the Tooth of any hotel or guest house in Kandy. It is the sort of place that makes you just want to relax and write dreamy postcards about the beautiful view. As many have said, Castle Hill is an Art-Deco gem that has remained uninterfered with over the years. Yes, it is a little faded in parts, and those who want up to the minute style and swish facilities will not find it here, but for me the original condition was all part of the charm.
There are four rooms, all cavernous with ceiling fans and attached bathrooms that are clean but not modern. The best two rooms are at the front, number two having the finest view of all. These two front rooms would make three standard sized rooms elsewhere and number two has a central chandelier.
Others have commented on the dogs and the owner and I found all to be charming and friendly. Mori, the Springer Spaniel was my favourite dog, very playful and energetic. Yes, the Sausage Dogs did bark if someone came up to the house but not for long. Ayoni, the owner, is a lovely lady, once you take the trouble to get to know her. She will happily talk to you about the history of the house and is very knowledgeable about Kandy and the surrounding district. She is also very helpful, if you need it. Whilst I was there she went to great lengths to help out a couple who wanted to go earlier to their next destination and were trying to change their hotel booking.
Only had breakfast whilst there – quite adequate: fruit, eggs masses of toast, butter/marmalade/jam and the dining area is in the main central hall of the house under another huge chandelier.
I liked it, so much so that, after my first stay, I booked to go back again for another couple of nights. Will certainly stay again on my next visit to Kandy.
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Hill Kandy