First of all I have to say: We got what we paid for. We were on a spontaneous trip and couldn't find any other accommodation near Kandy as everything else than Manor House was already booked. We paid around $60 per Double room and I have to say we got value for money. It is a very nice place outside of Kandy with some small flaws: When we arrived we got on room, but unfortunately after checking in and flushing the toilet we quickly figuered out that there must be something wrong with the sewage, the smell was incredible and there was no way we could spend the night in this room. The manager, who seemed to be the only employee there other than the waitor, was extremely helpful and showed us all the other room. The second room was much nicer but infested by mosquitos. The rooms are clean but small stains (no dirt but bleach etc.) can be found eveywhere, the towels, the curtains and napkins. For dinner you could chose between a fish or a meat dish which actually were more quantaty than quality (a fried piece of chicken with masehd potatoes and boild veggies) but eatible.
It is a very nice property with a lovely garden, but totally mismanaged. The interior has no taste, you can only dine inside the small living area though they have plenty of space in the garden. Furthermore they allow the guests to smoke inside the restaurant which makes dining for non-smokers gross.
But there are also good things to say; the manager was extremly concerned and caring and even spent half an hour looking for my friend's ipad when he thought he lost it at night. However he seemed a little bit lost as too my opinion there was a lack of staff. It is also lovely to see what a family did to a ruin in order to make a boutique hotel (though their taste is really 'different' to mine).
All in all I would say it's a nice place to visit if you are on a budget but don't want to stay in one of the normal hotels but get something special instead. But also if I had the choice next time I would pay more and stay in a different place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1884, Manor House is a traditional, stately Sri Lankan landowner's home that has been refurbished in a style that retains its old world charm while also offering common modern amenities. Manor House offers Eleven comfortable rooms furnished in a blend of colonial and traditional Sri Lankan style. The property has a beautifully landscaped garden and outdoor pool and is located a short drive from the city center of Kandy in a tranquil setting. We provide our guests with a homely experience, through our attentiveness, traditional architecture of the home and local staff and traditional Sri Lankan food. Special requests can be met with advance notice. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Manor Hotel Kandy