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“Not all that we expected”
Review of Freedom Lodge

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Freedom Lodge
Ranked #24 of 56 Hotels in Kandy
Reviewed 15 March 2013

We stayed here for two nights at the beginning of March on advice of our guide book which recommended a basic but clean place to rest your head whilst in Kandy. As the below review there is much construction work currently taking place but after having a conversation with a local restauranteur we took this in our stride as the locals are obviously devastated at the 150 room hotel being constructed in their midst, robbing them of their view and custom, not only on completion but in the building stages with the noise and disruption. That said we really didn't notice the noise all that much. On arrival the house is modern, clean and well presented, our room however was a different story. Our bedding was stained and minimal and the mosquito net provided smelt so bad that we removed it and took our chance! The room was minimal and generally clean but was in desperate need of an upgrade at best and a fresh coat of paint. We really felt that small improvements would have made a big difference. As it was we never felt completely at ease in our room or in the house, the owners were nice enough and the young men who work there lovely, we always felt that the gentleman owner was always out to get more of our money. Upon asking of our plans in Kandy then proceeded to tell us that we they were unattainable in a tuc tuc which we had organised and that he should instead be our driver (for nearly 4 times the cost). In the end we stuck to the tuc tuc and found that most of the place which we 'out of reach' via tuc tuc were actually perfectly near. Overall the place could do with a good spring clean, new beds and more helpful owners who genuinely had travellers best interests at heart. It is also worth noting that for ourselves and other guests who we spoke to, the booking system is less than accurate, we were 'lucky' to actually find our room available having received no confirmation and there was an incident where-by a family of four, with young children arrived and their room had been given away, leaving them looking for an alternative in the dark. If you were to stay here I advice checking and double checkin, via email and phone (as we had to) that your room is actually reserved!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank abbypur
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

We stayed here on recommendation from our travel guide. We arrived and found out that a construction site was in operation opposite - as well as the noise and mud this created, the water was regularly cut off. We were put in, I'm assuming from other reviews, the worst 2 rooms in the building. Our toilet didn't flush for over a day - we reported it straight away but the owner was in no hurry to fix it. The bathroom smelt bad, was crawling with ants, had a very dodgy shower and was dirty. The owner had forgotten our telephone reservation and had to squeeze an extra bed in an already small room, charging us extra. The only positive is that the owner did pick us up from the station and dropped us off back into town to see the Kandyan dancing. Other than that his attitude was very blasé. He offered to drop us off at a jewellery store (and dissuaded us from going somewhere that was recommended as a highlight in Kandy) but made us wait nearly an hour until he was ready. We then found ourselves sat down at a counter looking at gems that we didn't want. By the time we got out, we had wasted nearly half a day when we didn't have much time in Kandy in the first place. Overall, spent most of my stay here extremely frustrated and disappointed with the service.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Mandy R
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Reviewed 9 March 2013

the Freedom Lodge was a very great place to stay in Kandy. The family was very friendly, the room was nice and the dinner was very, very great! there was really nothing to complain about. Don´t miss the curry!!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Anni A
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

Good place with solid accommodation and amenities. Friendly and accommodating hosts Sarath and Nalini are seasoned, engaging professionals who enhance your experience. Nice atmosphere with lots of visiting among guests at this busy inn. We reserved a room with a balcony but the balcony was too narrow to use. Strange shower fixtures that were supposed to deliver hot water but didn't. Excellent evening rice and curry buffet @ Rs 1000 lots easier than going back out and facing the incessant traffic, touts, and tourists of Kandy. Generous breakfast to start you on your way each morning.

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Thank SamandJanet
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

This clean, comfortable and well-managed guesthouse is situated to the south of Kandy lake, away from the congestion and hustle of the town centre, on a hillside that is being rapidly developed. It is possible to walk into town from the guesthouse though the distance and busy lakeshore road are more comfortably travelled by tuk-tuk. The guesthouse has a range of different rooms & prices: my room was simple, fresh and appealing. There is also a comfortable shared sitting room and garden terrace (with free wi-fi). The Western-style breakfast and Sri Lankan buffet dinner are good. A new hotel is being built opposite Freedom Lodge, so there is currently some construction noise between 7am and 6pm, which can be intrusive at times.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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Thank beijingduck
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

We stayed for five nights split between two rooms, one large and newly decorated the other older and smaller. Both were clean and had good hot showers. The hosts are kind, pleasant and very helpful - we had some interesting conversations about Sri Lanka and life in general. Their spoken English is good. The breakfasts were self-serve and good in this budget class guest house.

Room Tip: Upstairs superior large room new with a balcony.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank AngelaCB935
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

We stayed at the Freedom Lodge for 2 nights. We had a room on the ground floor, which was satisfying. Also the bathroom was nice, with hot water. We got a nice, family vibe from this place, since you all eat at the same table with the other guests. The breakfast was excellent, you can help yourself to a small buffet. We had a safe feeling here, because of a big gate being closed at night.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Deborahbb
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Address: 30 Saranankara Rd, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Kandy
Price Range: £29 - £49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 180
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