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Freedom Lodge
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All reviewsguest housethe ownerpenthouse suitesri lankalocal schoolother guestslovely guesthousekandy laketop floorwelcoming familyfriendly hostswithin easy walking distancea wonderful place to staytuk tukclean roomsnice roomrice and curry
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

We were a little anxious coming into our first homestay hotel with our 5yr old daughter at the beginning of our trip, but Sarath and his family were brilliant hosts, making us feel very welcome right from the first phone call through a 5-night-stay! To get to our room, we quite literally had to walk through their living room and had breakfast and dinner (oh, dinner!!) on their terrace, but Sarath and family pull off the perfect feat: always there, always attentive and helpful without ever being obtrusive or pushy. Very, very good English is spoken, and Sarath clearly knows a huge amount about Sri Lanka and is a great help without pushing business on you!
Our room on the 2nd floor was spacious and absolutely spotless with a pretty posh bathroom and a nice balcony.
Two things really, REALLY stood out, though:
Mrs. Sarath has done an amazing thing with her small garden, growing seemingly every imaginable fruit, spice and herb there and still leaving enough space for our daughter to run around in. A tour around the couple of square meters can easily take an hour as she explains what all those plants are good for!
And the food!!! We had a lot of great meals in S.L., but Freedom Lodge set the standard! Dinner has to be ordered in advance during the day, and it's absolutely fantastic!!! Best food of the whole trip!
All in all, pretty much a perfect place for a budget hotel!!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank stefan w
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Reviewed 10 May 2013 via mobile

Mr Sarath really your Gest house have freedom. We very happy
Very good staff, fantastic rice and curry, excelent managemet,sometimes noisy for that new building but its not a big problems.
I would like to tell you ,
You organize for tour one of the man with old car(big black man), his is always try to do business , we told him to we came for see the Sri Lanka , but he not asking, he stoping all busness places.he don't have any knowledge about SL, when I ask him " where this road going" he answer " yes"
Please mr Sarath we coming for our holiday then we can spend some think more,next time when arrange tour , you try do good knowledgeable driver and good car, we don't want to do out side taxi becoz if we take in hotel ,it's good for all.
Thanks for you all...
I wish you all the best for your company.
See u next time in SL
jhon.smith543@yahoo.com

  • Stayed: January 2013
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1  Thank Jhon543
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

We rang on our train journey and were quoted 20,000 rupees, however when we arrived we were were given the choice of the 2 most expensive rooms (30,000 rupees and 25,000 rupees) - these were the Penthouse suite and another large room. When we looked at the room we were ecstatic - even though we were travelling on a budget the room was a real bargain and well worth paying a little more than we had planned. Absolutely double huge room with a private balcony and large ensuite. We ended up staying an extra night as we were so impressed! The only thing we can't comment on was food - we arrived fairly late on the first night and were told they may be able to accommodate us, however it turned out they couldn't so we went elsewhere (a tiny basic restaurant 1 minute up the hill - very nice!) we also believed breakfast was included but it wasn't offered to us at any stage. Really friendly family run place.

Room Tip: Penthouse Suite - great choice!
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Sally A
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

Sarath is an absolute gentleman and a magnificent host. We booked the penthouse suite and had a lovely night time view of the temple of the tooth from our private balcony. Would heartily recommend the freedom lodge.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 April 2013 via mobile

Freedom is a comfortable stay with a very lovely family willing to assist with any request. The room aren't flashy but really comfortable. The breakfasts are great. The location is good and would recommend staying here while in Kandy. I would not give Kandy more than 1-2 days stay - much nicer places in Sri Lanka!!

  • Stayed: April 2013
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