We stayed 2 nights in this hotel and it was the perfect place after our busy 3 days in the cultural triangle.
The hotel is very open plan, all cool white décor and comfy beach chairs, gorgeous pool area overlooking the lake, and trendy looking bar.
It was quite Mediterranean in feel and we felt the sudden urge to take a break from ‘culture’ and just spent the day lounging by the pool and having cocktails. All very relaxing.
The rooms are laid out almost villa style, again like a Mediterranean villa complex, all throughout the grounds and away from the main lobby / pool area. Our room was huge with a little garden area, and a trendy black bathroom.
Beds were very comfortable, wi-fi free and fast.
Once you enter your front door there is another door at the end of the corridor before entering the bedroom which at first I thought was odd. Close this door at nighttime. This door prevents the noise of early morning guests checking out and staff doing the morning changeovers.
The buffet in the evening was good, but not great, though we thought the price reflected the level it offered. There was a good enough choice, but some of the food was only just warm enough rather than hot. It was also a bit oddly laid out, square shaped, so you seemed to be constantly bumping into someone going the other way, there wasn’t a good ‘flow’ to it!
We ate outside (too many big tables for the tour groups inside) and it was lovely with the pool lite up.
The English of the staff was very good and the service friendly and helpful.
It was slightly cooler than the cultural triangle which was a nice change. There were no issues with mosquitoes despite being so near the lake.
Kandy itself was lovely, quite upmarket in comparison to the other towns we had visited. We did the cultural show, which was fun if a little amateurish, (like attending a school play) and then afterwards we did the Temple of the Tooth, (so we went in at 6 pm, it closes at 7.30 pm.)
This was a lovely time to visit as the sun was setting and it was much cooler. The actual area where the tooth is, where the doorway opens for a very short time, is very very crowded and the locals, Buddhists and tourists alike are passionate about getting as close as possible, so be prepared.
The temple of the tooth is actually a huge complex in total, and very lovely to wander around. I could easily have come back during the day to see it again. Probably our favourite temple we visited.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sweeping green hills, the longest river in the country, misty mornings and the fresh outdoors, are just a few things that naturally come together here to make the perfect holiday. Just 2 1/2 hours from the Sri Lanka's Capital City Colombo, Chaaya Citadel Kandy has reinvented itself taking into account the needs of holidaymakers around the world. Replete with a sense of history, serenity and majesty, the hotel offers guests the opportunity to experience the amazing Kandyan history, the culture and the arts that play a big role in the lives of the Sri Lankans. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chaaya Citadel Kandy Hotel Kandy
- Chaaya Citadel Hotel Kandy
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