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One of Kandy’s longest established guesthouses and still one of the best. Excellent views and scrupulously clean rooms decorated with Sri Lankan arts and crafts add up to a relaxing place to stay. Cheaper rooms share a bathroom...
Jetwing Vil Uyana
Entering this open-air lodge you check in and enjoy a welcome drink while observing nature: crocodiles swim in the pond, monitor lizards dart through the grass and elephants come for an afternoon dip...
Ancient Villa Hotel
This leafy compound about midway between Sigiriya and Inamaluwa backs up to a lovely little stream, which is often visited by thirsty elephants...
This place has a cute gingerbread-house-like annex with a pleasant open-air restaurant, a rooftop garden and an internet cafe. Rooms all have windows and good ventilation; some have air-con. Tours of the ancient sites can be arranged...
Milano Tourist Rest
One of the best deals in town, Milano is a comfortable and modern house with 11 rooms, comfy beds, fridges and satellite TV. The management and service are very professional...
The hotel has 79 well-equipped rooms (minibars, safes), and there are great views of the rock from the dining room and large pool area (Rs 250 for nonguests). It’s a pretty walk to Sigiriya from here, although many guests are in groups and ride a bus...
On top of a hill overlooking the town, Topaz has 75 rooms, most with air-con. The decor is a little tired, but a friendly welcome, good views from the bar and a swimming pool tick the ‘Worth Considering’ box...
‘Luxury in the City’ proclaims the brochure. That’s stretching it a bit, but downtown Kandy’s most business-oriented digs has comfy rooms with satellite TV, air-con and minibars...
Serene Garden Hotel
This new hilltop place may look like an overdesigned apartment building, but the spacious rooms still have that crisp and clean ‘just been built’ ambience. This is the tropics though, so it is to be seen how long it would last.
Royal Tourist Lodge
Cane furniture, garden patios and a warm family atmosphere combine to make this feel more like a homestay than a mere guesthouse. It’s a particularly good bet for those staying a while who have more time to immerse themselves in Sri Lankan family life.
This is one of the prettiest hotels in Sigiriya, thanks to its spectacular views of the rock that reflect off the shimmering swimming pool; nonguests can use the pool for Rs 250...
This solid midrange choice offers modern accommodation and a convenient location by the main road north of town. It’s set back from the road in a compound and there’s a swimming pool in a pretty garden...
French Garden Tourist Rest
A new place by the New Bus Station, this modern two-storey guesthouse has all the main amenities demanded by travellers. The rooms are very clean. The namesake garden is not large and plans call for a cafe to replace some of the greenery.
Hotel Sudu Araliya
With a flashy lobby, well-tended grounds and an idyllic setting, Sudu Araliya would be the best place in town if it weren’t for the bland rooms and old furnishings. However, it does have a top-notch Ayurvedic centre and a garden-themed bar...
Lakshmi Guest House
One of the cluster of good guesthouses up Saranankara Rd, Lakshmi is a cheap, clean and cheerful option from the owners of Palm Garden. That means you’re guaranteed good food and very friendly service.
Simple, very quiet rooms feature at this wonderfully secluded family guesthouse on a winding road on the edge of Udawattakelle Sanctuary. It’s popular with birdwatching types, and Kandy’s bright lights are just a 10-minute walk away...
Manel Guest House
In a quiet spot just outside the Old Town wall, Manel’s nine spacious rooms differ in price depending on whether you get a fan or air-con. Good meals are served under the veranda...
Leesha Tourist Home
Near other budget choices, this new entrant in the bottom-end sweepstakes has three rooms in a most genial family compound just south of the Old Town. Rooms are straight-forward and sparkling clean...
The two rooms at this huge property are well equipped, with fridges and comfy outdoor sitting areas. Enjoy a beer out in the large garden and let the breezes blow in to save on the air-con surcharge.
This basic place is the town’s cheapest place to sleep. The eight rooms are clean and simply furnished, most are fan-only. It’s just past Cinnamon Lodge, on the Dambulla road...
The 14-room Hotel Randiya looks good from the outside, with its walawwa (minor palace) bungalow-style architecture. Inside, rooms are a little small, although more expensive ones have fridges and nice bathrooms...
The Deer Park Hotel
Large duplex rooms are the real appeal at this large resort property deep in the trees by the tank. All 77 cottages have lovely garden sitting areas, some have outdoor showers and the top units have views of Giritale Tank...