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North of town on a beautifully groomed rise overlooking the golf course, this Georgian manor house was once a planters’ club. Today it’s far and away the most luxurious, and carefully renovated, of the colonial-style hotels...
Around 70 years ago they wisely stopped updating the furniture at this venerable tea planters’ club. Now, in a new millennium, this hotel is a jolly fine show...
The Orient’s made a conscious effort to lift standards, with bright rooms and wall murals that give the impression of being in a children’s nursery school. There’s a billiard room and a sunny beer garden...
Tea Bush Hotel
Lots of antique furniture peppers this 140-year-old tea planter’s bungalow. The heritage charm of the shared, public areas is tempered by slightly more prosaic rooms, but the restaurant views are superb...
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.
This 1970s-era concrete hulk redeems itself with friendly staff, a newly refurbished restaurant (mains Rs 400 to 600) and excursions to the gem mines. It’s a favourite haunt of overseas gem buyers.
Single Tree Hotel
The most popular backpacker guesthouse in town has a main building where the rooms have bright colours and loads of warm timber trim. The rooms in the annex building are a little darker and less inviting but still pretty good...
Ambience and location are the key reasons for checking in here...
‘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...
South of the lake, this was once a British governor's house before sprouting extra ballrooms and billiards rooms and turning into a rambling hotel. The original wing dates back to the 1840s...
This is a rather large but very welcoming hotel overlooking the lake. The older rooms near the front are a bit dark and neglected, while the newer wing, laid out in motel style, offers light, airy rooms and great views...
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...
Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
A massive, mostly package-tour resort beside the Mahaweli Ganga, 5km west of the town centre, the Citadel has 121 rooms with balconies overlooking the river. The swimming pool is worth a visit. A taxi from Kandy costs about Rs400.
Amaya Hills Kandy
Hats off to the architects for making the most of Amaya Hills’ perfect location...
Hotel Hill Top
A five-minute walk off Peradeniya Rd, the Hilltop has 81 colourful rooms, great views over the town and surrounding hills, a peaceful garden with a good-sized, clean swimming pool and a modest Ayurvedic health centre.
Palm Garden Guest House
There are no views at this modern guesthouse up the road from the train station, but the rooms are spacious and spotless and the rooftop restaurant-bar is staffed by some of the nicest folk in town. Rental cars and motorcycles are available...
Set 6182 feet above sea level, Jetwing St. Andrew's offers guests a luxurious 5-star experience in Sri Lanka’s hill country of Nuwara Eliya. This charming Tudor-style residence provides free Wi-Fi, free parking and horseriding...
Mahaweli Reach Hotel
Situated along the banks of Mahaweli River, Mahaweli Reach Hotel offers 5-star accommodation with rolling mountains as a backdrop. It features a large outdoor pool, Ayurvedic centre fitness facilities...
Located a 10-minute drive from Kandy Lake, Devon Hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with hot showers. They also feature a swimming pool and a 24-hour rooftop coffee shop. Hotel Devon's rooms are equipped with satellite TV, minibar and hairdryer...
Heritance Tea Factory
Heritance Tea Factory offers colonial-style rooms with views of the surrounding tea plantations and hills. It features a luxurious spa, tea-picking tours and a restaurant set in a train carriage...
The Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel is situated on Nuwara Eliya Hill, adjacent to the Nuwar Eliya Golf Course. Surrounded by tropical greenery and enjoying cool climates, it features 2 restaurants, a shopping arcade and a gym...
Hunas Falls By Amaya Kandy
Overlooking the beautiful Hunas Falls, this hotel offers a getaway amidst natural scenery. It features an outdoor pool, 6-hole golf course, and a terrace restaurant serving buffet breakfast. Hunas Falls Hotel is 26 km away from the city of Kandy...