Kandalama Hotle Hotel, Dambulla
Reviews - Kandalama Hotle Hotel
- Age Group: 26 - 30
- From: Greece
- Traveller type: Young Couple
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Loved the Sound of Pouring Concretefrom Hampshirelad
So standing there in what is termed "the all together" and having a good scratch I was less than pleased to see one of the workmen waving at me from the roof above. People say I am friendly but I can assure readers of this post I am not that ---- friendly.
I went to sink my teeth in to duty Manager but as usual he had gone home and someone else had to take the flak.In the end I refused to pay my drinks bill.
To conclude - there is serious building work going on at this hotel so you need to take a very robust stance on the room you are offered. Your Tour Company will give you a load of rubbish about the work being completed all I can say is ----
However this Hotel is in a unique location and is an experience which should be enjoyed, clearly not all the posts have had our experience
Five Star Camping.A Stunner.from PFoggSydney
While Geoffrey Bawa's architecture is stunning, the most stunning aspect of the hotel is it's the setting;rainforest, lake and distant hills, not another building in sight. A glimpse of the world before people. It is a thoroughly magical spot.
The hotel is extremely comfortable without being the Ritz, The food is of high quality and is interesting. The service is all the more relaxing for not being fussy just attentive.
A birdwatching ride on an elephant at dawn where you can literally see hundreds of birds and not another person. If you can be bothered with an excursions, there a number of world heritage sites nearby. There is plenty to do if you wish to be active.f you want to shop go elsewhere. The Kandalama is place for people who appreciate quality without the need for pretentiousness.
The Kandalama is a gem. The swimming pool has one the best views of the planet. As does the double spa bath in your room.
View to Die Forfrom snwong48
Staff were very pleasant and eager to please in a sincere manner.Food was top notch, there was plenty of choice and at reasonable prices. I would definetely recommend this place to anyone who is going to the cultural triangle. It's not far from any of the Unesco Heritage sites.
Building site - give it a miss for at least six monthsfrom madassoup
We spent the week in the middle of a building site. There was construction noise from 08.00am to 20.00 pm every day (apart from when the Thai primer minister arrived for a stay). It drove us up the wall. It's was very very noisy.
So what was good and what was bad.....
Good stuff: The setting is beautiful. The food was excellent. You'll get a nice welcome basket and evening welcome cocktail with talk. Birdwatching (also lizards and monkeys) opportunities were brilliant. Staff were very attentive (sometimes overly so). The bathroom jacuzzi tub for two was just wonderful (overlooking the jungle too). If you like bats you will love the way they fly round the open areas at night.
Bad stuff: There was no hanging rail in the wadrobe. We asked for this to be rectified on three occasions but it never was. I spent a week living out my case. Very annoying. TV reception is very poor so I wouldn't bother trying to watch it. The location is very isolated. It's about three and half hours from the airport and once you get there if you want to go out you have to hire one of the hotels cars. It's easy to arrange trips but it will cost you. You can't just take a walk to a local shop or restaurant. You will need to stay on at least half board basis. Also make sure you budget for drinks as these are VERY expensive. There are never enough coffee sachets left in the room. These are left in three sachets which is stupid when there are two of you in the room!! We'd often ask for more and always they came with three. We noticed they kept having a leak in the ceiling above the bar. It was dried up and covered over a few times within the space of one week. There were signs our room hadn't quite been finished before they put us in the room. There were some loose wires at the light fittings which seemed unfinished.
What the hotel said: we asked them why they had opened when it was obvious they were not ready (bearing in mind we'd paid a LOT to stay there). They said they'd come under pressure from the owners (Aitken Spence I believe) to open up because there were people who wanted to come. We pointed out they were risking ruining their reputation and it seemed the staff were aware of this. They tried to apease us by offering some free stuff but to be honest all we wanted was to enjoy the setting in peace and quiet (the one thing they couldn't give us!).
We were dissapointed because we can see that eventually this hotel will be truly lovely but just not yet. THEY SHOULD NOT BE OPEN RIGHT NOW. Had I known I would have waited one year before going. The hotel reckon that the Sigirya wing will not be complete before May and then there is the Dambulla wing to start on. Don't say I haven't warned you!!
PS. The mossies are rife here so if you are prone to being bitten make sure you've got PLENTY of medication because there is no shop in the hotel to top up your supplies should you run out.
Loved the Kandalamafrom A TripAdvisor Member
One of a kind in the worldfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Incredible experience but beware of monkeys on your balcony!
Some might not find it luxurious as you would expect a 5 star to be 'cos it's a very functional hotel being eco friendly and all....
Jaw-droppingly beautiful!!from delta123
A special placefrom A TripAdvisor Member
It's very secluded thus you eat every meal at the hotel.
It's several bumpy miles to the various historical sites.
The architecture is stark and can be a little sterile.
All that being said, it is a special place.
The infinity pool overlooking Sigiriya is remarkable!
What a wonderful hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Dambulla
only half board required The breakfast and evening meals are hige buffets, so I recommend you only go half board as light snacks such as club sandwiches etc are available any time during lunch/afternoon. A full lunch would be too much!
dambulla cave temples, sigiriya rock, elephant safari do them all - v accessible from hotel
Visiting Dambulla Caves WEAR SOCKS when visiting the caves. Footwear must be taken off and the stones roasting in the hot Sri Lankan sun is SCCCOORRCHING! Many other tourists were taken unawares and had their heels well and truly barbequed. The locals can do it but its not for most mortals man! Come totally prepared with socks, umbrellas, sunglasses and the torchlight for the caves.
Other names for Kandalama Hotle Hotel
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- kandalama hotel dambulla
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- Address: Dambulla, - Dambulla - Sri Lanka
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