Hotel Name: Golden View Kandy Sri Lanka Guest House
Address: 46 Saranankara Road, Kandy Lake Front, Kandy, Sri Lanka
I stayed at the Golden View Guest House in Kandy, Sri Lanka which I booked via Agoda. I booked it for its proximity to the lake, which seemed liked a central place to book. It turned out to be a good place to stay as the town itself is a bit uninspiring.
The Golden View is on a steep little hill that overlooks the lake of the city. On the other side of the lake is the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, which is one of the top things to see in Kandy. There are a bunch of guesthouses located in this area, but as the roads are steep and windy I wouldn’t want to be walking around trying to find a room. In this case I booked in advance so as to not be at the mercy of the tuk-tuk touts.
I got a single fan room with private bathroom. Kandy gets cool in the evening so I didn’t need the fan. As with many of these old guesthouses, there was only one power outlet in my room, which happened to be behind the bed head. I had to move the bed forward to access the power (and one outlet is why it’s always handy to travel with a powerstrip).
The bathroom was a bit old but there was hot water at least.
I was on the top floor so the wifi was somewhat patchy from my room.
My booking didn’t include breakfast so I bought breakfast at 450 LKR ($3.40 USD) which consisted of eggs and toast, jam, bananas, and a pot of tea.
I didn’t realise until I arrived that the guesthouse is a “Lonely Planet Recommends” guesthouse (which is proudly announced on the guesthouse sign), so the place has plenty of travellers passing through. The dining area has a wall covered in graffiti from around the world.