The Telegraph newspaper in the UK has rated The Elephant Stables hotel in Kandy as “a brilliant combination of heritage experience and contemporary design” that is luxurious and family-friendly.
It says: “The spacious rooms marry colonial-era ambience with modern facilities, and the property floats above the city offering views of the hills around Kandy, especially from the infinity pool.”
With the rooms priced from £122 sterling (US$177), it is also affordable, as well as affording views that are “stupendous, and the property, which did once serve as the home to several elephants, is secluded and far away from the town’s bustle”.
Style & character 9/10
“The boutique heritage property features a mixture of colonial-era artefacts, including Sri Lankan sculptures and antique furniture, and contemporary fittings.”
Service & facilities 9/10
“Mobile phones with local SIM cards are provided to all guests so they are able to contact the hotel and be picked up free of charge at any time when out and about in Kandy.”
“All rooms have complimentary minibars, air-con, safes and DVD players with a collection of vintage Sri Lankan films. The bathrooms are well designed and spotless with attractive showers.”
Food & drink 8/10
“The restaurant serves a modest selection of dishes for lunch. For dinner, guests may choose between a stupendous selection of 10 different traditional Sri Lanka curries with rice, or a three-course international set menu.”
Value for money 8/10