Theva Residency is a hotel in Kandy
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Recommended hotels in Kandy

Make the most of your stay in the beautiful hill capital with a memorable stay in one of Kandy's top hotels

By Time Out editors

Planning your visit to the beautiful hill capital of Sri Lanka? Then check out our list of Kandy’s most preferred hotels. These are ideal places to just sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic vistas of the hills. If you are visiting Kandy during the Esala Perahera season, then we recommend the colonial Queen’s Hotel—located in the heart of the city—for a first-class view of the grand procession. Visit The Kandy House or Theva Residency, which are situated, secluded in the soothing environs for a quiet and peaceful getaway. Not only do they maintain great standards of service but these are also known to provide some of the best dishes in town.

Hotel Hilltop is a hotel is Kandy
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Hotel Hilltop

Hotels Kandy

As its name suggests, the Hotel Hilltop sits atop its throne—a mountaintop overlooking the Kandy Lake on the Peradeniya Road, observing rich flora and a lovely ambiance.  Have your delicious meals viewing the alluring surroundings, or enjoy your favourite drinks in their lounge bar. The ‘Hantana Lounge’ is available for bookings.  With their outdoor pool and indoor sports facilities, you are sure to be occupied while staying at Hotel Hilltop. The hotel also offers an Ayurveda centre and an on call doctor, all with their guest’s health, wellbeing and relaxation in mind.  If you are in an outdoor-sy mood, do not hesitate to talk to the ever helpful staff, who would be delighted to arrange excursions and tours to witness many of Kandy’s historical sites and landmarks.

OZO - KANDY sales article
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OZO Kandy


Offering an outdoor swimming pool and rooftop lounge, BOMU, OZO Kandy is located in Kandy. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with air conditioning and a sofa seating area. Complete with a refrigerator, the dining area also has an electric kettle. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries. At OZO Kandy you will find a fitness centre and a 24-hour front desk. Services like currency exchange are also offered. The hotel is 550 metres from Lakeside Adventist Hospital, 1.5 km from Kandy Museum and 1.6 km from Sri Dalada Maligawa. The Bandaranaike International Airport is 102 km away. Guests can enjoy local flavours and international delights at the EAT2GO restaurant.

The Swiss Residence is a hotel in Kandy
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The Swiss Residence

Hotels Kandy

Known as ‘A truly Sri Lankan hotel with a Swiss touch’, The Swiss Residence is an extremely in-demand hotel located amidst an elevated and picturesque site. Surrounded by lush greenery of the countryside landscape, it exudes a blissful atmosphere drawing in backpackers and visitors of all ages.  The irregularly shaped outdoor swimming pool with its signature dolphin is a nod towards the fusion of modern concepts into the otherwise traditional setting. Various rooms and suites along with a reception hall, conference room, a lobby bar, an indoor restaurant and an ayurvedic spa offer a diverse collection of facilities and services for visitors to choose from.  Though it is highly unlikely to have a dull moment in the presence of impeccable services and contemporary facilities, The Swiss Residence offers different recreational pastimes. If you ever find yourself yawning and wondering what to do, grab a racquet and engage in a game of table tennis with a partner or play some pool, carom or darts with your friends.

Randholee Resort
Randholee Resort


Hotels Resorts

Nestled within the tranquil hillside of the ancient citadel of Kandy, Randholee Luxury Resort is surrounded by an aura of greenery. Located close to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, the resort draws from the city’s ancient culture and tradition. Therefore, the interior is decorated to represent the Kandyan artistry. The rooms are divided into Suites, comfortable Deluxe Rooms and Deluxe Rooms with a View. The Deluxe rooms in particular are decorated with ornate paintings inspired by the arts of the Kandyan era. The Suites are designed with a glamorous theme in mind. The breathtaking views of the citadel and its surrounding mountains is stunning. To ensure guests have a comfortable stay, the rooms are equipped with modern and luxury amenities. The splendid infinity pool overlooks the sky and lush nature, creating the perfect environment for relaxation. Lounge on the deck chairs by the pool with a refreshing beverage and your favourite snack. Newly weds can be cocooned in cosy comforts. They are given special offers by the resort such as candlelit dinners. Couples who spend their honeymoon at the hotel will also be treated to a dinner when they celebrate their first wedding anniversary. Randholee Resort serves delicious food all day long. Their International Buffet Night includes a gourmet spread of dishes featuring Sri Lankan, Indian, Middle-Eastern Italian, and Western cuisines. If in the mood for something different, you can dine a la carte. Guests gather and mingle on t

Earl's Regency is a hotel in Kandy
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Earl's Regency Hotel

Hotels Kundasale

A well recognised, five star-rated hotel built overlooking the wondrous view of the suburbs of Tennekumbura (5km away from the city of Kandy) and its mountains across the Tennekumbura bridge over the Mahaweli River. The view and location being reason enough, Earl’s Regency Hotel is the ultimate spot to unwind and enjoy a nice long, blissful vacation.  Earl’s Regency holds a total of 104 rooms, which are found across the premises, within the main building, the South Wing and the Knuckles Wing. The hotel offers beautifully adorned premium and deluxe rooms, family rooms and a selection of contemporary luxurious suites.  The main building of the hotel contains the reception area, bar and an executive floor with conference facilities and executive suites, while the new wing incorporated into the hotel, consists of the deluxe rooms, spa and the garden restaurant.  The hotel also presents a multi cuisine restaurant and bar, inviting outdoor pool, a ballroom exuding formal elegance and a well equipped spa and gym, along with other recreational activities.

Kalundewa retreat
Kalundewa retreat

Kalundewa Retreat

Hotels Dambulla

This is a place with the potential of becoming every nature lover’s haven. Located atop the lakes and paddy fields of Dambulla , the hotel offers a chance for guests to take in the breathtaking beauty of the centre of the Cultural Triangle. The resort has accommodation in chalets built on the lake as well as a bungalow with a lake view in the paddy fields. The “bakmee chalet’ is convex in dimension and has glass walls that create an intimate transparency with the surroundings. Bird watchers will have the sheer delight of waking up to the calls of Sri Lankan birds calling from the wilderness. Guests who don't wish to be disturbed by nature can stay in peace in the adjoining bungalow. Treks and visits to the nearby village can be organised on request.

Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara
Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara

Heritance Kandalama


A tranquil retreat perched on hills, Heritance Kandalama offers panoramic views of the Sigiriya Rocks. Boasting a spectacular architecture, this unique design hotel provides 3 impressive pools and exotic activities like bird watching. Kandalama Heritance is a 20-minute drive from UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the 2,000-year-old cave temple at Dambulla and the Sigiriya rock fortress. The 5-star hotel is a 3.5-hour drive from the airport. The spacious rooms are fitted with rattan furniture and timber panels. Each comes with a private bathroom featuring oversized glass walls that allow much natural light in. The hotel features tennis courts, a well-equipped gym and the well-known Six Senses Spa. To enjoy Sri Lanka’s breathtaking natural landscapes, the hotel offers various excursions like mountain cycling excursions and lake safaris. Start the day with breakfast on the lake or enjoy a memorable dining experience in the nearby cave. The Kanchana Restaurant offers daily themed nights with international cuisine. Views of the Sigiriya citadel and the Kandalama Lake accompany meals.

The Tourmaline

Hotels Boutique hotels

The Tourmaline is located on Anniewatte Mountain, 1.5 km from the famous Temple of the Tooth. It offers a pool, well-appointed rooms with bathtubs and free WiFi throughout the property. Rooms are spacious and come with ironing facilities, a minibar and a safety deposit box. Entertainment options include a flat-screen cable TV, CD and DVD player. Guests can enjoy the tropical weather by the hotel’s large swimming pool. It features sun loungers for guests’ comfort. There are tennis courts, a fitness centre and various other recreational facilities. There is a children’s playground for younger guests. Tourmaline Hotel’s Restaurant serves local specialities. It also offers an international menu. Room service is available. The Tourmaline Hotel is 2.5 km from Kandy Botanical Garden and 1.5 km from town. Bandaranaike International Airport is a 3-hour drive from the hotel. The Tea Factory Museum is around 3 km away.

Hotel Topaz is a hotel in Kandy
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Hotel Topaz

Hotels Kandy

Sitting high above Kandy, so uncannily like a coronet on the hill capital from afar, Hotel Topaz became a mainstay not long after it opened doors 40 years ago.  Surrounded by the Knuckles range, the hotel is strikingly romantic with high altitudes, mist, cool weather, flowers, striking mountain views and luxury. It is a honeymooners’ paradise. Therefore, the fourth floor, the ‘Rose Floor’, is now dedicated to honeymooners. Nothing is spared in terms of thoughtfulness, from bedtime chocolates to a pillow menu and all luxuries in between. A special honeymoon package is also available. The second and third floors are christened the Green Floors, environmental friendly with views either of the wild green hills or the dwarfed city teeming below. The first floor has been inspired by the Water Lily. Our virginal national flower is everywhere: in ponds in the corridors, stamped on room stationery, growing in fish tanks in the rooms. Each room in this floor also has a beautiful private garden with a water lily pond, ideal for high tea or breakfast. All rooms are well-equipped, comfortable and cosy. The Topaz also has a spa, a pool in a beautiful Swiss setting, restaurants and a coffee shop. It promises a dreamy stay amidst the cool climes and green views. To enter its realm is to start living a dream.


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