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The Olde Empire hotel is a down-to-earth contrast boasting a balcony, overlooking the temple square, that is a meeting place for young backpackers. The regular room rate increases from budget to big-spender during the Perahera season because of its proximity to the parading elephants. Rooms, apart from a few, have shared bathrooms and the hotel enjoys the unusual intimacy of a travelers club

Olde Empire Hotel (Kandy, Sri Lanka) - Hotel Reviews - TripAdvisor

Olde Empire Hotel, Kandy: See 6 traveler reviews, candid photos, and great deals for Olde Empire Hotel, ranked #15 of 36 hotels in Kandy and rated 4 of 5 at http://www.tripadvisor.com/.

5 of 5 stars
The_Humidor Cupar, Fife
Dec 27, 2006

The review above says it all about the Olde Empire - I would just like to add that should you be in Kandy for the first day of the Perahera (Elephant Festival) then the procession passes right underneath the balcony at the Olde Empire. When I was staying there was a great mix of tourists and Sri Lankans and so...

"Kandy's best boutique hotel"
5 of 5 stars!
warrick Thailand
Sep 5, 2008 

I booked a room at the Olde Empire to enjoy the famous Esala Perahera, and I stayed there for the last 3 days of the 2008 festival, on a bed and breakfast basis.

The hotel is ideally placed -- over a ginger beer (no alcohol ..) on the front balcony one can see the tooth temple to the left, Queens's Hotel to the right and the Kandy lake straight ahead. All these land marks are just a short walk from the hotel.

I was told the hotel had recently been refurbished. My room and the general areas were polished and spotless. The food was super -- big British breakfasts especially.. They also
cook lamprais ( a Sri Lankan specialty) on Fridays -- a marvelous mixed-curries dish !.

Vincent Fernando, the proprietor, was a marvelous host, and treated his hotel guests as 'family'. I was so pleased with my brief stay that I gave a 'thank-you' present ( a batik picture of a fruit orchard) ).for display in the dining room. -- this is not the kind of thing I would do for the Hilton !

Olde Empire is a most impressive boutique hotel!