One of the last destinations of our itinerary was Kandy, in central Sri Lanka. A bustling city located in the mountains, Kandy is a smaller and more of what I images before visiting Sri Lanka compared to the capital Colombo. We were lucky enough to spend two complimentary nights in a room at Clock Inn Kandy, and it certainly lived up to the hype.
To book a room right now on Booking.com can cost as little as £8 per night. There are plenty of room types in this hotel/ hostel, all of which have breakfast included. Capsule beds are the cheapest option, followed by a single bed in either a 6 or 8 bed mixed dormitory. For those who want some privacy, both Standard Single and Double Rooms are available for £31 per night. The hotel has a 7.9 rating with Booking, free (excellent working) wifi in all areas and a complimentary tea and coffee station in the reception area.
The hotels exterior is very quaint, with fairy lights wrapped around the grand pillars at its entrance and outdoor seating areas. There are welcome boards framing the glass door, and the reception area is spacious and modern. There are several communal seating areas in this hotel, so if you want to socialise or have some peace you will be able to have both. There are plenty of feature lights, and the modern, cool reception area is contrasted with the cosy, den feel of the middle floor. With a large L-shaped sofa, plenty of pillows and bean bags, this social area is very much the embodiment of the backpacker vibe. There’s a flat screen TV, tons of movies and board games to keep guests occupied and beautiful art all around this area. The decor in the rooms is incredibly modern, with a spacious luxury bathroom in the private rooms and all white furniture. The use of white throughout the entire building creates a bright, fresh and spacious feeling. On the top floor is a rooftop dining area, where the complimentary breakfast is served, which has plenty of tables and amenities like a toaster and kettle.
Kandy is relatively small, and this hotel is within walk distance from all the main city sights. It’s just 700m from the incredible Sri Dalada Maligawa, ten minutes from Kandy Lake and the Temple of the Tooth and 25 minutes to the Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha. For sights outside the city such as Sigiriya Rock and the Pinnawala Elepant Orphanage, the hotel can arrange a tuk tuk transfer for a fixed cost. There are shops, fast food restaurants and bars all within walking distance from the hotel and the train station is ten minutes or 200 rupees away by tuk tuk.
The Standard Double Room was very spacious at 25 square metres, and the modern bathroom had a large walk in shower that was the best we’ve had during our time in Sri Lanka. All white furniture gives the room a spacious feel, while providing necessary storage space in the double wardrobe, twin bedside cabinets and vanity unit. The room had French doors with a balcony overlooking the steer, a flat screen television and an excellent air conditioning system.
For a hotel of a size like this it’s nice to see that cleanliness is a top priority. With all white walls, furniture and floors maintenance is at the highest level. The communal areas are organised and just as clean as the private rooms, and fresh towels are delivered to your door every day.
We have been incredibly lucky during our stay at Clock Inn, as the staff have been so warm, welcoming and informative. The 24 hour front desk is a great bonus as this hotel, and any questions we have asked have been answered in great detail. The staff are great to get recommendations of where to see, what to eat and how much to pay.
A seriously cool hotel and hostel with a great staff behind them, an incredible and eclectic interior design and spacious, quality rooms. Great for couples, families or solo travellers across all age groups, we cannot wait to come back soon.