Sunrise in Sri Lanka’s hill country… you could do worse. And for hotels you could definitely do worse than the OZO Kandy. My girlfriend and I had an overnight pit stop here before catching the train to Ella, and this modern but unassuming property fed us well and gave us a good night’s sleep before our onward journey.
Our tour operator booked this property for us; from the photos on the OZO website I was a bit concerned that our standard “Sleep” room would be a tight fit for two travellers and their oversized luggage. But there was ample room, a comfortable bed, solid air conditioning and, as an added bonus, a great view of the surrounding hills.
… and also the standard warning to not feed any monkeys that happen upon your balcony.
The bathroom was clean and modern, and the TV had plenty of channels to help you fall asleep, or wake up.
Our room was booked with a half board meal plan that included breakfast and dinner; because we arrived before the official check-in time we ended up trying the lunch buffet as well. I wouldn’t personally recommend the lunch as there are so many other places to eat nearby, but both the dinner and breakfast spreads were ample. I think it was around this time that I began to notice the Sri Lankan penchant for puddings, and the semolina pudding at the OZO’s restaurant was particularly delicious!
There is a lot to do in Kandy and a lot of places where visitors can stay. Our balcony overlooked The Hotel Suisse which, from the outside, looked old and tired. We also visited The Oak Ray Regency ballroom for a traditional Kandyan Dance Performance; that place looked really run-down.
It may not have the same wow-factor of the top-rated local hotels, but we found the OZO Kandy to be a solid, modern and affordable choice.
Book your stay here: OZO Kandy Sri Lanka