The Secret is a well-known brand in Sri Lanka and you can generally expect a great standard wherever you go. Once a Girl’s School, the grounds has now been converted into a colonial-style hotel that’s mostly praised for its impeccable service and friendly staff.
Kandy is just a short drive from The Secret – far enough away from the city centre to feel like an escape, but still convenient for sightseeing. Although the view as you arrive is not so inspiring (it’s a chaotic clutter of small multi-coloured houses scattered on the hill), the colonial charm and character is apparent from the moment you step into the main building. There’s a small pool that’s hidden in the shadow of a hill just behind the hotel. Kids will love the games room and adults will appreciate the movie library and butler service. The on-site restaurant serves local and international specialties.
The rooms are compact but not prohibitively small. Choose from deluxe rooms with king sized beds, large bathrooms and lovely wooden flooring. Alternatively, opt for a more spacious suite instead: there are junior, family and penthouse suites, all with impressive city views and many overlooking the lush gardens.
The wireless is unreliable, and if you’re very sensitive to noise, you might request a room away from the main road when you book. But this boutique hotel in Kandy is a great choice for families or couples seeking a welcoming haven to return to after a hard day’s sightseeing in Kandy.
Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.