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Taylor's Hill

Our rating

8/10

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Highlights

- Contemporary boutique hotel
- Picturesque and peaceful hillside location
- Tennis court, badminton, croquet, billiards
- Lovely infinity pool

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Overview

Taylor’s Hill is a bright and contemporary boutique hotel set in a traditional tea planters’ house dating back over a century. It’s named after James Taylor, who was once responsible for developing commercial tea production in the Ceylon area. Sumptuous and stylish throughout, its quiet hillside setting boasts scenic views of the lush surroundings.

The five rooms at this small and charming property admit plenty of natural light and are decidedly modern in appearance. Each room is individually styled with unique customised wallpaper and a fine selection of both contemporary and antique furniture. All quarters offer generous amounts of space, picturesque views of the gardens and/or surrounding forest, and an ensuite bathroom with drench shower. Some of the rooms have a bathtub.

The hotel is a great base for exploring both the surrounding countryside and the city of Kandy itself. Regarded by many as Sri Lanka’s capital of culture, Kandy has an abundance of things to see and do. It’s a decidedly historic city that showcases rich heritage and traditions. Set on a plateau amidst towering mountains, the city benefits from being located in one of the more naturally picturesque parts of the country. Some of the city’s key attractions include the ornate Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the expansive Royal Botanic Gardens and the extravagant Royal Palace of Kandy.

There’s plenty to do back at the hotel. The grounds feature beautifully landscaped gardens and there are numerous walking trails for anyone wishing to get up-close to the natural surroundings. Some of the many amenities include an outdoor infinity pool and a tennis court, with badminton and croquet also available. Dining experiences are a key part of any stay at Taylor’s Hill. Naturally, most of the cuisine served here is Sri Lankan, with chefs cooking up a range of appetizing local and national specialties; Asian food is also on offer, as is the occasional British dish in keeping with the hotel’s colonial history.

Taylor’s Hill is very child friendly indeed, with families more than welcome to come and stay. There’s a play room just for kids, as well as a TV room and a billiards room. Extra beds can be provided on demand and a complimentary babysitting service can be arranged with prior notice. The Pattiyagama Suite is an ideal choice for families since it sleeps up to 4 by way of a main double room which connects to a twin. Parents should note that children should be kept under adult supervision at all times.

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Average Rating

based on 500 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

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