Villa 92 – A Charming Colonial Villa Turned Hostel
We always travel together. Board the train to a far corner of the island, together. Take the bus at sharp 5am together. Everything. Together. But not this time when we made Kandy, and Villa 92 our home for the weekend. Nathan was being a hero at work and had little time for a getaway – so here he is, boarding the early morning train from Colombo to Kandy. It’s not that Zin doesn’t have a bunch of work to do but she always procrastinates. And this time around she’s procrastinating at her parents’.
Our home for the weekend is an old colonial house. The place has its own character written all over it. Charming beautiful walls, glass doors painted in multiple colors, wooden staircases and beautiful chandeliers. And finally a vintage typewriter with Instagram written all over it.
Our room was the dorm room facing the Peradeniya Road. Hence, it got a little noisy during the day but soon, you get used to it. And if you’re bunking in a room which is not facing the main road, you could totally escape the noise. The hostel is right in the middle of the town. It’s only a 10 minute walk to Temple of the Tooth, a quick bus ride to Botanical Gardens and a short tuk trip to Bahirawakanda Temple. Two minutes from the hostel are roadside shops and cafés with good food, and an ice-cream parlor with literally the best ice-cream in the island.
The colonial house turned hostel is a new member to Kandy’s accommodation scene. Villa 92 has private doubles and family rooms, too, at affordable prices featuring everything you need. Since they’ve recently opened, there was not much crowd. And we were quite lucky we had the whole bunk room to ourselves. Or pretty much the entire hostel if not for the staff.
You’re here for a comfortable sleep with good AC and thick mattresses. People, it’s old and colonial but it’s a darn modern hostel. The breakfast was pretty much the same thing you get at all the hostels – toast with eggs, jam and butter – but with fresh fruit to kick start your day. Overall, it was a filling brekky and they told us they’re soon going to introduce Lankan flavors to their breakfast. Nom!
We found this beautiful place through Air BnB, and Ash, the owner was friendly and provided us every detail we needed through emailing as he’s residing in Down Under. And when we’re at the hostel, we met his lovely dad who was super friendly and welcoming. You know those old uncles with kind hearts who love to chat and share their lifelong experiences with you? He was one.
We had a short time in Kandy. That was an extremely short weekend but we still managed to wander around Kandy’s busy streets and paid a trip to beautiful Botanical Gardens. And at the end of it, we found it a tad hard to leave this charming colonial house.
We would like to thank Villa 92 for organizing our stay with them, but as always opinions are honest and entirely our own.