Urban Castle

Ensconced amongst the mountainous landscape of Kandy, roughly 120-KM from the cosmopolitan city of Colombo, the ‘Urban Castle’ is a beautifully-sung ode to Sri Lanka’s heritage.

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A modern concrete structure spiced up with restored antique windows and doors, ‘Urban Castle’ resonates with the Kandyan aesthetic. From colonnaded roofs and wooden terraces, to intriguing interiors brimming with period pieces, the bijou hotel offers fascinating insights into the artistic psyche of the last Sinhalese kingdom.

The Experience

This new-built castle comprises two types of accommodation offerings: Urban Romance and Urban Relax. All guestrooms are furnished with lush four poster canopy beds. Crafting a sensuous sanctuary for couples, the Urban Romance range features lavish bathtubs, ancient Kandyan art décor and heirlooms hand-picked from other states. Perfect for backpackers and families, the Urban Relax range comes with an exclusive wooden attic where guests can kick back and indulge in a book or two.

True to its origins, ‘Urban Castle’ rejoices in soft saffron and orange hues that are the hallmarks of Kandyan paintings. The communal lounge brims with a hotchpotch of curios, so beautiful that they must have been carved and painted by real artists with a profound love of their art.

The azure-water swimming pool reposes by the laid-back terrace which is furnished with cosy seating areas. The fascinating indoor restaurant, with evocative music playing in the background, is designed to reflect an ancient royal dining hall. This laid-back dining retreat dishes out homegrown Ceylonese meals and fusion cuisine, made with seasonal ingredients and the catch of the day.

Around and About

Locked in another time, Kandy basks in a quaint setting that could easily double as a set in a historic movie. Penned in by mist-smudged mountains, the former hill capital is a beautiful jumble of old and new structures; the golden-roofed edifice of the Temple of Tooth being the jewel. From yachting down the green-tinged waters of the Mahaweli River, to frittering away a couple of hours at the Kandy Lake or the Royal Botanical Gardens, the city offers ample leisure choices.

‘Urban Castle’, the canvas on which mesmerizing strokes of ancient grandeur meet cascading touches of traditional Kandyan hospitality.

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