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The Grand Hotel Sri Lanka

Overview of The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel in the hill station Nuwara Eliya has a heritage exceeding a 100 years. The former residence of Sir Edward Barnes, Governor of Sri Lanka from 1830 to 1850, the Grand Hotel is an excellent example of a mansion from the Elizabethan era. It retains the stateliness and grandeur of a Colonial Mansion and rightfully claims its place as one of the best hill country hotels in Asia.

Like a misplaced bit of Europe set in the centre of a tropical island, the hill country resort town of Nuwara Eliya nestles in a cradle formed by three mountains at an elevation of 6,182 feet (1,884 meters) above sea level. Known as “Little England” or “Switzerland of the East,” it is situated 170 km. east of Colombo in the Central Province. Carpets of fragrant green velvet tea cover the hills, while majestic waterfalls tumble down from their source high in the mist-shrouded mountains.

Tudor style architecture and Victorian homes set amidst Boxwood and Firs overlook the calm waters of Lake Gregory, flowers bloom in parks and gardens, hunting and fishing trophies decorate the walls of old buildings transporting you back in time to the tranquility of a bygone era….

Accommodation of The Grand Hotel

When your eyes grow heavy with sleep, retire to your bedroom which presents an air of gracious elegance. As you lie beneath soft blankets and cocoon yourself in a circle of warmth, listen to the swish of the fir trees as they dance in time to the whistle of the winds outside your window.

The laid back, languid and luxurious lifestyle of yesteryear still prevails on the slopes of this island’s hill country, and is reflected in the furniture and fittings of the Grand Hotel.

156 Elegantly furnished rooms including 3 Presidential Suites and 3 Deluxe Suites overlook the magnificent, award-winning gardens of the Grand Hotel filled with beautifully laid out beds of flowers.

Rooms in the new wing of The Grand Hotel overlook the golf course and present a soothing view of the rolling greens to relax your eyes and calm your soul.

The Deluxe and Standard rooms at The Grand Hotel are equipped with piped music, heaters and well appointed bathrooms with bath and shower.

Additional features in the 65 Deluxe rooms include TV with national channels, Mini Bar and a range of guest amenities.

Dining of The Grand Hotel

Take a brisk walk or a lazy stroll and explore this quaint little town, and when the exercise creates the need for solid sustenance or the chill winds become too hot to handle, head for the welcoming warmth of the Grand Hotel.

Try The Grand Hotel's main restaurant and wrap yourself around a succulent steak served with garden fresh greens, ripe red tomatoes and baby potatoes followed by a dessert of bread pudding stacked full of dried fruits. Chase away the chill with a cup of hot chocolate or something stronger, as you sink back in a comfortable armchair by a crackling log fire – this indeed is heaven on earth.

The Main Restaurant of The Grand Hotel is located on the ground floor of the hotel, overlooks the beautiful gardens, and offers a wide choice in both Western and Eastern cuisine.

The Coffee Shop is also on the ground floor, located close to the Main Restaurant and specializes in serving light meals and snacks.

The Public Bar at The Grand Hotel is probably the most popular meeting place where guests gather to share anecdotes over a glass of the stuff that sends spirits soaring. It is located right next to the Billiard Room which has 3 Billiard tables of international size and standards. The winds might howl outside, but guests are kept comfortably warm both inside and out, as they sip their drinks by a blazing log fire.

The Supper Club with its panoramic bar and lounge and elegantly furnished dining area serves a la carte meals in an intimate and romantic atmosphere. If the mood of the moment makes you want to move to the music played at the Supper Club, grab your dinner partner and cut a dash on the dance floor.

The third bar at the Grand Hotel is a dispense bar which serves the Main Restaurant, Coffee Shop and lounge areas.

Facts of The Grand Hotel

City - Nuwara Eliya

Category - Hill Country Hotels

Distance from Colombo - 180 Km (5 hour drive)

Distance from Airport - 168 Km (4.30 hour drive)

Price Guide - Rates on Request

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