Nuwara Eliya, a hill station city located in Nuwara Eliya District, Sri Lanka has a picturesque landscape and temperate climate is one of must-visit tourist place in Sri Lanka. At an altitude of 1868m, Nuwara Eliya is considered as Little England of Sri Lanka and one of prominent place for tea growing regions of Sri Lanka. What better way to stay at this amazing hill station than staying at Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya.
Grand Hotel has a rich history where elite members of British people stayed while they were in the rule of Sri Lanka (then Ceylon). Started as a single storey bungalow called ‘Barnes Hall’ named after Sir Edward Barnes who constructed it around 1819. Later in 1831, the hotel was then succeeded by his successor Sir Robert Wilmot-Horton. Later it was purchased by Reginald Beauchamp Downall and was sold to Nuwara Eliya Hotels company who currently own the hotel. Later the hotel was upgraded by adding floors and connecting Northern Wing to Southern Wing and was open to the public. Since then it has won many awards like in 1990 it was declared as National Heritage Property, in 2009 it was declared as four-star hotels by Hotels Classification Committee of Sri Lanka and in 2012 it was listed as one of must-visit place in Sri Lanka by National Geographic Travel listing.
Notable persons like Lord Mountbatten, Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Maharaja of Kapurthala, Sir Jagatjit Singh, Sir Thomas Lipton have reportedly stayed at the hotel. Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya is a preferred place of stay for the British Royal Family from a long time whenever they visit the Island Nation of Sri Lanka. In the year 1999, this hotel hosted the 21st Session of SAARC Conference.
The hotel offers premium accommodation to its guests and they have the below-mentioned guest rooms where they provide ultimate comfort for people who are staying.
With the room size being 400sqft, Deluxe room offers its guests a grand breakfast with an option for international delicacies with an option for vegetarian food. The main stars of the breakfast are the Detox Butlers, Croissant Butlers who will prepare the food as per your command and the food is available as per your request. The Deluxe Room comes with 1 king-size bed, private kitchen, bathroom and living space. Additional amenities include Wi-Fi, hairdryer, Bathrobe, branded toiletries, in-room heater, safety deposit, iron and iron board, mini bar, tea and coffee makers, duvet and pillow which has a pillow menu. The stay at room includes Meals provided upon request, daily room cleaning and laundry services.
Junior Suite: Providing ultimate comfort for its visitors, the Junior Suite offers private butler service who can be summoned upon request, visitors staying here can enjoy exquisite breakfast with the dish recommended by your choice of Butler who will be providing you dish where you can feast like a king. Your stay at Junior Suite comes with 1 king-size bed, private kitchen, bathroom and living space. Additional amenities include Wi-Fi, hairdryer, Bathrobe, branded toiletries, in-room heater, safety deposit, iron and iron board, mini bar, tea and coffee makers, duvet and pillow which has a pillow menu, living area, dining area, sofa, butler service and fruit basket. The stay at room includes Meals provided upon request, daily room cleaning and laundry services. There are around 4 such suites which provide you Garden and Mountain views.
Presidential Suite:With an area around 1,260sqft, Presidential Suite offers ultimate comfort for the guests staying here. With old-world ambience and interiors, you will be transported back in time where you can enjoy the views from the seating areas located inside the suite. There are 2 fireplaces and the suite offers Garden and Mountain views which are scenic. Your stay at Junior Suite comes with 1 king-size bed, private kitchen, bathroom and living space. Additional amenities include Wi-Fi, hairdryer, Bathrobe, branded toiletries, in-room heater, safety deposit, iron and iron board, mini bar, tea and coffee makers, duvet and pillow which has a pillow menu, living area, dining area, sofa, butler service and fruit basket. The stay at room includes Meals provided upon request, daily room cleaning and laundry services. Guests who stay here have access to Billiards where you can play against second-best billiards player. Only 3 such suites are available hence it is better to book your stay early to enjoy old-world charm with luxury.
The Hotel offers 8 food and beverage units namely Barnes Hall, Grand Indian Restaurant, Grand Thai Restaurant, Magnolia Restaurant, Coffee bar, Dilmah Tea Lounge, Public bar and Wine Bar.
Barnes Hall:Named after Sir Edward Barnes, this dining place offers American cuisine where they serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at regular timing. Here you can enjoy luxurious American cuisine with your choice of drinks.
Grand Indian Restaurant:As the name suggests, the restaurant provides Indian Cuisine for Lunch and Dinner at regular times. This restaurant is where you will be enjoying Indian Gastronomic experience with flavour of India.
Grand Thai Restaurant:Immerse yourself with authentic Thai Cuisine with surreal restaurant interiors with traditional Thai music and sight. This restaurant offers Lunch and Dinner.
The Magnolia:With traditional English architecture and artifacts, Magnolia restaurant offers you some of the best English cuisines all day long where you would immerse in nostalgic ambience along with your favourite cuisine.
Tea Lounge:An internationally known tea lounge where they offer various the best teas with cakes and savouries. Also, this lounge provides your favourite fruit drinks and cocktails.
Coffee Bar:With its large bay windows this cafe-style bar provides you with the best of coffee flavour from around the world. Here they also provide some freshly baked treats Open from 7 am to 7 pm, this place offers some of the best cakes and savouries.
Public bar: The public bar offers some of the best drinks offered worldwide with classic fare. With its intricate design, you would enjoy having a drink with its old-style interiors.
Wine Bar:The Wine bar at Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya offers you the best wines from around the world. This dedicated bar has cellar selections of delicate, tasteful wines which can be selected by the customers based on their preference.
Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya offers you some of best amenities where you can enjoy Music Therapy where you can enjoy peaceful, calm music, yoga class for beginners, Spa with a choice of therapy and Temperature controlled indoor swimming pool. There are many conference rooms for people to enjoy their weddings in style, business conference and meeting halls, workshop halls and many other such occasions. This place is one of the best places to experience as it is in the midst of the hilly region and the place offers a cool climate.