Wow, this hotel messes with your mind. After leaving the extreme heat of Sri Lanka and arriving to the cool, damp Nuwara Eliya you are instantly transported to a dreary, drizzly English town. The Glendower is quaint and chock full of colonial charm. Our room was very large with creaky hardwood floors. The floors in the room were gorgeous. I found the room itself to be exceptionally clean. The bar in the hotel is something to be seen, and the garden out back was nicely manicured - too bad the weather didn't cooperate for us. As we were leaving early to hike at Horton Plains, they packed a take away breakfast for us and our driver. The meal was good.
We were unable to connect to wifi and were told they had been having trouble for several days. We ended up going to have tea at the hotel just behind Glendower's gardens so we could use their wifi connection to get caught up.
The hotel is located well within walking distance from the centre of town, but away enough that you avoid the traffic noise. It was also nice for a little walk to see the town.
Given the climate, the extreme dampness and mildew in the hotel was not unexpected. Damp linens are not the best but hard to avoid in this situation. The beds themselves were not comfortable. I had to flip my mattress end over end to avoid being stabbed by springs. It was slightly better but still less than comfortable.
Our room was extremely noisy. There was a lot of banging noise late into the night and early in the morning. I do not know if it was pipes or perhaps carried from the restaurant? We were also situated in a room where we could easily hear the conversation of those in the room next to us. Luckily, we only heard talking!
Our driver enjoyed his quarters and there was ample secure parking and good water pressure for a shower.
There is a quaint charm to this hotel. I would stay here again if in the area and the price was right. I felt we overpaid by about 2000 rupees for the room compared to other hotels in the area.
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