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Tea Bush Hotel
Ranked #33 of 254 Nuwara Eliya B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Stayed at Tea Bush for 3 nights in Dec 2012. It is the a good walk up Haddons Road. The hotel has about 10 rooms with just the basic facilities. Most of the hotels have a colonial structure and Tea Bush is no exception. Rooms are quite large. Hot water and other facilities were fine. But a change in the linen wold definitely help in improving the ambience. Stayed in a room where I had a view of the restaurant.

Gregory lake is about 15 min walk from the hotel.

The restaurant of the hotel has a fantastic view of Nuwara Eliya and Adams peak. The food was very good with and the stewards were exceptional. Most of the veggies are grown in their back yard and were by fresh and delicious. Loved the French Onion Stew and the Grilled chicken was awesome. They also made wonderful breakfast arrangements when we left early morning for Hortons Park. If it wasn't for their advise we would have to probably remain hungry till mid afternoon.

The hotel is managed by Mr.Lal who is a real sweet heart and he went out of his way to make our stay comfortable. Loved the peace and quiet of this place. Will definitely recommend. Ask for the room with a view of Nuwara Eliya, you'll love it.

Room Tip: Choose the rooms with a view of Nuwara.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Service was excellent and the staff was very friendly. One place where dinner served really fast as well. Though the food was really good I felt it was little colder than expected. Overall experience is average. One thing I can't forget is the view from the restaurant.

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Reviewed December 1, 2012

The hotel is located almost at the end of Haddon Hills Road. It has a decent size compound with a tea plantation behind the hotel. The dining room has many windows with a 180 degrees view of the Nuwara Eliya. The room is clean and the basic necessity. It's definitely not a 4 or 5 star hotel. but it contains all the facilities to make the stay very comfortable. We truly enjoyed our stay at Tea Bush Hotel. The staffs were all very friendly. Despite one of our reservations was missing from thei record, they were able to help us to rectify the issue quickly. All of four of us slept soundly in the hotel, without turning on our A/C as the surrounding temparature was cool and comfortable. Overall, I would recommend to anyone who is visiting Nuwara Eliya to stay at tea Bush Hotel. It's not the best hotel, but it contains the basic neccesssities for you to have a comfortable stay.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

We arrived to a rainy Nuwara Eliya but felt warm and welcomed from the moment we walked into the hotel. Our room has all you need and we had no problem with hot water!
We enjoyed a lovely long dinner with excellent food (including not typical Sri Lankan food - the best non-traditional food that was had by my friend the whole trip!).
What made this a stand out place to stay was the service we had. Also, our driver was very happy with the accommodation he had.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

I had to change my room twice due to no hot water. And with the cool weather at Nuwara Eliya, you need HOT water! But nonetheless, we were upgraded to a better deluxe room which was very nice of the manager. The hotel is more pricey than the others but totally worth it. Service is fab and the food at their restaurant is the best I've had in Sri Lanka. The rooms are clean and spacious which is good. It is a short walk to the city centre and also to gregory lake. But since it is on the highest point of the hill, the walk may leave you a tad tired.

Room Tip: Restaurant Tip: The Tea Bush Hotel restaurant serves delectable food!
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

This hotel is atop a hill about 20 mins walk into town which for me was fantastic as it's quiet and relaxing but not if you want to hang-out late at night. Staff/manager are friendly and able to help with anything including tours, arranging transport and take-way food for activities. Rooms are nice, big and clean including the bathroom but can get cold at night (no heaters) so ask for extra blankets in advance. The food and views from the restaurant are the best in town. WiFi was only accessible from the reception area, slow and required a "Dialog" account so not free. For anyone not concerned about price I'd recommend this hotel for sure but otherwise it's easy to find somewhere half the price in the same area or even in town.

Sightseeing/Attractions Tip:
A tuk tuk into/from town is 150rps. A car/van to/from Nanu Oya train station is 500rps. A local bus is 40rps. A driver with a car/van to/from World's End (Horton Plains) shouldn't be more than 4500rps. Wouldn't bother going to Pedro tea estate as their 5-min tour is rushed, you can't take any photos and the guide didn't really know too much. They just want you to buy their tea (in bulk). I'd suggest either a proper tea plantation in Ella or the Tea Museum in Kandy. Victoria Park is the main attraction here. Grab an Orange Pekoe from the cafe.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Cormac G
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

A bit out of town. Nice first impressions. Very British country home look. Then the room. It was cold, stale and damp.The curtains were filthy. When put head down to sleep our pillows smelt of moth balls!!!! You know its cold when the staff are wearing earmuffs!!! The view from the room was through the hall to the dining room , but are great from the roof. Food was lovely especially the tea soup.The staff were very attentive and efficient.Why play bad covers of English music while we eat. Local sounds would be so much better, more authentic! We guess we were out of the normal season and we only saw one other couple, so why not spend a bit of time cleaning?

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Caryl C
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Additional Information about Tea Bush Hotel

Address: 29 Haddon Hills Road, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Nuwara Eliya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 254 B&Bs / Inns in Nuwara Eliya
Price Range: $52 - $122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tea Bush Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tea Bush Hotel is a boutique type hotel of 10 comfortable rooms, situated in Nuwara-eliya, the little England of Sri Lanka. The original planter’s granite bungalow, “Shelborne”, as it was then known built in the 1800’s, where most of the hotel rooms are housed adding to the old world charm of the hotel, was the residence of the superintendent of Haddon Hill Tea Estate.All rooms are provided with hot and cold water and room heaters are optional. Ample parking space coupled with drivers’ quarters is a boon for the tour operators. The large well appointed restaurant serves delicious food for both in-house guests as well as walk-in guests. Room service is also available on request. The limited number of rooms makes every guest a special one for the hotel. The high elevation of the hotel above the town makes the view from the rooms and the restaurant of the surrounding hills, Nuwara-eliya town and the Lake Gregory to be quite breathtaking. Mt. Pedro or Pidurutalagala, the highest peak in the Island is close at hand. One could get a grand view of Adams Peak or Sri Pada, the famed holy mountain by climbing the Single Tree Hill just behind the hotel.Guests on their own may visit the Victoria Park and the Lake Gregory which are just walking distance from the hotel, while hiking trips may be arranged by the hotel to the surrounding hills. Guided day tours may be arranged on request to the Hakgala Botanical Gardens with its famed rose beds or to the Horton Plains, the National Park among the clouds at an elevation of 7000 feet, and perhaps a peep down the Worlds End, the 3000 feet sheer precipice.All this would make your stay at the Tea Bush Hotel linger in your memories for long years to come. ... more   less 
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