The hotel's a tea factory converted to a 4-star hotel. The exterior of the hotel is identical to any tea factory and is surrounded by tea cultivations and misty hills forming a beautiful landscape. The road to the hotel is long and winding. Having your motion sickness tablets at hand is advisable for those who tend to get travel sick.
The uniqueness of this hotel is its preservation of its tea factory heritage. Among preserved items is the engine that powered the entire factory along with different shafts to which it was connected. The engine is run daily from 7:15pm to 7:45pm - a treat for those who love engines and mechanics. Massive tea factory fans still adorn the interior. Simply, it's just "tea" all around you at this hotel.
The rooms are comfortable. But only rooms in one side of the hotel have balconies with great views.
The hotel's very particular about the dress code for dining (which is smart casual with an emphasis on "smart"). Food was a let down. Dinner buffet didn't offer much variety and most items were cold. Variety was good at breakfast but again, not so tasty. Didn't get to try it but they have a restaurant "on wheels" - where guests can dine in an actual (stationary) train carriage.
It's nice to walk around the hotel. There is a rose garden, a small children's park, and you can trek along roads around the hotel. One great thing to do is see the "mini tea factory" just outside the hotel. The hotel produces their own tea in a small-scale and you can visit this factory and get a short guided tour as to how tea is produced.
The hotel seems to take an honest effort to go green. Power was cut off during Earth hour. Candles were what kept the hotel alight during that time - which in itself was a nice experience. But a few more candles at the buffet area would've made things easier for guests.
Staff were friendly and helpful.
Heritance Tea Factory is a unique hotel that's definitely worth a visit.
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- Also Known As:
- Heritance Tea Factory Hotel Nuwara Eliya
- Tea Factory Nuwara Eliya
- Tea Factory Hotel Nuwara Eliya