This is an old tea factory converted into a hotel. The road to the hotel from the main road is a single track one and takes around 20 minutes drive. We stayed here for one night.
The hotel is situated in the middle of a tea plantation and from the outside looks no different from the many tea factories you will have seen on the drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Inside is where this comes into its own. You walk through the main door and are transported back to Colonial times, with the style of staff uniform and the inside decor.
Everywhere you go you are surrounded by the memorabilia from the old tea factory with certain items/machinery that still work. The lift from Reception to the rooms is an old one, where you ahve to close the two doors to operate it.
The rooms were small but very comfortable and we had another good nights sleep here. Heating is provided in the room as it can get quite cold at night. Luckily we did not have to use the heating, even though it was noticeably cooler than in the previous places we had stayed in Sri Lanka. Taking a jumper is probably a good idea to this part of the country.
There is a lovely bar just off the main restaurant where we had a steak sandwich and a couple of drinks. The steak sandwich cost around 8 dollars.
As we were there in the off season the hotel was not that full and did not offer the buffet menu, just a set menu with a couple of choices. The set menu cost just over 15 dollars a person and I thought the food was very good. There is a Railway Carriage restaurant here as well but I would not go and eat there. The cost of the food is nearly three times of that in the main restaurant.
You can take a walk throught the tea plantations if you like. We did not do this as shortly after arriving the mist rolled in and reduced visibility substantially.
This is definetely a hotel worth staying at, for its individual uniqueness, though one night is probably enough as there is not a lot to see apart from tea!
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- Also Known As:
- Heritance Tea Factory Hotel Nuwara Eliya
- Tea Factory Nuwara Eliya
- Tea Factory Hotel Nuwara Eliya