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“Great Hotel - Back to Colonial times”
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The Grand Hotel
Ranked #6 of 29 Hotels in Nuwara Eliya
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Athens, Greece
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5 hotel reviews
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“Great Hotel - Back to Colonial times”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Great hotel in Nuwara Eliya, part of its Colonial architecture.

You can see hotel's age in its rooms with average facilities, but the general feeling was stronger to me.

Beautiful garden and inside halls.
Great photographic opportunity.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Once a colonial mansion, and still with the same atmosphere
The location is good, only 7 minute walk from city center (or rather the fleece market)
Rooms are ok and very clean
Staff was helpful, and
Gardens are lovely
Restaurant is old fashion and food is very good

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed September 30, 2012

The property is very nice and is for people who like hotels which are colonial. It has all the facilities required for a great vacation. The rooms are large and spacious and well laid out. The hotel has a nice garden and great restaurant both for breakfast and lunch/ dinner. They also have various activities like air rifle shooting & other outdoor activities to keep the kids engaged. For those who like adventure you can take the night safari where they take you to the nearby forest to sight Panthers, Leopards, etc in a enclosed vehicle. The staff is very friendly and hospitable like any other hotel in Sri Lanka and they ensure that your stay is comfortable and you are well looked after. Being a very old hotel you will need to walk a lot from the lift to your rooms as each floor would have approximately 50 rooms with only one lift. The hotel has a spa but the quality of service was average and was not upto expected standard. The hotel is centrally located which helps you in exploring the nearby areas with ease. I had booked this hotel as this is the only hotel which has a Indian restaurant attached which serves quality Indian food.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Travelled in Sri Lanka in July/August 2012. After the heat of the coastal areas the change to a cooler climate in the highlands was remarkable. Nuwara Eliya was a very nice town known as 'Little England' - apparenlty becuase the British used it as an escape from the more humid coastal areas. it does have a British feel to it and the Grand Hotel was stunning. The gardens are a delight to stroll in, the restaurants serve nice food and the accommodation was 'old wordly' but an absolute delight. The staff are friendly and helpful. Wish I could have stayed longer than the two nights I had in Nuwara Eliya.
Highly recommend staying there. Wonderful experience.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

We were told by our guide that this hotel was once the colonial mansion. It certainly looked the part from the outside. It has an elegant entrance hall and wonderful gardens. The staff were helpful and friendly. The rooms were very small and quite shabby, with limited facilities.
The restaurant was lovely and the food excellent.
Unfortunately it is off the beaten track so very little to do or see outside the hotel.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

Nice hotel . Nice garden .. Located close to golf club, famous Gregory lake and the city. Best UPMARKET place to stay when you are in Nuwara Eliya ..Only hotel world tourism magazine recommends to visit in 2012 in Sri Lanka

  • Stayed September 2012
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London
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Whilst we didn't stay here, we did visit for High tea (3pm-6pm) - gorge yourself on tea, sandwiches, snacks and cakes for 550 rupees. The service is great too - the hotel manager even took us on a short tour of the hotel.

We came back in the evening, and unfortunately weren't able to eat in the main restaurant as it was full, though had a good meal in the Cafe (it's a small restaurant, not just a Cafe).

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Grand Hotel
Address: Grand Hotel Road, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Nuwara Eliya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 29 Hotels in Nuwara Eliya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Grand Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 154
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