The Grand is a colonial era/style hotel which has been renovated and extended. Some reviews have reported that it is a bit tired, but we found the part we were in to be clean, well maintained, but old-fashioned (on purpose – traditional furnishings, lots of wood panelling etc.). We arrived late and there was a lovely log fire in the main hall (Nuwara Eliya is high up so gets chilly in the evenings and early mornings). Most of the people who stay here seem to be on organised tours (as we were), so it can be very busy. The night we stayed, the hotel was completely full, and by the time we arrived the buffet restaurant was full, so we had dinner in the coffee shop – which was small, cosy and served good ‘snack’ food (pasta, burgers, omelette etc.) and actually suited us better anyway. Most trips in Sri Lanka only spend one night in Nuwara Eliya, but make sure you get to the hotel early enough to explore the gardens as these looked lovely.
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya