This wasn’t our first choice but the better rated places get booked up fast as there are a lot of tour groups passing through here. For one night I found the ridiculously old fashioned ambience here was part of the fun of coming up to Nuwara Eliya, but I wouldn’t have wanted to stay longer.
Everything feels old and really a little unloved. The books in the bookcase in the sitting room are numbered as if you may steal one, but some are so dog eared they look totally unreadable! We got upgraded to a ‘suite’ which had a separate lounge with TV, decorated in a mismatched more modern style. The bathroom is badly designed with towels inside the shower but nowhere to hang one in the main area.
There’s a characterful snooker room but very disappointingly they charge to play and have unfriendly signs saying ‘no beginners’ and a big fine for ripping the cloth, so they really don’t want you to use it!
Food was average at best, just a big buffet in the main restaurant with swarms of mainly Chinese groups descending on it. As in other places, we found that they aren’t good at keeping food hot enough so a lot is tepid, also an issue at breakfast. Try the spectacularly bitter green juice that’s allegedly very good for you if you dare. Bet you can’t drink a whole glass!
Note there’s a big building project behind the hotel on the right side with work into the night and v early in the morning, which may be intrusive if you have a room on that side, which we didn’t.
We would have found the generally dowdy feeling became oppressive for a longer stay, but as a one night stop off it seems to fit the concept of this ‘trapped in time’ town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Standing out amidst the inspiring scenic beauty of mist shrouded mountains and lush greenery, Jetwing St. Andrew’s enjoys a captivating locale in Sri Lanka’s hill capital Nuwara Eliya. Retaining its unique, old world charm, the hotel is now a grand colonial residence that exudes a sense of historic grandeur. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St Andrews Hotel
- Hotel St Andrews