The Grand Hotel in the hill station Nuwara Eliya has a heritage exceeding a 100 years. The former residence of Sir Edward Barnes, Governor of Sri Lanka from 1830 to 1850, the Grand Hotel is an excellent example of a mansion from the Elizabethan era. It retains the stateliness and grandeur of a Colonial Mansion and rightfully claims its place as one of the best hill country hotels in Asia.
Tudor style architecture and Victorian homes set amidst Boxwood and Firs overlook the calm waters of Lake Gregory, flowers bloom in parks and gardens, hunting and fishing trophies decorate the walls of old buildings transporting you back in time to the tranquility of a bygone era….
Try our main restaurant and wrap yourself around a succulent steak served with garden fresh greens, ripe red tomatoes and baby potatoes followed by a dessert of bread pudding stacked full of dried fruits. Chase away the chill with a cup of hot chocolate or something stronger, as you sink back in a comfortable armchair by a crackling log fire – this indeed is heaven on earth.
The Main Restaurant located on the ground floor of the hotel, overlooks the beautiful gardens, and offers a wide choice in both Western and Eastern cuisine.
Barnes Hall / Grand Thai / Grand Indian / Magnolia / Tea Lounge / Piano Lounge / Public Bar / Wine Bar / Coffee Bar
The Coffee Shop is also on the ground floor, located close to the Main Restaurant and specializes in serving light meals and snacks.
The Public Bar is probably the most popular meeting place where guests gather to share anecdotes over a glass of the stuff that sends spirits soaring. It is located right next to the Billiard Room which has 3 Billiard tables of international size and standards. The winds might howl outside, but guests are kept comfortably warm both inside and out, as they sip their drinks by a blazing log fire.
For a tranquil hill country town, Nuwara Eliya has attractions of many sorts. Take a leisurely stroll in the Nuwara Eliya Park or visit the Galway Bird Sanctuary nearby. The Hakgala Botanical Gardens is home to exotic orchids, rare ferns and magnificent roses. Venture further, and discover the unique beauty of Horton Plains high up at around 7000 ft, and the awe inspiring wonder of ‘World’s End’- a near vertical drop of around 4000 ft. Rare flora and fauna abound here; including deer, jackal and the elusive leopard. Pay pilgrimage to Sri Lanka’s holy mountain ‘Adam’s Peak’ and catch a glimpse of the famous shadow at sunrise.