The Grand Hotel - Nuwaraeliya
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An elegant High Tea on a manicured lawn; sip a stiff brandy by the blazing live log fire after a round of golf in the chill air. Is it England in the Days of the Raj? It may be the 21st century, but colonial splendour still reigns in all its past glory at the Grand Hotel. Once the palatial residence of Sir Edward Barnes, the governor of Sri Lanka, then Ceylon in the 1820s. Today, the Grand offers a myriad of experiences to travelers from all parts of the world, with style and finesse.


Undoubtedly the most celebrated of hotels in Nuwara Eliya, the Grand offers you the ultimate blend of Old world charm and elegant comfort with 145 rooms to choose from: all with peaceful views of misty hills. Superior luxury also awaits in 3 Presidential Suites and 4 Junior Suites. From here, you can admire the beautifully laid out, award winning gardens where rare roses bloom. Hot baths and heating will keep you cosy in the cold nights, and with 24 hour room service at hand, a steaming frothy cocoa is yours, even past midnight.

Room Facilities

  • Bathroom
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Bathroom with Bathtub / Shower
  • Cable/Satellite Television
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-room safe
  • Mini Bar
  • Refrigerator
  • Telephone


The colonial setting may take you back to the past, but the amenities are definitely 21st century – with cable TV, Mini Bar, high speed internet access and IDD phones including the standard hotel services from laundry, safety deposit boxes and currency exchange to concierge; 24 hour reception and room service. The Grand offers banquet and conference facilities for up to 200 guests and a Business Centre for the corporate traveller. With the charming traditional atmosphere and the extensive gardens, it is also the popular choice for local weddings.

  • Sports

If you must keep yourself busy, there’s a health centre to keep yourself fit, and a small shopping arcade for some retail therapy and to find that perfect souvenir to take home. For the more active, there is Tennis; and of course the famed Golf club, right opposite the hotel.

Hotel Facilities

  • Parking
  • Laundry
  • Credit Cards accepted
  • Lobby
  • Room service
  • Safety deposit box
  • Wake up call
  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour security
  • Sauna
  • Shopping arcade
  • Massage
  • Billiards / Snooker

Things to do

  • Attractions

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.

  • Activities

Things to do in NuwaraEliya are also plenty. In the ‘April Season’ it comes alive with an exciting carnival atmosphere - there’s everything from horse racing (a local Ascot with dressing up on a grand scale) to stock car racing, boat rides, flower shows, music and entertainment events, Golf and Tennis tournaments and more to keep you busy. Other pastimes take over ‘off season’. Spend a day out at the plantations and factories where Sri Lanka’s renowned ‘High Grown’ tea is produced and admire the myriad waterfalls along the way. There’s plenty of action for the thrill seeker – white water rafting, rock climbing and trekking, and if you prefer it slow, the colonial charms of the town offer much to explore. If you are a nature lover,

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