The Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

After spending a couple of nights in Kandy we took the train to Nuwara Eliya. It is known as little England and it seemed like a good place to experience some luxury and good service at a historic hotel.

The Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

There are many old and colonial style buildings around the town, with one such example being the Grand Hotel. Originally it was built as a residence for the Governer of Ceylon in 1828. It was then sold in 1892 to become the Grand Hotel. It was then extended and today features several restaurants, a gym, swimming pool, bars and snooker room. The gardens surrounding the hotel are beautifully kept.

the gardens

We particularly enjoyed hearing a tale from Bala the snooker room steward. The snooker room is original and over 100 years old. He explained how the snooker tables were shipped from London to India, before being moved on to Sri Lanka. The final leg of the journey involved shipping the tables on the backs of elephants.

Snooker room

Can really recommend the indian restaurant at the hotel too, they serve an excellent mutton curry. Overall it was great to stay at this historic colonial hotel and enjoy the experiences that went with it, such as afternoon tea.

Swimming pool

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