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Grosvenor Hotel
Ranked #27 of 31 Hotels in Nuwara Eliya
Reviewed 2 December 2011

My wife and I really enjoyed staying at the Grosvenor (Governor) Hotel. The rooms are huge, the geds nice but not great, and the service is par none. Very clean and quiet and the location is wonderful.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 November 2011

This is a real antique of a place, the bedrooms are enormous and fully furnished with chairs,tables, wardrobes, some have working fireplaces. They had the most comfortables beds we've had yet in Sri Lanka. The bedroom and ensuite were clean and well maintained. There is a club style lounge, old fashioned dining room and the hall way is so wide it has chairs and tables lining the sides. The main town is within walking distance. It makes a god base for walking tours in the area.

Room Tip: we had the room closest the lounge.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Kiwisnowbirds
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

Grosvenor is an odd place. Its a colonial style hotel which has probably looked the same the last 100 years. It looks clean and nice and as you stay there, you get to like it more.

The rooms are pretty large with large beds and what looks to be clean sheets and covers. The bed pillows are pretty comfortable, they may be filled with pieces of old seagulls... But overall the room is basic and there is not much charm about it. That is until you lie down and notice the very nice wooden ceiling while you have the fire going. Yes, for a fee (500 rupees which is pocketed by the guy who lights it and does not seem to go to the hotel) you can light the fire in the fireplace in 4 out of the 10 rooms. The somewhat cold and barren atmosphere of the room and hotel immediately changes to a cozy and different experience. Very nice. How many hotel rooms have fireplaces in the room today? (A note on safety: The cinnamon wood is lit with gasoline which is left in your room in a coke bottle. If you have kids, make sure it is out of reach).

Be prepared that the all doors in the hotel are also about 100 years old. This means you can hear everything from next door, including screams, snoring and farting. You also know when the hotel phone rings out in the hall. Its part of staying at Grosvenor.

There is a large lounge, and if the hotel cared to light the fireplace in here this room would change from a boring, cold place to a room which would attract some of the guests for socializing. But you can order tea in there and play finger billiard. A note on the tea. For two small pots that each had about 2 cups in them we paid 660 rupees. This is 3-5 times the normal price for tea and a complete ripoff! We mentioned the ridiculous tea price when paying but the guy did not seem to care at all.

Breakfast is terrible, get it over with and out the door. I would never dream of eating anything else at this hotel. Instead, head over to the fantastic Grand Hotel Restaurant 3 minutes in tuk tuk away and eat great Indian food at super prices.

So if you can get caught up by the old-world charm and like cozy fireplaces then this is the hotel for a night in Nuwara Eliya. Otherwise you can probably find something else.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Redspring
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Reviewed 19 August 2011

We stayed with our 2 kids for one night. It's not the best looking from the outside, but inside has a nice old English touch. Maybe somewhat outdated the total sphere makes up for a lot. Very spacious rooms, large lounge area and chairs in the beautifull hallway. It's a place my grandparents would have called just like home!

But the best was the fireplace at night! It was pretty cold and raint when we were there. We had to wear long pants, sweaters, socks, so in the evening they offered to light the fireplace in our room after dinner! And that is great, we went to sleep with the sound of a wood fire, best night in Sri Lanke. But it also could be lack of the noise of an airco!

Dinner was pretty good, altough it was cold in the restaurant. This place is value for money, but don't expect to much. The european touch is in fact the value....

Room Tip: Lit the fireplace at night, or ask for a room with one!!
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 May 2011

we stay this hotel for 2 days in may 15and 16.hotel room is very large and very clean.fire place also.very freindly staff here and they support me to find a vehicle to travel all around nuwara eliya.beautifull colonial type hotel.few minuits from the city center.but i felt it is some over priced with the foods

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank madumantha
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Reviewed 9 May 2011

Room was comfy and a good size. Had a nice range of interesting colonial-style furniture, albeit reproduction. The room itself was perfectly clean, although the bath was quite dirty with condensation mould and a tatty shower curtain.

The biggest disappointment however was the food. We were asked to order 3 hours before dinner as the kitchen was busy (there were four other diners that night). Our first choice of Sri Lankan rice and curry was unavailable (eh?) so we went for Chinese sweet-and-sour chicken which was nothing like any Chinese meal I've had before, more akin to KFC with rice and some chilli ketchup.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 April 2011

We felt like this hotel had a charming feel with some authentic details such as the wood ceilings and great landscaping. Rooms were very large and had a table with chairs. The lounge was a nice space to relax and read. Breakfast was nice and service was good. The hotel is just a 100 rupee ride from the city center. Being high in the mountains, the rooms can be chilly at night. The upside being that you won't need a mosquito net.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Address: 6 Haddon Hill Road, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Nuwara Eliya
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Ranked #27 of 31 Hotels in Nuwara Eliya
Number of rooms: 17

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