The sweeping approach to the port cochere prepares you for the grand public room. With the hotel being set on the side of a hill, on Kandy Lake, the public rooms are up on the second floor.
Christmas Eve saw a vast buffet of delicious foods with exquisite care having been taken with all the deocrations (tasteful and subdued rather than tacky and tawdry). There was even a children's choir singing some carols from the minstrel's gallery in the central dining hall (this must look spectacular whenever they hold a ball here).
The reason for "Sleep" only getting 2 stars was due to the Christmas eve band. There were quite a few kids staying in the hotel and so it was important for them to be fast asleep by midnight in order to have Father Christmas pay them a visit. The band had been playing during supper and then stopped at 11.20 - lots of kids now fast asleep. Their peaceful sleep, and my own, came to a shattering end at 11.45 when the band struck up again, louder than before and kept going well past midnight. The band was appranetly due to stop at 12.30 but it stopped before then, as soon as pointed out that there were no guests left in the restaurant and that the band was only playing for the staff.
Apart from that glitch, I thoroughly loved the atmosphere in this hotel.
It had also been Lord Mountbatten's residence while he was C-in-C of the Burma campaign.
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