I stayed in the hotel for two nights. It is located opposite the Dalada Maligawa, the holiest Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka and overlooks the Kandy Lake. The one way Street in front of the hotel turns to the right at the juncture of the hotel as the left side is blocked by the Temple complex. There is no lawn in front of the hotel just a portico that opens to the Hotel. The Queen’s Hotel is a grand 1840s vintage Raj classic which will be loved by those who want to savour the colonial period.
At the time of check in I requested for a room overlooking the lake. I was given a room on the 1st floor also called the royal floor. A beautiful wooden staircase leads to the first floor. Besides the staircase is a grand old lift or elevator a reminder of the colonial times.
The room was spacious with polished floorboards, a twin bed, old-style furniture and a private balcony overlooking the street below and the Kandy lake. The bathroom was large and the wash basin had separate taps for hot and cold water and thus the hot and cold water could not be mixed and adjusted. There is bathtub and a shower that has a modern system so that hot and cold water can be mixed and adjusted for a comfortable bath.
The hotel has one Dining Room, near the grand stair case, where the meals are served A decorated glass door opens up to the dining room. There was a trio of Sinhalese singers entertaining the diners. There was a sumptuous buffet, but I decided to stick to a la carte menu as I have a tendency to over eat in the buffets.
I am an early riser and woke at 4.45am. It was dark as the sun rises only around 6am. At 5am the Buddhist chants started from Dalada Maligawa which was carried over by mikes across the road. The chanting continued for an hour and frankly speaking I rather liked it. Lying in bed in the dark and listening to the chants was very soothing. Of course for a person who would not like to be awakened from his beauty sleep, the sound of the chants would be a quite rude awakening.
The complimentary buffet breakfast was sumptuous.
In the evening there was a power cut in the hotel. I went out for a walk On returning I found that although power had been restored, the room air-conditioner was not working. I informed the reception and promptly the electricians came over and rectified the matter.
Next day I found in the lobby a number of male and female Kandy dancers decked up in all their finery for a marriage ceremony at the hotel. The men wore a jacket and pantaloons, while the women wore saris. The marriage party started coming and the dancers started dancing and the drum started beating. I was lucky indeed to see the Kandy dance at so close quarters.
The hotel in its own way it exudes a character.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WELCOME TO QUEEN'S HOTEL One of Sri Lanka's iconic historic hotels, Queen's Hotel, situated in the heart of Kandy, faces the beautiful splendid surroundings alongside the Kandy Lake. With a history of over 160 years The Queen's Hotel is a 90 room British Colonial style luxury hotel. This former Governor's residence is one of the oldest hotels in Sri Lanka which is managed by the Ceylon Hotels Corporation. What's momentous about Queen's Hotel is that it is situated in Kandy, where the world prominent "Temple of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha" is. Every country has its pageants and festivals and so does Kandy which has the world famous "Kandy Esala Perahera Pageant" which is held annually. This pageant proceeds along side the Queen's Hotel's East & West wings, providing the most magnificent viewing facilities for the guests who patronize the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Queens Hotel Kandy