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“Cosy homestay from days gone by”
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Glendower Hotel
Ranked #22 of 30 Hotels in Nuwara Eliya
Reviewed 11 July 2013

Having come from cranky Capital Colombo, then through busy and bustling Kandy, arriving in laid back Nuwara Eliya was like a dream come true. The Glendower reflected the towns colonial heritage to a tee (the golf course is also just over the road). The extensive use of dark timber, brass and leather throughout added a certain charm, as did the immaculate rose gardens and topiary. A welcoming and intimate bar was further enhanced by the most capable and friendly barman. Other staff were occasionally useful but mostly filled the category of "hallway haunters" that generally melted away on approach. Above the bar is a full sized billiard table that is 160 years old and could tell a few tales I'm sure. When the fire place was lit, the ambience really picked up and accelerated away. The room was fine but the bathroom odours made us head into town to buy some incense, following a lack of staff action. We also had tp pester them continually for a set of towels. Meals here were ok. Just up the road is an Indian place and shortly after, the Grand Hotel, that served immaculate meals and with service second to none. Overall, I would recommend the Glendower for its unique and fading charm.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

We were looking for an English style pub in the Hill Country of Sri Lanka and we found one - the Glendower. Rooms were large and comfortable, lounge was warm and welcoming (even to children!), breakfast of bacon/sausages eggs and fresh fruit was included and the host couldn't have been more friendly and anxious to help. Wi fi did not work in some rooms but seemed to be fine in public areas. The gardens were restful and well kept and added to the ambiance of it all. It is a Hotel on our list - one well worth another visit when next we explore the tea country.

Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
2  Thank Barbara M
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

The Glendower is not a five star luxury property, but given its price and location it was good value for money. It provided a family friendly environment with various public areas (bar, lounge and fireplace sitting area) to choose from with welcoming and a helpful manager. The rooms were spacious although slightly dated and whilst they added to the olde world feeling of the place the creaky floor boards were perhaps a bit too creaky at times. The fittings were all a bit old but they worked and we had no complaints.

The staff could perhaps work on responding to requests a bit faster and refrain from being overly curious with guests' property.

Overall we enjoyed our stay at the Glendower Hotel and if we have the opportunity to return to Nuwara Eliya we will certainly be staying there.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank MixedTravel_13
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

We stayed one night as part of a cross country journey. The hotel had a very friendly vibe, nice staff, cosy interior. The rooms were clean but average, your money's worth basically. We didn't eat in the restaurant except from a nice breakfast included in the stay. We did however have a drink before dinner in the sofa area next to the fireplace and it was perfect during the rainy season and to warm up in good English countryside style. I'd recommend this hotel for a short stay in NE.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank S L
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Reviewed 13 June 2013

Cozy little hotel, very warm & nicely decorated. Norman, the manager is very polite & professional. Rest of the staff is also very friendly & helpful. Recommend this hotel to anyone looking for great value for the price. Good food with a nice spicy taste of Lanka.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank Mahasri W
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

It's a very good hotel... With lost of English memories. Decent rooms... Food I haven't tried... But the hospitality given by Norman the general manager of the hotel was awesome... He made us feel homely... The nature look around the hotel is also good.... Especially the garden of the hotel which we were told that has won 1st prize for its beauty's and maintainence... Worth staying there.... Value for money

Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

Very attractive hotel structure and rooms , a very nice garden and outer area..... 15 mins walking distance from the Nuwera Eliya Lake & 05 mins walk to bus station... Close to Grand Hotel... Price range around USD 65-75 for a Double Room for a night...

Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
3  Thank Sam_PaulV
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Additional Information about Glendower Hotel

Address: 5 Grand Hotel Rd, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Nuwara Eliya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 30 Hotels in Nuwara Eliya
Price Range: £52 - £119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Glendower Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Glendower has been in existence for the last two decades and has developed from a charm English country motel to one of the most sort after boutique hotels in Nuwara Eliya. They have been continuously awarded various titles for their picturesque mini botanical garden and have hosted significant and sort after figures over the years. Explore Glendower and you wont be disappointed. The facilities and services you get supersedes all your expectations. The friendly attitudes of staff derives from its owners warm hospitability and attitude to say its visitors are god. Hotel Glendower also uses "Spa Ceylon" Branded Toilet amenities ... more   less 
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