We only stayed one night at the Heritance Tea Factory as we travelled from Habarana down to Yala as part of a 10 night long luxury holiday. If Im honest I was worried about our stay in this hotel; from the pictures I was a bit concerned it would be run down and some of the other reviews had put me off. There isnt a huge amount of choice in the region and some of the other options such as the Tea Trails, as beautiful as they look, are horrifically expensive even for a "luxury" trip. So i did feel apprehensive about this stay.... but I really shouldn't have worried. I now feel a real fondness for this hotel; its a little gem and I'm ashamed of my initial reservations.
We experienced such warm hospitality on arrival and were greeted with a special blend of spiced tea. There is a really nice feel about the place; of a place that has been carefully restored and well looked after. The rooms are decorated in a much more old fashioned way than the hotels we stayed in for the rest of our stay, but far from being dated or run down, they are very well kept and immaculately clean. The decor instead just appears to have been chosen to be sympathetic with the history of the building. The rooms were the smallest of our trip but perfectly big enough especially for one night.
Tip - ask for a room at the front of the hotel for the best views.
The hotel is also situated in lovely grounds, surrounded by tea plantations where you can watch the pickers and with a tea museum and maintained gardens on site. If we had stayed longer I would definitely have tried the tea picking experience where you get to pick your own tea! There is also a spa but we didn't get a chance to try it out.
The hotel is clearly proud of its history with details of the restoration all around the foyer and a plaque in your room also tells you what would have previously existed in that location and what activities would have gone on there.
The only let down is the food, it is well presented and well made but none of it grabbed me in terms of flavour. We were there on Sri Lankan cuisine night and I was really pleased to be able to try the local cuisine but maybe it's just not to my taste. However the chefs and the wait staff were so friendly and professional they made it a really enjoyable experience.
Warning - if you suffer from motion sickness you may want to bring some antisickness tablets for the drive to this hotel because the roads are REALLY winding and its a long drive.
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- Also Known As:
- Heritance Tea Factory Hotel Nuwara Eliya
- Tea Factory Nuwara Eliya
- Tea Factory Hotel Nuwara Eliya