This is a charming, character hotel, with lovely historic interiors. You arrive to beautifully laid out front lawns and gardens.
The interior is old world, historic, and has a lovely antique feel. They keep old hotel ledgers and books on display which you can thumb through, to get an insight into hotel activities 50 years ago.
The front of the hotel has a small bar, a separate lounge, and an odd 'graffiti' room. ( A small lounge. I gather this is being painted out and re-themed. Good idea as it doesn't fit in.)
There is a snooker room with delightfully old world wooden wall panels.
The main dining room is split into 2 halves : the original dimly lit, historical one, and the other half that appears to be a later add on, that is conservatory style.
The good and the bad :
The good :
1. fantastic service. Of all the hotels we stayed in during our trip, this is the one with the most genuine and helpful staff.
2. Atmosphere. Steeped in history and artefacts.
3. Rooms - caveat and warning here : we had the double height, duplex room on the third floor. Very spacious and nicely equipped. Good WiFi coverage. During our two nights however, we walked past the open doors of the standard rooms on the ground floor, and were shocked. Very basic and depressing. Would have hated to stay in those. Dark and damp.
4. Public rooms - cosy and inviting, with a nice log fire (if they remember to light it)
The not so good:
1.Food - I hate to say this, as I really wanted to like it. We ate both buffet and a la carte. The evening buffet was dull, overcooked and the meats were tough. The price was too high for the quality provided R2000+. They do offer you a half buffet, or certain 'sides' of the buffet at a reduced price. But that doesn't change the poor quality of cuisine. The a la carte is standard fare. Equally poorly cooked. The wait staff, though, are excellent and extremely willing.
2. Standard rooms are shocking
3. Size of public rooms, lounge and bar. All are small, with limited seating... if it were high season, I have no idea where everyone would sit.
Summary : a lovely stay, and one of the highlights of our trip round Sri Lanka.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Standing out amidst the inspiring scenic beauty of mist shrouded mountains and lush greenery, Jetwing St. Andrew’s enjoys a captivating locale in Sri Lanka’s hill capital Nuwara Eliya. Retaining its unique, old world charm, the hotel is now a grand colonial residence that exudes a sense of historic grandeur. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St Andrews Hotel
- Hotel St Andrews