Bandarawela Hotel

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Bandarawela Hotel
Former names The Grand Hotel, Bandarawela[1]
General information
Location Bandarawela, Sri Lanka
Address 14 Welimada Road, Bandarawela
Coordinates 6.8316° N, 80.9891° E
Construction started 1893 [2]
Opening 1894
Owner Miller & Co
Management Aitken Spence Group
Technical details
Floor count 1
Other information
Number of rooms 33 rooms
Number of suites 1
Bandarawela Hotel website

The Bandarawela Hotel is a 33 room British colonial two-star hotel located in Bandarawela, Sri Lanka.[3]

The century-old British-built property is associated with the development of the hill-country railway and is situated within walking distance from the railway station. Bandarawela Hotel's origins date back to the turn of the 19th / 20th century when the railways were being extended by the British from Nanu Oya to the southern highlands as a Railway Hotel.[4] The foundation stone for the building was laid in 1893 for a tea planter's club.[2][5] It was subsequently converted into a rest house and was used as a sanitarium by British soldiers and officers recovering from the Second World War.[6] In 1938 there was a refurbishment and extension of the building to its present capacity. The hotel had a 'European Only' policy until Sri Lankan independence in 1948.

To this day, it remains locked in time somewhere between the 1930s and 1950s and is an alternative to some of the more modern facilities in the area. The hotel shows the influence of British architecture during the period of colonial era in this region. The Bandarawela Hotel is situated over 1,230 m (4,040 ft) above sea level and is Sri Lanka's first mountain resort hotel. The hotel consists of 33 colonial rooms with British furniture.[1] Currently the Bandarawela Hotel is managed by the Aitken Spence group.[2][7]


  • Restaurant (70 seats)
  • Swimming Pool
  • Conference Facilities
  • Lounge bar and public bar
  • Badminton court
  • Tennis court
  • Golf course


  1. ^ a b Ellis, Royston (28 September 2008). "Step into Colonial Chic". Sunday Times. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Jansz, Beverley (1 September 2002). "Bandarawela Hotel - the 18th Century Heritage Property". Sunday Observer. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Wijetunga, L.H.R. (28 December 2013). "Bandarawela – Sixty Years in Retrospect". The Island. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Ellis, Royston (5 June 2016). "When holidaying here was a genteel affair". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Asian Hotel & Catering Times". 29. 2004: 18. 
  6. ^ Paranamanna, Lakna (12 October 2008). "The Bandarawela Hotel - A Colonial Experience" (PDF). The Nation. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Bandarawela Hotel retains old fashioned charm". Sunday Observer. 1 July 2006. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 

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Coordinates: 6°50′N 80°59′E / 6.833°N 80.983°E / 6.833; 80.983