Transcending from a Legacy to a Legend

Grand Hotel, an Iconic Landmark of Sri Lanka situated in the high elms of Nuwara Eliya (known as “Little England” or “Switzerland of the East”), counts on a heritage exceeding 124 years.

Enchanted with the tranquility and beauty of the salubrious climes of Nuwara Eliya, Sir Edward Barnes, Governor of Ceylon during the era from 1830 to 1850 built the Barnes Hall at his own expense, which now stands as the legendary “Grand Hotel”

Whilst maintaining the British Colonial architecture, the Hotel has evolved to resonate palatial grandeur blended with exceptional hospitality that has surpassed the expectations of many a visitor


In the 1990s the Archeology Department of Sri Lanka identified the Grand Hotel as a ‘National Heritage Property’. In 2005 the SAGA food award was awarded to the Grand Hotel. The award is based on the year’s customer feedback and regular inspections carried out by “SAGA Holidays” for consistency and standards maintained for food quality, presentation, Variety, hygiene and service.

In 2009 the Grand Hotel was awarded a ‘Four Star’ status by the Hotels Classification Committee of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.