Queen’s Hotel Kandy has always been close to my heart. Besides being an icon I’ve been seeing frequently from the age of 5 or 80, it is an excellent landmark, for the stately building is the pride of beloved Mother – Noelle’s hometown. With a history of over 180 years, Queens Hotel is an 80 room British colonial style heritage hotel. This former Governor’s residence is one of the oldest hotels in Sri Lanka and is now under the Galle Face Hotel Group.
The Hotel was originally constructed as a residence named the ‘Dullawe Walauwa’ on instructions from King Sri Wickrama Rajasinha in 1836. It was later renovated as a mansion for the Governor of Ceylon, with adjoining buildings constructed to house troops. The building was subsequently converted into barracks for the Ceylon Rifle Regiment. Due to its location on Malabar Street now known as D S Senanayaka Veediya the building in the 1840’s became known as Malabar House. It was initially operated as a boarding house known as the Stainton Hotel, operated by James Stainton. After his death in 1863 his wife continued to run the business until 1869.
In 1869 it opened under new management as the Queens Hotel Company of UK. It was named the Queens Hotel, Kandy. In time it became the official residence of visiting royals, and top British Government Officials and leaders. By 1895 it was on its way to becoming a first class hotel. The Queen of Hearts restaurant and the Pub Royal; the latter being the only British pub in the city that offers service with old colonial flavor! The Lord Mountbatten Lounge Bar was named after Lord Mountbatten who was a frequent guest at the Queens’ when he was the Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia.
The Queens Hotel, Kandy now offers 80 guest rooms - 73 standard rooms, 2 family rooms, 3 junior suites, and 2 executive suites, all facing the calm waters of the Kandy Lake, Temple of the Tooth Relic, the surrounding mountains or the swimming pool. The interconnecting rooms can also be booked accordingly. Traditional furniture and all amenities, all-day dining facilities and theme nights bring in variety that guests need to keep them happy and contented.
Excursions to the Knuckles Range, Corbets Gap, Meemure, Dambane, Veddha Village and Hunasgiriya are on the cards for the adventurous. Meanwhile the Management assures, the public that refurbishment will be an ongoing protect to cater to its potential top end clientele.
The Queen awaits you and yours this autumn!