For those intent upon a sense of old colonial, Suisse Hotel may fit the bill. It might not quite match the elegance of, say, Galle Face Hotel in Colombo, but it is of similar vintage. Dark wooden panelling, polished parquet or tiled floors, pictures of royalty and VIPs of yesteryear and creaking antique furniture predominate in a traditional hotel that slows your step and transports you back in time. Structural changes cannot be made to the hotel - the flagship of the Ceylon Hotels Corporation - without permission from Sri Lanka's cultural ministry, and anybody who happened to have stayed here 50 years ago in the hotel's heyday, when prime ministers and princes might be among the guests, would find that little has changed. These enduring qualities will delight many, but there are drawbacks: low-grade lighting and limited TV channels are also part of the ancient colonial experience and the restaurant menu has been largely untouched by modern trends. Foodies beware! Queen’s Hotel, Ceylon Hotel Corporation's second Kandy property, is also upgrading to good effect on the other, busier, side of the lake, and is worth consideration for those yearning for a sense of history.