The sprawling Queen’s Hotel has an interesting history which dates back to the colonial era. Originally a grand Kandyan mansion named `Dullewa Walawua’ owned by a Kandyan chieftain, it fell into the control of the British in the 19th century, who later converted it into a mess hall for the Rifle Regiment officers. Interiors with ornate ceilings, wooden floors and stairways and antique furniture maintain the ambience of a bygone era.
The property was bought-out by the Galle Face Group early this millennium, which promised a brighter future. Queen’s is centrally located and is an ideal base for exploring Kandy’s ancient heritage: there is no better place than this to watch the famous Kandy Perehara - one of the finest cultural festivals in Asia, which unfolds right by the hotel on Dalada Veediya during the month of August. As the hotel is situated close to the main road, noise can be an occupational hazard, especially if you have the windows open.