The sprawling Queens Hotel, once the grandest in Kandy, 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. Queens 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.
Queens has 92 rooms – Standard Rooms, Family Rooms, Junior Suite and Executive Suite. We recommend rooms 125, 126 and 127 which overlook Dalada Veediya and the Kandy Lake beyond and afford the best views during the annual Kandy Perehara. All rooms are air-conditioned and furnished with a minibar, TV, coffee/tea making facilities and double or twin beds. The ensuite bathrooms have bathtub or shower with h/w.
Standard Rooms: There are single, double, twin and triple standard rooms furnished with all the facilities listed above.
Junior Suite: Larger in size, these rooms have a separate sitting area and some have access to a private balcony.
Suites: The suites are spacious and consist of a living area appointed with traditional furniture and facilities listed above. All suites have large balconies that offer good views.
The Queen of Hearts restaurant serves tasty Sri Lankan rice and curries, Indian and Western dishes. The Lord Mountbatten Lounge Bar and The Pub Royal offers a range of alcoholic beverages and snacks in a colonial setting. A small museum room at the hotel has many interesting photographs and artefacts that recount the history of the hotel. There is also a ballroom, a separate meeting room for private functions and business meetings and a swimming pool. Other facilities include a shopping arcade, IDD telephone facilities at the reception, free Wi-Fi in all public areas, room and laundry service and an on-call doctor.
Why We Like It
One of the oldest hotels in Sri Lanka, Queens offers a sense of history, budget rates and a position smack bang in the centre of Kandy.
Queens Hotel has a prime position in the heart of Kandy alongside the scenic Kandy Lake, opposite the sacred Temple of the Tooth. Kandy is about 3 hours from Colombo’s International Airport.