The Tea Factory

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

Kandapola, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya

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  • Families83
  • Couples85
  • Solo66
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    Standard room


    I stayed in one of the 49 Standard rooms. It was tastefully furnished & had a beautiful luxurious wall-to-wall carpet.

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    Experience a bygone age


    This luxury hotel has been created out of the shell of a 1930's tea factory. The colonial style rooms are tastefully decorated and offer stunning views of the nearby tea plantations. Meals are taken in an elegant dining room. The whole inside of the hotel, especially the reception area, has been beautifully restored.

    Unique Quality: As well as all the usual features of a top class hotel, it has something extra. As it's situated on a working tea plantation, there are opportunities to explore the grounds. You can even pick your own tea and have it dried back at the hotel.

    The most appealing feature of the hotel is its location, it looks down on the nearby hills and valleys. Also the feeling of briefly experiencing a taste of a bygone age,

    Directions: The hotel is situated 163 km from Colombo & 14 km from the nearest town of Nuwara Eliya. The final part of the journey from Kandapola to the hotel is up a narrow winding pot holed dirt track, quite an ordeal if you arrive during the afternoon rain.

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    Our stay at the Tea Factory was quite satisfactory. The hotel can do with some sprucing up though. Details were not taken care of. But then, it is only a 4 star establishment. Food was decent. View from room was fantastic.

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    Former Tea Factory


    The Tea Factory is a unique hotel situated at 6,800 feet above sea level, converted from an original tea factory built during the British Raj. The property retains its original facade and features and the former factory’s ‘withering lofts’ have been transformed into bedrooms, all with stunning views of the surrounding hamlets, hills, forests and tea plantations.

    Unique Quality: 57 rooms

    private bathrooms with shower

    central heating


    colour TV with satellite channels


    piped music


    tea and coffee making facilities.

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    Atop a plantation in a land faraway...


    There is nowehere else quite like this!

    Unique Quality: Converted tea factory. Aluminium clad building with bedrooms built on the old drying levels. The central concourse still houses the huge drying fan.
    Sways and creaks in the wind at night, quite unnerving but a fantastic experience.

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    once upon a time, in a tea factory...


    The tea factory is a hotel like no other... it's really the most beautiful I have ever seen. it once used to be a real tea factory that has now been turned into a posh hotel - while trying to retain the tea factory characteristics. The architect definitely succeeded in this task.

    Unique Quality: The reception is where the leaf drying process took place. The tea packing room is now the hotel's bar. In the restaurant tea was sifted and graded, the kitchen was the engine room. And the rooms?They were once the withering lofts.

    Directions: about 14 kilometres from nuwara eliya

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    A old Tea Factory as a hotel !


    A very interesting place.

    Unique Quality: The hotel is an old tea factory building with rooms that used to be the withering lofts.
    2'200 m above sea level it is surrounded by rich tea plantations. You can still see the old steam-machine, wich one was used in the earlier days.

    For breakfast everybody was served with a glass of champagne.

    Directions: Outside Nuwara Eliya

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by outers about Tea Factory Hotel

Converted tea factory that still has a factory feel about it. I would recommend having a meal on the train, an old train carriage that doubles as a restaurant Returned after dinner to find this
"Bed Turn Down Service"

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by TripAdvisor Member lwoerndl

Following the recommendation of a friend we spent two days at the Tea Factory Hotel in the middle of the tea lands around Nuera Nuwara Eliya.
The way there was an adventure on its own because the mountain roads in Sri Lanka are in a very bad condition and for a distance of 200 km sometimes often more than 5 hours are needed.
We had come with a private car from Kendy and on our arrival we were very tired because of the exhausting trip but starting with the dinner the whole stay was like a fairy tale.
The hotel is built into an old tea factory and some of the machines are still there but carefully integrated into the hotel inventory. The hotel is located at a height of more then 2000 meters above sea level so the climate is mild and no more as hot and humid as in Colombo. The rooms are spacious, clean and decorated in a colonial style. There is all the comfort of a modern 4* hotel but the atmosphere is like living 100 years ago. The whole place is very romantic and many honeymooners go there as one of the waiters told us. We met Indians Arabs and even Chinese but no honeymoon couple.
Especially in the morning light the view from the rooms over the tea fields is just magnificent. It is possible to walk out of the door of the hotel and directly into the tea fields where tea pickers can be met and watched in their hard work.
Just beside the hotel there is a little tea museum where a former engineer of the tea factory explains all necessary steps to get good tea.

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by TripAdvisor Member Pov333

I just can't believe the 5 ratings. This is an old hotel in need of a refurb. Don't stay on the first floor unless you like your room to resound with Lionel Richie on guitar. The tired and chilly combined bar/gym is an interesting concept. Or you could go for an outrageously priced meal in a railway carriage. The rooms are old with broken sanitary wear, but adequate. It's really not up to the standard found elsewhere. The place has a childrens playground and would be good if you had children with you. In fact the thin walls made you think there were rather alot of children staying there...


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by kath31

We are planning to spend our honeymoon in Sri Lanka and wondered if anyone could recommend a fabulously romantic location/hotel

Re: Honeymoon

by Igraine

The beaches on the south western coast are prettier (like in Unawatuna.) than closer to Colombo.
If you pick a nice 4 star hotel i think you will be all set for a nice honeymoon. if you let the hotel know you are on a honeymoon i am sure they have something for you. After all there lots of people marrying there as well.

Re: Re: Honeymoon

by kath31

Thanks a million for all the advice will check in with you for further advice when I've booked!

Re: Honeymoon

by Nilanka


Sri Lanka has a couple of nice placers for honeymooners. It would all depend on what you want to spend. Do mail me if you would like some tours, accommodation and transport organized for you.




Re: Honeymoon

by freya_heaven

Hi Kath,

I think Sri Lanka is a wonderful choice for your Honeymoon. It is a beautiful Island & so much to see & do there plus excellent beaches to relax on.

The west coast south of Columbo seem to be popular. I stayed at Beruwala which was nice.

Hope this helps, Lots on info on my pages to give you Ideas of what to do.

Happy Travels & Congratulations

Re: Honeymoon

by Nilanka


You can try Saman Villas, Taj Exotica, Kandalama just to name a few. I await your communication to help you decide.



Re: Honeymoon

by avj2703

My list of best honeymoon places

1. Tea Factory Hotel, Nuwara Eliya (Hill Country)

2. Kandalama Hotel, Dambulla (Jungle setting )

3. Taj Exotica or Triton Hotel (Beach resorts)

Good luck and ask me if you need any more info.


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Address: Kandapola, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya