Grand Kandyan Hotel emerges strong amid pandemic
While most institutions were having negative sentiments with the COVID Pandemic rating, The Grand Kandyan Hotel in Kandy was always optimistic.
They saw the silver lining well before the others and brighter times ahead for the tourism industry that nursed the property and most importantly their staff. Inspired by their Managing Director of Canora Hotel’s Gamini Weeraratne, positive vision and under the experienced eyes of veteran hotelier and General Manager, Thusith Samaraweera, Grand Kandyan Hotel in Kandy opened its doors once again offering the same warm smiles and hospitality of the staff and all the luxuries it offered in the past to its guests.
“The reason for this is that the staff is happy as the management never initiated pay cuts hence almost 99% of the staff stayed with us and now they want to get back to businesses,” said Thusith Samaraweera.
“We also see an increased number of bookings not only from locals but also from Europeans and Indians as well. We even hosted Indian weddings and see more positive booking tenders for the winter.”
Situated amongst the island’s plush acres of evergreen tea estates and blanketed by history of Sri Lanka’s final monarchy and culture of the kingdom of Kandy, lies the hotel which was built on a two acre land.
“However to get a different spotlight to the hotel and create a novel concept, the management moved slightly away from the traditional Kandyan architecture and adopted the concept of Thailand monarchy offering more ‘royalty’ to the guests.
“This is why the hotel has used a lot of gold color in walls and furniture and large vacant areas for guests to roam around freely.
Overlooking the city, this six storeyed building gives its guests a 360-degree view of the historic forest reserve Udawatta kele sanctuary, Hantana, Knuckles, Hunnasgiriya mountain ranges. Hotel is just 10 minutes away from ‘Sri Dalada Maligawa’.
“As its name suggests the Grand Kandyan boats extravagance and profusion with its beautiful, scenic atmosphere and unparalleled, panoramic scenic views has makings of an unforgettable stay for our guests,” said Assistant Manager PR and Marketing Imesha Munasinghe.
With over 100 rooms including two Presidential and three honeymoon suites, 78 deluxe and 17 slandered rooms the hotel with all modern amenities hotel also offers three in house restaurants that host to its guests many different palates, exquisitely designed ballrooms (Royal Peacock for over 1,100 guests and 2,00 for Cocktails) Golden Eagle(350 banquet and 600 cocktail) Flamingo (300 + 500) and a multi-purpose conference hall (for 100) and modern MICE facilities which are labeled as the best in the region.”
The Sky Lounge which gives a picturesque view of the city could accommodate 500 guests.
‘At Grand Kandyan, guests are treated with the reverence, respect and care given to royalty. With a plethora of things to do and see we promise an adventurous retreat to all.”
“With our motto ‘A New Dimension of Luxury’ the hotel and its staff are the embodiment of the finest luxury experiences. This makes the Grand Kandyan Hotel a perfect haven for those visiting to explore the warm Kandyan hospitality and its cultural heritage,” said Assistant General Manager Nazeem Amit.
The Grand Kandyan also has roof top swimming pool and Children’s pool, fully equipped gym, spa kiddies club and unisex saloon.
The hotel was awarded with the “Best Five Star Resort Hotel” at the National Tourism Awards 2018 organized by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and Hotel reiterated its excellence when it emerging victorious at the National Business Excellence Awards 2019, which was organized by the National Chamber once again, proving its stature among the hospitality and tourism sectors.
In addition several other awards were also presented dot the hotel.