5 star hotel
Price (LKR): 38000
City: Nuwara Eliya
Main Facilities: WiFi,
Meals: Full Board
Contact No: 052 203 0300
Open Hours: Open 24 hours
The Golden Ridge Hotel situated 6km away from the main town of Nuwara Eliya in the cold hill country of Sri Lanka. This 5-star picturesque hotel was one of the best hotels in the area which I have had the privilege to avail their accommodation to relax and enjoy the breath taking view.
We travelled two months ago to the beautiful hill country and as our second overnight stay full board we selected the Golden Ridge Hotel. The hotel had a hot water pool which helps to relax against the cool chilly weather in Nuwara Eliya. We had an early checking in to the hotel as we were staying the previous day at Nuwara Eliya itself.
Upon arrival one of the first features of the hotel which we noticed was the modern architecture to the building against all the other hotel in the area which are set to represent the old colonial times which gave that special resemblance of old Sri Lanka to the visitor. Therefore it was refreshing to see a more modernly set hotel in the area.
Since our visit was during the covid-19 pandemic time the check in was done following all the health guidelines where our details, temperature and sanitizing happened in a proper orderly manner.
The hotel had gone under renovation to achieve the new modern facelift. However the anticipated side rooms in the hotel was not what was offered to us as they have the best view of the beautiful green hills of Nuwara Eliya which guests can enjoy at the hotel. It would have been better I felt if the receptionist had mentioned this special feature to us as the occupancy was not high and it would have been more enjoyable for us to have availed those rooms.
The rooms held up to the five star furnishing and accessories as expected with minimalistic wooden fittings and good artwork of horse racing to give the guest some knowledge of the horse racing and equestrian sports that Nuwara Eliya is famous for apart from the beautiful sceneries that it has to offer. The bed and the bathrooms had beautiful fragrant flowers which was small but a lovely value addition to the ambience of hospitality to the room we stayed in. The room given to us had no bath tubs but a shower space and the fittings were new and the place looked spic and span.
As the room we availed was not ready upon our early checking in we decided to go straight away to the dining place for lunch. The lunch was hosted at their "The Sackville" Restaurant. The restaurant has a very pub ambience and interior designing to it with its rustic furniture of aged leather and wooden furniture exterior and designs all over the restaurant. At the center is a mural wall with all sorts of travel souvenirs which for me was the stand out feature that was unique and fascinating to me. It has all the famous globe trotter signages and famous landmarks mostly from the western countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Against the tall open windows on the side the view was that of the mountain giving us a feeling of dining on a higher plane looking down into the country side of Nuwara Eliya from way above the sea level which was fantastic and something I highly recommend anyone who visits the hotel to enjoy.
The meal was a three course one. My parents often select the local cuisine and opted for the Sri Lankan cuisine of rice and curry which included a heathy serving of white rice with papadam, lentil curry, a healthy serving of chicken serving, a green salad (mallung), chutney and a vegetable fry which is quite a good combination.
My meal was a side portion of yellow rice, sausages, a chicken leg grilled with yoghurt dip and French fries. The meal was quite delicious and had a lot of flavour both in the Western and Sri Lankan cuisine and it was quite filling for all of us. We all enjoyed a nice cooling sago pudding with caramelized cashew and ice cream which was a deliciously sweet end to an awesome lunch.
We enjoyed the lunch and went for a well-deserved nap to our now arranged bedroom.
In the evening we decided to try out their high tea menu as well. The high tea is priced at LKR 1500 per person.
While the hot water pool feature was there for us to see it was not available for us to use which was quite disappointing as it would have been nice to enjoy it after a meal. Given that it was a rainy day we decided to stay indoors and enjoy the in-room entertainment which was watching television against the mountainous rainy back drop.
We finally went down to dinner to the 1st floor main restaurant where we were eating from a buffet. The buffet was a collection of all local, Indian, Italian and continental which gave us a lot of option to chose from to enjoy the meal according to our choices and tastes. Special mention to the large variety of desserts were also served as they had more than just the usual fruits and ice cream and had souffles, puddings and mousse which were quite a treat to enjoy.
Upon leaving one of their waitresses would serve all the leaving guests with a special gourmet toffee as a thank you and a personalized good night send off by the hotel which I found was unique to them and a very memorable one which stands out to make the guests feel welcomed and warm to look forward to a good night rest and a better tomorrow for the breakfast which they will serve.
The run rose into our room from the side and we were woken up well on time because of this streaming light and after freshening up we headed down to the 1st floor again tot the same buffet arrangement of breakfast similar to the dinner buffet they had last night.
The variety of dishes were also just as extensive and they provide the guest a selection of western and local breakfast options the way the guest prefers and can enjoy it to the hearts content. There was a variety of breads, meat cuts and boiled vegetable to chose from the English breakfast style which I settled down for.
Overall in terms of the food the portions offered to the price was worth it and though there wasn't a signature dish or a standout dish for me the overall dining experience was quite good and I would recommend any one to enjoy their meals upon visiting or lodging at the place.
Despite the small issue which I faced with fixing the faucet that took time to repair I must add that the customer service and the level of friendliness of the staff was by far one of the best I have seen in the country. This is highly commendable and it certainly helped to add to the ease of staying and experiencing home away from home at the Golden Ridge Hotel.
The feeling was one that was pretty modern and chic and while the decorations were minimalistic there were a lot of interesting art work and a feel of good 5 star luxury into the pampering effects and overall look at the hotel which gives a superior experience to the guest and all the little things such as the fragrant flowers and the offering of toffees which adds value and a sense of unique style to the approach of the Golden Ridge hotel against the others in the area makes the place and the say even more memorable for me.
Apart from the on going renovations which were obstacles for me to take a breath taking photo of the hotel upon sunrise from the bedroom and the disappointment in not availing the hot water pool the rest of the experience was quite memorable and surely one that I would recommend anyone taking a trip to the hilly cold country side of Nuwara Eliya to enjoy and share there experience with us and to all the readers of the Golden Ridge Hotel.