Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya

The hotel opened in 1891. One of the first advertisements we found dates from 1899. The hotel was the former residence of Sir Edward Barns, governor of Sri Lanka from 1830 to 1850. The hotel has been designed to cater to the European market with 1...

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Galle Face Customer

Galle Face

The Galle Face Hotel was established in 1864, five years before the Suez Canal came into operation. A journey through the Suez Canal was a breakthrough in every respect, and from 1869 onwards the Galle Face was commonly hailed as "the most lux...

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Queen’s Sri Lanka

Queen’s

What’s significant about Queen's Hotel is, it's location both in the city and in splendid surroundings alongside the Kandy Lake, and the world renowned “Temple of the Tooth Relic of the Buddha”. Every country has its pageants and festivals and ...

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Mount Lavinia Sri Lanka

Mount Lavinia

Sri Lanka has a rich collection of (British colonial) historic hotels, but only a handful was able to maintain a reasonable standard. The Mount Lavinia is our choice beach hotel outside of Colombo. Overlooking a bay, it sits on a huge rock. It is pri...

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Amangalla (former New Oriental) Sri Lanka

Amangalla (former New Oriental)

One of the handful of exceptional hotels where The Most Famous Hotels jury generously waived the 50 rooms minimum rule. The 33 rooms hotels is nestled in the heart of Galle, sparkled with colonial landmarks. The 17th century Dutch  Ga...

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Le Royal

Indochine 1923/1924. The construction of a 55-room hotel in Phnom Penh was proposed, with Ernest Hébrard as architect. A visionary planner,...Read More

Half Moon

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In 1954, a group of wealthy individuals including Donald Deskey, the fabled designer (among his works the Radio City Music Hall); Harvey Firestone,...Read More

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya

The hotel opened in 1891. One of the first advertisements we found dates from 1899. The hotel was the former residence of Sir Edward Barns,...Read More

Royal York

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"When in Toronto, it would be a crime to miss The Royal York. The thriving modern metropolis has grown up around this landmark hotel."Read More

Mena House

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  The Mena House presented us with a remarkable challenge — we had to verify its opening date which appeard to be wrong (1865?). We...Read More