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Hotel Nippon reopens to guest in Sri Lanka following two-year refurbishment programme

Hotel Nippon in Sri Lanka has reopened to guests, following a 400 million rupee renovation programme. The hotel in Colombo is owned by four brothers, and the refurbishment project included upgraded guest rooms and facilities, as well as the restoration or original features including the 130-year-old Burma teak staircases and the 130-year-old Seth Thomas grandfather clock.

Hotel Nippon reopens to guest in Sri Lanka following two-year refurbishment programme

One of the first five-star hotels in Sri Lanka has reopened following an extensive refurbishment project. Hotel Nippon opened to guests after its accommodation and facilities underwent a 400 million rupee upgrade.

The hotel is located in the capital city of Colombo, the hotel has 49 guest rooms with private balconies and modern amenities. Part of the renovation programme included the restoration of its 130-year-old Burma teak staircases and the 130-year-old Seth Thomas grandfather clock.

First built 130 years ago originally as Manning Mansions apartments for British soldiers, the building then became the Hotel Polski for a brief period. The property then became Hotel Nippon, and is owned by four who are the sons of the late Vethody Kumaran. The hotel still has many of the building’s original features, including the iron beam that runs through the framework of the building, complete with embossed seals that reveal the factory where they were manufactured.

Vishnu V. Vethody, the Managing Director of Hotel Nippon, explained:

“We have extended the rooms to 49, which was 30 before. There is a pastry shop now, earlier pastry shop was known as Greenland cafe, now it is changed to Kerala Cafe. Now we have a full-time housekeeping staff. We reopened the bar.”

Vethody added:

“Due to the war and stuff it was not managed very well, after the war ended our family thought it was a good time to invest and turn it around.”

Facilities at the hotel include the Bamboo Room restaurant which specialises in Keralite and Sri Lankan cuisine. There is also The KAFE with its Nippon Mutton rolls and wide range of cakes and deserts including the signature Oreo “Kiri” cake, and The Cabinet Bar and Lounge where guests can enjoy cocktails, jazz music and bar snacks.

There is an onsite business centre, meeting rooms and events space that caters for up to 70 guests. The hotel owners are also planning to add a swimming pool in the near future.

Colombo is a bustling port city located on the west coast of Sri Lanka, which over the centuries has been ruled by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Popular tourist attractions in the city include Colombo National Museum, the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, Beira Lake, and the vast Viharamahadevi Park which is home to a giant Buddha. 

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