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'Tea Factory' becomes Heritance hotel


Sri Lanka's popular hill country hotel, The Tea Factory, is being re-branded as a Heritance Hotel on December 15, the owning company, Aitken Spence said this week. This is the natural outcome of the successful development of an abandoned tea factory building into an eco-friendly, world class hotel, it said.

The hotel

With its branding as a Heritance resort, The Tea Factory joins Heritance Kandalama, Heritance Ahungalla and Heritance Madurai as a hotel of choice for the contemporary, eco-savvy tourist. Already popular with visitors as Sri Lanka's first theme hotel with its heritage of tea, the hotel's refurbishment has added comfort while its new focus has resulted in rare refinement, the statement said.

The company said every bedroom on the four floors of the former tea drying lofts has been refurbished to a warm and reassuring cosiness. The board floors have deep pile carpets; the furniture is wooden and practical; and the compact bathrooms have an added sliding glass door for the shower/bathtub.

Each room has its own tea/coffee set up, together with boxes of leaf tea (no tea bags!) for a taste of the hotel's own brand of tea. Even the bottled water comes from the hotel's own spring where a certified water plant, disguised as a plantation bungalow, produces 4,600 bottles a day for all the Aitken Spence hotels.

At the hotel, hot water and central heating are provided by biomass from locally farmed gliricidia wood instead of from atmosphere-polluting, imported diesel.

Waste and water management is based on sustainable recycling processes; vegetables are organically grown or sourced locally, generating income for the area.

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