Ideally located right beside the historic and picturesque Kandy lake, the 90 roomed well known colonial styled Hotel Suisse, stands on nearly four acres of landscaped garden – the only city hotel in Kandy to stand such a significantly massive acreage.
In the 17th century, it was the residence of the Chief Minister of the Royal Granary. However, In 1818 this property was acquired by the British and occupied by an officer, who named it "Haramby House". Years later, "Haramby House" was sold to a Swiss lady, Madam Burdayron, who ran it as a guest house. During the second world war from 1943 to 1945, it was used as the Headquarters of the South East Asia Command. This then was the beginning of the present "The Hotel Suisse".
Now Hotel Suisse is a property of the Ceylon Hotels Corporation which is managed by the Galle Face Hotel Group.