Tourism and Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake unveiling a plaque to declare open The Steuart by Citrus. Also in the picture are George Steuart Chairman Dilith Jayaweera and Citrus Leisure PLC Chairman Prema Cooray
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‘The Steuart by Citrus’, the luxurious business boutique hotel at the heart of Colombo’s commercial hub was declared open at a ceremony held under the auspices Tourism Minister Navin Dissanayake amid a large gathering of dignitaries, well-wishers and hospitality industry personalities.
The Steuart is the newest member of the Citrus chain of hotels and will be managed by the Citrus Leisure subsidiary, Citrus Silver.
The Steuart, housed in the iconic headquarters of the 180-year old conglomerate George Steuart & Co., draws thematic inspiration from the Scottish heritage of its ancestors.
The Steuart by Citrus will operate 50 spacious rooms spread among 8 floors, including a lavishly appointed luxury suite.
The hotel will also operate an authentic Scottish-themed pub called ‘&Co’ serving delicious, traditional Scottish fare.
The Steuart offers many amenities for business, with its business centre capable of hosting formal meetings and presentations backed by a dedicated support team. The fullyp-equipped business meeting room is in fact a refurbished version of the original boardroom from the 19th century.
Steeped in history, the building known as Steuart House was among the first high rise buildings in Colombo. The legacy of the Steuart brothers permeates throughout the hotel, with reminders of 180 years of history scattered throughout the hallowed building.
These include a large collection of invaluable antiques and memorabilia, including the original journals kept by James Steuart and the Grinlinton Chair, previously used by HRH The Duke of Gloucestor and presented to the then Chairman of George Steuarts by the European staff of the company to mark its centenary year in 1935.
In homage to its Scottish founders, The Steuart thus draws design inspiration from Scotland; the interiors will stay true to Scottish design elements across its livery, furnishing and finishes.
Commenting on the foreseen success of the hotel Sasha Dayal, Chief Executive Officer of ‘The Steuart by Citrus’ said, “Having served at many renowned international restaurant chains, it is indeed a great pleasure to be given this opportunity to manage one of the most extravagant hotels in Colombo, that has been designed to offer an unique experience coupled with traditional Scottish charm and true Sri Lankan hospitality. We are looking forward to providing an unforgettable experience where guests could indulge in a wide array of local/international delicacies and beverages while enjoying the serene and elegant atmosphere infused with Scottish charm.”
He also stated that The Steuart’s offering of rooms, amenities and services is on par with most major hotels in Sri Lanka and with his experience and knowledge of different cultures and customs, he would drive ‘The Steuart by Citrus’ towards becoming the most sought after destination in Colombo.