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Galle Face Hotel Colombo

4.0 of 5 No. 2, Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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London, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The hotel has a nice old colonial feel to it. Many wooden panels and various sculptures give it a lovely atmosphere which was different to anywhere else we stayed. It's in a good location, close to the old fort, the coast and the main city. There's a lovely pool bar by the sea which is great for evening cocktails and... More 

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CarlosS88, Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this review

I would like to thank you for choosing to stay with Galle Face Hotel during your recent visit to Colombo and for sharing your appreciation with us. We are delighted to learn that you had an excellent stay with us and particularly value our hotel. Your comments on the service provided by our staff are most gratifying and will be... More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My previous three stays were all more than ten yeatrs ago - the vaste improvement in the standard of the rooms more than compensates for any slight loss of " character " . I felt unable to rate the hotel " very good " NOW because the swimming pool is out of commission , the library closed for much of... More 

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CarlosS88, Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this review

We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback through Tripadvisor. It is with sincere regret that we note your dissatisfaction with finding our hotel under refurbishment and the quality of the food served on your second dinner. I'm happy to inform you that we have engaged a new Executive Chef to make improvements to our menus... More 

Rayong, Thailand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The ghosts of royalty and the famous and sometimes infamous haunt the Galle Face Hotel. Built at the height of the British Raj it is a priceless piece of colonial history. There is a small museum in the hotel listing the famous people who have stayed there, including Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, the Japanese Emperor Hirohito, Russian cosmonaut Yuri... More 

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CarlosS88, Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this review

I would like to thank you for choosing to stay with Galle Face Hotel during your recent visit to Colombo and for sharing your appreciation with us. We are delighted to learn that you had an excellent stay with us and particularly value our hotel. Your comments on the service provided by our staff are most gratifying and will be... More 

London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the Galle Face Hotel twice. Once for sundowners by the pool with colleagues - which was great. Nice view, good wine, good service, good price. The second time they wouldn't let me in as "the bar was only open to residents". Shame. Maybe it was because I turned up in a tuk tuk! Overall I recommend the terrace... More 

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CarlosS88, Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this review

I would like to thank you for choosing Galle Face Hotel for your sun downers drinks and for sharing your appreciation with us. We are delighted to learn that you particularly value our hotel. Your comments on the service provided by our staff are most gratifying and will be shared with the whole team. I'm sorry you couldn't enjoy the... More 

London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Second time I have stayed at the Galle Face and very pleased with my stay. Yes, there is a major renovation project going on in one half of the hotel, but I wasn't affected by it and the hotel have done their best to mitigate against any inconvenience to guests. Good points - Tidy, clean, well equipped rooms. Professional, attentive,... More 

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CarlosS88, Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this review

I would like to thank you for choosing to stay with Galle Face Hotel during your recent visit to Colombo and for sharing your appreciation with us. We are delighted to learn that you had an excellent stay with us and particularly value our hotel. Your comments on the service provided by our staff are most gratifying and will be... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When arriving in Colombo from London at 8pm after an awful, sleepless flight, we arrived to this hotel and were greeted by friendly staff and a refreshing drink. I was very sick from the flight and they did all they could to get us to our room very speedily. The room was spacious and the bed was big and VERY... More 

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CarlosS88, Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this review

I would like to thank you for choosing to stay with Galle Face Hotel during your recent visit to Colombo and for sharing your appreciation with us. We are delighted to learn that you had an excellent stay with us and particularly value our hotel. Your comments on the service provided by our staff are most gratifying and will be... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Smelly, old fashioned and a bit tired. Renovation still under progress and for the price we paid, I would have expected something better. Not my type of place and when comparing to similar colonial-esque hotels (like the Taj in New Delhi or Mumbai) there is definitely something lacking in Galle Face. It could be funding as the structure is there,... More 

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CarlosS88, Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this review

We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback through Tripadvisor. It is with sincere regret that we note your dissatisfaction with finding our Hotel under renovation. Indeed, several areas of our Hotel are currently closed for restoration; and this has been communicated to our travel agents and corporate accounts. A notice has been posted in the... More 

Gurgaon, India
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here during my visits to Colombo (SL). Good hotels in Colombo are really expensive. Galle Face hotel stands out as a budget hotel with good amenities and prime location. Nice view of the Colombo harbor.

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CarlosS88, Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this review

I would like to thank you for choosing to stay with Galle Face Hotel during your recent visit to Colombo and for sharing your appreciation with us. We are delighted to learn that you had an excellent stay with us and particularly value our hotel. Your comments on the service provided by our staff are most gratifying and will be... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Missed this hotel on first visit to Sri Lanka, so on second trip it had to be frequented. Its a bygone era hotel - a little sparse in the suites and by that I mean detail, a flower or splash of warmth would be good - we had sea facing and although lovely view if I was not on the... More 

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CarlosS88, Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this review

I would like to thank you for choosing to stay with Galle Face Hotel during your recent visit to Colombo and for sharing your appreciation with us. We are delighted to learn that you had an excellent stay with us and particularly value our hotel. Your comments on the lack of warmth are noted. In fact, we are currently undetaking... More 

siem reap
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Galle Face is currently under renovation,however, it was not noisy or a problem for us Pool area and view excellent.Colonial style which will look great once finished.Staff were attentive and helpful.

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CarlosS88, Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this review

I would like to thank you for choosing to stay with Galle Face Hotel during your recent visit to Colombo and for sharing your appreciation with us. We are delighted to learn that you had an excellent stay with us and particularly value our hotel. Your comments on the service provided by our staff are most gratifying and will be... More 

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Address: No. 2, Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Galle Face Hotel Colombo 4*
Number of rooms: 82
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