This grand old dame of ahotel is set next to the city's main open space, the "green" running along the coast.
Our room was basic, clean and comfortable if a little small and commanding stunning views of a tiled roof and television aerials....smarter and obviously more expensive rooms were very grand and command sea views.
The main offiicers' mess-style dining room was very old fashioned under the colonial arches, with an interesting range of Singalese dishes served buffet-style. Another restaurant was extra (we wereon a half board package) but we didn't try it.
The pool area is quite small and hence noisy plus taking tea on the terrace looking at the sunset is in all the guidebooks so there were tens of camera lugging tourists not staying at the hotel leering at my wife in her bikini....
At night the open space immediately north of the hotel come alive with hundreds of little food and trinket stalls as seemingly the whole populations of Galle comes for a night out.
The entire hotel needs a major refurbishment and soon, flaking paint, chipped surfaces, dirty floors...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Presented proudly as Sri Lanka's iconic and historic hotel, Galle Face Hotel is located in heart of Colombo City, along the seafront and facing the famous Galle Face Green.The hotel has 82 well-appointed rooms and suites, with some offering excellent views across the Indian ocean and the fascinating view of evening sunset.There are three restaurants, a gym, spa and unique saltwater swimming pool, overlooking the seafront. Guests here will be convenient as the hotel offers close access to many of the business district,historic cultural sites and landmarks in Colombo, as well nearby shopping. The hotel is a 45-60min journey from the airport.Guests seeking a glimpse of Colombo's history will enjoy the charm of The Galle Face Hotel with its unique, unaltered setting since 1864. ... more less
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