This was our second visit to Colombo. Last trip we stayed at the fantastic Casa Colombo. Unfortunately they were booked up this time, so on a whim we decided to give the Hilton a try. I expected a characterless, international hotel, but was pleasantly surprised at just how enjoyable our stay was.
We were upgraded to an Executive Level room which made a lot of difference - a great view over Galle Face Green and the sea. The hotel itself is a bit outdated and our room fairly ordinary, but the view made up for it.
Evening nibbles in the executive lounge were very pleasant - kudos for serving giant bottles of Lion beer! Although breakfast was also available in the lounge we chose to take it in the restaurant, which had a very extensive selection of western, Asian, and Sri Lankan items. A very good spread!
After a few too many cocktails on a torrentially rainy night we decided to have dinner at the buffet. This was a reckless choice as we ate so much of the tasty selections that we had trouble making it to breakfast 12 hours later. Be forewarned!
The pool is nice though unshaded, but you can set up in a cabana for a bit of privacy. The hotel is rather sprawling and there's lots to explore. The location is excellent - a quick walk from Fort Railway Station, next to the underused Secretariat Railway Station, and a quick hop, skip, and jump to the Dutch Hospital and Fort points-of-interest.
The Hilton is not the most charismatic hotel in Colombo. It is a big, predictable hotel incongruously squeezed in to small, unpredictable Colombo. But in terms of reliability and functionality it's a decent choice.
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