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The Kingsbury
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   48, Janadhipathi Mawatha | Colombo 1, Colombo 00100, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #13 of 36 Hotels in Colombo
Nashik India
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12 hotel reviews
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“Excellant facilites”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

To celebrate our anniversary we decided to take the family out to dinner at this new (for me) place in Colombo. I decided to book the table. The website was very slow and very unfriendly. I had to use my computer savvy nephew to book the table. He also felt that the website was poor. Then we arrived with our large group we found we were given an inside table. What little we saw in the website showed dining facing the sea. Despite initial reluctance by the junior staff the Asst. Restaurant Manager Upul gave us a sea facing table. then onwards the service, ordering and quality of food was excellent Only small criticism is that coffee could have been warmer or hot. this was soon corrected and we enjoyed the dinner and facilities of this well appointed hotel and restaurant .
overall the staff especially Mr Upul was very helpful.
Good luck

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Vadodara, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

We had a lovely 2 days stay at this hotel.

We loved the location - right by the sea and within walking distance of the Old Dutch Hospital -an area of well-known restaurants, especially "Ministry of Crab".

Great view from the room. We were on the 7th floor in Room number 719 and we could see the total Galle face. The beds were excellent and so comfortable. The linen and pillows were soft and comfortable. The room is very well appointed and a lovely bathroom with a rain shower

The breakfast and buffet Dinner were excellent - very large choice of foods. There were dishes for every taste. Service was good too.

The Restaurant ‘The Ocean’ is the best ever. You have an array of sea food to choose from and you can also choose the way you want it cooked. Simply delicious

Pool area was nice except that it offers poor privacy, as not only hotel and restaurant rooms are overlooking it but also passing cars and pedestrians on the road.

Recommend this hotel to all

I would surely stay there if I am in Colombo again.

Room Tip: Higher floors offer better view. Sea view rooms are the best
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Most of the star class hotels I have been to, do make one mistake. They make their dishes so plain for the sake of foreign tourists. Not this one. The dishes they offered was full of so many Spicy tastes and less chilies understandably. You have a large variety to choose from be it western or eastern. (Black Pork Curry and Egg Plant Moju was Awesome) Loved the relaxed atmosphere and the helpful staff.

If you like to be outside you can enjoy sea breeze which is very relaxing. We went there with another couple with two kids and had a very nice dinner experience.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Colombo is mushrooming up with a lots of hotels now, thanks to its tourism friendly policy. The Kingsbury, situated on the seashore of India Ocean is the best in its class and value for money, I loved its sea facing restaurant and the services were impeccable ...

Room Tip: You must ask for sea facing rooms as all cost the same but location can make a big difference...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maryborough, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

We had a lovely 2days at this hotel and could of stayed longer if time permitted...
Staff very helpful..clean hotel.GREAT VIEWS of the ocean and also down the Galle Face....
Recommend this hotel to anyone..........families or couples

Room Tip: we had a suite overlooking the ocean and it was fantastic
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ljubljana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

We stayed for 1 night, before returning to the airport. The hotel is really the best we have stayed in Sri Lanka. We absolutely enjoyed top of the line cosmetics, bed linen and very large choice of foods for breakfast and dinner.
As we found out from locals, this hotel is the hottest spot in town; therefore there was too much (local) traffic in the dining area for our taste. Roof top bar is also nice, but we couldn’t buy “wanna be fancy” dress code also for hotel guests.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Centurion, South Africa
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

I stayed for 10 nights. The service was consistently good. My room was tend to at the same high standard every day. When you stay at a hotel for so long, you can see several levels of service.
The breakfast was excellent. I was looking forward to the fresh fruit every day. There are dishes for every taste. From traditionally Sri Lankan breakfast to traditional bacon and eggs. The coffee is soooo awfullll, but I ordered Cappuccino and that was very good. Service at breakfast was all so good.

I did have an unfortunately bad incident in the hotel, but the personal responded immediately and offered help.

Room Tip: Try and get a sea view room
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 48, Janadhipathi Mawatha | Colombo 1, Colombo 00100, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 36 Hotels in Colombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Kingsbury 4.5*
Number of rooms: 229
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Kingsbury is business hotel in Sri Lanka's commercial capital that features 207 elegantly furnished guest rooms, 21 lavish Suites and a magnificent Presidential Suite, all which include a view of the Indian Ocean. Elegance and charm in the design and ambience, designer branded amenities, lavish comfort and impeccable service all make a stay at The Kingsbury a luxurious experience. The hotel's Executive Room category includes exclusive facilities from express check-in/check-out at the Executive Lounge, baggage packing and unpacking (on request), pressing of one suit during your stay on complimentary basis, 24 hour butler services and much more. The Executive Lounge offers an attractive range of complimentary amenities and services to guests who stay on the Executive floor (9th floor). Start your day with a complimentary continental breakfast and enjoy the exclusive 'Happy Hour' with unlimited beverages and snacks every day from 5.30Pm To 7.30Pm. Another very novel introduction is "Wicked Wine Wednesdays" at the Sky Lounge from 5.30Pm onwards. The hotel's numerous restaurants, bars and lounges provide an intimate dining experience in a truly special atmosphere. The outlets include Harbour Court for international cuisine, The Ocean Seafood Restaurant and Yue Chuan (Chinese: authentic Cantonese and Szechuan menu & Chinese Sri Lankan menu). The Kingsbury also features bars and lounges including The Kings (lobby bar), Sky Lounge (rooftop music lounge & bar), Pool Cafe (pool bar), The Score (sports bar) and an exquisite coffee shop experience with The Cake. Only at The Kingsbury can you pamper yourself endlessly in lavish comforts. Choose from a blend of relaxing and luxuriating treatments at the Senses Spa, or maintain your fitness at the fully equipped Gymnasium. Thereafter, embrace the tropical sun and stretch out on a sunbed by the pool before a cool dip. Equipped with an extensive range of facilities and contemporary amenities, the hotel's function spaces are ideal for MICE, weddings, meetings, social events or special occasions. Situated in Colombo's central business district and just a minute's walk away from the heart of the city's commercial icons, the World Trade Center and Central Bank of Sri Lanka. A truly classical English ambience prevails, artfully balanced with the warmth of Sri Lankan hospitality. Majestic to the eye at first glance, The Kingsbury is one of the most lavish hotels in Colombo that is also an architectural icon. ... more   less 
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