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Arlington, Virginia
Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

I stayed four nights at the Galle Face Hotel while on work travel. Wow, what a gem this hotel is. The hotel is on the ocean just south of the Galle Face Green. It just drips with colonial era charm...the huge veranda restaurant overlooking the water was a favorite spot. The hotel also has interesting features including a museum with...

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Hanoi, Vietnam
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Beautiful hotel with outstanding facilities and service. Allowed us a late check out at no extra charge and to use the facilities until our flight home. Very impressed and would highly recommend people to splurge for a night or two at this hotel

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Mudgeeraba, Australia
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful setting, restful and a relaxed staff and surroundings. Decor amazing. Staff happy to assist in every way. Little mix up regarding breakfast, however the staff made up for it. Thank you Emanuel. Also thanks to Travellers in staff including Gayana.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our meals at Verandah Bar. I have been to their for dinner buffet. Everything was tasty. This is a great place to experience Sri lankan /European and Chinese food. The focal dishes were typical steamed white rice, red rice and basic Sri Lankan curries that were prepared exceptionally well.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have been staying at the Galle Face Hotel for 20 years and was worried the recent refurbishment might have dulled the previously deeply atmospheric grandeur. I'm pleased to say the grandeur is still there with enough of it's former colonial ambience still intact. It's a great pity the board bearing the impressive list of Hollywood, literary and royal patronage...

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Tring, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fantastically refurbished this hotel offers luxury and a hugely historical hotel. It has large restaurants, bars and terraces. The pool is a boring rectangle with cold water! Fortunately it has stunning views of the Indian Ocean. If you want a table on the terrace at sunset get there early! We had an OK meal from very promising surroundings, also in...

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Deni D, General Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this review

Thank you ever so much for taking the time to review your experience with us. We truly appreciate the lovely comments you've made from your time with us especially with regards to the restoration of the hotel completed in October 2015. This really did help the colonial property reach it's true potential and meet the needs of the modern day...

Sydney
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great hotel which is beautifully maintained. Rooms are spacious, clean, quiet and with good bathrooms. The colonial theme is carried throughout the hotel in both the rooms and public spaces. Great breakfast and service is second to none. The hotel has a history room, which celebrates the hotel's past. Beautiful grounds, pool and outlook. Walking distance to...

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Deni D, General Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this review

Many thanks for choosing The Galle Face Hotel for your recent stay in Colombo. We love to hear back from our guests and do appreciate the pleasant comments you've made from your time with us, especially that on our breakfast spread. We do hope to have you back soon. Yours Sincerely, Deni A. Dukic

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights, we had the junior suite which has Seaview. Security was very tight because of the priminister from Norway was there. Breakfast was good and also the buffet lunch was good. The location is great, we walked to the cinnamon Grand hotel which is not far from this hotel for dinner. They have great restaurants...

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Deni D, General Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write back to us with your thoughts from your stay at The Galle Face Hotel, we're pleased that you enjoyed your stay in one of our junior suites. It does appear that you enjoyed all aspects of your stay with us which is great to read. Rest assured we will pass...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

My husband and I picked the Galle Face as we were recommended by a friend to stay there for its renowed colonial, charming character. We loved being treated like royalty. So Prince Philip, Roger Moore, Richard Nixon, Harrison Ford all stayed there. It is worth going on the guided tour of the hotel or looking around yourself, there is a...

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Oxfordshire
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We only stayed for two nights at the Galle Face Hotel, because our stay in Colombo was only two days, and that was not enough to fully appreciate this magnificent hotel, which is kept (or at least seems to be) in the style of the early part of the century. Everything about this hotel is stylish and you would not...

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Thank you so much for taking the time to write back to us with such a lovely review from recent experience at The Galle Face Hotel. It was a true pleasure to read your perfect review and we recommend you take the historian tour on your next visit, you will be guided through the colonial architecture and get to take...

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Minibar
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Business Center with Internet Access
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  • Concierge
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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 158 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 

Additional Information about Galle Face Hotel Colombo

Address: No. 2, Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Price Range: $152 - $337 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Galle Face Hotel Colombo 5*
Number of rooms: 158
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Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Colombo
#2 Spa Hotel in Colombo
#4 Luxury Hotel in Colombo
#7 Family Hotel in Colombo
#8 Business Hotel in Colombo
#8 Romantic Hotel in Colombo
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“second floor, had sea views and on to the green....beautiful”
 of 5 bubbles barbara667, 2 days ago | Read review
“Stay in the South Wing if there's a wedding during your stay. The noice heard in the rooms above or near the hotel wedding room is unbearable.”
 of 5 bubbles stevebuick, 3 days ago | Read review
“rooms on the back of the hotel with sea view avoid the noise from the road.”
 of 5 bubbles JULIEh638, 3 days ago | Read review
“Do not stay at this hotel The week leading to Idependence day, no sleep well when tanks are moving around outside your window at 2am”
 of 5 bubbles Frecklesdog, 5 days ago | Read review
“Ocean views are the best”
 of 5 bubbles corinnet861, 5 days ago | Read review
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