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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very nice hotel with friendly staff and beautiful outlook from the seaside bars and breakfast areas. Location was good, walk to the Galle Face Green and short tuktuk ride to the museums and restaurant areas.

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Windsor, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Only got to stay one night here, but did two previous nights at the Taj and I have to tell you, this place is amazing! The staff, ground, rooms, atmosphere, etc are top notch. Had sunset drinks over looking the ocean, cant beat it. The breakfast was decent and had a high tea which was a great value and tasty!...

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

Could not fault this hotel on any count. Staff at all levels: polite, helpful and pleasant. Buffet meals: widespread with both Sri Lankan and western cuisine. Property: 150 year old, beautifully maintained beach facing - see pics; no further comments! Wifi: excellent What else does one want?

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

We spent some time here early JAN. Loved every second of it. The grounds were immaculate. The room was very spacious and well apppointed. We spend the day lounging around the pool. Which was amazing. It was lovely to hear the ocean while you swam I'm the pool. We ate I'm the hotel in the evenings and Walked around galle...

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Canberra, Australia
Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

Sunset at Galle Face Hotel is my favorite place in Colombo. Amazing food and drinks to suit anyones taste, magnificent seaside views in the beautiful Sri Lankan weather, top it all off with a bagpipe accompanied flag lowering ceremony. Settle into the evening by candlelight and acoustic guitar and singing. I could go everyday and love it everyday. What makes...

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

Very many thanks for taking the time to write back to us with such a wonderful review from your recent experience. From the looks of it, you thoroughly enjoyed your sun-downers at the chequerboard which does come highly recommended. We're so pleased that you managed to capture every aspect of the experience in your review, including the flag lowering ceremony...

Singapore
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A good historical hotel. However, old does not mean rickety. The parquet flooring is badly in need of an upgrading; not just patched up here and there. The restaurant service is poor, tables are not cleared and one of the managers is quite rude

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

Firstly, thank you ever so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. We appreciate your honest and sincere feedback as it does help us create better guest experiences in the future, although we are quite disappointed to hear your comments on our team as they are generally rated among the best in the city, we will...

Brussels
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Galle Face is a class hotel....from the high level of service/professionalism of the staff, the very polished and colonial style of the hotel, to its great location in the city and its high class dining. I only regret I had a one night stay. But even in the short time I spent there it was immediately clear that this...

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

Many thanks for taking the time to give us a perfect rating and review. It does seem like you enjoyed pretty much enjoyed every aspect of your stay with us, you're especially right in pointing out the location that we are blessed with which is best experienced during sunset paired with the daily flag lowering ceremony. We look forward to...

Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed at one their Suites following our wedding. Loved the food, ambiance and service. Balcony view facing the sea was great and the showers in the balcony would is great for those who loves sunbathing. All in all, one of the finest in Colombo.

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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 share your valuable thoughts on your recent stay with us. We are so pleased to learn that you throughly enjoyed one of our suites which do provide spectacular views of the Indian ocean as you quite rightly pointed out. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Yours Sincerely, Deni...

Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderful huge, deep pool by the sea (which is great as the beach is too rough to swim in). Rooms are very comfortable and it's lovely to be in such an old hotel, always corridors to explore, you end up finding other restaurants, a museum or a library, or the spa. Also the hotel is generous with the complimentary drinks...

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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 out to review your recent experience with us, which was splendid to read. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed the entire experience which included that of our museum housing a collection of artifacts that date back over 100 years as well as images of famous guests to have stay...

New York City, New York
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Amazing property with excellent location, service and amenities. Food is excellent as well. Hired Udaya (Udayatours) as a private driver. Highly recommended: very friendly, responsible, and punctual. His contact number: 94 (77) 1660008.

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

Thank you for taking the time out to give us such a pleasant review from your recent experience at The Galle Face Hotel. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and picturesque location we are so blessed to have. We look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future! Yours Sincerely, Deni A. Dukic

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Banquet Room
  • Conference Facilities
  • Concierge
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: $153 - $349 (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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#1 On the Beach Hotel in Colombo
#3 Spa Hotel in Colombo
#4 Luxury Hotel in Colombo
#7 Family Hotel in Colombo
#8 Business Hotel in Colombo
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“Try to get an ocean front room, I didnt get upgraded to once, but the interior room was nice as well.”
 of 5 bubbles whip383, 2 days ago | Read review
“The shower facilities and the room toilet are new and this is about the only thing that we enjoyed about the hotel”
 of 5 bubbles HassimSingapore, 5 days ago | Read review
“IKt can be noisy on Galle Facze Green especially at weekends so ask for a in-facing room.”
 of 5 bubbles PGRBrussels, 5 days ago | Read review
“ocean front view is a must”
 of 5 bubbles dynamokiev2003, 6 days ago | Read review
“ask for room away from function centre”
 of 5 bubbles Robert_I_Australia, 1 week ago | Read review
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