The grounds - and the old mansion quite beautiful - exceptionally so - it was just such a pity that we couldn't really take advantage of them since we had a 'monsoon' day - the worst rain they'd had in five years. The kitchen flooded and some of the rooms leaked but the staff coped magnificently and two of us moved rooms to have dry beds! And everyone was so good humoured - and grateful to us for 'our understanding'. We felt SO sorry for them. The bottle of wine we were given with dinner a lovely gesture in recognition. The food was excellent - breakfast and dinner - and the dining area makes the most of the garden views. I can't comment on the swimming pool other than it looked very attractive!
One caveat - we had the Family Suite - fine if the family is two adults and two children but not if you're four adults. The twin bedded room cramped with nowhere for suitcases or put anything anywhere really. Great bathroom though! The room we moved into for our second night spacious and lovely.
All in all think our experience demonstrates what a good hotel it is - disaster for them dealt with exceptionally well for guests. And it is blissfully close to the airport prior to the long journey home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Wallawwa was once the country estate of the head chieftan of Galle. It is now home to The Wallawwa, Sri Lanka's first and only boutique airport hotel. Perfectly situated and designed to welcome weary travelers in style and seclusion. Just 15 minutes from Colombo airport and within touching distance of Colombo, there is now no reason to take on long car journeys after arriving at the airport. Join us, sit back and relax at the Z spa or at the Verandah restaurant and start or finish your holiday in heavenly luxury. A 17 room private boutique hotel, restaurant, spa and gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Wallawwa Hotel Kotugoda
- Wallawwa Hotel Colombo
- Wallawwa Boutique Hotel Colombo
- The Wallawwa Sri Lanka/Kotugoda