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Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo
Ranked #2 of 54 Hotels in Colombo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 21, 2012

The Tintagel, located near the center of Colombo, seems miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Although luxurious, it is not stuffy or pretentious. It is small, quiet, and extremely comfortable. Our room (#8) was exceptionally large, with a sitting room with several sofas and a desk and an oversize bedroom with a four-poster king bed, desk, large easy chair, and a variety of tables. The bathroom had both a glass-enclosed shower and a large bathtub. Although the decor is not our style (black and brown stripes is a major theme throughout), the hotel looks and feels elegant. It has a huge staff, but they are waiting quietly to help and are never intrusive. The staff was incredibly helpful and friendly and the restaurant prices were quite reasonable. The breakfast was included in our booking and it was excellent (the choice of fresh-squeezed tropical fruit juice was a highlight). Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 8, 2012

I went to the Tintagel for dinner with some business associates. I loved it so much that I decided to spend my last night there. Unfortunately I had to leave the hotel at 1am so did not get to experience everything - I heard breakfast is quite good there.

Staff was friendly and professional. The restaurant served excellent food. My room was luxurious and the bed was so comfortable. The mosquito net was definitely useful since it was the rainy season!

The hotel offered free tuk tuk service to their sister shop Paradise Road. I highly recommend going there for good souvenirs. The hotel is in a good location - you can walk to several shops and there is a good spa nearby.

The hotel doesn't have a liquor license, but don't worry, the hotel staff can go buy the alcohol for you.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

Imagine taking a beautiful, stately colonial mansion of grandeur and importance and lovingly and confidently given it a completely unique re-do that is modern yet sedate, calming yet exhilorating, and practically flawless in its execution. Tintagel is all of that and SO much more. How many hotels that you stay in have historic significance? Once a Prime Minister's residence (and the location of their eventual assassination) now a quiet, calming private pleasure of a place to be. You feel like you literally are a guest in the most stylish home you've ever seen, but not stylish in a modern way... understated elegance with an amazing attention to detail. You arrive in the quiet, upscale neighborhood and the gate opens to a beautiful, grand mansion... all crisp white and surrounded by lush greenery. The private courtyard extends to a covered entry, rustically yet elegantly fitted with oversized concrete urns... beautifully lit. On entry, you are stunned by the sheer guts it took to furnish such a space. Literally -everything- is on a scale that impresses, but not in a "look-at-me" kind of showy... a casual yet elegant sophistication that is simply perfect. Immense vases with lush green moss balls soar to a great height in the main hall, with a beautiful (and always spotless) gloss black piano at the entry. Bold stripes abound, in earthen shades that soothe and calm. Fresh greens throughout and a signature scent ("Tintagel scent") refreshes and intrigues. The staff who greet you are warm, caring, giving, and excited to have you as their guests. There are ten guestrooms, and (I must admit) I have now stayed in half of them. As this -was- a private residence, it should be clearly understood that they are all quite different in size and layout (frequent guests all have their favorite, I would guess) but all share a similar point-of-view.... grandly scaled, casually elegant, furnished in a way that I find fascinatingly bold (yet -never- cold). Each room I have stayed in has an enormous and modern metal four-poster bed, combining old-world charm with a modern material and persepctive. An off-white netting provides a nod to the past while also offering a comforting sense of enclosure. It easily tucks out of the way. The other furniture in the room varies, but is mostly large in scale with rustic elements. The more rustic feel fits in --perfectly-- with the essence of what the hotel is... everything fresh and unblemished would look odd in such a historic residence. I suggest guests enjoy the juxtaposition of glossy and matte, the modern with the historic and the ingenious mixing of time periods in a way never before seen. The linens and pillows are outrageously incredible... the pillow is weighty and cushions you in a way you may have never experienced before. The bed linens are crisp white and of a quality unparalleled. Baths are furnished in a clean-lined yet natural concrete material that sits neutrally against small mulkti-colored tile surfaces with natural bamboo/wooden trims. Everything is special, from the scent of the bath products to where each and every item sits. Artwork abounds in this space, all with a very stylistic point of view. Some would say the artwork reflects some darker or tormented side of the artist's personality, which, again is FAR more intriguing than 'stock' items found elsewhere. I have had many meals at the Tintagel, and find it to be some of the most pleasant meals I have ever had. Breakfast has, for me, been a highlight experience. A former office has been interestingly converted to a dining room, with individual artwork pieces lined up left and right... all with a certain persepctive and all the same size for a pleasing aesthetic. A beautiful overscaled chandlier highlights the silver-leaf coloured ceiling, while the seating and some of the furnishings are richly coloured plums and darkest purples. The breakfasts have been quiet, well-paced, and IMPECCABLE every single time. For such a small, boutique hotel to have this obsessive amount of consistency is amazing. The "Tintagel breakfast" is the entitlement of all guests, and you would never leave unsatisfied. The menu has plenty of choices and to this day I can still taste the fresh mango, excellent scrambled eggs (served shaped in the round, on bread, of course) and mushrooms that are simply spectacular. Just a word to further explain the attention to detail... the fresh fruit plate, in all of the years I have stayed at the Tintagel -never- waivers in terms of how it is to be presented... down the the angle of the cut on the banana! It is remarkable (when I throw them for a loop and order -particular- fruits, they re-do the presentation into even more impressive layouts than standard!). Everything is fresh fresh fresh, and the other menu items are knockout as well, with a subtle nod to everyone's salty favorites (feta cheese, parmesan, etc.). The portion size on meals other than breakfast is on the smaller side, so order some extra vegetables if you wish! The staff throughout the hotel all know your name, which just endears you to them further... very respectful and highly appreciated. Impeccable house-cleaning again with very high standards set and maintained. I have made MANY special requests during my recent stays (date changes, postcard-mailing, last-minute transport arrangements, etc.) and all have been handled to my utmost satisfaction. This hotel/residence is associated with Paradise Road stores, and they not only provide a three-wheeler for you (on them!) but your stay at Tintagel entitles you to a 10% discount as well. If you stay at Tintagel, you will WANT to go to Paradise Road! This is a well-intentioned prediction, as you will undoubtedly pick up the furnishings in the room or at the dining table and find the familiar black square logo, and want some to take home with you. PR is awesome... like a cooler, organic version of "Crate&Barrel" in the U.S. That's my take... I would stay at Tintagel again anytime, and I treasure every minute I have spent there. It would literally be worthwhile to go to Colombo -just- to stay at Tintagel. Highest remarks from this all-over-the-world traveler.

Room Tip: Each is unique... enquire when reserving as to size, details, extras (balconies, etc.) A little extr...
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

TINTAGEL has a formidable history. It is not too far from the lights and sound of Colombo, yet in such a peaceful location with just ten rooms. Staff are wonderful. Always courteous and ready to help. Food is amazingly good (but they should seriously work on increasing the portion size!), always fresh and so delectably presented. Prices seemed a little more expensive than it ought to be, but then their "sister" restaurant, Gallery Cafe offers similar food, similar prices and is so popular with locals and tourists. We visited that cafe, the ambience was great. The suites are preserved in old style while the baths are modern, spacious and well kept. Towels are plenty and soft. Wifi is free and fast. I do wish the rooms did not have such dark overtones, but then it is a personal preference. The housekeeping is amazing. It has just ten suites - so the rates tend to seem expensive - but the privacy one gets in return is worth it. The gym is adequate. Breakfast is excellent, but is not a buffet. One of the few hotels that would serve the breakfast for free in your suite. However should you need a Srilankan dish, you need to order by 6 PM the previous day. Hmm! I heard from the GM, Mrs Cader, this is changing - Breakfast soon will be continental only. It was an enjoyable stay, one that neither surprised or disappointed.

Room Tip: The executive suite on ground floor (Room 2) is same price but is much more spacious and has a stunn...
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

Lovely hotel and magnificent room, although it's true that it could do with a refurb. All positive, except that the frequency of waiters walking between restaurant and kitchen increased approx 20-fold when my wife and I were in the pool. The pool is between the restaurant and kitchen, you see. I wonder if management could satisfy the staff's visual needs through another means to avoid this rather weird experience? (If you're the manager reading this, the not-so-subtle head turning towards my wife indicated that visual gratification of the female variety would be welcomed more than male.)

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Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

This is a true gem of a hotel. Rooms have a lot of character and Charm with four poster beds and would be more suited to a trip with my wife than business trip. Staff are awesome and the food is world class for both breakfast and lunch. Certainly will stay here again as loved the peace away from the craziness of Colombo.

Stayed: February 2012
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

We arrived at Paradise Road having stayed at several other boutique hotels in sri lanka (the Wallawwa, the Kandy House and the Ceylon Tea Trails). We expected Paradise Road would provide a similar outstanding experience. No such luck. If you don't look too closely the hotel seems stylish but it doesn't take long to notice the scuff marks everywhere, chipped paint, flaking concrete, dirty marks on the furniture. Either they dont bother to maintain the place or it was done on the cheap in the first place. We stayed on the ground floor which was very noisy in the morning when the kitchen started up at 630am. The front desk are a surly unhelpful bunch and the restaurant was fairly dead each night (no doubt due to the lack of a liquor lisence). On the upside the bed was comfortable (although it would have been nice if the mosquito net that surrounded it didn't have loads of holes/gaps). I would recommend skipping Colombo if possible but if arriving late or leaving early stay at the wallawwa which is a better hotel and close to the airport.

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Address: 65 Rosmead Place, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Colombo
#1 Romantic Hotel in Colombo
#2 Luxury Hotel in Colombo
#5 Business Hotel in Colombo
Price Range: $144 - $341 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tintagel is a unique and private hotel, situated in the heart of Colombo's most elite neighborhood. Offering 10 individually designed suites with all modern amenities and services, Tintagel is housed in a stunning heritage structure of national importance that was previously home to three of Sri Lanka's political leaders. ... more   less 
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