This is a renovated old colonial hotel and should be seen as such. It is pleasant, right on the sea. It would appear that its significance is more of a museum/historical hotel rather than as a 5 star hotel.
If the hotel did not have any historical note, it would be at best, a very average hotel.
We stayed in a suite with views right over the swimming pool and sea. Very comfortable, but average. The windows were difficult to open by rust in the hinges, one felt that if you opened the window fully the window would fall off! Listening to the waves at night was magic.
We ordered room service, after nothing had arrived after an hour, we contacted room service again to ask what happened to our order. They apparently forgot to note our room number so were unable to contact us or even deliver. When it did arrive, an hour and a half later, no apology. Some updated communications would have been good, or even a bell ringing down in the kitchen!
Would we return? probably not. But you have to experience the nostalgia.
- 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
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