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Galle Face Hotel Colombo
Ranked #4 of 51 Hotels in Colombo
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

This property is one of the oldest hotel in Colombo according to the info we obtained, but it is well maintained. I really enjoyed the food in Sea Spray restaurant. Also the location is very attractive from this restaurant. Rooms are affordable, nice. Just to express that we had a good vacation with this hotel. I recommend it

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

we stayed 2 nights at this hotel. the best part of the hotel is its right on the beach. building is a colonial treasure. its very well maintained. rooms are huge. breakfast was good with a lot of variety. clean and comfortable hotel for a family stay. relaxing atmosphere at pool bar and restaurant. very well made. would definitely stay at the hotel again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Rockdale, Australia
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

During my 4 night stay in Central Colombo from the 25/08/13 I decided to arrange a Tuk Tuk tour around the city & on Monday 26/08/13 I briefly called into this beautiful hotel, I noticed some expensive renovation work going on & this didn't seem to interfere with the daily running of the hotel, the 1st visit was just a look around for approx 20 min's with my Tuk Tuk driver, being impressed with the environment & atmosphere I decided to re-visit 2 days later on the 28/08/13, I had no one else with me & was able to take longer looking around, an impressive building with so much history & charm, sat at the back of the hotel close to the ocean front ordered my coffee & relaxed, staff were very polite & made me very welcome. I never did ask about the room rates !!! however i'm sure a little beyond my budget. Stayed for one hour & most enjoyable relaxing chatting with staff.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Alstonville, Australia
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

The Galle Face Hotel is a magnificent hotel full of old world charm, the rooms are large and well fitted out, great beads and large bath tubs. in this hotel you are waited on at all times, doors are opened, food delivered and they even pour your beer. transport is organised vehicles are available with drivers at all times. But the best thing is the food many areas to eat but you can not go past the veranda buffet three times a day. Great Sri Lankan fare and breakfast is free with your booking. Always a cooling wind of the sea.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

We stayed here for three nights as part of a three centre holiday in Sri Lanka, the building itself is charming, a real colonial treasure. Parts of the building are tired and one wing is under restoration but does not interfere with the rest of the facilities. Our room was modern with comfortable bed and cleaning and service staff generally were excellent, breakfast amazing.
Good position on the seafront with excellent outside bar with breeze !.. Within walking distance of downtown Colombo with its ancient and modern.
We used the hotel's travel agency which gave us excellent service via Joseph the driver, very knowledgeable about the island, local and distant with many anecdotes on life and times of the islanders.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

This is a colonial property and that is exactly what you get....wooden floors, high ceilings and old fashioned decor. My room was small and basic, but well equipped, clean and comfortable.

The staff were friendly but were quick to say no! However with some gentle persuasion they always ended up helping me out.

The pool was simple but it overlooked the ocean and I spent a lovely day whiling away the hours just relaxing. There was a nice walk along the sea front, which took you to some of the more historic parts of the city and towards the train station.

Would recommend for a couple of nights if you enjoy small, old fashioned hotels.

Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Really enjoyed our brief stay at this colonial-style institution - we were sorry that we could only stay for one night. You enter a wonderfully cool foyer and receive drinks on arrival. We had two rooms, one for our children, which they had arranged to be next to each other as requested (no interconnecting rooms) - they were large and clean and well equipped.

The best thing about the hotel is its location next to the sea, which gives it a great atmosphere - it's a terrific place to enjoy a cocktail outside. The food was good too, and all the staff very helpful. There's a large seawater swimming pool, which we made the most of after our journey down from Kandy.

Galle Face Green runs along the seafront next to the hotel, with its many food stalls lit up atmospherically at night, and the Galle Fort restaurant/shopping area isn't far away.

If you are arriving after a long flight, this would make a good alternative to the usual starting points in Negombo, particularly if your forward journey is by train - the station is only a short (though probably hairy, if our experience is anything to go by!) autorickshaw ride away.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Galle Face Hotel Colombo
Address: No. 2, Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 51 Hotels in Colombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Galle Face Hotel Colombo 5*
Number of rooms: 158
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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