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“historical hotel with the best of Sri Lankan hospitality”

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Galle Face Hotel Colombo
Ranked #5 of 54 Hotels in Colombo
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

It was the perfect 1 day stay in this historic hotel located by the coastline of Colombo. the staff were extremely friendly and showed us the best of the all famous Sri Lankan hospitality.
Breakfast buffet was fantastic, fresh squeezed juice available upon request. The buffet lunch was equally good, free flow of sandwiches!
The room was comfortable and it was the perfect place to get our rest for the rest of our trip.
Check out the pictures hung around the hotel (esp in the dining room) to find out the rich history of guests who have stayed in this 150 year old hotel.
One tip, there is a refurbishment going on but it in no way affected our stay.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

Galle Face Hotel comes with a lot of charm, a nice location for a sunset cocktail in front of a sea water swimmingpool, an excellent breakfast. to full enjoy the colonial atmosphere the rooms in the original building are the best, even if the ocean noise could hurt the most senstive hears in the most exposed ones ( west and south west suite).
the charm can make you forget that the bathroom are quite old, but functional.

Room Tip: rooms located at the 2nd and 3rd floor pf the original building are my favourites
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

A lovely stay in this beautiful hotel filled with charm and character. We arrived tired and hot on our 40th wedding anniversary at the start of our 6 week holiday! We were delighted with this hotel, attentive, caring and knowledgeable staff; wonderful setting - we were even treated to an amazing cake for our anniversary, such attention to detail is a treat. Despite restoration work our stay was quiet and the hotel was beautifully clean. Excellent food and lovely beachside bar. Great location. Highly recommended.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

Perfectly situated hotel with stunning views out over the Indian ocean.

We stayed for two nights after arrival into Sri Lanka (Feb 2014) and loved the old world colonial charm of this hotel. The hotel exudes a sense of history and at every turn you are reminded of it's colonial origins. Although the hotel was undergoing renovations (which I believe will continue into 2015) we were given a lovely ocean view room and were not disturbed by the construction workers. The pool and outdoors bar were great and the food overall was very good. Located alongside the Galle Face green and only a short distance to the Fort & Pettah districts further add to the appeal.

Would definitely recommend this hotel when visiting Colombo.

Room Tip: Ask for an ocean view room
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

This hotel has great character, views of the ocean, a swimming pool, nice lawns, an excellent location (next to Galle Face Green and not far from other places in Colombo) and is good for sunset cocktails. The sense of space you get from the size of the grounds and its situation is why I decided to stay here over other, smaller hotels in the city. I stayed in a few rooms and all were comfortable and clean. The sea-spray means that at times everything can feel slightly damp. The breakfast on the terrace is fine food-wise, excellent in terms of location. The tea, however, for some reason is appalling every time.

Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

Our room faced the Indian High Commission Building (guards, guns and all) on one side but we had a sea view through the other side and it was peaceful. The service was excellent. The renovation work means that there is less outdoor space but there was not any appreciable noise when we were there. The pool and outdoor bar are great. Sea is not for swimming in. I think the room prices are lower because of the work which made the value outstanding! Location is great within easy tuk-tuk of Restaurants etc. Our superior room was immaculately clean, huge with a spa bath and a shower. Breakfast was an excellent choice of many dishes. I was amazed to find myself sitting with Michael Atherton (England Cricket etc) behind me. Being British I didn't speak to him!

Room Tip: Sea view if possible
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

We went here for a Sunset visit, late afternoon to sunset.
Ordered some food and drinks at the pool area, which arrived promptly and tasted fine.
There was some building works going on to extend the hotel, so did notice slight
noise levels whilst we were there.
The views across the sea was great and we took some great sunset pics.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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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 #5 of 54 Hotels in Colombo
Price Range: $153 - $298 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Galle Face Hotel Colombo 5*
Number of rooms: 156
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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