Galle Face Hotel is reasonable enough for Colombo ( yes ! accommodation in Colombo is way too expensive ! )
What I like about GFH:
They have airport pick up service even if it is 2:30a.m (US$30)
They let me do early check-in ( it was really early ;-p )
Plentiful breakfast - cereal, toast,salad,fruits,curry,egg,sausage,muffin etc.
Restaurant with gorgeous view ( i just love it !)
Convenient location, 30 of TV channels in room, smiley staff.
What I didn't like about GFH:
I chose Regency Standard to stay but the room itself was vibrating. I even heard the noise(of vibration). When I was sleeping in bed, I really felt the vibration. It was more than annoying, made me sleep very difficult. I asked several staff what it was, but I couldn't find out how it happens from where. I should have asked room change.
spa 9:00(maybe) - 22:00
gym 6:00 - 22:00(maybe)
swimming pool 7:00 - 19:00 (depth 1.5m~2.2m)
sauna/jacuzzi 9:00 - 22:00
high tea: 16:00 - 18:00 (850Rs per person)
they have more like beauty salon, bar, billiards table.
I paid US$30 for colombo city tour ( approx 3 hours ), that was arranged by GFH ( at least, there is the tour desk in GFH). English speaking guide(driver), Car with A/C included. But main sightseeing spots are only very old Dutch church and Gangarama Temple. The entrance fee for this temple was not included (Rs100) The rest of the tour was just driving through city. I don't recommend this tour, you should go on your own by Tuk Tuk, it is much cheaper. At least, I asked the guide to take me some place I wanted to go in the end, which was good.
There were so many wedding ceremonies while I stayed there, but I personally enjoyed them !
- 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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