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“Funky cool”
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Casa Colombo
Ranked #19 of 54 Hotels in Colombo
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Funky cool”
Reviewed November 9, 2011

Casa Colombo is an eclectic mishmash of old world and new money funky narco trafficking decor- it's fun, and they get away with it. Tucked down a quiet street in downtown Colombo it is well placed to get around the city. The building is a real gem, and the grounds lush and beautiful. The rooms were fairly well appointed and comfortable. Breakfast was a great with tasty hoppers and a choice of curries. We had heard that the restaurant wasn't up to snuff, but we found it to be quite good.

We always go for the smaller hotels when we can because of the level of personal contact with the staff. And, Casa did not disappoint. We were lucky to have as our domo an amazing chap named Dan, who really won us over to Casa. This fellow went beyond the requirements and genuinely looked after US. We felt we had made a real friend and were able to learn more about life in Colombo. This is why we travel, isn't it? To experience more?

There are probably snazzier hotels out there, but Casa was fun and ultra-friendly, and really brought out the friendliness that is Sri Lanka.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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GmCASAColombo, General Manager at Casa Colombo, responded to this review, November 16, 2011
Thank you so very much for your wonderful review of CASA Colombo. We are delighted that you had an enjoyable stay, and your comments have been shared with our entire CASA Colombo Team, especially Dan.

One of our aims at CASA Colombo is to capture and give to our guests all that is fabulous about Sri Lanka….. especially the friendly smiles, homeliness and care, and of course not to mention the supremely exotic flavours of Sri Lankan cooking. If we have been successful making you feel “at home” in CASA Colombo Sri Lanka, then we consider it to be our biggest success story ever.

Please do visit us again, we are certainly looking forward to it!

Sunny regards,
Horst

Horst Schmidtke
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CASA Colombo
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

Stayed here for two nights early Oct. We thought the building was gorgeous, every detail was clearly the work of an eclectic designer. We liked our room, especially the bathroom.... The floor tiles, traditional windows frames, the toilet cubicle was funny (but effective), the shower built for two, the showcase 'Bath'.

Our domo was really nice... As we're all the staff. We enjoyed the surroundings so much we dined in house both nights, the ambiance and quality of the food was very good. The curry and rice was among the best we ate whilst we were in Sri Lanka, plenty of choice for vegetarians. Breakfast was also nice, sitting outside.

We enjoyed the quiet location, the house is set in smallish grounds.... But every area is carefully thought out, the art and photographs are interesting and we had a relaxing massage in the compact spa.

I have one small negative, housekeeping (I assume) must have broken a light bulb in our room. Luckily I spotted the peices of glass before standing on it! This is just a personal thing.... But I didn't like the small fish in the vase as a table decoration.

I would certainly like to return if I was going to spend any further time in Colombo. It is quite expensive, but we were very happy with our stay. A really nice place to relax following our long flight and a pleasure to stay in such a wonderful house.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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GmCASAColombo, General Manager at Casa Colombo, responded to this review, November 16, 2011
A review such as yours is certainly a delight to read, and it was read by the entire CASA Colombo team! Thank you so much.

We are very happy that you had an enjoyable stay at CASA Colombo, and that you are pleased with the ambience and service we had to offer you. We are also happy that you were able to sample a few treats made by our Chef, who always strives to give everything a personal touch.
With regard to your other comments, please be assured that we have taken them to heart and will work towards improving same.

We too would like to see you return to CASA Colombo in the very near future.

Sunny regards,
Horst

Horst Schmidtke
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

spent 2 nights at casa colombo - what an amazing hotel - never stayed anywhere like here before. we arrived early and they were able to get our room ready early for us. We stayed in suite 4 - amazing room and so spacious! so many cool gadgets and the music mix in the room was great too! the super king size bed was so comfortable - we almost didnt want to leave the room at all. We had a seperate bathroom overlooking the pool. The huge stand alone bath was incredible and 2 showers!
The personal 'domo' didnt quite work for us - as we werent sure who it was meant to be! we didnt eat at the hotel. we ate at mount lavinia hotel and chutneys - would recommend both. although the hotel is not in the central part of colombo - its only a tuk tuk journey away but remember to bargain hard.
We also managed to use the ceylon spa (which is now what the old ice bar used to be) - great massage and great price - well worth it.
We were a bit shocked when we ordered 2 beers and it came to nearly £10! They havent got their license yet - as soon as they get this then will make the place even better.
however all in all an amazing place to stay and would recommend to anyone - such a cool and unique hotel with fab rooms. thanks casa colombo :)

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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GmCASAColombo, General Manager at Casa Colombo, responded to this review, November 1, 2011
It was certainly a delight to read that you had a wonderful stay at CASA Colombo and that you loved the décor and ambience of our Hotel. Your comments have been shared with the entire CASA Colombo Team.

We hope that next time you visit us you will permit our Chef to take you on a gastronomic journey that is unique to CASA Colombo. We hope to see you soon at CASA Colombo!

Sunny regards,
Horst

Horst Schmidtke
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Brighton, UK
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Reviewed October 22, 2011

This hotel was excellent from the moment we arrived until when we left. The design of the hotel and the interior of the rooms are stunning. They combine classic colonial architecture with modern and funky design features. The rooms themselves had all the facilities you'd need, from i-pod docking to bathrooms and toiletries.
Each room is allocoted a 'domo' who acts as your concierge throughout your stay, and we found the service from all staff at the hotel was good.
The location itself is a little out of the main hotel district in Colombo, but we didn't find this impacted our stay, as everything is a tuk-tuk away.
We ate a few times in the hotel, and each time the food was cooked to perfection in true Sri Lankan style.
Price wise it's at the top end, but definitley worth it!!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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GmCASAColombo, General Manager at Casa Colombo, responded to this review, October 24, 2011
We were so very happy to read your review of your stay at CASA Colombo, that we shared it with our entire CASA Colombo Team!

It was a great pleasure serving you, and we feel that we have achieved our goal in helping you to have a relaxing and memorable stay, while at CASA Colombo.

We hope we will see you again very soon.

Sunny regards,
Horst

Horst Schmidtke
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CASA Colombo
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed October 21, 2011

Our check-in was delayed although we arrived at 4:00 pm and had to wait for about 45 minutes till they got the room ready for us.However,this was compensated with a late check-out.

Pros:
1)The rooms are to die for,absolutely stunning!!We just didn't want to leave.
2)We had lunch and dinner there and the food was excellent.

Areas for improvement:
1)Breakfast selection was limited.
2)Our domo was not very approachable.It seemed like he wasn't really interested in ensuring we had a comfortable stay.

Overall,its a great property and 'almost' perfect.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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GmCASAColombo, General Manager at Casa Colombo, responded to this review, October 24, 2011
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of your stay at CASA Colombo. We very much appreciate the positive, as well as negative comments, as these help us to improve our service further.

We are pleased that you enjoyed the ambience that we had to offer you, and have taken your other comments also to heart.

Please do visit us again, and enjoy a unique CASA Colombo experience!

Sunny regards,
Horst

Horst Schmidtke
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 21, 2011

My husband and I stayed here for a few days whilst on honeymoon. We were assigned a domo (Dan). The hotel is stunning and our suite was gorgeous. Unfortunately, on our third night my husband became ill with food poisoning (not from the hotel restaurant). We were to leave Colombo the next day. Dan arranged for us to stay an extra night and booked another hotel for us to stay at the day after, as there were no rooms at Casa Colombo (by this time I was also ill). Even after we had left the hotel he helped us to arrange transportation to Nuwara Eliya. We returned to Casa Colombo on our penultimate day in Colombo. Dan had arranged an upgrade for us to a suite even more sumptuous than the last.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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GmCASAColombo, General Manager at Casa Colombo, responded to this review, October 24, 2011
We were very disappointed that your stay in Sri Lanka was marred by illness during the final part of your stay, but we hope that we at CASA Colombo have been able to make it up to you in our own little way.

Thank you very much for your very kind comments about CASA Colombo, and we are certainly looking forward to your next visit with us.

Sunny regards,
Horst

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The Netherlands
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Reviewed October 15, 2011

In an excellent location set back from Galle Road in Colombo 4, Casa Colombo's first impresssion is near perfection. A beautiful villa, a nice lounge garden and swiming pool. The interior is a staggering combination of authentic looking tiled floors and wooden staircases set off by ultra modern furniture, golden ceilings, white leather wall panelling and mirrors everywhere. The rooms go even further: vast spaces, Nakamichi sound and video systems, polished cement bathroom fixtures, green glass shower and toilet enclosures, a copper bathtub and a really superb bed (the best in all 10 upmarket hotels we visited). But after the first impression some setbacks do appear: all windows are frosted glass, so you cannot look outside from your room without opening a window. Airconditioning is very hard to control. The double vanities lack place to put your toothbrush. The lighting system is very sophisticated, but takes a lot of study to understand. Staff is very friendly and helpfull, but service is very slow. On two of our three nights a nearby disco club rocked away deep into the night. The restaurant is nice with some surprising and tasty dishes on the menu. Some rumours say Casa Colombo is an off license place, but we were served a fine selection of drinks and wines.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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GmCASAColombo, General Manager at Casa Colombo, responded to this review, October 16, 2011
Thank you so very much for your review of your stay at CASA Colombo. We greatly appreciate the comments both positive and negative, as this is the only way in which we can improve on the service we have to offer you.

It is great that you found the décor and ambience of CASA Colombo impressive, and we will certainly take the other comments to heart and work towards possible solutions.

We look forward to your next visit at CASA Colombo!

Sunny regards,
Horst

Horst Schmidtke
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CASA Colombo
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Property: Casa Colombo
Address: 231 Galle Rd, Colombo 4, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Colombo
#2 Family Hotel in Colombo
#2 Business Hotel in Colombo
#16 Luxury Hotel in Colombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Casa Colombo 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 200 year old mansion restored and converted to a retro-chic hotel with 12 exclusive designer suites, 2 trendy restaurants, the stylish bar and tea garden, and a pink pool. Guests looked after by private Domos and transfers done in vintage cars or helicopters. ... more   less 
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