I spent my last night in Mount Lavinia Hotel in Colombo after several days of journeys in various attractions in the eastern central part of Sri Lanka. I found it relaxing and peaceful by the Indian Ocean shore, where the hotel is located, to spend the day and night before returning back home. The service in the hotel is excellent from the reception, restaurant, housekeeping, and the swimming pool area. The staff were very warm, friendly, and helpful. My room was facing the ocean on the ground level which was a plus...a gentle breeze from the ocean. Buffet breakfast and ala carte are splendid from Sri Lankan, western, European and of course Asian. Wi-fi is everywhere for a fee but worth it! One can feel the Sri Lankan spirit and hospitality. They speak good command of English and communication is not difficult. The hotel is about an hour and a half from the airport but worth the stay. Hotel has transportation service to the airport for US$40.00 one way or you can take a cab which will take a while. I chose the hotel transportation for convenience, plus my flight back to California was late night. The room is huge with complimentary coffee, Ceylon tea, and mini bar. Hot and cold water pressure were excellent. Plasma TV has few selections of English channels. I am not a TV person and that's why I am satisfied.
Overall, I recommend Mount Lavinia for a short or multiple days of stay. They have concierge for city tour.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With a history spanning over 200 years, Mount Lavinia Hotel Colombo is one of the oldest hotels in Sri Lanka. This premier colonial heritage hotel in Colombo has earned a reputation over the years for its magnificent structure and ambiance, the old world charm which harks back to the grandeur of old Ceylon, a romantic legacy left by the colonial Governor General who used it as his residence, the exceptional service offered by its well-trained staff and its popularity as a venue for weddings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mount Lavinia Hotel Sri Lanka/Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia