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Mount Lavinia Hotel
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Wonderful hotel and very friendly staff. From a very congested approach road you end up in a beautiful oasis of a hotel. Everyone from the reception desk, the bellboys, dining room staff, and managers greeted you with a smile and asked if I needed anything. The rooms were well equipped with a giant king bed and a wonderful view of the waves crashing into the rocks from the window. The food choice and quality at the restaurant was excellent. I only wish they had a method to get rid of the pesky ravens and crows that were always present in the outdoor dining area. Don't get me wrong, I love birds, but this was a little too close for comfort as they would often get close enough to almost snatch my food! The only drawback is that if you need to travel to downtown Colombo, the traffic is horrendous!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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MLHG-Management, General Manager at Mount Lavinia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2013

Dear Guest it is rewarding for our entire team to learn that their hospitality and good service highlighted your experience with us. The issue of the ravens is been looked into and we are looking into taking necessary arrangements to ensure that the guests will not be disturbed…we look forward to your return!

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

We spend couple of days in Mount Lavinia. the Hotel has a special touch, and the location next to the ocean makes it incredible. The rooms need a little refurbishment for a four star hotel. The spa on the beach is very good and probably the best thing is The Cove Restaurant on the beach. Don't miss the fish market, every evening starting 7 PM, their chef is quite incredible. It was the best fish food I have ever had.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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MLHG-Management, General Manager at Mount Lavinia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2013

Thank you for a great review. We are pleased to inform that a major refurbishment to the property is on the cards. We are delighted you enjoyed our facilities and especially the seafood cove restaurant…we hope you will return during your next stay in Sri Lanka.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

We had a wonderful time at this lovely hotel. It was perfect sitting on the terrace enjoying breakfast and our evening meal. The staff were friendly and very helpful. We have Sri Lankan friends who took us out every day so it was perfectly placed 10km from their home. We will never forget our time there and we saw things tourists don't normally see.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank Adrienne890
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MLHG-Management, General Manager at Mount Lavinia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2013

Thank you for making us your preferred hotel in Colombo…we are delighted you enjoyed your time at our property and look forward to indulging you again in the future.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We stayed in a direct ocean view room which was in the newer section of the hotel. Lovely sea views with a private balcony. Room was very comfortable, the food from both room service and at the restaurants was excellent and reasonably priced. Transport to the hotel from the airport was a touch difficult to arrange through the hotel and I would have been much happier if I could have just booked and paid for it through Agoda. The hotel is steeped in history and I just adored seeing all the newly weds coming to the hotel for their photo shoots.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank jami b
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MLHG-Management, General Manager at Mount Lavinia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2013

Dear guest thank you for your recent patronage at the Mount Lavinia Hotel…we are delighted that you enjoyed the facilities of our direct ocean view room, cuisine and facilities…we are sorry for any inconvenience caused when trying to arrange airport transfers, necessary measures have been placed to ensure that this will not be a repeat occurrence…we hope to see you again in the future.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Lovely location! Even in the rainy season it was such a pleasure to be pretty much in the centre of the city but opening the balcony door in the morning looking over the beach. The Hotel has its own beach but sadly the sea was too rough to swim when I was there.
Staff very friendly and helpful, The food is excellent, hot and cold buffets with lots of choice and sitting out on the terrace by the pool in the evening for a cool Lion beer was perfect!

Room Tip: Go for one looking out over the beach!
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled on business
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MLHG-Management, General Manager at Mount Lavinia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2013

Dear Guest we appreciate the sentiments expressed in your review and your recommendation of the hotel to all travelers, be it for business or pleasure. We hope to see you again during your next visit to Sri Lanka.

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Started and ended my tour around Sri Lanka at this lovely hotel. The location couldn't have been better. The historical charm is a great value add. Value for money was super. Food was great, rooms were clean. Perfect.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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MLHG-Management, General Manager at Mount Lavinia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2013

Dear reviewer thank you for choosing to stay at the Mount Lavinia Hotel…we are delighted that you enjoyed our Sri Lankan hospitality and we look forward to having you with us during our next visit to Sri Lanka.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

My partner and I returned to Mount Lavinia for the second time in 2 years. There are numerous 4 and 5 star hotels in and around Columbo. We chose Mount Lavinia again for many reasons. It only takes about 15-20 minutes to get into the city centre in a tuktuk and costs about £4. The ride is beautiful mostly along the coast then weaving through the managed mayhem that is driving in Sir Lanka.

The Room: We booked a sea view room and were rewarded with a view of the beach and the sea with doors opening onto the grass area to the rear of the hotel towards the public beach (there is a private beach too!) The hotel have refurbished many of the rooms since our last trip and it was as modern as you would want, with buckets of space and a ginormous bed! A huge flatscreen tv with plenty of movie channels and a lovely bathroom with double size walk in shower!! Great shower!

The food: Without doubt the best buffet of all the hotels we have visited down the years in Sri Lanka. We like our food, particularly Sri Lanka cuisine and the chefs at Mount Lavinia do it best. The buffets are a work of art and change daily. Sunday's are the best- live jazz by the pool on the terrace. The same band were playing again and it doesnt get much better than this.

Shisha: They now sell shisha, a big plus for me. You can relax at the pool terrace overlooking the beach from the top of the hill. One of the best places I have smoked shisha but the shisha itself is good but not great.

Be warned. I love this place, its history and its old-world feel. The staff are the friendliest and most helpful you will meet on your trip and its genuine! Ask them, they will tell you its the best place to work! The hotel is not new, its very old indeed. It had had many renovations and is up to standard yet retains its charm. It is not well polished so if you want a shiny new hotel, dont come here. If you want a romantic escape where all your needs are pampered to (there is a seafood restaurant on the private beach and a spa) then come here!

We will certainly be back again and may even try the group's hotel in the Maldives too.

Thanks Mount Lavinia

Room Tip: Sea view!!
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank farfromhometom
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MLHG-Management, General Manager at Mount Lavinia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2013

Firstly let us thank you for your repeated patronage of the Mount Lavinia Hotel…We are glad that you enjoyed the amazing sea views, cuisine and facilities of our iconic heritage hotel. Our Maldives property the Vakarufalhi Island Resort is among one of the finest four-star resorts and we will be delighted to indulge you in every way possible.

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Address: No. 100, Hotel Road,, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia 10732, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
Price Range: $104 - $196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mount Lavinia Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 210
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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