We arrived here at 130 am after a 23 hour trip with various delays and so were perhaps not in the best frame of mind. We had two rooms and one of them had the air conditioner leaking water all over the floor. This necessitated 3 service people trying to address the problem at 2am and in the end a towel was stuffed into the offending spot! Clearly this can happen anywhere and as the hotel was full there was no option of another room. The rooms themselves were pleasant and generally well presented despite the leak. I found it odd however that there was not a table and chair set on our ground floor "balcony" to enable us to enjoy the sea view. The hotel itself is a mix of the updated and outdated and is clearly in need of work in some areas. The pool area is however lovely with excellent views and the breakfast was excellent. The beach in the area is not great and I was pleased we were not spending a week there. The hotel is a fair journey from the centre of Colombo but this can be a plus depending on what you are looking for. Overall, we were a little disappointed but some further work would help further restore the colonial grandeur that it may have once enjoyed.
- 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