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Galle Face Hotel Colombo

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Certificate of Excellence


Certificate of Excellence
Since its beginnings in 1864 The Galle Face Hotel has been part of Colombo heritage, catering to world travellers, the property stands as one of the most storied hotels in Asia. Oozing history from every pore, timeless traditions and character abounds in each of our 156 guestrooms, restored to reflect the Galle Face Hotel’s rich past. Many rooms offer spectacular sea views, some with private balcony, and all furnished in elegant colonial style décor. Whether a sophisticated afternoon tea at The Verandah or dinner at 1864 Restaurant, a Pimms on the Chequerboard or a Cuban experience at King of the Mambo, dining experiences are a ‘must do’ whilst in Colombo. A wedding day at the Grand Ballroom or Jubilee Ballroom makes for a truly memorable and occasion. Come and experience the magic of The Galle Face Hotel on your next visit to Sri Lanka.
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Property amenities
Room service
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free parking
Airport transportation
Banquet Room
Breakfast Available
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference Facilities
Dry Cleaning
Laundry Service
Meeting rooms
Multilingual Staff
Outdoor pool
Public Wifi
Wheelchair access
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Air conditioning
Family Rooms
Non-smoking rooms
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Great View
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A really top notch place to come hang out for brilliant guys serving you high grade booze and food. Pure atmosphere. A very classy experience A super special spot that mustn't be missed if you visit Colombo.
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Response from NarelleMcDougall, Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo
Responded today
Dear Jaandlm We loved reading your review, thankyou for sharing your experience at Galle Face Hotel for other travellers, Warm regards The Galle Face Hotel Team
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This hotel is significant not only for its location but also its place in history. The museum will boast of Prince Philip's car and also a listing of renewed personalities around the world who have walked and stayed inside its walls. I visited to attend a meeting at the back
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Response from Team_GFH, Guest Relations at Galle Face Hotel Colombo
Responded 5 Sep 2018
Thank you every so much for taking the timeout to give us such a delightful review from your recent stay at The Galle Face Hotel. We love hearing back from our guests as it gives us great insight into how we are doing as a team. In your case we're thrilled to receive all round great sentiments from your time at the property and that you were able to visit our in house museum during you time with us. We hope to see you on your next trip to city. Kind Regards, The Galle Face Hotel Social
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This colonial style hotel was recently renovated, but has kept every bit of its colonial Charme. It’s beautifully decorated and equipped and the staff is really nice. It’s a beautiful place to arrive in the country and relax. We already came back once and will come back again!
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Response from NarelleMcDougall, Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo
Responded today
Dear Franziska5555555 We are delighted to read your review, thank you for sharing. We look forward to see you again another time Warm regards The Galle Face Hotel Team
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Great Colonial historical hotel, (so dont expect shinny glittery halls & rooms) we had an ocean view room with a terrace so didn't use the pool/bar area...we stayed 2 nights after our arrival in Colombo & after a day touring the city...perfect ...we really didn't fancy any of
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Response from NarelleMcDougall, Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo
Responded 5 days ago
Dear sarahd831 Thank you for taking time to write about your experience at the Galle Face Hotel for fellow travellers. We were so pleased to read that you enjoyed the colonial ambience and history surrounding the hotel, our aim is to welcome guests looking exactly for that experience! The team will be happy to hear you enjoyed the heartfelt Sri Lankan service they provided to you and locally inspired food at breakfast and dinner in Verandah restaurant overlooking the Indian Ocean. Wishing you safe onward travels, the Galle Face Hotel team
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We were welcomed with a sweet lime juice and a small square of soft toffee. The whole lobby and lift had a refreshing lemon grass fragrance. The common areas had a colonial and luxury feel to it. Ayesha was a kind enough to walk me through 2 rooms to let me choose the one I
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Response from NarelleMcDougall, Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo
Responded 5 days ago
Dear Love_Life_Sydney Thank you for taking time to write a sincere and extensive review of your stay at the Galle Face Hotel. It was lovely to read that you were provided great service from Ayesha who assisted you on arrival and that you enjoyed the ambience of the hotel, from the doorman to the breakfast overlooking the Indian Ocean. Our apologies for the inconvenience of the extra bed set up delay, and have also noted your comments regarding water by the pool, we are very sorry we let you down on that occasion. We look forward to welcoming you on another occasion should your travels bring you to Colombo again, warm regards the Galle Face Hotel Team
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The Premier Ocean View Room at the Galle Face Hotel Colombo
The Galle Face has in house laundry. I have no idea of price. But it is a fantastic hotel!
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I am not sure I’m sorry. They have a day spa but whether hairdressing is part of that, you’d have to ask. You could always get one to come to you if they don’t offer that service. They may even suggest someone, they’re very helpful to guests. Enjoy your stay there 😀
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Dear Sir/Madam, Thank you very much for considering Galle Face Hotel. We can indeed accommodate 2 adults and 2 children in our Premier Balcony room which also adds to the view. With regard to the Long Room, only adults are permitted. However free WiFi is available anywhere in the hotel so they will have no problem using their iPads. We have contacted you via inbox as well for further clarification. Thank you & regards, Galle Face Hotel Team
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Hi, Can anyone advise me, does The Long Room do Breakfast or have you got to have it elsewhere Thanks
Their breakfast buffet is one of the best .... great setting and ocean views too 😊
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Hi What's the difference between a superior room and a landmark room?Do either have sea views?
Our superior rooms all had a degree of ocean views
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"room 1007 for fantastic ocean view (there is a lot of noise from ocean waves)."
"Water views are worth it"
"Sea Views at the North End of the hotel"
"if you're willing to pay for a junior suite, ask for 2020"
"Oceanside rooms probably quieter than others"
US$149 - US$328 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Sri LankaWestern ProvinceColombo
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