Residence by Uga Escapes
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Residence by Uga Escapes

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4.5
#16 of 90 hotels in Colombo
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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Nestled between the shady bustling Park Street and the tranquil lakeside Buddhist temple of Gangarama, Residence by Uga Escapes is one of the most lavish boutique hotels in Colombo. Built back in the 19th Century by a wealthy barrister by the name of Sheikh Salehboy Moosajee, this Victorian townhouse once welcomed governors, maharajas, nobility, and the cream of Ceylon’s colonial society. Today, Residence is a unique 8-suite luxury resort in the heart of Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, offering guests the perfect secluded spot from which to explore the bustling city of Colombo.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Special diet menus
Taxi service
Concierge
Doorperson
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quiet
Boutique

Location

No. 20 Park Street, Colombo 00200 Sri Lanka
Getting there
Good for walkers
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Grade: 89 out of 100
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Diane J wrote a review Feb 2020
Liverpool, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A friendly greeting was the start of an excellent stay at this beautiful hotel which we believe to have been home to the former 1st Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, exceptional in all areas. Spacious, modern, well equipped rooms are adjacent to an inviting pool area.
Our flight home was at 10pm but Arshen very kindly arranged for us to check out later in the afternoon which was very much appreciated. The air conditioned restaurant delivered excellent food by a professional service, for a very reasonable price.

This was our last stop on our amazing tour of Sri Lanka, arranged by UK based tour providers, Selective Asia and their fantastic driver/guide Chami.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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FoodieOswestry wrote a review Jun 2022
Oswestry
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were only in this hotel for one night and had to leave for the airport at silly o’clock so did not get to enjoy breakfast, however, from the very brief time we were there, I can honestly say it was the best hotel we had been in, in almost a month in the country. We were offered a packed breakfast but declined, we could get food in the lounge at the airport and that was more convenient, but it was the thought that counted.

We did have a light lunch in the restaurant which was perfectly acceptable as was the price, more reasonable than some places we had been.

The staff were, as one came to expect in Sri Lanka, all extremely friendly and highly efficient, particularly Gaveena Prabshi who printed off the boarding passes from emails I sent her. Thanks Gaveena, I hope you get your wish to see the world!

The room we had was excellent with everything one could wish for but with a strange electrical set-up controlled by a master switch. The power was off in the middle of the night, which I put down to yet another power cut until I saw lights on outside. The master switch had not been touched so after some head scratching, I concluded, a la Sherlock Holmes, that it must be to do with the card in the slot overriding thing by the door. I pulled it out and put it back in and, hey presto, we had power. I can only think there had been a power cut and this thing had not tripped back in when power was restored.

It was a bit of a pain, crashing about in the dark at 3 in the morning trying to find the loo and some light but, hey ho, never mind.

We would both be happy to stay here again, perhaps for a bit longer!
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Date of stay: May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Angelina A wrote a review Nov 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After several bad experiences in hotels in Colombo, I sent my request to Uga Residents, even though it was early in the morning, the friendly manager Sithija responded immediately, he offered me a resonable price for the low season. I was pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome, friendly staff and large rooms with a huge bathroom and separete living room. The staff and the manager did their best to make my stay unforgettable. I felt like at home in that wonderful colonial mansion, everything was within reach, including the pool in front of my room and the restaurant with excelent food. I really enjoyed my stay from the breakfast which was delicious, lunch and dinner with my friends. The food was simply brilliant and unique, my compliments to the chief. The manager Sithija was so kind to keep my things while I was on the trip but also to hand them over to my driver who took it to my new destination. Uga Residence went out of their way to make me feel comfortable. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for good accommodation, top service and a warm welcome.
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Date of stay: November 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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kimbliss wrote a review Apr 2022
london
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I booked this hotel, expecting it to be a little extra special for our last night in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately we were very disappointed, the hotel itself is nice enough, large spacious rooms, although very dark, but the service was lacking in all areas.
We had stayed at 8 hotels/safari camps up to staying at Uga and had found the service and staff excellent at most.
Most of the staff did not come over at all friendly and the whole feel was very impersonal and as if we were just cash in the bank.
On arrival we wanted to make tea in our room, we only had one cup so rang down to reception for another to be brought. The member of staff on the other end didn’t understand what we wanted, but instead of sending someone to our room, it was just ignored. It took us a further two attempts to eventually get another cup many hours later.
We ate at the restaurant that night as we had an early flight the next day, we had booked for 6.30 so we could get an early night. Our food didn’t arrive for an hour and more than half of it was cold, no apology or explanation for the delay. We ate anyway as we had to get to bed, when asked if the meal was ok, I said we were disappointed as most of it was cold. The chef came out and explained that the wrong order had been made for part of the meal, so the rest had been sat waiting whilst the other was prepared. No wonder it was cold!
The area around the hotel is known for having an issue with mosquitoes, we witnessed this first hand as pest control came whilst we were staying to fog the hotel foyer. However there are no mosquito nets over the beds, probably as they were thought to spoil the chic look the hotel was going for. Even after spraying ourselves before going to bed, we both still woke up covered in mosquito bites. Not idea when you have 20 hours of travelling ahead.
To add insult to injury, we had requested breakfast boxes in the morning, as we would be leaving before breakfast was served. I was not at all surprised that these never materialised, so we felt hungry and itchy.
It was such a shame, as our overall experience of Sri Lankan hospitality had been second to none. Definitely would never stay at this or any other hotels in this chain again.
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Date of stay: March 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Ramli Ghaffoor, General Manager at Residence by Uga Escapes
Responded 13 Apr 2022
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We aim to provide all our guests with exceptional service and a memorable stay, and we regret that this was not the case during your stay. We sincerely apologize for the discomforting experience. From the feedback we generally receive from our guests, our associates are known to be attentive and efficient, and we regret very much that we could not deliver this same level of service during your stay with us. Rest assured that we will take this matter seriously and make every effort to improve by educating and training our staff. I sincerely hope you will afford us another opportunity in the future to serve you better to experience our heartfelt service, which we are renowned for.
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Cliff T wrote a review Jun 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We decided on Sri Lanka for our honeymoon. We flew from New York to Colombo. It was a 24 hour journey and by the end of it, we were quite tired. Uga Residences was the perfect way to spend our first couple of nights in Sri Lanka.

We were greeted with fresh juice, a huge suite (and we mean HUGE), and helpful staff. The rooms were clean, spacious, and had everything you might want for a relaxing, high end experience.

The bartenders, Jai and Shawn (not sure of the spelling), were engaging and informative. While making delicious drinks, they talked to us about everything from the economic situation to our plans in Sri Lanka to the native fruits and herbs used in the cocktails.

The restaurant manager (whose name escapes us) made sure we had everything we needed. The restaurant (Rare) provided some of the best meal included breakfast we've ever had. The executive chef came out to introduce himself and ask for feedback on the meals.

The front desk attendant (whose name also escapes us) was friendly, good natured, and made transfers to the train station incredibly easy.

For us as honeymooners, we couldn't have asked for a better experience. Would recommend for anyone trying to do something special for their getaway to Sri Lanka.
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Date of stay: June 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: The suites are huge! It was bigger than our New York apartment.
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rahul6432 wrote a review Sept 2023
Bengaluru, India
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The service is the standout at this charming boutique hotel just off the Park St Mews which features several v good restaurants. I stayed all of a day and very quickly knew the names of the front of house. Sitija, Thilottama and Shiraz welcome you and trouble shoot to solve issues as if I had stayed there multiple times. the pool is peaceful and pretty and almost on the doorstep of several rooms. Breakfast was creatively served but the sri lankan breakfast needed a better curry. The only drawback is the rooms are a little dark though huge and well appointed. The decor in the rooms also browns and greys adding to a slightly gloomy feel. Some Barefoot splashes of color would lift the place
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Date of stay: September 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Paul wrote a review Jun 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want to stay in one of chain hotels that are completely sterile and Have destroyed the skyline of Colombo for Christs sake do not stay here. This hotel is a delight to the senses and a joy to the heart. An 19c house that has been converted into a twelve suite hotel by a brilliant designer. The public spaces and outside areas are a feast to the eyes. The suites are large and decorated by a very good designer.
The real icing on the cake is the restaurant the chef is little short of a genius has worked around the world and has put all his experience and knowledge into the menu.
If you do not stay here then spend an evening in gorgeous surroundings.having a Michelin quality meal.
The only other thing I can say is stay here.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Vachintha Piyadasa wrote a review Feb 2022
Colombo, Sri Lanka
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great place located in the heart of Colombo. They have a wide variety of multi cultural cuisine that are absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection. Staff is friendly and welcoming. Their service is commendable. The atmosphere is calm and elegant. Even the courtyard is setup in a stunning way that is very attractive. Decent parking space available within premises. They truly deserves a good rating and I highly recommend this place for anyone who's looking forward to a fine dining experience.
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Date of stay: February 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Sonam B wrote a review Jan 2022
Colombo, Sri Lanka
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Akalanka was delightful- he was super helpful, he knew exactly what to suggest and gave us amazing options for lunch backed by exceptional service. We wish him all the best!!! And we will continue to patronize this fantastic location. Cheers😍
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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sparrrkle wrote a review Dec 2021
New York City, New York
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a gorgeous oasis in a busy city. I walked in and felt immediate calm and elegance. The courtyard is stunning, with a beautiful pool surrounded by the guest suites. The guest rooms were gorgeous and large, and the bathrooms looked like they were plucked from a design magazine. We had a delicious cocktail in the gorgeous leather clad, classily designed bar, and then a high end dinner in the restaurant. Really fantastic hotel.
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Date of stay: December 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Answer from Judy G
Poole, United Kingdom176 contributions43 helpful votes
Hi, we had beer and wine in the bar and costs were around the same as UK or a bit less. Eating in the bar was also excellent value-little extras brought to us and beautifully prepared tapas style dishes. We only used this hotel for a stopover on the way up to the cultural triangle so apologies but I can't help re sites-Colombo is not renowned for them! Hope you enjoy your stay. Judy
DutchTravellerUk asked a question Dec 2017
UK76 contributions38 helpful votes
Should we worry about Dengue fever from mosquitos in Colombo next week?
Answer from Douglas C
Somerset West, South Africa204 contributions76 helpful votes
No cause for concern - but take the usual precautions especially if pregnant
DutchTravellerUk asked a question Dec 2017
UK76 contributions38 helpful votes
Hi Did you notice any mosquitos?
Answer from Judy G
Poole, United Kingdom176 contributions43 helpful votes
We didn't actually albeit there is a pool running through the central area. There are repellant machines in the rooms and bar area.
Early2007 asked a question Nov 2017
Chicago, Illinois41 contributions4 helpful votes
What power plug types does the hotel use? D or G?
Answer from Barbara C
Greater Sydney, Australia27 contributions25 helpful votes
The answer is D. bring 2 with you. You never know if they fit. Anything else you need to know just ask. Or about India. Enjoy.
jmd wrote a tip May 2024
Surrey, United Kingdom17 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid room 1 if you don’t like corrugated doors outside the window"
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Trek64960458217 wrote a tip May 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Definitely a must go!"
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Ruwana De alwis wrote a tip Feb 2024
Colombo, Sri Lanka4 contributions3 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Hope the service will improve"
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8thSky wrote a tip Nov 2023
9 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay longer than you have planned !"
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mike j wrote a tip Mar 2023
10 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"A beautiful historic hotel in Colombo, I cannot praise it enough Do a walking tour with Mark Forbes around the old fort area "
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£91 - £149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Sri LankaWestern ProvinceColombo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Residence by Uga Escapes
Which popular attractions are close to Residence by Uga Escapes?
Nearby attractions include Lakarcade (0.3 miles), Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple (0.06 miles), and Urban Island (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Residence by Uga Escapes?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Residence by Uga Escapes?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Residence by Uga Escapes?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Residence by Uga Escapes?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Residence by Uga Escapes?
Conveniently located restaurants include Flow, Virticle By Jetwing, and Food Studio at Colombo City Centre.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Residence by Uga Escapes?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Residence by Uga Escapes have airport transportation?
Yes, Residence by Uga Escapes offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Residence by Uga Escapes?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Residence by Uga Escapes?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Colombo Fort (1.8 miles), Wolvendaal Church (1.7 miles), and Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (1.5 miles).
Is Residence by Uga Escapes accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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