The Penthouse Above Sea
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The Penthouse Above Sea

46 Station Road 46/16/3 Marine City Apartments, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia 10350 Sri Lanka
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#1 of 23 guest houses in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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The Penthouse Above Sea is an innovative lifestyle luxury homestay located in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia by the beach with panoramic views over the Indian Ocean and the city of Colombo. it provides an innovative lifestyle concept, personalized service and luxurious accommodation. Each room is air conditioned and tastefully decorated and luxuriously furnished in contemporary style.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga room
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Airport transportation
Rooftop terrace
Parking
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Car hire
Taxi service
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Shops
ATM on site
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room features
Soundproof rooms
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Room service
Safe
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Hidden Gem
Languages Spoken
English, German, Khmer, Sinhala and 2 more

Location

46 Station Road 46/16/3 Marine City Apartments, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia 10350 Sri Lanka
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 55 out of 100
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BartekDP wrote a review Jan 2020
Krakow, Poland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Most likely this has been the best ever choice I’ve made for booking my vacation place. You cannot say enough how Chitra is taking care of her guests. From entering the premises until leaving it after 10 days everything was heavily above expectations. Fresh juices, local breakfast, exceptional staff (!), spacious room, efficient HVAC, ocean view and 16th floor panoramic view on the city of Colombo! Also, on the ground floor there is a nice supermarket, ATM, restaurant and railway station. 1 minute to the beach. Chitra helps on daily basis to organise some trips, she has got this know-how and you can purchase the interior design pieces as this is not a gallery only :) should you have a flight in the middle of the night - Chitra will wake up with you to make sure you are safe to catch the plane. What more would you need? ;) thanks Chitra and the team! ❤️
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Ana B wrote a review Aug 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
One can only start with.. OMG! Yes, this is the reaction you will have when you enter. This place is breathtaking. Beautifully, tastefully, amazingly breathtaking. And I’m not even talking about the view but just the place per se. I staid there for 5 nights but I could easily live there. One can not find one single thing that is not 5 star perfect; from decorations to furniture and not to mention spotless cleanliness. The room I staid in is connected to the huge and (almost) 360° view balcony. I spent my late evenings there just observing all Colombo under me. No noise, just big city lights of the capital of Sri Lanka. I spent the mornings looking at the ocean. Ohh.. almost forgot; the place is so high (16th floor) that there are no mosquitos. Woo hoo! ;) Seriously, an unforgettable experience in a magical place owned by kind (not fake kind to be precise) and very helpful people. The lady helped me with everything; restaurants, shops, hairdresser, taxi, etc. Needless to say, this is my place for every time I will be visiting Colombo.
ps: I didnt take any pics cos I was making videos.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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varadj83 wrote a review Jan 2020
Mumbai, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It was our last day in Sri Lanka and we booked this. It turned out to be the best of all places in SL.

The apartment is so amazing with great host and care takers to take care of you.

View from the balcony is absolutely serene. Rooms are cozy and smell of cinnamon was always refreshing. There is a huge common area where guests can relax, listen to some music and chill.

Next time I’m in Colombo I’m not even looking for something else. This one will be the place for sure.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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jvankl wrote a review Sept 2023
Toronto, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at Penthouse Above Sea several years ago and was looking to visit Colombo again and book a room here. But the booking sites I've checked show no rooms available for any dates [well into 2024] I've selected on any site. I'm beginning to wonder if this hotel is still in business.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Simon Big H R wrote a review Jun 2017
Crowthorne, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What can I say but what a fantastic property with a view to die for.
From the moment you walk in you are greeted by the most friendliest people with the biggest smiles.
It is more like visiting old friends than checking in.
The room was fantastic with super cold A/C and ceiling fan.
The bedding was luxurious too.
Breakfast was served buffet style and comprised of both Sri Lankan and western foods.
Right outside is the railway station which is perfect for trips into Colombo city or Galle.
What sets this place apart is the dedication of the staff.
Nothing is ever too much trouble and the guests wellbeing is always paramount.
I have stayed in many 5* hotels but never have I felt so special as in the Penthouse above sea..
Perfect in every way...
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Date of stay: June 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Penthouse A, Owner at The Penthouse Above Sea
Responded 24 Aug 2017
Thank you for your compliments and we are very pleased to note that you were very happy with exceptional hospitality and personal care provided by us and that you have enjoyed every minute of your stay with us at The Penthouse Above Sea. We very much look forward to welcoming you back you at our beautiful Penthouse. Chitra Chandrasiri, Director The Penthouse Above Sea
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Kyle B wrote a review Jul 2017
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is like staying at your friend's super awesome condo!! From arranging my cab from the airport at 1:00 am until seeing me off at 22:00, Chitra was always there for me. She and her husband are always there for their guests regardless the time or situation. So thank you so much!!! I truly loved my stay. As for the other travellers, here is the info.

Beds are excellent. 5 star hotel equivalent.

Bathroom was great. Rain shower and wand attachments. Plenty of great soaps, lotions, and accessories.

Wi-Fi is excellent and fast. Can use for All your devices.

Tv is satellite. Lots of movie channels (hbo) and news etc. Wide selection.

Room has safe and plenty of storage. Mini fridge and water provided.

Breakfast was my favorite part of the day. A different Sri Lankan dish daily!! Loved the curries and everything else. Plus they have eggs to order. Fruit, toast, etc. Grocery sride at ground floor of building has everything you would want.

Rooftop pool is nice. Gym is also available for small fee.

Train station right outside building. 25 min to fort station.

Beach is behind station. 3 min walk. Mount Lavinia Beach 10 to 15 min walk.

Uber to Colombo. 300 to 500 rupees. 3 to 4.75 usd. Used many times as Tuk tuks tried to play games with prices. Use meter Tuk Tuk if you are set on taking one.

I'm sure I'm missing some things, bottom line, I will be back!!! This place was sooooo great!!!!
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Penthouse A, Owner at The Penthouse Above Sea
Responded 24 Aug 2017
Thank you for your review and comments on beautiful interiors, panoramic views, cleanliness, luxuriously appointed rooms, professional and friendly service etc. of The Penthouse Above Sea and we are very pleased to learn that you have thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us. We very much look forward to welcoming you back to our beautiful ‘The Penthouse above Sea” Chitra Chandrasiri, Director The Penthouse above Sea
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NRV2016 wrote a review Aug 2017
Bangkok, Thailand
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently stayed here twice, before and after a tour around Sri Lanka.

The hotel is comprised of a few rooms in a luxurious penthouse right next to the Dehiwala railway station. The view is wonderful, the rooms are beautiful and the breakfast is excellent. The owners are a Sri Lankan couple who have lived around the world, and who divide their time between Australia and Sri Lanka. They are sophisticated, eclectic, polite and hospitable.

We decided to take a short tour around Sri Lanka and the owners kindly offered to arrange a taxi for us, saying that they get a corporate discount and would "be happy to give" us their "price for a package". The driver and car were through Kangaroo Cabs, which is indeed a reputable company in SL, and the experience was good. However, shortly after starting the trip, we saw the meter in the upper corner of the driver's seat, in plain view. When I asked him what it was, he told me that based on company policy, the cost of the tour (fixed price) must be visible to the customer, for reasons of transparency. As it turns out, we had in fact paid the hotel owners 29% more than the actual price. I was able to verify with Kangaroo Cabs, that the price in the taxi was the correct price for the tour. Therefore, it would appear that a difference of LKR 12,400 had been charged by the owners... a rather high "booking fee" of 29% on their part. After returning from the tour, I gently enquired about this and showed the owner a photograph of the fixed meter. He very politely said he did not know what had happened because his wife had arranged it, called it a "miscommunication of some sort", took a copy of the photograph and said he would look into it and email me back. We left early the next morning and I never heard back. The overcharge was never returned.

The owners pride themselves on offering a personal and sincere experience and clearly led us to believe that they wouldn't charge any commission for making a helpful phone call and booking a taxi service for us. In fact they even suggested it would be at a discounted price. Unfortunately that was not the case at all. We also found out that they offer tours to their customers regularly. They are probably marking them all up. Their hidden fee of 29% is too high in my opinion, particularly since they do not disclose this information to their customers. Therefore, I would suggest that people could perhaps safely stay at this hotel, but I would advise caution, particularly in using their assistance for anything, as their approach appeared rather disingenuous to us. If booking a tour, please just phone the taxi service yourself, rather than asking them for assistance. At this taxi company, they speak English well (including the driver). Regrettably, this episode did indeed diminish an otherwise excellent trip. For this reason, I would, sadly, not be able to stay here again or recommend it to my friends and family.
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Date of stay: August 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Penthouse A, Owner at The Penthouse Above Sea
Responded 25 Aug 2017
Thank you for taking your valuable time to write a review and mentioning the facts that our luxurious penthouse is “right next to the Dehiwala railway station. The view is wonderful, the rooms are beautiful and the breakfast is excellent. The owners are sophisticated, eclectic, polite and hospitable”. However, I am very disappointed to see your lengthy review of the 4-day tour to the Ancient cities including Kandy that I organized for you on your request and your assumption of the costing which is wrong and misleading. As you have mentioned, it is correct that the driver and car were hired from Kangaroo Cabs, which is indeed a reputable company in SL, and the meter in the upper corner of the driver's seat, in plain view displayed the cost of hiring car+driver. It is displayed visible to the customer, for reasons of transparency as we have nothing to hide. We never promote any tours but on request only, we sit down with the guests and prepare customized tours to suit their needs and obviously lot of work involved on our part more than just making a phone call to the cab service to book a car+driver. We ensure the car is in perfect condition with free wi-fi onboard, interview and select courteous drivers who are very familiar with the area to be visited and ensure the drivers do not take the guests out of the itinerary to “touristic places” and jewellery shops where they are given commissions. We prepare the itineraries using our expertise and our extensive knowledge about the island to match with the guests needs. Throughout the tour we stay in touch with the driver and the guests ensuring maximum guest satisfaction, discussing the itinerary and making suggestions to maximize guest satisfaction. There are many other costs such as driver accommodation, meals, driver waiting fees, parking fees entry fees to attractions and highway tolls etc etc are involved in addition to car+driver hire cost. Your baseless assumption that we have kept a huge margin is completely untrue and in fact offensive. The reality is in some cases it is barely enough to cover the additional costs especially in the event the itinerary was changed to visit additional places and the given mileage was exceeded. We happily accommodate guest requests in such cases regardless of the cost. In your particular tour, your initial plan was to visit Anuradhapura only and had no idea where else to go and desperately sought our advice. As you had already booked 3 nights accommodation there, we had to work tediously to prepare the itinerary using Anuradhapura as the base for 3 days but ensuring you would visit as many other places as possible including Kandy, giving you the best value for your money. I can assure you that if you had booked the car+driver yourself, your experience of the tour which you mentioned was excellent, would not be the same and probably costed you more. The Penthouse is not our main source of income; it is a lifestyle and a passion for us. Organizing tours for our guests is a service we offer on their requests; it is not an option for us to overcharge the guests. We never promote any tours, nor approach or force our guests to book tours through us. Guests are free to make their own research and they have many options available to choose from. Unlike you, many other guests have appreciated the sincerity and the efforts we put in to making sure they have the best value whether it is staying at the Penthouse or enjoying a tour we have organized. We have an ethical business where we pride ourselves on offering a personal and sincere experience to our guests as you have mentioned yourself. We are not in the habit of making unethical, unreasonable profits as you have stated. It is very unfortunate that you are being so ungrateful after enjoying our kind hospitality and the tour that we organized which you rated as excellent. You also forgot to mention that we offered a free upgrade to the Premium Room for your return visit which is much more expensive than the room you had booked. We noticed an antique ornament and the vanity box which are part of the room inventory were missing after you have vacated the room on your own early morning before the staff and myself came on duty. I have sent you an email regarding this matter but I have not received any reply from you, we hope you will return these items as soon as possible. Chitra Chandrasiri Director, The Penthouse Above Sea
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ClaraDuncan wrote a review Aug 2018
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 1 night and it was beautiful. The staff is really nice and helpful, we had to leave early the next day but they still made us breakfast and it was delicious (I wish we could have had more time to eat everything). The location is good if you want to be near the water but maybe a little far out if you want to be more central. We had dinner on the beach and it was the perfect last night in Sri Lanka. There's a reason why this place is top rated!
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Date of stay: August 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Penthouse A, Owner at The Penthouse Above Sea
Responded 29 Nov 2018
Thank you for your time posting a lovely review and we are very pleased to learn that you have thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us at The Penthouse Above Sea. We very much look forward to the opportunity of hosting you again in the near future. Chitra Chandrasiri Director, The Penthouse Above Sea
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Brian K wrote a review Aug 2018
Clover, South Carolina
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great hotel, we arrived at 4:00 am and we were met in the lobby and made to feel very welcome. The room was great, everyone was very friendly. It was my first visit to Sri Lanka, and was completely lost on the food for breafast. Kanthi was one of the food staff and she was very helpful both mornings we ate. The food was very good. I would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 29 Nov 2018
Thank you for your time posting a lovely review and we are very pleased to learn that you have thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us at The Penthouse Above Sea. We very much look forward to the opportunity of hosting you again in the near future. Chitra Chandrasiri Director, The Penthouse Above Sea
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Luckytraveller64 wrote a review Apr 2018
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here in March and wasnt sure what to expect. The hosts and staff cant do enough for you. The breakfast is typical Sri Lankan with choice of omelettes eggs etc and curries, toast etc... The place is spotless and right next to station so easy access around colombo. Only gripe I had was that air-con wasnt cold and I didnt mention it to the owners
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Date of stay: March 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Penthouse A, Owner at The Penthouse Above Sea
Responded 3 May 2018
Thank you for the lovely comments and it was our pleasure hosting you at “The Penthouse Above Sea” We are so happy to hear that you have thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us. We very much look forward to welcoming you back to our beautiful “ The Penthouse Above Sea” Chitra Chandrasiri, Director The Penthouse Above Sea
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Ola G asked a question Dec 2018
Salmiya, Kuwait6 contributions1 helpful vote
is their any booking activities guide their?
Answer from Expedition710629
How can we assist you?
Answer from ChangLee
Bangkok/Singapore4 contributions5 helpful votes
Airport transfer to the Penthouse Above Sea in Dehiwala is Rs 4200 (US$ 28) including paging (driver waiting in the arrival lounge holding the passenger's name board)and highway toll by an air conditioned luxury car with free wifi in the car.
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Bangkok/Singapore4 contributions5 helpful votes
Airport transfer cost is Rs 3,350 (about US$ 25) including highway toll. Yes, wildlife safari tours can be arranged through a good tour company
BartekDP wrote a tip Jan 2020
Krakow, Poland2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"any room is just perfect!"
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bvliet261786 wrote a tip Aug 2018
New Delhi, India3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We love room number 1"
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normozz wrote a tip Jul 2018
Boambee East, Australia4 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are quiet, high, excellent views"
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gooniechris wrote a tip Jan 2018
El Gouna, Egypt44 contributions30 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I think there are only 4 rooms and I expect they are all as good"
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jvankl wrote a tip Sept 2017
Toronto, Canada362 contributions115 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms are nice, but not all have balconies. Next time I book I'll get a balcony room."
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Penthouse Above Sea
Which popular attractions are close to The Penthouse Above Sea?
Nearby attractions include Stone 'N' String (0.4 miles), Mount Lavinia Beach (0.5 miles), and Lakpura LLC (Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia) (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Penthouse Above Sea?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The Penthouse Above Sea?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Penthouse Above Sea?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at The Penthouse Above Sea?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Penthouse Above Sea?
Conveniently located restaurants include Arthur's Pizza, Sugar Beach, and JoJo's Place.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Penthouse Above Sea?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a yoga room during their stay.
Does The Penthouse Above Sea have airport transportation?
Yes, The Penthouse Above Sea offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Penthouse Above Sea located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the centre of Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Penthouse Above Sea?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Penthouse Above Sea?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Thai, Tamil, Khmer, and Sinhala.
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