I'll say the same about The Galle Face Hotel as I do about The Mount Lavinia Hotel..if you want modern luxury, this is not the place for you. BUT, if you want to experience the old world charm of a hotel that still feels Sri Lankan then The Galle Face will not dissappoint you.
On the plus side, the location is very central for getting around Colombo. The sea breezes in the evening sitting outside on the lawn are hard to beat.
The whole atmosphere of the hotel is colonia to the tea!
The staircases are full of history and the signs in the hotel are written in an old Indian way which are very charming.
The rooms though are generally rather somber. This shouldn't necessarily put you off staying, but it isn't The Hilton or The Cinnamon Grand.
That said, its nostalgic with it's ratten and white linen.
Hard not to love this grandmother...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Presented proudly as Sri Lanka's iconic and historic hotel, Galle Face Hotel is located in heart of Colombo City, along the seafront and facing the famous Galle Face Green.The hotel has 158 well-appointed rooms and suites, with some offering excellent views across the Indian ocean and the fascinating view of evening sunset.There are three restaurants, a gym, spa and unique saltwater swimming pool, overlooking the seafront. Guests here will be convenient as the hotel offers close access to many of the business district,historic cultural sites and landmarks in Colombo, as well nearby shopping. The hotel is a 45-60min journey from the airport.Guests seeking a glimpse of Colombo's history will enjoy the charm of The Galle Face Hotel with its unique, unaltered setting since 1864. ... more less
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