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Galle Face Hotel Colombo
Ranked #6 of 56 Hotels in Colombo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 June 2014

Just 1km from central Colombo, sited on the beach, boasting a great tradition. Under refurbishment and we stayed in one of the refreshed rooms. Traditional style, wooden furnishings, with modern controls and power points, and top quality bath/shower room.
We ate at the pool in the evening. Nice setting, albeit a restricted menu; decent food but the chips were cold! Against that the service was super-keen; such a pleasant contrast with business hotels in most commercial city centres around the world. Extensive breakfast buffet, with a variety of English and Sri Lankan dishes, with many made to order.
Worth 5* - despite the cold chips.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

We were initially slightly disappointed when we arrived to find half the hotel under renovation works. We checked in (without a complaint) and were shown to an incredible suite. The room was at the end of one of the wings and had four huge windows overlooking the Indian ocean. The spa like bathroom, huge jacuzzi and sitting room more than made up for the fact that there was renovation work happening elsewhere in the hotel! The gorgeous pool and the garden were perfect for some late night drinks. Fantastic, memorable stay.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

We really had an amazing visit in this hotel. The hotel is divided into 2 wings, the original wing, built in the 1800's and the new wing, built to mirror the old... The view over the ocean and sitting on the balcony eating the amazing buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, is reminiscent of times from the colonial era. Watching the crow man with his sling shot scaring of the crows was fascinating enough. I actually booked in the Queen Elizabeth suite, which still has the same furniture and amazing HUGE sitting room, but sadly its a little uncomfortable by modern standards, and at the hotel urging they happily upgraded me and my family to a modern suite with AC, spa and glimpses of the ocean. We traveled for a month and the hotel, kindly let use leave our excess baggage at the hotel for our return, and when we walked in their welcome us by name... so impressed. Colombo didn't strike me as a particularly interesting place but I wouldn't of miss the Galle Face Hotel for the world!

Room Tip: For an experience of old world go visit the Queen's suite if its available to look at
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

A dear old fried who spoke excellent Singhalese booked me into the Galle Face Hotel for 2 nights way back in 2008.
He got me a real steal of a deal and I must say it was a treat to myself that I truly enjoyed.
The hotel is a marvel of colonial architecture and the decor and furnishings have been carefully selected to maintain a quaint, period look.
It's a shame to call it a 5 star - it's at least a 6:5......!
A classic - worth another visit when I go back (soon, one hopes!)

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

It is a real 5 stars hotel. Rooms are not big but they are modern. Food was delicious. Nice view on the ocean . The pool is great and clean. The breakfast, which was included with my room was amazing: buffet style but with really good and fresh products. I would definitly go back to this hotel again.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

Attentive service in heritage hotel full of history and character.
Under renovation which is probably appropriate given the spate of luxury hotel development coming to town. So at the moment - only one lift which means you cannot be in a hurry and many of the famous features of the hotel are currently closed off. Meanwhile rooms are spacious and comfortable although timber boards mean that noises from the corridor do reverberate into the rooms at times. Breakfast buffet is good. Will be back to see the full product...one day....

Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

this hotel has a lot.of.history with stunning views and great staff. food at the all the restaurants were great. the hotel bathrooms were great make sure to get the oceanview as tye prevailing winds flow through the room

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Address: No. 2, Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #6 of 56 Hotels in Colombo
Price Range: £103 - £291 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Galle Face Hotel Colombo 5*
Number of rooms: 156
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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