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“Stunning room, lovely staff”

Hempel Gallery Rooms
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Hempel Gallery Rooms
Ranked #58 of 151 Speciality Lodging in Colombo
London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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“Stunning room, lovely staff”
Reviewed 5 March 2013

What a great start to a trip to SL. Across the road from Galle Face Hotel where you can watch the sun set drinking sundowners. The rooms are set inside an art gallery - how often can you say that you've stayed at an art gallery. They are actually owned by Anouska Hempel (London-based interior designer and hotelier) and it really shows. The room is huge, the bathroom is huge (with a roll top bath) and set in a leafy garden - though the entrance to the building can be a little disconcerting if you're arriving at night, but don't worry, once they open up those doors you're in your own little sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of Colombo.

Room Tip: I checked out the only other room and it looked lovely too - so either one is lovely.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2013

Great location for exploring Colombo. The property is a private home upstairs with a gallery and 1 or 2 rooms downstairs. The housekeeper is lovely and is very helpful. The owners are very friendly expats who have lived in Colombo for some time now.
Being a home it sometimes feels like you are getting in the way at times.
Overall a lovely stay and would recommend it if you need to be close to the centre of town.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 September 2012

Massive room and bathroom, beautifully decorated with lots of artwork on the walls. Very quiet and great location. Only concern was our door didn't have a lock on it so although we had met the host, we didn't know the occupants of the other room and there was nowhere to store our valuables safely. Having no lock also meant that a man walked straight into our room one afternoon even though we were in the room and the host was present in the lounge/office area and didn't stop him. We wondered if they use the bedrooms as an art gallery even when the rooms are occupied which would have been helpful to know before we booked it. The man was very apologetic.

Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 August 2012

This place is in the centre of Colombo - but it's so quiet in the rooms.
Excellent value for money.
They allowed us to check in the 4AM!!!!due to our early flight arrival time.
Secure - security on the door of apartment block and house keeper is so kind and helpful.
Spacious room, very clean, air conditioned. A must stay in Colombo!!

  • Stayed August 2012
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Additional Information about Hempel Gallery Rooms

Property: Hempel Gallery Rooms
Address: 07 30/3 Barnes Place, Colombo, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #58 of 151 Speciality Lodging in Colombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One double, en-suite room located in central Colombo.Beautifully furnished, decorated with stunning contemporary Sri-Lankan art, this spacious room has its own entrance and is fully equipped with ample space and luxury and a great place to spend your days in Colombo. ... more   less 

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