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“Old world Brit colonial charm”

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Mount Lavinia Hotel
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Dallas, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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“Old world Brit colonial charm”
Reviewed 21 November 2013 via mobile

Imposing place. Big and elegant. Incredible breakfast. Great pool. Good size rooms. A bit past its prime. Our room had A/C but it didn't work, so it was unpleasantly hot. Worth the money. Trust the pictures, but realize it's not quite as polished as it may seem.

Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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MLHG-Management, General Manager at Mount Lavinia Hotel, responded to this review, 1 December 2013
Dear Guest we are delighted you enjoyed your stay at our heritage property...we are currently undergoing renovations to ensure that all the modern comforts will be available to you during your next stay with us!
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River Vale, New Jersey
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

Mount Lavinia is definitely a grand old colonial hotel with great views of the ocean from the private beach. There is a very good fish restaurant right off the beach on property. The hotel was prepping for Prince Charles birthday party so I imagine during my one night stay the activity was above average. The Mount Lavinia is not a new hotel so it wouldn't be fair to compare it to a Westin or Mandarin. The room was huge with a fairly spacious bathroom. The bed was descent. The furniture in the room was sparse and very uncomfortable. There were two showers in my room, one in the tub and one small stand-alone unit. This is a old school hotel with big heavy key to lug around. Breakfast was very nice, with plenty of seating in and outside. The staff was great. Hopefully we'll see a refurb in the next few years to take this hotel to the next level.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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MLHG-Management, General Manager at Mount Lavinia Hotel, responded to this review, 1 December 2013
Dear reviewer thank you for choosing to stay at our iconic heritage property. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and happy to inform you that we are currently on the process of refurbishing and hope to see you again in the near future.
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Watford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

Always a must to go spend a day at the beach and have lunch pool-side. The staff are always friendly and very welcoming. I have stayed at the hotel on various occasions and have never had a bad experience. My most recent trip in November 2013 included a couple of visits, including a day during CHOGM when most Colombo hotels were turning away visitors, this was not the case with the Mount Lavinia, we were welcomed with open arms! We also had a spa which was brilliant although not cheap!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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MLHG-Management, General Manager at Mount Lavinia Hotel, responded to this review, 1 December 2013
Dear guest thank you for recommending the Mount Lavinia hotel to our many tripadvisor readers...whilst thanking you for your repeated patronage we do look forward to your return.
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

Hotel was in a great location easy access to train station, making it easy to travel around. Food was good and staff were lovely. Great Jewelers on same Road, called SCIA very friendly and good prices. We had afternoon Tea there. Very enjoyable.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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MLHG-Management, General Manager at Mount Lavinia Hotel, responded to this review, 1 December 2013
Dear Guest thank you for choosing to stay at our property we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and wish you many more pleasant times with us in the future.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

An interesting history to this very old hotel. Breakfast was excellent.
The staff in the lobby were helpful and friendly. Unfortunately, waiter service at the lounge bar was poor. The room was not up to the standard of a 4.5 star hotel; it needed a good clean! In truth, the room was long overdue for its refurbishment! We had booked 2 nights and did not get our money's worth. We also ate at the Seafood Cove on the beach, did not get the Jumbo King-size prawns we ordered but got included in our bill to pay for them! Have to say that the rest of the seafood that did arrive at our table was very good.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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MLHG-Management, General Manager at Mount Lavinia Hotel, responded to this review, 1 December 2013
Dear guest thank you for sharing your recent experience with us on tripadvisor...whilst thanking you for the positives mentioned we also thank you for highlighting the aspects that needs to be improved as we as a property believe in continues improvement in order to ensure that your next stay with us will be nothing short of delightful.
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2013

The Mnt Lavinia is an institution, or so i've been told. So i had high expectations for my stay. Sadly these didn't materialise.
The room I stayed in was nice but nothing special, it was quite bland and generic. It lacked the small touches which made it unique to the Mnt Lavinia. Overall, the hotel needs to undergo some cosmetic work to give it a 5* feel and the rooms need to feel more colonial if that's the theme they are going for.

Finally, it is pretty obscene to charge $7 for wifi. That is a blatant rip off.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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MLHG-Management, General Manager at Mount Lavinia Hotel, responded to this review, 24 December 2013
Dear Guest we are truly disappointed that your recent stay at our property was not up to your expectations. Please be assured that your constructive feedback is much appreciated and that we are working on our shortcomings to ensure that the best service is offered to you should you chose to stay with us in the future.
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

I stayed here at the end of October, and had a room overlooking the ocean. The room was very clean and comfortable. Wifi was an extra $7, and if you don't want to eat the buffet the room service menu is the other option for most meals. The room service team was very responsive to our requests, and their Sri Lankan breakfast is very good. The pool was in the restaurant area, so didn't get much use. The staff were very helpful.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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MLHG-Management, General Manager at Mount Lavinia Hotel, responded to this review, 20 November 2013
Dear guest we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and wish you many more pleasant stays with us in the future…
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Property: Mount Lavinia Hotel
Address: 100 Hotel Road, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia 10732, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Mount Lavinia Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 275
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With a history spanning over 200 years, Mount Lavinia Hotel Colombo is one of the oldest hotels in Sri Lanka. This premier colonial heritage hotel in Colombo has earned a reputation over the years for its magnificent structure and ambiance, the old world charm which harks back to the grandeur of old Ceylon, a romantic legacy left by the colonial Governor General who used it as his residence, the exceptional service offered by its well-trained staff and its popularity as a venue for weddings. ... more   less 
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