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Galle Face Hotel Colombo

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
USD 315*
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Stone, Staffs
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have just stayed here for 3 weeks whilst working in Colombo and I cant fault this place.. I am always made to feel so welcome here and it is nice to see friendly faces when I return each year. All the staff (of which there are sooooooooooooooooo many) are 100% attentive and polite, they have really made my stay...

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Orange, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great grand historical hotel. It sits right on the ocean with big open verandas to sit out on and gaze at the water with the sound of waves crashing. We were only here for one night but loved everything about the place. Our high floor ocean facing room was perfect and quiet. Service was friendly and attentive. Breakfast...

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Deni D, General Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing The Galle Face Hotel for your most recent visit to Colombo and for taking the time to give us such a great review score! Reviews such as this really do help future guest's envision what an experience at the property promises. If you enjoyed the cuisine at the verandah and 1864 we recommend you give Sea...

Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a lovely time staying at this hotel. A few problems were swiftly attended to by friendly staff. Recommend sea view rooms. Having breakfast to the sound of the waves was magic. Down side the hotel should think of more restaurants!

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Deni D, General Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this review

Very many thanks for taking the time out to give us your thoughts from your recent stay at The Galle Face Hotel. The location is one of the stand out aspects of the property and as you quite rightly mentioned is best experienced from one of our many sea view rooms. Thank you for the suggestion, we hope to have...

New York City, New York
Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

Stayed at Galle Face on my arrival to Sri Lanka with a friend. Very clean, nice, decent food. I was able to check into the hotel early in the morning after an early arrival to the airport. My room wasn't ready yet but they offered me a single to stay in until my room was ready at noon. We enjoyed...

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Deni D, General Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this review

Thank you ever so much for taking the time out to give us your valuable feedback from your recent visit to The Galle Face Hotel. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the over all experience at property, and that our team was able to accommodate you with a room till our check-in time. We appreciate your thoughts on...

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

The location is amazing - views out to sea and across the developing Galle Face green. The hotel has been thoroughly refurbished but still has a strong sense of its former self. Anyone who had the chance to stay there pre-renovation will miss its quirky charm and lack of facilities but will enjoy the enhancements; the rooms no longer have...

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Deni D, General Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful thoughts from your most recent stay at The Galle Face Hotel. We appreciate the great comments you've made on the property and the recent restoration carried out on the north wing of the hotel which has enhanced and improved the colonial gem as you quite rightly mentioned. The location of...

Bahrain
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Galle Face Hotel (Colombo - Sri Lanka): The Hotel started out as a Dutch villa called Galle Face House that had been a meeting place for gentlemen of the colonial era. That was until four British entrepreneurs decided to use it to start a business, unaware that, by the late 19th century, it would be known as the best hotel...

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Deni D, General Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this review

Thank you ever so much for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review even though you were at property for a matter of hours. Despite this fact, we are so pleased to hear that you had the time to learn about inception of the hotel and some of the vast history behind the colonial gem. We hope...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We booked a 12 person table for a special occasion at The Verandah Restaurant for a family get together of rather elderly family on 13 th May 2017. Due to various reasons we needed a table close to the buffet as well as without climbing steps. The staff were very helpful in every aspect of handling the guests who were...

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Deni D, General Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this review

We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and are very grateful you took the time to share with us your five star review from your experience. It's always great to hear back from our guests and your review was no exception, thank you for all your lovely comments. Our team is known to be up there...

Auckland N Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

This a generally wonderful hotel with heritage, magnificent public areas, delicious food and a lovely setting but our room described on their website as 'superior' turned out to be anything but. 'Superior' rooms are small, cramped and very dated rooms at the back of the hotel looking over roofs a few metres away. Others travelling with us received the same....

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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

Business dinner on the Veranda at Galle Face Hotel. Good service, incredible selection of food at the buffet, catering for all tastes - if you take a little of everything, you will be eating for a week, the selection is truly immense, very tasty and authentic. Had previously been on the Veranda about 2 years ago, but the food this...

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed here for a couple of nights and it certainly met our expectations. Good room and superb breakfast with wide variety of western and Sri Lankan options in a chilled out environment overlooking the sea. Prices for car trips were quite a bit over the odds but that's was to be expected. A happy hour for selected cocktails on the...

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Deni D, General Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this review

Very many thank for taking the time to share your 5 star experience at The Galle Face Hotel. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your room and the property as a whole. Our breakfast is indeed one of the many stand out features during any stay at the hotel and has drawn plaudits from guests all over the world,...

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Highlights
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
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  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
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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 

Additional Information about Galle Face Hotel Colombo

Address: No. 2, Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Price Range: $203 - $339 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Galle Face Hotel Colombo 5*
Number of rooms: 158
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#1 On the Beach Hotel in Colombo
#2 Spa Hotel in Colombo
#4 Luxury Hotel in Colombo
#7 Family Hotel in Colombo
#8 Romantic Hotel in Colombo
#8 Business Hotel in Colombo
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“Sea View of course”
MarthaMaryB, 25 May 2017 | Read review
“Go for luxury room”
binmahmood, 22 May 2017 | Read review
“Do not book a 'superior' style room if you are expecting a good standard.”
Mary-53-2004, 19 May 2017 | Read review
“The older wing is quieter (cheaper rooms, too). Ask if your room will hear function music (usually quiet after 11:30 pm anyway).”
nagaf2015, 17 May 2017 | Read review
“Ocean facing rooms”
eton1970, 16 May 2017 | Read review
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