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Galle Face Hotel Colombo

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Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

The scenery in this hotel is very beautiful. It's next to the sea. You can have western or Sri Lanka's breakfast while watching the sea. There are many tourist attractions nearby such as temples, local markets, and department stores within 15 minutes drive. Staffs here are friendly and helpful.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Every restaurant was great, we particularly liked Sea Spray. The Staff were always happy and very helpful. Our Suite room was well kept with old world charm. The balconies were worth having and we enjoyed sitting out there watching the sunset. Emmanuel on the concierge desk needs special mention as he made sure our stay was perfect in every way...

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

From the moment we arrived at the hotel, we were spoilt by the wonderful staff. So incredibly helpful. The hotel is simply stunning with more facilities than you can ever imagine - all with very special care taken to preserve its historical legacy.

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us some thoughts from your recent visit to The Galle Face Hotel. We truly appreciate the wonderful comments you've made on the property itself which truly is a colonial gem. It's also great to hear praises for our team members which serves as a true testament to their dedication over...

Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

Stayed a week bed and breakfast at Galle Face. Amazing views of the ocean whilst you eat breakfast on the verandah, the breakfast choice was excellent and beautifully presented. We also had afternoon tea on the verandah which again was beautiful and not to be missed! Lovely sunsets whilst sipping a cocktail or two at the pool bar. Found all...

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

Very many thanks for choosing The Galle Face Hotel for your recent stay in Colombo, we're pleased to hear that you had such a splendid stay with us. Our Afternoon Tea is one of the most sought after in the city and is a testament to Executive Chef Adam and the rest of the culinary team, and as you rightly...

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

Lovely colonial place to witness the sunset by the pool and sea. A trip down memory lane with photos of famous guests lined in the english bar setting. Enjoy the champagne breakfast overlooking the ocean front... A mix of Business travellers and holiday makers.

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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 short but sweet review from your stay at The Galle Face Hotel. It's so great you had the time to discover some of the famous faces to visit the hotel over the years, if you're interested in an extra dose of history we recommend you visit...

Easton, Maryland, United States
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Initially I planned on staying at the Colombo Hilton, but upon reading some reviews I decided to switch to the Galle Face and I am very glad I did. From beginning to end, my stay was excellent. The breakfast buffet, included in my reasonable rate, was among the best I've ever had. A huge array of options, both Sri Lankan...

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Harare, Zimbabwe
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Galle Face Hotel is an elegant and historic hotel in Colombo. It is centrally located. The staff are very helpful and friendly - starting from the reception to the various restaurants. I enjoyed the variety of food items in the breakfast and lunch buffets. The quality of service is simply excellent. Staff helped to organise a fairly priced quick tour...

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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 recent stay at The Galle Face Hotel. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed every component of your stay at the property. It's particularly pleasing to red your thoughts on cuisine. We recommend you try our Sunday Brunch on your next visit to the property,...

Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very historic and Colonial building with seaview and superb service.. nice food and location..Pool is filled with Ocean water and it is always clean .. Nice terrace bar and very friendly staff. Located in center of Kolombo

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

Thank you for taking the time time to review your recent experience at The Galle Face Hotel. We are immensely pleased with your perfect rating of the property and to hear that you enjoyed every aspect of your stay with us. We hope to see you on your next visit to Colombo. Yours Sincerely, Deni A. Dukic

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Galle Face Hotel has been called the “oldest hotel east of Suez”, and indeed is one of Sri Lanka's most impressive and historic properties. Originally a Dutch villa, it was acquired by four British businessmen and opened as a hotel in 1864. In 1869 the Suez Canal opened and the journey time from Europe to Asia was reduced from...

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

Many thanks for taking the time to share with us your lovely five star review from your recent experience. It's always great to hear back from guests who take the time to really explore the property and discover some of the vast history behind it. If you didn't already, we recommend you speak to one of our front office team...

Sydney Australia
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stopped at this lovely colonial hotel for a drink on the terrace in the Travellers Bar. The mocktails were superb (no alcohol is served over New Year), the music enjoyable and the service excellent. On our returne to Colombo we visited twice more, and found their cocktails excellent and the light meals tasty. The service is on the slow...

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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 experience at The Galle Face Hotel. Unfortunately, you are quite right in pointing out that we were not able to serve alcohol during the new year period as it was declared an excise holiday. We are however pleased you enjoyed your second visit and...

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  • 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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  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Dry Cleaning
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  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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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: $205 - $340 (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 Business Hotel in Colombo
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“The rooms with a view to the ocean are the best.”
BalchaM, 27 Apr 2017 | Read review
“ask for rooms with Ocean view”
azatc2015, 26 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Try for a room at the back of the hotel overlooking the gardens and the sea”
UKDAB, 26 Apr 2017 | Read review
“sea view are the best.”
ABDBtravels, 24 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Just want to repeat that I can't comment on 'sleep quality' since I didn't actually stay.”
GraemeR41, 22 Apr 2017 | Read review
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