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    Nearest transport:
  • Slave Island Railway Station (0.5 Km / 6 min walk)
    Area recommended for:
  • business
  • restaurants
    Distance to airport:
  • Ratmalana Airport (11.8 Km)
  • Bandaranaike International Airport (29.1 Km)
    Customer comments:
  • "Downtown location", "Excellent views", "Friendly staff", "Traditional architecture"
    Top nearby attractions:
  • Galle Face Green (0.7 Km / 9 min walk)
  • Bally's Casino (1.1 Km / 14 min walk)
  • Gangarama Temple (1.3 Km / 16 min walk)
  • Dutch Hospital - Shopping (1.5 Km / 18 min walk)

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Galle Face Hotel

2, Galle road, Colombo Galle face Green, Colombo, Sri Lanka (Show on map)

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Kari, Norway October 29, 2015

Features of Galle Face Hotel

Hotel Facilities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • airport transfer
  • babysitting
  • bar
  • business center
  • car hire
  • coffee shop
  • concierge
  • currency exchange
  • daily housekeeping
  • dry cleaning
  • elevator
  • express check-in/check-out
  • family room
  • laundry service
  • library
  • lockers
  • luggage storage
  • meeting facilities
  • newspapers
  • photocopying
  • poolside bar
  • printer
  • restaurant
  • room service
  • safety deposit boxes
  • smoking area
  • taxi service
  • tours

Sports and Recreation

  • fitness center
  • garden
  • hot tub
  • massage
  • outdoor pool
  • private beach
  • sauna
  • spa
  • steamroom


  • free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi in public areas


  • car park
  • valet parking

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Sinhala
  • Tamil

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Hotel Description
One of the oldest hotels east of the Suez, the Galle Face Hotel was established in 1864 along the...see more One of the oldest hotels east of the Suez, the Galle Face Hotel was established in 1864 along the seafront facing the famous Galle Face Green. Over the years, this iconic historic hotel has housed royalty and celebrities. It has survived many trials and stands testimony to the vibrant heritage and history of colonial Ceylon.

Today it is where old world charm meets modern, luxurious hospitality. The hotel has two wings known as the South Wing and the North Wing. The South Wing offers 84 rooms, some of which provide a spectacular view of the Indian Ocean. There are two restaurants, namely the 1864 fine dining restaurant and the Pool Bar, a gym, a spa, a library, and a unique saltwater swimming pool overlooking the seafront. The hotel is a about a 45 minute journey from the airport.

No visit to Sri Lanka is complete without staying at this elegant historic award winning hotel built in 1864. The hotel reflects the grandeur of a bygone era while offering modern comfort for today’s traveler.
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Mark S. Solo travelers
United Kingdom, November 28, 2015
An excellent experience from start to finish

Room, staff, breakfast
I couldn't fault anything. The staff couldn't do enough for me, the recently renovated room was excellent and the breakfast superb.
Klas C. Couples
Sweden, November 21, 2015
A good hotel with a miserable restaurant 1864!

Location, atmosphere, hotel staff.
Professional staff in the hotel, serviceminded and helpful. However, the "fine dining" restaurant 1864 was just a big disappointment. Unprofessional staff, food overcocked, inquires handled very poorly. When the wine arrived it turned out to be the wrong one, no action taken -we had to wait very long to alter our wine order; first came the entrees 15 minutes later the wine.. Several wines were sold out and so were several dishes. And so it went on! The medium/rare piece of meat came in as medium/well done. When I ask for a correction the Chef came in and started to argue heavily - after trying to convince the man to be reasonable I had to ask him to leave our table so that we at least could have some pleasure in our totally over priced dinner! (The Chef should Google what a normal medium/rare piece of meat looks like as that knowledge is obviously missing) We left the day after and will for sure avoid any dinner at restaurant 1864! The more so as no one has reacted on my inquire from the management, neither on my verbal inquire at check out or my inquire in writing!
Rahul A. Business travelers
India, November 10, 2015
Galle face - The Boutique Place in Colombo

Location, Pool Bar, Spa
Kari D. Couples
Norway, November 03, 2015

customer service, facilities and availability
Sterling J. Couples
Canada, October 26, 2015
Step back in time and have a sublime time.

Afternoon tea, the beautiful surroundings, classic and classy room
Wonderful place to stay. Great service, excellent value for afternoon tea and a wonderful breakfast buffet.
Abdul R. Business travelers
Pakistan, October 16, 2015
Murder of expectations

Cleanliness, Location and Reception area
highly disatisfied
Fiona C. Couples
United Kingdom, October 23, 2015
Lost some of its magic. Still excellent location!

Location is excellent, sea view and galle face view good especiallyat weekends when locals gather and fly kites etc. Swimming pool really nice.
A good place to acclimatise, shopping mall nearby with some good offers and a good money exchange rate. Staff generally helpful and aiming to please. The renovations are a mixed blessing, alot of the charm has gone and it is less individual, many similar room set ups elsewhere around the world, it used to be unique. Progress I suppose...Still v fond of the place, have stayed several times for 3/4 days. Love the sea view and galle face green
Linn L. Business travelers
Sweden, October 05, 2015
Overprized, not super clean but good location

location, pillows and views
Like so many other places on Sri Lanka, Galle Face Hotel is overprized for what you get... The hotel business is slowly catching up.. Stayed two nights in two different rooms. Second night I payed for an upgrade to "superior ocean view", but then I lost the tub I had in the first room that was cheaper.. Weird. If I had to choose I would take the first room again.
Nimal A. Couples
Australia, September 29, 2015
Stay at Galle Face Hotel

Close to Galle Face green
Anu O. Solo travelers
United Kingdom, September 24, 2015
Weekend at Galle Face

The view, the food and the decor
Fantastic stay. Very helpful staff. Amazing breakfast buffet on the terrace overlooking the ocean. Thoroughly recommend

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