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Galle Face Hotel

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

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  • Arthur, United Kingdom
  • July 9, 2015
  • Area: Colombo Galle face Green
  • Rooms : 81
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Features of Galle Face Hotel

24-hour front desk

24-hour room service

24-hour security

airport transfer



business center

car hire

car park

coffee shop


currency exchange

daily housekeeping


express check-in/check-out

family room

laundry service



luggage storage

meeting facilities



poolside bar



room service

safety deposit boxes

smoking area

taxi service


Sports and Recreation

fitness center


hot tub


outdoor pool

private beach





free Wi-Fi in all rooms

Wi-Fi in public areas


car park

valet parking

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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.
One of the oldest hotels east of the Suez, the Galle Face Hotel was established in 1864 along the ... see more
Children and extra beds:
Infant 0-1 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding. Note, if you need a cot there may be an extra charge.
Children 2-6 year(s)
Must use an extra bed

Guests over 6 years old are considered as adults.

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room policy for more details.

When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Airport Transfer Fee
50 USD

Breakfast Charge (when not included in room rate)
15 USD

Check-Out Until
12:00 PM

Distance from City Center
1 Km

Distance to Airport
33. Km

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Galle Face Hotel Colombo - Food, drink and entertainment In-Suite Dinning
Our Food and Beverage team can offer an individually crafted in-room dining experience, for a couple, family or small group
Galle Face Hotel Colombo - Food, drink and entertainment The 1864 Restaurant
The 1864 Restaurant is fine dining at its best and is open all day for whenever guests feel the need to indulge in delectable cuisine from around the world.
Galle Face Hotel Colombo - Food, drink and entertainment In... On The Green
The Poolside Bar and Terrace offers casual dining in a relaxed outdoor environment next to the swimming pool and overlooking the Colombo shoreline
Galle Face Hotel Colombo - Food, drink and entertainment The Poolside Bar and Terrace
The Poolside Bar and Terrace offers casual dining in a relaxed outdoor environment next to the swimming pool and overlooking the Colombo shoreline

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Arthur G. Couples United Kingdom, July 9, 2015
Short Stay

The Staff, The Location, The character of the hotel
We chose this hotel due to its position and long history. We understood that the hotel was being renovated when we booked and we were not seriously inconvenienced by the works. Mr Anthony Paton (GM) was particularly visible around the hotel ensuring that all was running smoothly We would have no hesitation in returning later in the year when the works will have been completed.
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Fiona H. Couples United Kingdom, July 6, 2015
First class

Comfort of the room, location, great food
We arrived at 9am and were given a room straight away. We chose this hotel as a little bit of luxury for one night exactly half way through our tour of Sri Lanka and we weren't disappointed. Knew in advance about the building work at the pool area so it didn't spoil our trip in any way. Very very comfortable room with all the facilities you would need. Our room view was poor but that didn't concern us any. Food was excellent although a bit pricey perhaps. Good wine choices. Fabulous staff, pleasant, polite, attentive but discreet. Overall we had a great stay and would love to return some day.
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Yuncheul K. Solo travelers South Korea, June 30, 2015
good location!

good location. formal and good service. old-fashioned but clean room.
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Rosalind C. Solo travelers United Kingdom, June 14, 2015
A colonial Type

Father stayed here in the 1950's. The old Tradition has gone with the genteel decay. Staff very professional IN the hotel NOT the outside bar. Location has always been superb...on the maiden.
Why oh why was I not told hotel being renovated so half of it closed. Sho king surprise. Pool in building site. Crows and vermin at outside bar eating off my table. Trust renovation completed in Sinhalese style and not thai.
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Law C. Couples Hong Kong, June 1, 2015
Historical hotel in nice location.

Staff very nice and attentive
Very good n hotel value for money.
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Danielle M. Couples Australia, May 20, 2015
Beautiful hotel but currently being renovated

The location, food and history
We had a great stay, the food and service were exceptional. However, the hotel is undergoing some pretty big renovations which means areas like the pool and outdoor bar are a construction zone and not the nicest places to relax.
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James W. Families with young children United Kingdom, April 16, 2015

staff, ambience, location
A wonderful change from the usual characterless corporate hotels that dominate these days. I just dont understand the less positive reviews on here about 'creaky floors' and old lifts. This place is like stepping back in time. Service, rooms, location, ambience - all are just perfect. We have also stayed in a very highly rated chain hotel in Colombo, and the Galle Face wins hands down. We will definitely return. It feels like a real luxury to be here, and it is no more expensive that the plastic chain hotels. Highly recommended.
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Richard C. Couples United States of America, April 13, 2015
One of my favorite hotels. A slice of history.

Ambiance, pool, rooms
Truely an amazing and regal hotel. Old and colonial but the upkeep is excellent. The Hotel breaths a sence of pride and history. The salt water pool overlooking the Indian oceanbis special. I really love this hotel. The last time I stayed here was 17 years ago. I will always stay there if I come to Sri Lanka.
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Adam H. Couples United Kingdom, April 13, 2015
Great stay

Beautiful hotel with great views and good staff
Couldn't have asked for anything more
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Julie H. Families with older children United Kingdom, April 12, 2015
A peaceful,characterful hotel in a lovely location

The architecture, Swimming pool, location,
Lovely relaxing stay. Very nice spa. Biggest pool we've ever had outdoors and deep too. Food a bit limited and expensive. Mostly excellent service just a bit slow around the pool dining area. Wonderful rooms with beautiful colonial style wood and marble but still very comfortable and luxurious.
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Customers like this hotel for:
Nearest transport:
  • Slave Island Railway Station (0.5 Km / 6 min walk)
Area recommended for:
  • culture
  • restaurants
  • shopping
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 attractions in the area:
  • 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)
  • Excel World - Entertainment Park (1.7 Km / 21 min walk)
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