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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 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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Galle Face Hotel

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

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"Breakfast is nice. Very old style building. Superb ocean..."

Stanley, Canada September 18, 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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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
Stanley Y. Couples
Canada, September 21, 2015
Antique hotel with nice breakfast and superb view

Breakfast is nice. Very old style building. Superb ocean view.
The building is a very old English type of construction. The room is also old with noisy wood floor. It could have been furnished in a more stylish way. The outside was a reflection of the old English life style. We asked for high tea but the hotel said only available for more than five guests with advance booking. However it was a pleasant stay and we enjoyed.
Beth G. Groups
United States of America, September 17, 2015
Classic tranquility!

Location, Historic ambience, Staff courtesy
We stayed only one night, transitioning from travel in the island to airport departure. The stay was excellent in every way. Food was probably the least impressive - good, clean, well done, but not off the charts excellent. The staff were amazing, always professional and ready to help. The rooms were spotless, with a delightful historic feel - wood floors, antique furnishings, etc. Bathrooms were modernized and very nice. I'd stay here again without question.
Jenifer D. Families with young children
United Kingdom, September 30, 2015
Lovely historic building but ongoing pool work

The building, the breakfast, the location
Brief (we arrived late afternoon, left early the next morning to fly home) but good. The work going on around the pool is a bit disruptive but once that's finished I'm sure it will all be as amazing as the rest of the building.
Marian S. Business travelers
United Kingdom, August 23, 2015
beautiful hotel

staff, food, great internet access
enjoyable stay, very profesisonal friendly staff, food was great and dinning area delightful
Saiveer J. Groups
India, August 10, 2015
Stunning SeaProperty

Location, service and rooms
2 nights
jemima M. Families with older children
United Kingdom, August 05, 2015
Charming historical hotel

Delicious food, friendly professional staff, perfect location.
Guy L. Couples
United Kingdom, August 03, 2015
Old and new

Location, hotel building, food
Beautiful hotel in a beautiful setting, with a history and a context second to none. The breakfast was the best in Sri Lanka and the setting exquisite, with very good service. The room had character, honouring the old whilst allowing the new - inevitably this means compromises and in this case, because the weather was windy and humid and the windows didn't quite shut, moist air driven in to the room by high winds made the air-conditioning labour - cool but damp. A very minor point however.

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