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About Galle Face Hotel


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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Hotel Facilities

  • 24-hour check-in
  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • airport transfer
  • babysitting
  • bar
  • business center
  • car hire
  • concierge
  • currency exchange
  • daily housekeeping
  • doorman
  • dry cleaning
  • elevator
  • executive floor
  • express check-in/check-out
  • family room
  • fax machine
  • laundry service
  • library
  • lockers
  • luggage storage
  • meeting facilities
  • newspapers
  • photocopying
  • poolside bar
  • printer
  • private check in/check out
  • 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

  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Sinhala
  • Tamil
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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.
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Useful info

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
Non-Smoking Rooms / Floors: No
Number of Bars: 3
Number of Floors: 4
Number of Restaurants: 3
Number of Rooms : 156
Room Voltage: 240
Time to Airport (Minutes): 30
Year Hotel Built: 1864
Year Hotel Last Renovated: 2015
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May 03, 2016
Best hotel
It was a great fabulous time in galle face hotel ....class above ....

9.2 Mirjam D.
May 01, 2016
Farewell in style
We spend our last night of our 3 week visit at the Galle Face. It felt very luxurious. The rooms are good, staff is very attentive and friendly. We spend more in one day then a whole week in small guesthouses. But we felt like Queens.

4.8 Michael P.
United Arab Emirates
April 28, 2016
So much potential
A very sad experience considering I used to visit this hotel in my childhood. The staff need to greet the guests and understand that they are here for us! The gym is very disappointing and half the machines don't work. There are no towels either! Signage is pretty non existent around the property and on several occasions in ended up in the staff area. No point adding preferences on agoda as the hotel doesn't even make a comment about them!! food was ok but cleanliness of our room disappointing and n set time would rather of booked at cinnamon grand across the road. Such a shame as this has so much potential as the grande dame of Colombo.

10 michelle C.
United Kingdom
April 17, 2016
Fantastic hotel!
A wonderful end to our fantastic trip. You must stay here! The pool on the sea is magnificent!

8.8 Elaine L.
April 17, 2016
Good service and beautiful hotel.
Beautiful location and friendly service. Quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Love the hotel.

8.4 Madhumita C.
April 14, 2016
Unbeatable location overlooking miles & miles of w
Everything in the hotel is superlative. Only minus is the very limited bar- menu which extends to people sitting at the fantastic ocean- side location. Watching the sun go down over the ocean waters and the waves crashing on the rocks below the hotel premises is such a memorable sight. One can just sit & sit here, but alas one gets only alcohol and tasteless 2-3 snacks. Minus this, all's well.

April 10, 2016
Elegant and beautiful heritage hotel
On my last night in Sri Lanka, I chose not to be a backpacker. I couldn't say no to this lovely and elegant heritage hotel in Colombo. I wish I could have stayed longer. The staff were great. Check-in/out was seamless and they have a welcome tea drink. Breakfast was lovely. And the dining/pool area is one of the best areas in the hotel. It's a historic hotel with a couple of celebrity guests in the past like Mark Twain, Yuri Gagarin, Mahatma Gandhi, Roger Moore, Carrie Fisher, John D. Rockefeller, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford!

10 Ana P.
April 20, 2016
Superb and Relaxing Stay!
We travelled around Asia for 7 months and ended up our trip in this amazing historycal hotel in Colombo. very wide views to the Indian Ocean, very large rooms for reading, chilling, eating, or simply relaxing... The rooms are large, and in room all amenities needed for our stay are provided. The products for hair are superb, the mattress is superb, the big bed is so good ! So it's guaranteed that all nights will be very calm and tranquil :-) All restaurants serve excellent foods, with excellent options on the menus/a la carte. The 1864 is superbly managed and all foods are very tasty taking you to another world of happiness! All staff members re professional and very polite, they will do everything to meet our needs and to see us happy! Everyday you will be received with a big smile by every member of this fabulous hotel, so you will never regret to have chosen this magic place... Just come, step inside on this fabulous History Hotel, relax and...let it goes!!! Certainly you will be driven to a very safe Colombo!!!

9.6 Maria H.
United Kingdom
April 01, 2016
Old World Charm in great location.
I liked everything about it. The pool is great right by the sea, the staff were helpful. The bed very comfortable and many dining options in the hotel and area. At 5:45pm daily the bagpiper bring down the flag just a little extra.

9.7 Sjoerd H.
March 20, 2016
Superb facilitities, great staff and top location!
Staff, facilities and the location
We stayed only for 1 night (to bad!) in the Galle Face. The ever friendly en helpfull staff was amazing, they arranged everything. Even the next day (our flight was at 10pm and the ckeckout 12am) we could use all the facilities in the hotel. They knew who immediatly we were. The location and the colonial building itself (totally renovated) were amazing. You feel the old vibes with modern facilities! The breakfast is absolutely stunning! We don't get the 7.7 rate, this is a big 10 for us!