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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)

Note: Distances are measured as a straight line.

Galle Face Hotel

2, Galle road, Colombo Galle face Green, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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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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Michael W. Couples
United Kingdom, January 23, 2016
Superb old style elegance

1. Beautifully and tastefully restored. Cleverly preserved the elegance of the original design. 2. Location by the sea is unbeatable. 3. Staff were well trained and attentive.
Loved the breakfast on the terrace looking out over the sea. Would not suit those who want a glitzy hotel with air-conditioned restaurant. They can go elsewhere.
Chris B. Couples
Australia, January 15, 2016
Really enjoyable stay

Great outdoor area, vintage feel and location
Markus B. Families with young children
Germany, January 15, 2016
bit old and dirty - be aware of rats

big pool, nice view on the ocean, good breakfast area
beautiful hotel with worst servce ever on the pool bar we wanted to have a nice lively drink with some burgers/ceviche in front of the ocean as the pool bar has a lovely waterside. first, our food took 40 min till it arrived (for a cold starter and panini) and then, we were literally attacked by several rats who were looking for food under our table. the best, I received my starter and my main dish at the same time while my wife had to wait another 10 minutes. So, we shared my starter in order to eat then the burgers that had gone cold afterards.. the commentary from the waiter was, we cannot do anything against the rats and the food that arrived tardy was a mistake of his colleague. no apology, no discount.
Naozar D. Couples
India, January 09, 2016
History and Location

Tasteful renovation, gorgeous location and comfort
Victor W. Business travelers
Singapore, January 07, 2016
Not bad hotel to stay

The room was nice and service perfect. The hotel outside was crowded and not that great. There are people sleeping on the streets and terrible traffic on the road outside. Took a Ling time to get back
Overall the stay was great but the expense was not worth the price paid. The advertisement was overrated an price was too high. However the hotel staff was very polite and helpful but not overly enthusiastic about helping us make dinner reservations. I asked for a dinner reservation to be made but when the time came out reservation was in existent
Marianne A. Families with young children
Norway, January 03, 2016
Beautiful hotel, slow service

Location, historic ambiance and breakfast
A lovely property with an historic ambiance. My only complaints are: 1) A foul smell of sewage by the pool. There is a pipe behind the wall at the end of the property spewing sewage – or something similarly disgusting – onto the beach below. The rooms with a splendid verandah with sea views, overlooking the pool – must be affected by the smell too. 2) Service was extremely slow. Upon arrival we were made to wait before we could check in. After 30 minutes, I asked what was holding them up. I was told that our room was not ready. I had to ask how much time they thought it would take to get it sorted, and was told it would take another 45 minutes. Waiting was no problem, but not being informed was. We were starving and could have gone to lunch right away. I was surprised such information was not automatically forwarded to us. The restaurant on the Verandah was also affected by the slow service. Waiters were milling around, but did not pay attention to the guests. I expect more from a hotel like Galle Face. However, all in all we had a great stay. The New Years Eve breakfast and evening buffets were amazing. Fantastic food and presentation. All staff were also kind and helpful, and we were allowed a late check-out and continued use of the pool through the day – as our flight in the wee hours of the morning, and we had to leave at midnight. Marianne
craig S. Couples
United Kingdom, January 04, 2016
Colonial history experience

Hotel, Room, food
I'm a very fussy travellor !!! But not to the extreme about complaining about the slightest thing ! So when I've stayed and then checked out with no negative comments, the hotel has been an enjoyable positive experience. Thank you .
Wei T. Couples
Taiwan, January 07, 2016
great hotel

location, view, ambience
very nice atmosphere, colonial style hotel, excellent services, definitely going to return
Al-sayeeda S. Couples
Kenya, December 31, 2015
Comfortable and Ideal Location

Location, Food, Service
My stay was short but with the location and service of the hotel I was tempted dot extend my stay. Rooms are comfortable with Hot Showers. Breakfast is a variety and service is excellent!
Shammika W. Couples
Sri Lanka, December 30, 2015
Great Location and atmosphere, but disappointing !

Location, good for relaxing, access to places in town
In a word the stay was disappointing, I expected more from the hotel, having known the standard. The staff performance was shockingly bad, there were many people (Staff) being busy fools, rather than being effective and efficient. We did not get the room that we booked and the instructions were not transferred by Aitken Spence who did the booking on behalf of Agoda. I will not stay here again and will not encourage any of my friends either.

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