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Galle Face Hotel

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

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Area: Colombo Galle face Green Number of Rooms: 81
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Very Good

7.6

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1184 reviews

Value for Money
6.9
Location
9.0
Staff Performance
7.1
Hotel Condition/Cleanliness
7.3
Room Comfort/Standard
7.7
Food/Dining
7.7
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Ian R. Couples United Kingdom, February 13, 2013
Iconic colonial grande Dame of Columbo,

The original features and size of the rooms
9
We enjoyed one night in the classic wing, but the rooms in the regency wing were better and overlooked the hotel garden. All staff were helpful and checked us in early after a long journey to Colombo. This hotel central and by the sea and has fantastic views and character unrivalled by other Colombo hotels. Kite flying on the galle face green was memorable and fun! Would love to go there again.
Travel tip: Go to second floor on regency wing for tea!!
Natalie B. Families with young children Australia, February 13, 2013
Massive Room but very tired decor

Location
6.7
We booked a triple room which was enormous and easily fitted the four of us. We were quite disappointed by the decor which was very dated. However the location was great and drinks on the lawn and the seaside pool where great. I have heard the newer wing is better I would not recommend this hotel to friends.
Restaurant Tip: The old Dutch Hospital is a lovely location with very lots of lovely cafes and a great crab restaurant.
Xiao H. Families with young children China, February 12, 2013
very nice view

Very Good Colonial Hotel
9.7
This hotel is a real institution, so many famous people have stayed here in the past. The location is outstanding, right on the sea front. The large seawater swimming pool is wonderful and the bar and restaurant areas very atmospheric.
Lynn G. Couples Singapore, February 12, 2013
Traditional colonial experience, without luxury

Location, colonial experience, big room.
7
The Galle Face is a historic place to stay once to get a feel of the old colonial expereince. But don't expect luxury. The Classic wing was definitely worn and fixtures and furniture show their age. But for our first time in Sri Lanka, it was worth the experience Our room (319 in the Classic Wing) was huge (you have space to do cartwheels, seriously), but bathroom fixures were old. Furniture was probably older than we were, but were decently maintained (ie. you notice the wear, but are not broken or in need of repair). Several food options, but gym and pool are small. You're on the oceanfront, but there is no beach. Great central location for exploring Colombo. Overall would recommend for convenience and a unique experience once; but not if you're looking for modern luxury and amenities.
Hotel Feature Tip: Lobsters served in the hotel, both in room service and in the restaurants are priced very affordably, and fresh. This is the place to indulge if you like lobster.
Christopher T. Couples Australia, February 12, 2013
Colonial Charm

Stunning setting, efficient service, step back in time
9
we stayed for two nights, arriving vet late at night following a flight from singapore. check in was swift and we were quickly in our room. rooms were classic, nothing fancy but certainly adequate with good air con and a classic feel. the best feature of the galle face is the beautiful colonial setting. set right on the water, the sunsets are stunning while the buildings are grand and make you feel like you are stepping back in time. the pool is a lovely place to relax for an hour or two while the restaurant on the terrace does a great breakfast buffet. overall the galle face comes highly recommended.
Hotel Feature Tip: The rooms in the new wing are nicer.
Pascaline L. Couples France, February 11, 2013
Charming hotel

A step back in history
7.7
Great atmosphere. Our room was completely outdated but still ok for 2 nights. The heritage wing is apparently much better. Loved the garden, breakfast area and pool.
Colette O. Couples France, February 10, 2013
Fine position in the town but old and poor furnish

heritage hotel
5
early arrival and not good reception.We were asked to pay 120 dollar to rest during 4 hours in another uggly room and have a shower before getting "our room" previously paid.The situation was fine ,but this old hotel should need to be restored.Very old furnitures,no effort for decoration.The only good thing was the breakfast...
Rhidoi K. Couples United States of America, February 10, 2013
Nice old world charm

Great location and setting
7.3
We started our Sri Lankan journey at the GFH for 2 nights. We found the hotel very charming and does well in maintaining its historical charm. We stayed in the new wing which was recommended to us. However, the new wing didn't feel like the 'new wing'. The hotel could do with a bit of an upgrade.
Melissa R. Groups Singapore, February 9, 2013
Interesting

Location and atmosphere
4.7
An interesting place to visit but the rooms are terrible. Come here for lunch or a drink on the terrace but that is about all. Breakfast was very good. Location is good.
Laurence M. Couples New Zealand, February 9, 2013
Keep going back for the old world style

Location and sense of history; also large rooms in Classic Wing
6.7
came back after 6 days on the road in the hill country and it felt like coming home. Not everyone's taste - it shows its age (160 years+)), but a wonderful change from international identikit 5 star hotels. Would choose this place every time: beds are comfortable, pool is cool - what more do you want?

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