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8.0
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9.2
Exceptional
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Exceptional location - Inside city center
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  • Inn on the Green50 m
  • Amuseum Boutique Bar60 m
  • Indian High Commission130 m
  • American Information Resource Centre130 m
  • Cantaloupe Boutique170 m
  • Angsana City Club & Spa220 m
  • Kama Colombo240 m
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka240 m
  • SKKY Bar250 m
  • Embassy of the United States330 m
  • Free Wi-Fi
    2017

    Galle Face Hotel

    2, Galle road, Colombo Galle face Green, Colombo, Sri Lanka - See map
    "Have stayed here a few times and it's by far the best hotel in Colombo, especially for the sea views and the staff are the best, proper service with a..."
    peter - September 29, 2018
    Exceptional reputation
    Recommended by 94% of guests
    Excellent facilities on premise
    8.7 facilities on premise
    • 470 meters to public transportation

    • Airport transfer

    • Currency exchange

    • Private beach

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

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    Location score
    9.2/10
    Room comfort score
    7.8/10
    Cleanliness score
    7.9/10
    Value for money score
    7.4/10
    Better than
    99
    %
    of Colombo properties
    Better than
    97
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    Better than
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    95
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    of Colombo properties
    Value for money7.4
    Distance to city center1 Km
    Location rating9.2
    Nearest airportRatmalana Airport (RML)
    Distance to airport12.1 km

    Rooms available at Galle Face Hotel

    7.8
    Very good
    Room comfort & quality
    Empress Suite
    Empress Suite
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    • Room size: 160 m²/1722 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 king bed or 2 single beds...
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    Junior Suite Ocean View
    Junior Suite Ocean View
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    • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
    • Ocean view
    • 1 double bed
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    King Emperor Suite
    King Emperor Suite
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    • Room size: 200 m²/2153 ft²
    • Shower
    • 1 king bed
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    Superior Room
    Superior Room
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    • Room size: 27 m²/291 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 double bed
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    Presidential Suite
    Presidential Suite
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    • Room size: 100 m²/1076 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 king bed
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    Junior Suite
    Junior Suite
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    • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 king bed
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    Ceylon Suite
    Ceylon Suite
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    • Room size: 80 m²/861 ft²
    • Shower and bathtub
    • 1 king bed
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    Premier Balcony King
    Premier Balcony King
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    • Room size: 36 m²/388 ft²
    • Ocean view
    • 1 king bed
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    Premier Ocean Twin Room
    Premier Ocean Twin Room
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    • Room size: 36 m²/388 ft²
    • Sea view
    • 2 single beds
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    Junior Suite with Balcony
    Junior Suite with Balcony
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    • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
    • Ocean view
    • 1 double bed
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    What people love about Galle Face Hotel

    • 10.0
      Exceptional
      Location

      "This hotel is large, good location, nice pool and restaurants."

      Fiona

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      January 1, 2019

    • 9.2
      Exceptional

      "You also get a great view of the sunset from the room as well!"

      Mohammad S.

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      September 18, 2018

    • 10.0
      Exceptional
      Location

      "Excellent hotel Great location Great room Lovely food"

      Lindsay

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      August 3, 2018

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    10.0
    Exceptional

    "The rooms were spacious and clean and the entire hotel has k..."

    callie

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    September 19, 2018

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    What they offer

    10.0
    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "The service was great and there was always someone there to ..."

    callie

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    September 19, 2018

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    Food and dining

    Breakfast options

    American
    Continental
    Halal
    Vegetarian
    Vegan
    Full English/Irish

    Restaurants on site

    Verandah Restaurant
    Cuisine:American, Chinese, Indian
    Menu:Buffet, A-la-carte
    King of the Mambo - Cuban Restaurant
    Cuisine:International
    Menu:Buffet
    The 1864
    Cuisine:International
    Menu:Buffet

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    Reviews of Galle Face Hotel from real guests

    Overall rating
    8.2
    Excellent
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    10
    Excellent
    45.0% this month
    Cleanliness7.9
    Facilities8.7
    Location9.2
    Room comfort and quality7.8
    Service7.7
    Value for money7.4
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    8-9 Excellent (350)
    7-8 Very Good (327)
    6-7 Good (207)
    <6 Below Expectation (241)
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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Kim from Australia
    Couple
    Landmark
    Stayed 3 nights in April, 2019

    Brilliant Hotel”

    We loved our stay at this hotel and planned to return to it next year because we think It has characters and great location in comparison to other more modern luxury chain of hotels. Our renovated Landmark room is very functional with its own courtyard with glimpse of the ocean.

    Reviewed April 23, 2019

    Dear Kim, Thank you for staying with us and leaving your review. We hope to welcome you back! Warm regards, Galle Face Hotel

    Responded May 27, 2019
    Galle Face Hotel
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Sarah from Hong Kong
    Couple
    Junior Suite
    Stayed 3 nights in February, 2019

    A throwback to yesteryear”

    We love this hotel. It's a destination, not just a place to spend the night. There are rooms to explore, a museum, atmosphere to absorb. The rooms are typically on the smaller side but the public areas more than make up for it. You can sit on the verandah, sipping tea and listening to the waves. Plenty of restaurants for all tastes. Nice spa. A good pool (not a "fancy" pool, just a good solid pool to swim in). A place we return to time and time again. Please don;t change!

    Reviewed February 14, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Jennifer from Australia
    Couple
    Superior Room
    Stayed 2 nights in October, 2018

    Beautiful Historical Hotel”

    We arrived really late at night and were upgraded to the Ceylon Suite. We were delighted as it was a fantastic Suite. There was a huge bedroom, separate lounge room, another room with a table and two chairs, and a huge bathroom with the biggest bathtub in it. We had views of the ocean and the Galle Face Green from three windows. The staff were very helpful and friendly and the buffet breakfasts were delicious.

    Reviewed October 19, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    callie from Australia
    Group
    Stayed 1 night in September, 2018

    Amazing!”

    Absolutely beautiful hotel! The service was great and there was always someone there to assist you. The rooms were spacious and clean and the entire hotel has kept the period feel. Will go back if I am ever in Colombo.

    Reviewed September 19, 2018
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Mohammad from Bangladesh
    Business traveler
    Stayed 3 nights in September, 2018

    Beautiful colonial style hotel”

    This hotel is like a part of history. Its housed in a colonial style building which has possibly been renovated and re-purposed to serve as a hotel. The location is stellar as well as you are right on Galle Face Green!. There are quite a few shops/malls close by as well. Its definitely a nice hotel and is well maintained. You can see the ocean right from your window as well (Landmark Room) and they light up the sea with floodlights at night and you can really enjoy the view at night too. You also get a great view of the sunset from the room as well!

    Reviewed September 18, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Sebastian from Finland
    Business traveler
    Stayed 1 night in September, 2018

    Best in the world ”

    This is by far the best hotel I ever stayed at and new facilities are so nice too. The check in took very long time though and they couldn’t for some reason see the bookings I done through Agoda. But amazing place indeed

    Reviewed September 17, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Lynne from Australia
    Couple
    Landmark
    Stayed 2 nights in July, 2019

    Wonderful atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff. ”

    Very comfortable accommodation, friendly efficient staff, great breakfast and very clean.

    Reviewed July 17, 2019
    8.0
    Excellent
    Caroline from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Premier Balcony King
    Stayed 2 nights in April, 2019

    Nice hotel but a little dark. ”

    Good location and very friendly helpful staff. Room a bit dark. Lighting only bedside lamps. Dinner was not great in the main restaurant and food very salty. Food much better in the A la carte menu but this was really expensive but worth it.

    Reviewed April 22, 2019

    Dear Caroline, Thank you for choosing us for your stay in Colombo. We appreciate your feedback and comments and will work to improve the areas you mentioned so we can deliver better for all guests. Looking forward to welcoming you back. Warm regards, Galle Face Hotel

    Responded May 27, 2019
    Galle Face Hotel
    8.4
    Excellent
    Rhonda from New Zealand
    Family with teens
    Landmark Twin Room
    Stayed 3 nights in April, 2019

    Lovely hotel”

    Overall this was a lovely charactful hotel, with a great breakfast buffet and pool. The rooms at the back of the hotel get a lot of traffic noise - our son's room was particularly noisy but they were very good about moving him to a quieter room when we complained. Very comfortable beds and pillows.

    Reviewed April 20, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Sally from Australia
    Couple
    Landmark
    Stayed 3 nights in April, 2019

    A lovely experience in this colonial gem ”

    We had three nights at the Galle Face as part of a two week trip to Sri Lanka. It was lovely . The room was clean and well equipped with good amount of space . The buffet breakfast and dinners were good value with lots of quality and choice . They also have a nice bar restaurant , overlooks the restaurant with BBQ food and Cuban music . We ate at the hotel for all meals and stayed by the pool too - which is unusual for us but it was a such a nice atmosphere we decided to chill out . Definitely recommend staying here whilst in Sri Lanka

    Reviewed April 09, 2019
    7.6
    Very good
    Pius from Switzerland
    Solo traveler
    Landmark Twin Room
    Stayed 5 nights in March, 2019

    Heaven on earth with potential of improvement ”

    As I said before, it’s really a heavenly spot! Still there is potential for improvements. For example there is a problem with the smell that comes from the drainage, I have experienced it in different rooms, since I was already several times guest in that Hotel.

    Reviewed April 05, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Janemarie from United States
    Solo traveler
    Superior Room
    Stayed 1 night in March, 2019

    Grand Dame of South Asia”

    I have stayed at the Galle Face Hotel a number of times. It is simply the best. The hotel is well kept and beautifully appointed in colonial style. The staff is professional, friendly, and helpful. The breakfast buffet has numerous choices and is delicious. The back of the Hotel provides a perfect view of the famous Sri Lankan sunsets.

    Reviewed March 25, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Nirmala from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Premier Ocean Twin Room
    Stayed 3 nights in February, 2019

    Exceptional”

    I asked and paid for for an ocean view room. I was given a room on the 2nd floor that overlooked Galle Face Green , the main road , the building works of the new city port and a small bit of the Indian Ocean. I was expecting a room will a full ocean view. Our room however had a balcony . At night there were noises from the road and the building works. We were offered complimentary drinks during happy hour. Perhaps this was to compensate for the room. On the whole an excellent hotel and good experience.

    Reviewed March 13, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Emma from Hong Kong
    Solo traveler
    Landmark
    Stayed 3 nights in March, 2019

    Great value for money - strange staff”

    Pros: beautiful colonial building, upgraded to a suite, free snacks in the minibar, ocean view, convenient location near galle face green Cons: arrived at 1am, only one person working check-in so took 20 minutes to get through the line of people checking in, house-keeping staff incessantly knocked on the door when I was sleeping and kept unlocking and coming in, then closing the door and repeatedly knocking until I would come to the door and tell them to come back later. If a guest doesn’t want to be disturbed, just come back later.... They would also forget to lock the room after cleaning.

    Reviewed March 11, 2019
    8.4
    Excellent
    Chris from Canada
    Solo traveler
    Landmark
    Stayed 3 nights in January, 2019

    Grand hotel”

    Galle Face Hotel has upped its game recently. Impeccably clean rooms. Friendly efficient staff along with a great buffet breakfast with a wide variety of food choices. Great terra e and seaside bar, perfect for sundowners.

    Reviewed March 07, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Huang from Taiwan
    Family with young children
    Superior Room
    Stayed 1 night in June, 2019

    Best experience in Sri Lanka!”

    Comfortable room with ocean view, Great restaurants, bars and location. The staff is professional and super friendly! Wonderful stay, definitely will come back!

    Reviewed June 09, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Daniel from Singapore
    Couple
    Landmark
    Stayed 2 nights in April, 2019

    Excellent Heritage Hotel”

    Had a wonderful stay, hotel staffs are very friendly and helpful. Great location. Amazing breakfast buffet.

    Reviewed June 05, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Hilary from United States
    Couple
    Superior Room
    Stayed 2 nights in March, 2019

    Wow”

    Such a beautiful hotel. We had a BIG room and felt very fancy. The breakfast buffet was quite a treat as well. We would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed May 25, 2019

    Dear Hilary, Thank you for choosing the Galle Face Hotel for your stay in Colombo! We are glad you enjoyed the room and food and we hope to see you again soon! Warm regards, Galle Face Hotel

    Responded May 27, 2019
    Galle Face Hotel
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Maria from Sri Lanka
    Couple
    Superior Room
    Stayed 1 night in February, 2018

    Fantastic place to stay in Colombo”

    The Galle Face Hotel is a fantastic place to stay in Colombo! The location allows you to move around Colombo and get know the main places in town. It is an old hotel, but it is well preserved and represents the style of old times. Being in front of the Ocean is a plus, where sundown is always a natural show to see. Food is so good, especially the breakfast where they offer a great variety of options, local and international. Egg hoppers are great! Definitely a hotel to go back.

    Reviewed March 05, 2018
    8.0
    Excellent
    Jacqueline from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Junior Suite Twin
    Stayed 1 night in January, 2018

    Large colonial hotel right on the beach.”

    We only stayed one night and had to leave super early. But the hotel is very beautiful. Staff were friendly. Room big and well designed. Great pool (unfortunately we didn’t have time to enjoy) although not many sun loungers. Great to hear the ocean from our bedroom window.

    Reviewed January 15, 2018
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