470 meters to public transportation
Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
|Value for money||7.4|
|Distance to city center||1 Km|
|Nearest airport||Ratmalana Airport (RML)|
|Distance to airport||12.1 km|
"This hotel is large, good location, nice pool and restaurants."
January 1, 2019
"You also get a great view of the sunset from the room as well!"
September 18, 2018
"Excellent hotel Great location Great room Lovely food"
August 3, 2018
"The rooms were spacious and clean and the entire hotel has k..."
September 19, 2018
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.
"The service was great and there was always someone there to ..."
September 19, 2018
Children and extra beds
Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.
All children are welcome.
|Guest's age||Extra bed|
Infant 0-5 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
Children 6-12 year(s)
Must use an extra bed
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 13 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Galle Face Hotel
Colombo Galle face Green
Mount Lavinia Beach
Colombo Galle face Green
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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.
Dear Kim, Thank you for staying with us and leaving your review. We hope to welcome you back! Warm regards, Galle Face Hotel
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
Wonderful atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff. ”
Very comfortable accommodation, friendly efficient staff, great breakfast and very clean.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Excellent Heritage Hotel”
Had a wonderful stay, hotel staffs are very friendly and helpful. Great location. Amazing breakfast buffet.
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.
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
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.
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.