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Galle Face Hotel
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9.1 Exceptional location
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  • Private beach

  • 1.6 km - Bambalapitiya Beach

  • Close to public transportation

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms

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Distances to essentials

  • Airports
    • 12 km
    • Ratmalana Airport (RML) - Colombo
    • 29 km
    • Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) - Gampaha / Katunayake
  • Bus and rail stations
    • 450 meters
    • Slave Island Railway Station
    • 1 km
    • Kollupitiya Railway Station
  • Hospitals and clinics
    • 800 meters
    • Nawaloka Hospital
  • Pharmacies
    • 450 meters
    • Healthguard Phamacy
  • Cash withdrawal
    • 1.3 km
    • ATM

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  • Location 9.1
  • Room comfort and quality 7.8
  • Service 7.4
  • Value for money 7.1
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  • Room comfort and quality 7.9
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Shafi from India
Executive Standard
Stayed 3 nights in April 2017
Brilliant Location”
Its a colonial style hotel, with large patio, it has a character Minus : little bit dark from inside.
Reviewed May 01, 2017
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Gill from United Kingdom
Family with teens
Executive Standard
Stayed 1 night in March 2017
Lovely luxurious stay”
Beautifully organised iconic hotel with all the old world style and service. Smashing.
Reviewed March 31, 2017
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SIMON from United Kingdom
Executive Standard
Stayed 1 night in March 2017
one of the world's truly classic hotels, and they retain their charm”
first time I have stayed since the renovations, and I am so glad that they have maintained the old world charm, while updating the rooms to top standards. outstanding
Reviewed March 30, 2017
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scott from Australia
Solo traveler
Superior Room
Stayed 1 night in March 2017
Iconic Sri Lankan Hotel”
I have stayed at this majestic hotel many times over the past 6 or 7 years. Frankly I would not stay anywhere else in Colombo. there are a lot of new hotels being built in Colombo,but because of their design,you could be anywhere in the world. If you are in Colombo,why not stay in a truly Sri Lankan Hotel ! Built, I think in about 1864, it has the charm of that era,but all the facilities of a modern hotel. Quite amazing ! And the service !!! Absolutely first class.! Not overpriced for what you are getting,Do yourself a favour, book into the Galle Face Hotel and get absolutely the best service you could possibly imagine !
Reviewed March 28, 2017
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Mohamed from Maldives
Executive Standard
Stayed 4 nights in March 2017
I requested for an airport transfer on arrival and no one turned up. We had to hire a taxi to the hotel. On arrival at the hotel they did not even know about our reservation. The room they gave us was very small without a bathtub. Room service and housekeeping staff were very rude. Mixing up roomservice orders and trying to blame us and defending themslves. Worst hotel experience through agoda. I would not recommend anyone there. If you don't tip them they are very rude
Reviewed March 26, 2017
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Marie from Canada
Solo traveler
Junior Suite with Balcony
Stayed 5 nights in March 2017
Fabulous hotel! Great views and great food!
Reviewed March 25, 2017
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Barbara from Australia
Superior Room
Stayed 2 nights in March 2017
Beautiful location.Pool and Verandah Restaurant fabulous.”
We had checked out of hotel only to find our Cinnoman Air flight to Kandy had been cancelled.( and our guide was waiting for us in Kandy.) We immediately rang the Galle Face Hotel and spoke to the Manager Paul who organised a hotel car to drive us to Kandy.The drivers arrived within 40 minutes of our phone call and could not of been better,very safe and a great car)While the cost to drive to Kandy was not cheap it saved our trip as some 3 and half hours later we meet up with our guide in Kandy. Thanks to Paul at the Galle Face.
Reviewed March 18, 2017
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Emma from Sweden
Executive Standard
Stayed 2 nights in February 2017
Wonderful hotel but be aware of tourist scams”
I loved everything about the hotel and would definitely choose Galle Face again should I return to Colombo. One thing I wished the hotel would inform us was how you, as an obvious tourist, get ATTACKED outside the hotel by friendly people asking you where your from, how long your staying and then telling you, you're in luck! This is your happy day! Just get in this tuktuk and he'll take you to a temple and then the yearly Gem sale (only today!). They guide you through the temple in such a hurry, telling you where to stand and pushing you around for photo ops then takes you shopping for gems (we didn't ask to) and then another store where they follow you inside making sure you shop. We had some other shopping plans but he never drove us there, told us our options were expensive and that he knew better ones. Don't buy anything you didn't set out to in the first place! We found ourselves in a gem shop not planning to buy anything but were persuaded after long negotiations to buy a saphire. The other day we read about these scams and rushed to the National Gem & Jewlellery Authority to get it tested, we were lucky but still felt a bit fooled. We turned down three offers to go shop for gems in the street in less than 20 mins but eventually fell for the fourth one presenting us a port ID, seemed trustworthy. What bothers me is that we spent a whole day in Colombo not doing the things we had planned, spending a lot more money than planned, on things we actually didn't want! Once you google Gem stone Racket Sri Lanka there are several posts about this in Trip advisor forums and apparently Galle Face is know for getting this kind of attention and we felt we lost a day in Colombo due to all this, leaving an ugly mark on the city for us. Galle Face Hotel - please include this info in your massive informations folder and for an extra plus - add ear plugs to the toiletries since the wonderful and old rooms are noisy. Feeling stupid is my worst feeling, I really hope no one readi
Reviewed March 06, 2017
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Leonard from Australia
Superior Room
Stayed 1 night in February 2017
Treat yourself”
Sure this'll cost you, but it's a rather special place to stay.
Reviewed March 02, 2017
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OLIVER from Germany
Superior Room
Stayed 2 nights in January 2017
Colonial style hotel ”
Historical colonial hotel at the sea front. Good but sometimes slow service. Renovated public facilities but rooms give the impression being from the 1980th.
Reviewed February 06, 2017
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