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8.2

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Highly rated by guests – 94% would recommend
Breakfast42
View34
Food & Dining16
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9.2

Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location - Inside city center
Excellent for walking
Parking
FREE
Walkable places
Inn on the Green

50 m

Cantaloupe Boutique

170 m

Galle Face Green

210 m

Angsana City Club & Spa

220 m

Kama Colombo

240 m

Popular landmarks
National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

1.1 km

Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

1.3 km

Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct

1.5 km

Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque

1.9 km

Viharamahadevi Park

2.0 km

Closest landmarks
Amuseum Boutique Bar

60 m

Indian High Commission

130 m

American Information Resource Centre

130 m

Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka

240 m

SKKY Bar

250 m

Galle Face Hotel

"Our stay was a memorable one."

Krishanthie - April 25, 2022
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Galle Face Hotel

2, Galle road, Colombo Galle face Green, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 100 - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Strategically situated in Colombo Galle face Green, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Rated with 5 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to massage, restaurant and hot tub on-site.

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Staff trained in safety protocol
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Free face masks
Health and Medical
First aid kit
Doctor/nurse on call
  • 470 meters to public transportation

  • Airport transfer

  • Currency exchange

  • Private beach

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

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

Very good
Room comfort & quality

7.8

Empress Suite
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  • Room size: 160 m²/1722 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 2 single beds & 1 queen bed...
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Superior Room
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  • Room size: 27 m²/291 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 double bed
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Premier Ocean View Room
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  • Room size: 36 m²/388 ft²
  • Ocean view
  • 1 queen bed
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Junior Suite Ocean View Queen Room
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 single bed and 1 double b...
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King Emperor Suite
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  • Room size: 200 m²/2153 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 king bed
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Premier Balcony King
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  • Room size: 36 m²/388 ft²
  • Ocean view
  • 1 king bed
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Presidential Suite
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  • Room size: 100 m²/1076 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 king bed
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Premier Ocean Balcony Double Room
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  • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 double bed and 1 single b...
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Premier Ocean Balcony Twin Room
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  • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 3 single beds
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Landmark
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 double bed
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Galle Face Hotel?

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Galle Face Hotel?

Galle Face Hotel is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 50 LKR. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Galle Face Hotel also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the hotel. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Galle Face Hotel has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests. Parking options include a full-service valet for total ease. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Colombo with private transportation, the hotel can arrange both taxis or car rental.

Is breakfast offered at Galle Face Hotel?

Start your mornings right, with the continental and buffet breakfast options offered at Galle Face Hotel. Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 2500 LKR if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the hotel.

What are my dining options at Galle Face Hotel?

Galle Face Hotel features 3 on-site restaurants for your dining convenience.

What is the smoking policy at Galle Face Hotel?

Galle Face Hotel does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free. The hotel offers its guests both smoking and non-smoking rooms. You can request your preferred room type during booking, but please keep in mind that rooms are subject to availability.

What restaurants are nearby Galle Face Hotel?

Galle Face Hotel’s neighborhood is Colombo Galle face Green which includes popular restaurants such as Barista, The Bavarian German Restaurant and Pub and Latitude.

What popular shopping places are close to Galle Face Hotel?

Located in the Colombo Galle face Green area, Galle Face Hotel is close to great shopping choices like Crescat Boulevard Mall, One Galle Face and Cantaloupe Boutique.

What are popular attractions near Galle Face Hotel?

Galle Face Hotel’s location in the Colombo Galle face Green neighborhood makes it close to famous attractions including Galle Face Green, Old Parliament Building and Angsana City Club & Spa.

What popular beaches are close to Galle Face Hotel?

Galle Face Hotel’s Colombo Galle face Green neighborhood also includes Galle Face Beach.

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What people love about Galle Face Hotel

  • 10

    Exceptional

    "Our stay was a memorable one."

    Krishanthie

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    April 25, 2022

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "The hotel staffs are very friendly and the room we stayed was very clean and with a great view."

    Krishanthie

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    April 25, 2022

  • 9.2

    Exceptional

    "Nice saltwater pool."

    Ivan

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    April 17, 2022

Property ranking|Compared to 535 Colombo properties
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Location score
9.2/10
Cheapest price score
Room comfort score
7.8/10
Cleanliness score
8/10
Better than
99
%
of Colombo properties
Better than
91
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of Colombo properties
Better than
87
%
of Colombo properties
Better than
83
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of Colombo properties
Overall rating:

8.2

Excellent
2,628 reviews
Cleanliness
8.0
Facilities
8.1
Location
9.2
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Galle Face Hotel

Get the most from an urban escape in Colombo when you book a room at Galle Face Hotel. Located right in the city center, Galle Face Hotel saves you time and travel by letting you wake up right in the heart of the best neighborhood.
Have a hassle-free trip while enjoying the services and amenities offered by Galle Face Hotel. Never be out of touch with your contacts, with free Wi-Fi offered throughout your stay. If you need a ride from or to the airport, the hotel can arrange it before your check-in date. Taxi, car hire and shuttle services provided by the hotel make it easy to plan your day trips, sightseeing, and more around Colombo.
If you plan to arrive by car, you'll appreciate the hotel's free parking, right on-site. The hotel provides front desk services such as concierge service, express check-in or check-out, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes for guests' convenience. If you need, the ticket service and tours can even help you book tickets and reservations at all the best shows and programs nearby. Staying for a long time, or just need clean clothes? dry cleaning service and laundry service offered at the hotel will keep your favorite travel outfits clean and available.
For lazy days and nights, in-room conveniences like 24-hour room service, room service and daily housekeeping let you make the most of your room. Smoking is limited to designated areas only, for the health and well-being of all guests and staff.
Equipped with handy amenities, guestrooms at Galle Face Hotel guarantee a comfortable stay for all travelers. Some rooms at Galle Face Hotel are equipped with air conditioning for your convenience. Some rooms at Galle Face Hotel include special design features like a balcony or terrace. In-room entertainment such as daily newspaper, television, in-room video streaming and cable TV is provided for guests in some selected rooms.
The hotel also offers bottled water, a coffee or tea maker and mini bar in some rooms for when you feel like it is needed. It's good to know that a hair dryer, toiletries, bathrobes and towels are provided in some guest bathrooms.


Dining and things to do

Nothing starts a morning better than a delicious breakfast, which you can always enjoy in-house at Galle Face Hotel. If you don't feel like going out to eat, you can always opt for the delicious dining options at the hotel. A night in at the hotel's bar can be as fun as a night out with your travel companions.
Recreational facilities at Galle Face Hotel are designed for escape and relaxation. Don't forget to explore the hotel's easily accessible beach. Finish your vacation days right by dropping in at the massage, hot tub, steam room, spa and sauna. Start your vacation off right with a dip in the pool.
Skip the dress code and opt for a casual cocktail or beer at the hotel's poolside bar. Fitness lovers who want to keep up their routine on vacation can drop in at the hotel's fitness facility. Have fun with your friends or family, or even meet new people at the library. Pick up something memorable for yourself or those waiting for you back at home, at the shops.


Around the property

One doesn't need to look far as the hotel enjoys close proximity to sightseeing options and local attractions. An afternoon of browsing the works at Colombo National Museum located 1.9 km away can familiarize you with the local art scene.


Reasons to stay here

Rooms don't get much cheaper than here, being less than 91% of the city's accommodation.
Know you'll get excellent dining options here, where past guests have rated it above 95% of the city's accommodation.
This accommodation is highly recommended for its location, scoring higher than 98% of other options in the city.

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Amenities and facilities
Excellent
Facilities

8.1

Most talked about facilities

Breakfast

108 mentions

Food & Dining

102 mentions

Swimming Pool

90 mentions

View

53 mentions

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Arabic
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Sinhala
  • Spanish
  • Tamil

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Fitness center
  • Garden
  • Hot tub
  • Massage
  • On-site entertainment
  • Pool with view
  • Private beach
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steamroom
  • Swimming pool [outdoor]
  • Ticket services
  • Tours

Cleanliness and safety

  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Breakfast in room
  • Breakfast takeaway service
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Doctor/nurse on call
  • Face coverings on staff
  • First aid kit
  • Free face masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Individually-wrapped food options
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Shared stationery removed
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Temperature check for guests and staff

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Alternative meal arrangement
  • Bar
  • Kitchen
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurants
  • Room service [24-hour]

Services and conveniences

  • Air conditioning in public area
  • Concierge
  • Currency exchange
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Doorman
  • Dry cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Food delivery
  • Grooming service
  • Ironing service
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Luggage storage
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Shops
  • Smoking area
  • Terrace

For the kids

  • Family room
  • Kids meal

Access

  • CCTV in common areas
  • Check-in/out [express]
  • Check-in/out [private]
  • Check-in [24-hour]
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Security [24-hour]
  • Smoke alarms

Getting around

  • Airport transfer
  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Rental car
  • Shuttle service
  • Taxi service
  • Valet parking

Available in all rooms

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Desk
  • Fan
  • Free bottled water
  • Wi-Fi [free]
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
Location
2, Galle road, Colombo Galle face Green, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 100
Exceptional
Location

9.2

Airports

  • Ratmalana Airport (RML)
    12.1 km 43 min drive
  • Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
    29.2 km 54 min drive

Public transportation

  • Slave Island Railway Station
    470 m
  • Kollupitiya Railway Station
    1.1 km

Hospital or clinic

  • Nawaloka Hospital
    810 m

Shopping

  • Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
    1.5 km

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM
    1.3 km
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Galle Face Green
    210 m
  • National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka
    1.1 km
  • Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
    1.3 km
  • Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
    1.5 km
  • Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque
    1.9 km
  • Viharamahadevi Park
    2.0 km
  • Colombo National Museum
    2.0 km
  • Independence Square
    2.9 km
  • Independence Memorial Hall
    3.0 km
  • Mount Lavinia Beach
    8.8 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Inn on the Green
    50 m
  • Amuseum Boutique Bar
    60 m
  • Indian High Commission
    130 m
  • American Information Resource Centre
    130 m
  • Cantaloupe Boutique
    170 m
  • Galle Face Green
    210 m
  • Angsana City Club & Spa
    220 m
  • Kama Colombo
    240 m
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka
    240 m
  • SKKY Bar
    250 m
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
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.

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)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
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.
Others
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from14:00
  • Check-out until12:00

Getting around

  • Airport transfer fee50 LKR
  • Distance from city center1 Km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)30

Extras

  • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)2500 LKR

The property

  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsNo
  • Number of bars/lounges3
  • Number of floors4
  • Number of restaurants3
  • Number of rooms 156
  • Room voltage240
  • Year property opened1864
  • Most recent renovation2015

Reviews of Galle Face Hotel from real guests

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Cleanliness8.0
Facilities8.1
Location9.2
Room comfort and quality7.8
Service7.8
Value for money7.4
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10.0
Exceptional
Emma from Sweden
Couple
Landmark
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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8.8
Excellent
Mark from United States
Couple
Superior Room
Stayed 2 nights in August 2017

Memorable stay”

Colombo was the first stop on our honeymoon, so my wife and I wanted to stay somewhere special to kick off the trip. With its history and amazing location next to Galle Face Green, the Galle Face Hotel was exactly what we were looking for. Even though it's definitely out of our normal price range, I had no regrets staying here! While our room didn't seem especially fancy, it was spacious with great A/C, a powerful shower, and the best Internet connection we had in the country. The views on the grounds are fantastic and the breakfast buffet was plentiful and delicious. The location is simply amazing, and walking along Galle Face Green at sunset amongst local families was one of the best memories of the whole trip. The hotel staff were very kind and polite, and they certainly made us feel welcome. For travelers like me, the Galle Face Hotel is an expensive place though once all the high Colombo taxes are added (30%!), so I really wouldn't stay here again if I were passing through Colombo. That being said, for a once in a lifetime experience in a historic colonial hotel, it was perfect and memorable. I'd skip the fancy hotel restaurants though and get dinner at one of the places BBQ/roti places on Galle Face Green for delicious, cheap eats.

Reviewed August 23, 2017

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9.3
Exceptional
Michelle from Australia
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in October 2010

Awesome atmosphere and service”

Colonial feel, huge rooms
none

We stayed two nights at the Galle Face Hotel and absolutely loved it. We had a huge room, which was a little musty, but very acceptable given the age and character of the building. It was spotlessly clean with terrific views over Galle Face Green and the Indian Ocean. The hotel staff were great, helpful and friendly. While, as other reviewers have noted, there were quite a few weddings in the function room downstairs, this added to the atmosphere (stunning brides and grooms posing for photos in the gorgeous foyer is no hardship) and we didn't hear a peep from our room which was on the 2nd floor, but right at the front of the hotel, overlooking Galle Face Green. We couldn't have asked for a better stay in Colombo, or a better introduction to Sri Lanka. Would definitely stay there again, and would recommend the 'classic' wing over the 'regency' in terms of character, maybe not Western luxury, though we were very happy to have stayed in the classic wing.

Reviewed November 26, 2010

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8.7
Excellent
Russell from Australia
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in January 2012

A faded but grand (post)colonial experience”

Location, heritage and history, ambience

The Galle Face is an unusual experience. On the one hand it was once a grand hotel in Ceylon's colonial era and the classic wing today seems frozen in this past with furniture and fittings that speak of some past glorious time. It is in a very attractive sense past its time. Now the Galle Face is a place of imaginings - imagining its colonial glory, imagining what it must have been like when the British still ruled. So if you are into colonial fantasies and heritage experiences this is the hotel that is a Colombo attraction in itself. There's lots to like - the superb buffet meals ($16-$20 per head) on the Verandah, sitting on the lawn at sunset overlooking the ocean and drinking G&Ts, grand breakfasts also on the Verandah. The rooms are spacious with 'antique' furniture and the bathrooms take you straight back to the 1950s, but the bed is comfortable. Don't expect flat-screen TVs and do expect creaking doors and floor-boards. The large staff seem to be full of activity but don't expect it to be fast or efficient - but do expect the famous Sri Lankan warmth and smile. The pool is almost Olympic size. The location is simply superb - ocean crashing on the sea wall below the hotel's lawn and the hotel faces the Galle Face Green, a place that is Colombo's playground each evening with its carnivalesque atmosphere. So if you dream of being Joseph Conrad or Somerset Maugham then this is the place for you. Oh and expect to witness a multitude of Sri Lankan weddings - this place has them back-to-back on the weekends.

Reviewed January 17, 2012

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10.0
Exceptional
Christine from India
Family with young children
Landmark
Stayed 1 night in December 2015

Timeless Grandeur”

The Galle Face Hotel, Sri Lanka’s iconic landmark, is situated in the heart of Colombo, along the seafront and facing the famous Galle Face Green. One of the oldest Hotels east of the Suez, the Galle Face Hotel embraces its rich history and legendary traditions, utilizing them to create engaging, immense experiences that resonate with old and new generations of travelers alike. No visit to Sri Lanka is complete without staying at this majestic hotel, built in 1864 and recently restored back to its former glory. Value for money - A must if visiting Sri Lanka.

Reviewed April 19, 2016

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10.0
Exceptional
Kerrie from Australia
Couple
Stayed 1 night in January 2012

A Right Regal Dame”

Just everything

the galle face hotel is right in the middle of colombo opposite galle green ( a wonderful park bordered by the indian ocean.) where families fly kites every afternoon and where late afternoon (especially weekends) people gather.the galle face is one of the finest hotels in sri lanka and no holiday would be complete without at least one night there the history of the hotel lies within every wall and since 1864 this hotel has played host to royalty from every nation. the hotel is grand and in parts totally untouched from old. the setting is wonderful and the standard of service is high. each guest is made to feel special and the hotel itself grabs you on arrival with open arms. i love this place.

Reviewed February 29, 2012

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9.3
Exceptional
Sarah from Australia
Business traveler
Superior Room
Stayed 4 nights in November 2015

A hotel that made a business trip into a holiday”

colonial ambiance, public spaces, sunset by the pool

I chose the Galle Face because I was bringing my husband along on my business trip and wanted a nice place. Galle Face was the perfect choice. I had been hesitant based on reviews renovations: well THEY ARE OVER. It's fully open, fully restored and resplendent. We loved it. The ambiance of a bygone era seeps through every inch of the place and you just feel relaxed by being there. But it's got all the mod-cons necessary for a luxury hotel whether for business or pleasure. Plenty of plugs & good wifi for work. A myriad of public spaces incl. the library; the two lobbies; other small sitting rooms; the bar down by the seafront - fabulous for watching the sunset or enjoying a drink in the evening. The pool is large and clean. The main restaurant is a fabulous semi-open space next to the famous and beautiful tiled verandah - the meals there are all buffets. Good quality food; selection could be better. One negative - the "egg man" at breakfast really could do with a personality implant as he's pretty sour! But he was the only unfriendly member of staff we came across - most others were delightful. At breakfast you can watch the groundsman with the catapult scaring off the crows and watch the squirrels running around. There is a small (uneven) croquet lawn for a fun game (made more exciting by the lumps and bumps!). There is an average hotel gym; a spa; a business centre. The rooms are all different - I would recommend going for an ocean view more because the non-ocean views are closer to the busy Galle Face Road and the whole hotel is low rise so noise is more of an issue.

Reviewed December 06, 2015

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9.0
Exceptional
john from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in January 2012

colonial hotel”

location, history

The Galle Face is the best known ex-colonial hotel in the city and the hotel has a modern section as well as the old section. Best view is from the old rooms looking over Galle Face Green and the coast to the north and these rooms are bigger thn those in the new wing. Their is plenty of old world charm about the Galle Face including elderly factotums in exotic costumes but the hotel also has all modern conveniences and is an excellent place to stay. Very good buffet lunches & drinks by the sea in the evening plus a choice of restaurants. The hotel has its own pub Inn on the Green in the new wing. Location is close to the business centre of Fort which is a bracing sea walk of 20 minutes away and you can get a tuktuk down the Galle road to other places you may wish to visit like Barefoot or Gallery Cafe. Prices are reasonable compared to other 4 or 5 star hotels in the city.

Reviewed January 30, 2012

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10.0
Exceptional
Fiona from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 1 night in January 2012

Historic atmosphere & great lsea front ocation”

Faded colonial grandeur at its best.

our room exceeded expectations - occupying the end of the building in the classic wing we had fabulous three way views (room 208) facing the sea and overlooking galle face green and the hotel garden (excellent viweing point for all the colourful weddings taking place!)massive bedroom and living room. all slightly faded, but for us this added to the charm. downside is the ancient plumbing, but all functional if not luxurious. for those wanting more luxury it sounds as if the regency wing would do the trick, but obviously at a higher price. common areas all very grand too and the main bar/dining area open onto the garden with sea view. friendly and helpful staff, for us this was an ideal last night in colombo before returning home. we'd definitely go back.

Reviewed January 10, 2012

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9.0
Exceptional
Rebecca from Australia
Couple
Superior Room
Stayed 1 night in January 2014

Oasis of calm and elegance in colombo ”

Room, cleanliness, luxury

We loved the Galle Face Hotel. From the moment we walked in, to checking out, it was a first class experience. We were shown to our room and informed by te hotel that the television wasn't working so we're upgraded to a suite. It was an incredible experience and the rooms were so well appointed and luxurious that we didnt want to leave. Our flight didn't leave until midnight and the hotel kindly allowed us 1pm checkout, and then use of the hotel facilities until we departed from the airport- the pool, restaurant and shower facilities available to us made a long day very comfortable and enjoyable ahead of our flight. Great location with brilliant sunset views, easy access to the Dutch hospital area and colombo city. Highly recommend this hotel for your fort night as you get used to colombo, or as a treat on the way home.

Reviewed January 25, 2014

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9.0
Exceptional
Malcolm from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 4 nights in October 2011

Great Character Hotel”

Verandah Restaraunt, the Staff The situation of the hotel

Great hotel staff wonderfull food excellent Rooms in the Classic wing do need updating especially the bathrooms but for the staff food and character of the hotel this can be overlooked. Hotel situated by the sea at the Galle Face Green end of the Galle road so very easy to get into the museums, shopping malls and heart of Colombo. Always haggle if using tuk tuks especially returning to the hotel as the drivers think you have money to burn once you ask for the Galle Face.

Reviewed November 16, 2011

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9.2
Exceptional
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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10.0
Exceptional
Peter from Australia
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in August 2012

Could have stayed forever”

An oasis of charm and class long forgotten in the modern world

we were upgraded to the newly refurbished regency residence wing room 4015 on the forth floor. refurbished not renovated out of touch with it's original intent and design. the bar service, room service and restaurants are on another level. it is a hotel in the true sense of the word. it is not a hilton or a sheraton. there could never be a chain of galle face hotels. it is truly unique in a world where the term is over used. my wife and i intend to fly into colombo, take a car to the hotel and just stay there, relax, be pampered and go nowhere else. after you experience the galle face you can well believe this is why "heaven can wait".

Reviewed September 08, 2012

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10.0
Exceptional
William from Canada
Couple
Stayed 2 nights in October 2012

Amazing hotel steeped in history”

Hotel (historic) features, service, location

Our stay at the Galle Face Hotel was a real treat. From the time we arrived until the time we left, we were treated very well. Our room was in the classic wing and it did not disappoint. It is true that the rooms in this wing are older, but if you are a history buff this is definitely where you want to be. We were given a huge room (the biggest I believe that I have ever stayed in) that had a great view of the coastline and the Galle Face Green. Even though there were high winds and torrential rain for most of our stay, there was plenty to see and do in and around the hotel. You can spend quite a bit of time just touring around the hallways checking out the historic pictures and plaques. We had a fun and enjoyable dinner at the Sea Spray restaurant on our first evening (the high winds and rain added drama to the meal) and finished off our night with a cocktail in the colonial flavored “Veranda” bar. Absolutely no complaints. My wife and I would love to stay here again!

Reviewed November 10, 2012

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9.3
Exceptional
Russell from Australia
Business traveler
Superior Room
Stayed 3 nights in June 2014

Love this grand old hotel”

location, atmosphere, hotel staff

The hotel is undergoing a massive restoration so the old colonial wing is closed (probably until 2015). Nevertheless I really do love staying here. It is my 3rd and 4th stay (before and after a conference outside of Colombo). The regency wing is still open so the great swimming pool and terrace bar are available. There's nothing quite like drinking or eating on the terrace with the Indian Ocean pounding away just metres away. The hotel staff are excellent. The breakfasts are exceptional. I also love being so close to Galle Face Green and being able to wander there each evening. So even with the disruption of the restoration and a bit of noise it was still a worthwhile stay. The faded grandeur is quite appealing.

Reviewed July 23, 2014

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9.3
Exceptional
Geraldine from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 3 nights in February 2010

Galle Face Hotel”

Location Heritage Food Swimming Pool Staff
None

The Galle Face is one of the world's great hotels, a landmark in Colombo. We enjoyed every minute of our stay in the Classic wing which is the real old face of the hotel. The Regency block, the new wing is much more geared to the modern traveller but the Classic has amazing appeal for old Asia hands. A hugely pleasant surprise was the quality of the food. We had been warned that the food was not great but actually found it to be super and probably the best we had during our visit to Sri Lanka. Either there is a new chef here or the Galle Face has listened to the recommendations of guide books. All in all a fabulous stay that we would recommend to anyone.

Reviewed February 17, 2010

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8.7
Excellent
Daniel from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 1 night in November 2012

A great hotel experience, as always”

Beautiful old hotel, excellent service, comfort.

we have stayed at the galle face before and, as we found ourselves in colombo again, there was no other choice. the hotel itself if beautiful, the setting superb and the service first class. we spent the first night of our stay in the classic wing: unrenovated and not as nice as the regency wing (i would recommend the regency - the extra outlay is worth it). unfortunately, that was the night that cyclone nilam hit colombo. the floor above us was being renovated and, at about 10pm, there was an almighty crash from above and water started trickling down our wall. we called downstairs, but the man who came to check just told us that it was because of the weather and not to worry. we thought that the roof of the floor above (the top floor) might have blown off, but we were told this was not the case. it was the case, however, and at 2am we were woken by water pouring through the ceiling. this time, we were rapidly moved to the room in the regency wing that we had booked for the following night. this aside, we had another wonderful stay: high tea was delicious, as always and we had two good nights at the in (sic) on the green pub. also, the hotel is currently undergoing renovations, so many of the facilities are unavailable: my wife had been looking forward to spa treatments, but the spa was shut. as were all the shops.

Reviewed November 11, 2012

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9.0
Exceptional
Ian from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 1 night in February 2013

Iconic colonial grande Dame of Columbo, ”

The original features and size of the rooms

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.

Reviewed March 03, 2013

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10.0
Exceptional
Malithi from Australia
Couple
Superior Room
Stayed 1 night in December 2018

Always delightful ”

We love this hotel. The location is perfect - right next to the water and close to the action in Colombo. The rooms are lovely and very comfortable. The staff are highly professional and always friendly and helpful. The food and drinks are excellent. We really enjoyed sitting by the pool, drink in hand, watching the rosy sunsets, then later digging into a delicious buffet dinner. The hotel has a salt water pool that is wonderful to swim in. The spa at the hotel is also great. We didn’t get a chance to use the gym-but it looked well equipped. Wish we had more time to spend in Colombo- our stay in the Galle Face was a highlight of our SL trip.

Reviewed December 04, 2018

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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

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