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Galle Face Hotel

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GillUnited Kingdom
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9.1Location
  • Private beach

  • 450 meters to public transportation

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms

  • Hot tub

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Nearest essentials

Airports
  • Ratmalana Airport (RML)
  • 11.8 km
  • Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
  • 29.0 km
Public transportation
  • Slave Island Railway Station
  • 470 m
  • Kollupitiya Railway Station
  • 1.1 km
Hospital or clinic
  • Nawaloka Hospital
  • 810 m
Pharmacy
  • Healthguard Phamacy
  • 470 m
Cash withdrawal
  • ATM
  • 1.3 km

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9.6
Erin from United States
Couple
Superior Room
Stayed 1 night in August 2017
Great stay -- would stay here again anytime!
Amazing historic hotel with great facilities, excellent restaurant and bar, and extremely professional staff. We stayed here for our first night in Sri Lanka, and it was a great way to start the holiday -- nothing could have been better for unwinding after a long flight! This colonial hotel does make you feel a bit like an imperialist though, and you're a bit insulated from the hustle-bustle of Colombo, but I guess that's part of the charm for some guests. Highly recommend for a bit of a luxury escape in the middle of the hectic city.
Reviewed September 12, 2017
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8.4
Stewart from Australia
Solo traveler
Superior Room
Stayed 1 night in August 2017
Very nice hotel
I enjoyed this hotel! It has an air of slightly faded glory to it, but I like that! The grounds and hotel itself are grand with a luxurious feel. Buffet dinner very good. Sri Lankan food was very spicy, but they had alternatives. For me the highlight was the staff. The manager at the buffet dinner - when I told him I was leaving before breakfast - organised coffee, bread and pastries to be brought to my room at 5.15am which was great! It is touches like this that make your stay memorable!
Reviewed August 31, 2017
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10.0
Charlotte from Netherlands
Couple
Superior Room
Stayed 1 night in August 2017
Exceptional
Great Old Lady of Colombo- the recent refurbishment has been done sympathetically leaving the wonderful salt water pool gloriously intact. Great place to recover after a week or so travelling in Sri Lanka
Reviewed August 25, 2017
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8.8
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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10.0
Antonia from United States
Family with teens
Superior Room
Stayed 1 night in January 2016
Loved it!
Excellent!
Reviewed July 24, 2017
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9.6
Roger from United Kingdom
Couple
Superior Room
Stayed 2 nights in January 2017
Exceptional
We stayed at the Galle Face Hotel for the first two nights of a 2 week visit to Sri Lanka following recommendations from friends who had styed there before, one for business and one for a wedding. Whilst not cheap, it is one of those iconic hotels that has to be stayed at, with its own small museum, various restaurants and an extremely attentive staff. We plan to stay there again on a 2nd visit to Sri Lanka next year.
Reviewed June 18, 2017
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8.4
Shafi from India
Couple
Landmark
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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9.6
Gill from United Kingdom
Family with teens
Landmark
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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10.0
SIMON from United Kingdom
Group
Landmark
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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9.2
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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