Very good 7.8
Based on 1371 reviews

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About this property


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.
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Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Getting around

  • Airport transfer
  • Car park
  • Rental car
  • Taxi service
  • Valet parking

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Fitness center
  • Garden
  • Hot tub
  • Massage(s)
  • Private beach
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steamroom
  • Swimming pool [outdoor]
  • Tours

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Bar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Mini bar
  • Poolside bar
  • Refrigerator
  • Restaurant(s)
  • Room service [24-hour]

Services and conveniences

  • Concierge
  • Currency exchange
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Doorman
  • Dry cleaning
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Lockers
  • Luggage storage
  • Newspapers
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Babysitting service
  • Family room


  • Check-in/check-out [express]
  • Check-in/check-out [private]
  • Check-in [24-hour]
  • Elevator
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Pets allowed
  • Security [24-hour]

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Arabic
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Sinhala
  • Tamil
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Child and extra bed policy
Infant 0-5 year(s) Stay for free if using existing bedding. Note, if you need a cot there may be an extra charge.
Children 6-13 year(s) Must use an extra bed
  • Guests over 13 years old are considered as adults.
  • Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room capacity for more details.
When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
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Useful info

Airport Transfer Fee: 50 USD
Breakfast Charge (when not included in room rate): 15 USD
Check-Out Until: 12:00 PM
Distance from City Center: 1 Km
Distance to Airport: 33. Km
Non-Smoking Rooms / Floors: No
Number of Bars: 3
Number of Floors: 4
Number of Restaurants: 3
Number of Rooms : 156
Room Voltage: 240
Time to Airport (Minutes): 30
Year Hotel Built: 1864
Year Hotel Last Renovated: 2015
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Recent customer comments

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Very good

based on 1371 reviews
  • Cleanliness 7.5
  • Facilities 8.6
  • Location 9.1
  • Room comfort and quality 7.8
  • Service 7.3
  • Value for money 7.1
  • Food and dining 7.8
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Shyam from India
Family with teens
Superior Room
Stayed 1 night in October 2016
Fantastic stay
We would always stay here whenever we are in Colombo
Reviewed October 16, 2016

Massimo from Italy
Solo traveler
Superior Room
Stayed 1 night in September 2016
Very nice location this hotel
the food we ordered a la carte was very good . Wonderful view from the bar . So relax ear the wave.
Reviewed October 11, 2016

sivanesan from Malaysia
Business traveler
Superior Room
Stayed 1 night in August 2016
Historic and Lovely Hotel
Its an experience itself staying here
Reviewed October 11, 2016

John from United Kingdom
Superior Room
Stayed 1 night in September 2016
Beautiful Colonial hotel in perfect location
We enjoyed great service in this beautiful hotel. Gym is decent and pool is great. The location is perfect for eating out (try the Dutch Hospital Precinct) and a short way from the train station for our departure.
Reviewed October 02, 2016

Neisha from New Zealand
Superior Room
Stayed 1 night in September 2016
Amazing view and location on the waterfront
Great room in an old building well preserved
Reviewed September 30, 2016

Kian from Malaysia
Business traveler
Superior Room
Stayed 3 nights in August 2016
Great historical hotel
A lot of history, convince, few restaurants and bars around the hotel, nice location.
Reviewed September 27, 2016

SOK from Cambodia
Business traveler
Executive Standard
Stayed 5 nights in September 2016
The hotel room is not good, the wooden floor is noisy.
The hotel room is not good, the wooden floor is noisy.
Reviewed September 26, 2016

kirubarani from Malaysia
Superior Room
Stayed 2 nights in September 2016
No comments
All has been written in the feed back form
Reviewed September 12, 2016

SOMASKANDAR from Malaysia
Family with young children
Premier Ocean View Room
Stayed 4 nights in September 2016
An enjoyable stay at a beautiful colonial style hotel
We stayed at the GFH from the 7th to the 11th of September this year. The hotel has a beautiful old world ambience that transports you to another time where Mark Twain or Earnest Hemingway may have set having tea on the Verandah. We absolutely loved the look and our room which faced the Indian Ocean. It was a treat to be able to look at and listen to the waves crashing at any time of the day by just looking out of our room window! The food is really good and the poolside bar as well as the Travellers Bar had excellent Margheritas! the staff are warm, friendly and helpful
Reviewed September 12, 2016

Michael from Australia
Stayed 4 nights in August 2016
Pros: old world charm, staff attentiveness, ocean view, breakfast buffet. Cons: none. 10/10.
Reviewed August 28, 2016


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