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Hotel Sapphire

"Hotel Staff were accommodating and friendly."

Srikanthy - September 20, 2019
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Hotel Sapphire

371, Galle Road, Wellawatte, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 600 - See map
Free Wi-Fi
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Popular landmarks
Mount Lavinia Beach 3.1 km
Independence Square 3.7 km
Independence Memorial Hall 3.7 km
Colombo National Museum 4.4 km
National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka 4.7 km
Viharamahadevi Park 4.9 km
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple 5.2 km
Galle Face Green 6.0 km
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct 7.2 km
Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque 7.4 km
Nearby landmarks
Laufgh Super Wellawatta 60 m
Delmon Hospital 70 m
St Lawrence Church 110 m
Arpco supersenter wellawatta 230 m
Supun Arcade 320 m
Back P 340 m
Park 350 m
P 350 m
Harmers park 360 m
Wellawatte Market 360 m

8.0

Excellent

Location rating score

490 meters to the beach
ParkingFREE
Hygiene Plus
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Hand sanitizer
Health and Medical
First aid kit
  • 670 meters to public transportation

  • Airport transfer

  • Currency exchange

  • 490 meters to the beach

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

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Value for money7.2
Location rating8.0
Nearest airportRatmalana Airport (RML)
Distance to airport6.3 km

Rooms available at Hotel Sapphire

Very good
Room comfort & quality
7.9
Standard Room
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  • Room size: 29 m²/312 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 double bed
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  • Room size: 29 m²/312 ft²
  • City view
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  • Room size: 29 m²/312 ft²
  • 1 king bed or 2 single beds
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  • Non-smoking
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            Frequently asked questions

            What time is check-in and check-out at Hotel Sapphire?

            Check-in is from 01:00 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 Hotel Sapphire?

            Hotel Sapphire is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want to book a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Hotel Sapphire has a car park on site, as well as additional parking nearby if the first car park is full. Parking is free for guests. 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 Hotel Sapphire?

            Wake up to a great buffet breakfast at Hotel Sapphire. Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 1333 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 Hotel Sapphire?

            Hotel Sapphire features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience.

            What is the smoking policy at Hotel Sapphire?

            Hotel Sapphire does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

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            What people love about Hotel Sapphire

            • 8.0

              Very good
              Staff 

              "The staff and location is excellent."

              Suba

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              November 28, 2019

            • 8.0

              Very good
              Cleanliness

              "Rooms well maintained and clean."

              Gangatharan

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              November 1, 2019

            • 8.8

              Excellent
              Staff 

              "Staff were friendly and helpful."

              Pat

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              March 5, 2019

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            Overall rating:

            7.5

            Very good
            240 reviews
            Cleanliness
            7.1
            Facilities
            6.9
            Location
            8.0
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            What travelers say they love:
            Breakfast was nice and had good spread.
            Pat from New Zealand
            Couple
            More about Hotel Sapphire

            More about Hotel Sapphire

            Authentic Sri Lankan hospitality and local ambience characterize this centrally located hotel. Providing a restful base from which to explore Colombo’s plentiful attractions, the hotel’s position on Galle Road is just 45 minutes from the airport and especially convenient to the National Museum, Dehiwali Zoo, and the Cinnamon Gardens. Travelers seeking more than just a generic hotel stay will be drawn to the Hotel Sapphire’s genuine warmth and affordability. Adding to the hotel’s appeal, the property is often the venue for Hindu weddings, offering guests the rare opportunity to experience real Sri Lankan culture.

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            Most talked about facilities

            Housekeeping

            16 mentions

            Breakfast

            13 mentions

            Food & Dining

            10 mentions

            Swimming Pool

            9 mentions

            What they offer

            8.8

            Excellent

            "We will come again to this hotel."

            Srikanthy

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            September 20, 2019

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            Breakfast options

            Asian

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            Reviews of Hotel Sapphire from real guests

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            7.5
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            10
            Cleanliness7.1
            Facilities6.9
            Location8.0
            Room comfort and quality7.9
            Service7.8
            Value for money7.2
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            9+ Exceptional (19)
            8-9 Excellent (35)
            7-8 Very Good (49)
            6-7 Good (23)
            <6 Below Expectation (31)
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            Mar - May (14)
            Jun - Aug (45)
            Sep - Nov (40)
            Dec - Feb (58)
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            9.3
            Exceptional
            Pedro from Brazil
            Solo traveler
            Standard Room
            Stayed 6 nights in September 2010

            Hotel Sapphire”

            Cleanliness and helpfulness
            Lighting in the corridors

            I very much enjoyed my stay at the Sapphire Hotel in Wellawatte, Colombo, and will choose it again for my next visit. The room was nicely clean and tidy, the service at the restaurant as good and the food was tasty. I speacially appreciated having some vegetarian dishes on the menu.

            Reviewed October 05, 2010

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            8.3
            Excellent
            Colin from Australia
            Family with young children
            Standard Room
            Stayed 1 night in December 2012

            A good basic place to stay”

            Exceelnt restuarant

            This hotel is located somewhat south of Colombo city but is well known. The hotel is showing it's age a bit but the staff cannot be faulted. The rooms are spacious and well air conditioned. There is a room safe. The pool is great and well maintained and cleaned. There is a fridge and coffee making facilities. The buffet breakfast is very good. The front doorman is a fantastic asset to the hotel and knows everything whilst being extremely courteous. This hotel is a great escape from the hectic life of Colombo but has a lot of shops around it. If you walk down to the beach and get to Wellawatta train station the ride to Mount Lavinia is only $US0.07. There you can walk through the historic hotel and have a swim at a good beach. There are slums to see on the way which made us pretty sad. Altogether, Hotel Sapphire is a very good value hotel without the over-the-top prices of some of the others.

            Reviewed January 11, 2013

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            8.3
            Excellent
            Kiran from Singapore
            Couple
            Standard Room
            Stayed 2 nights in December 2011

            Impressed”

            Good customer service, Big room, good location

            my husband and i stayed in sapphire hotel from 24 december 2011 till 26 december 2011. we did not have high expectations for this hotel as we had heard from close friends that it is a basic hotel with clean rooms and toilets. we were pleasantly surprised when we got to our room (room 308). it was a big, clean room and the toilet was clean. (the room did not have a queen/king size bed but the porter shifted the two single beds together for us when we asked him to). even the wi-fi worked well. the check in/check out process was convenient and staff was very friendly. overall, this hotel had good customer service and we couldn't fault the room considering we did not pay more than usd$100 for the room per night. it actually exceeded our expectation. if we do go back to colombo for a visit, we will stay here again. the hotel is located centrally on the main road which is really good. opposite the hotel, there is food city and other shops (such as the royal bakery) so we used to stroll out if we wanted to buy bottled water or snacks. (we did not eat at the hotel so can't comment on the rating below but we are putting down a rating of 4 based on a close friend's dining experience there and they said the food they had was really good.)

            Reviewed January 10, 2012

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            9.3
            Exceptional
            Aidli from Singapore
            Couple
            Stayed 9 nights in February 2012

            A Gem In the Middle of Colombo”

            Great Location, Helpful Staff and Big Spacious Rooms

            Getting to know Colombo from Hotel Sapphire is a great idea. Located at Wellawate, the hotel was close to amenities, public transport and lots of wonderful restaurants. And did we mention our spacious suite? Value for money!!!

            Reviewed September 13, 2014

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            8.0
            Excellent
            Elisabeth from Austria
            Couple
            Deluxe Room
            Stayed 1 night in January 2012

            good city hotel”

            big room, clean, offering all facilities

            hotel sapphire is a good place to stay in colombo. our room was quite big, very clean, good matresses, hot water, toilette and shower with good pressure, full sanitary kit. staff was friendly and helpful. in the lobby there was a nasty smell of mold. luckily this was only downstairs. in our room the air was ok. since hotel sapphire is situated on a street with full traffic, one will always hear some noise in the rooms.

            Reviewed February 11, 2012

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            9.6
            Exceptional
            Marie from Australia
            Solo traveler
            Standard Room
            Stayed 3 nights in October 2019

            Fantastic Location and very friendly staff”

            I can absolutely recommend Hotel Saphire as the Manager Dimuthu is very efficient and friendly anf his staff from the Doorman to room service, Buffet/Restaurant staff are very friendly and helpful. The spot Wellawatte is a place where you can get almost anything you need and if you get an auto rickshaw you can go anywhere within 15-20 minutes depending on traffic.

            Reviewed October 24, 2019

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            8.7
            Excellent
            Hank from United States
            Solo traveler
            Standard Room
            Stayed 1 night in October 2012

            A hotel worth it's price”

            convenient location and friendly staff

            The hotel Sapphire is a clean, reasonably-priced hotel in a very convenient location. The staff are friendly and helpful and the breakfast (be careful, not always included in the price)was good but a bit overpriced. They were very gracious to allow me a late checkout and the swimming pool was very pleasant. Th outside of the hotel looks better at night than in the daytime.

            Reviewed November 04, 2012

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            8.0
            Excellent
            Burma from United States
            Couple
            Standard Room
            Stayed 3 nights in October 2010

            Big, clean rooms”

            Location

            All hotel rates for Colombo seemed a bit high but we chose the Sapphire for the location. Upon checking in we given the Garnet Suite which was huge. The hotel was clean however some functions (like the music) in the super sci fi looking bathroom did not work. The beds were super comfortable we had a tv and fridge and a nice dressing room area. The staff was friendly and helpful but we were not pleased with the man who ran the travel desk. When we booked a car and driver for the day he refused to arrange the pickup time we wanted stating it was too early. This made us late and we missed our first stop of the day. The driver however couldn't have been nicer though and tried to get us there on time.

            Reviewed February 05, 2011

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            8.8
            Excellent
            Srikanthy from Australia
            Couple
            Deluxe Room
            Stayed 2 nights in September 2019

            Central Location and Friendly Staff”

            We enjoyed the 4 nights stay at Hotel Sapphire. Hotel Staff were accommodating and friendly. We checked out at 12 PM but our flight was in the evening was only at 9 PM. We were able to leave our pieces of baggage at the hotel lobby and go outside, and then come back and pick up the luggage to go to the Airport. We were able to use the common washroom to freshen up and change our clothes as well. Breakfast was good. We will come again to this hotel.

            Reviewed September 20, 2019

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            9.0
            Exceptional
            Jonathan from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Stayed 1 night in April 2012

            Little gem of a hotel- Good location, Big suite ”

            Staff very helpful and polite

            We had a one night stay on 5th April 2012. From the moment we checked in the staff were extremely helpful. The restaurant Assistant Manager even helped us to get into the test match. Bar staff/ waiting staff at breakfast and the room service and housekeeping staff weere all very pleasant and helpful. We would stop at Sapphire again for sure. We used room service quite a few times to get food and drinks on Good Friday as the bar was not open. The standard of food was very good as was the service.

            Reviewed April 17, 2012

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            9.0
            Exceptional
            ibrahim from Maldives
            Family with young children
            Standard Room
            Stayed 2 nights in January 2015

            very good”

            service, location, comfortable

            that was the 2nd time we stayed in this hotel i feel very homely and comfotable ,staffs are very friendly bell boys provide excellent service rooms are clean and big ,swimming pool area is very private .i recommend this hotel for relax, business and for the families.hospital ,arpico ,nolimint and many shops around this area, next time when i come colombo i will choose this hotel. thank u all staff of the hotel aishath fareeda and ibrahim niyaz

            Reviewed January 05, 2015

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            7.3
            Very good
            Thomas from United States
            Couple
            Standard Room
            Stayed 1 night in October 2010

            Good hotel, nice location and friendly staff”

            Room was large, clean and good value
            Furniture is a little faded and shabby

            The Hotel Sapphire is fairly well situated on the Galle Rd. in Colombo within walking distance of restaurants, shopping and other sights. The hotel staff are friendly, have excellent spoken English and were very helpful. We have stayed in several other hotels over the years in Colombo and feel for the price, location and amenities this is good value.

            Reviewed October 15, 2010

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            7.3
            Very good
            EDUARDO from Spain
            Business traveler
            Deluxe Room
            Stayed 4 nights in July 2011

            Nice hotel with good service. Restaurant OK.”

            Nice service, room was clean, average-good restaurant

            I stayed 4 days at Hotel Sapphire and I had a good impression of it. As I said, the room was clean, good room and desk service, nice pool. The restaurant was good but average. The only thing I would complain is the noise from the street, but from my room was not too bad. Location is in Colombo 6, a bit south from the city centre but easy accessible with a rick-saw. There is a nice bar at the same hotel where you can have a drink.

            Reviewed July 18, 2011

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            8.0
            Excellent
            Gangatharan from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Standard Room
            Stayed 1 night in October 2019

            Good Location; accommodations and facilities. Good value for money. Staff very friendly and helpful ”

            A very good size double bedroom with air- condition; Rooms well maintained and clean. En-suite toilet in need of modernising but fully functional. Room rates fluctuates and you can get a good deal for late bookings as low as $22 per night which is good for a 3 star hotel within close proximity of Colombo. In addition luggage store facilities are available. Rooms cleaned every day and towels changed. Good value for money

            Reviewed November 01, 2019

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            10.0
            Exceptional
            CHEEMUN from Australia
            Family with teens
            Standard Room
            Stayed 6 nights in August 2013

            enjoyable stay at the sapphire”

            central location, value for money, friendly service

            most enjoyed our stay at the hotel sapphire, which is centrally located for shopping, dining, banking and entertainment

            Reviewed August 12, 2013

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            8.0
            Excellent
            Trevor from Australia
            Couple
            Standard Room
            Stayed 1 night in December 2011

            Pleasent stay, excellent staff”

            Staff very helpful, rooms are a good size

            we stayed one night at hotel sapphire and no issues. the staff were very helpful. location is a little far from the main city centre (fort), but well located for other sight seeing trips. room was large, ac, hot water, large bed and clean. a pleasent stay.

            Reviewed February 19, 2012

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            9.0
            Exceptional
            William from Canada
            Couple
            Standard Room
            Stayed 2 nights in January 2014

            Great location”

            Location, restaurant & staff

            Will being staying at the Sapphire again when in Colombo!

            Reviewed February 02, 2014

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            9.0
            Exceptional
            SATISH from India
            Family with teens
            Standard Room
            Stayed 1 night in June 2011

            great location and good facilities”

            location, ambience, facilities, staff

            the location is central in very busy area. the staff are very polite, quick and responsive. it took just 1 minute for us to check-in and also to check-out. the rooms are well maintained. tv channel options are good and food options are good.overall, this is a best place to stay in colombo in the budget.

            Reviewed June 21, 2011

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            8.0
            Excellent
            Vikramaditya from India
            Group
            Standard Room
            Stayed 4 nights in September 2010

            A review of Hotel Sapphire, Galle Road, Colombo,Sr”

            Excellent pool, free Wi-Fi
            Nil

            A nice, comfortable hotel, not lavish but fully functional. We were pleasantly surprised to discover they had free Wi-Fi. The roof-top pool is excellent.There is also a supermarket located right opposite the hotel. Additionally, there are a lot of eating places close by. The area the hotel is located in some distance from the heart of Colombo, but there is a bus station close by. I would recommend this hotel to anyone on a moderate budget.

            Reviewed October 03, 2010

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            7.3
            Very good
            elsa from Sweden
            Family with young children
            Standard Room
            Stayed 2 nights in December 2011

            Clean and nice hotel”

            Good service

            we arrived early in the morning and was offered a room while waiting for our room to be cleaned - no extra charge! the staff in the reception was very friendly and service minded, so was the cleaners. the pool area was small and nice (clean), although the noise fron galle road was a bit disturbing. the only thing to complain about was the restaurant which we found a bit scruffy, but the staff was nice. we enjoyed our stay at hotel sapphire very much.

            Reviewed January 10, 2012

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