Mount Lavinia Hotel
Mount Lavinia Hotel
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10.0
Exceptional

"This is excellent accommodation with first rate staff."

Peter

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April 22, 2018

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What guests are saying:
Ranjith at the lobby is a great ambassador for the hotel
KANNANCHATH from India
Couple
This is a lovely old colonial building and if you want to enjoy the atmosphere of such a building, without paying a fortune, you need to overlook a few quirks. We loved it. Much more relaxing than staying in Colombo centre. Breakfast and facilities really excellent.
Kerry from Australia
Couple
The facilities in the hotels are very good.
Farhan from Pakistan
Business traveler
Our first day in Sri Lanka was spent here. We got a very warm welcome and fantastic service all round. The spa was not cheap but worth every penny.
Robert from United Arab Emirates
Family with young children
I would like to recommend to any one who like to enjoy the beauty of the country and the taste of food not only Sri Lankan food but also any other Asian and European style food. This is our second visit it was amazing,
Kumari from Australia
Couple
Our 4th visit since 2013,love the atmosphere, beautiful location, friendliness and old world charm, Also great to have a balcony and the door opening out to, a lot ofhotels dont have this. Always will return to enjoy this unique hotel!!!
rosemary from Australia
Couple
Lovely beach, room, breakfast and meals, staff, entertainment, pool. Easy access railway up to Colombo and down. Outside hotel area not great. Perfect for short stay. Go to the Zoo. Nice for Brits to see a small part of the colonial era: hotel museum and story.
Iain from United Kingdom
Couple
Excellent
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8.1
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10
Excellent service
8.2
Recommended by 81% of guests
Value for money7.7
Distance to city center12. Km
Location rating8.5
Nearest airportRatmalana Airport (RML)
Distance to airport3.0 km
  • 230 meters to public transportation

  • Airport transfer

  • Currency exchange

  • Private beach

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8.0
Very good
Room comfort & quality
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Deluxe Direct Ocean View
Deluxe Direct Ocean View
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  • Room size: 35 m²/377 ft²
  • Ocean view
  • 2 single beds and 1 double ...
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Ocean View Suite
Ocean View Suite
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  • Room size: 287 m²/3089 ft²
  • Ocean view
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Colonial
Colonial
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  • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
  • Ocean view
  • 1 queen bed
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Colonial Suite
Colonial Suite
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  • Partial ocean view
  • Shower and bathtub
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Ocean View
Ocean View
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
  • Partial ocean view
  • 2 single beds and 1 double ...
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Ocean View - 1 King Bed
Ocean View - 1 King Bed
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  • Room size: 208 m²/2239 ft²
  • Ocean view
  • 1 super king bed or 2 singl...
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Superior Suite with Sea View
Superior Suite with Sea View
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  • Room size: 52 m²/560 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
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Colonial Deluxe
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    Double or Twin (Sea View)
    Double or Twin (Sea View)
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      TRIPLE OCEAN VIEW - HALF BOARD
      TRIPLE OCEAN VIEW - HALF BOARD
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        • 9.2
          Exceptional

          "Surely is a hotel very convenient in all points of view."

          Antonio

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          March 21, 2018

        • 10.0
          Exceptional

          "I stay at this hotel every year and have had a great stay."

          KHIRUL F.

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          March 20, 2018

        • 10.0
          Exceptional

          "Always will return to enjoy this unique hotel!!"

          rosemary

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          March 9, 2018

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        10.0
        Exceptional

        "We got a very warm welcome and fantastic service all round."

        Robert

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        March 24, 2018

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        8.8
        Excellent

        "Breakfast and facilities really excellent."

        Kerry

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        March 27, 2018

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        Agoda Reviews (1285)Booking.com Reviews (1420)
        8.1
        /
        10
        Cleanliness8.0
        Facilities7.9
        Location8.5
        Room comfort and quality8.0
        Service8.2
        Value for money7.7
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        9.2
        Exceptional
        Prasad from India
        Group
        Colonial
        Stayed 1 night in July 2018
        Excellent hotel with a stunning view”
        Though it is almost an hour away from the happening locations in the city, the hotel offers great rooms with a stunning view of the ocean, in a heritage building. Rooms are clean and the staff, friendly. Even though I felt the rooms were a bit expensive, overall they left me with no cause for complaint. The breakfast spread too was quite impressive!
        Reviewed July 16, 2018
        8.4
        Excellent
        Nicole from Australia
        Family with young children
        Stayed 4 nights in June 2018
        Beautiful history and you can feel it in the walls”
        Great opportunity to experience a bygone era. The staff exude such service. Their uniforms are great. The food is superb and the wifi is good. The views spectacular..... I can only imagine the need of upkeep on a building so close to the harsh seas. Doing great.
        Reviewed June 22, 2018
        8.0
        Excellent
        marsha from United Kingdom
        Couple
        Deluxe Direct Ocean View
        Stayed 1 night in October 2018
        Bye Gone Days”
        We stayed here for one night before boarding our cruise ship. This would have been a wonderful hotel back in the day, but now in need of much updating and maintenance. In saying that our room was fine with a lovely sea view. Apparently the hotel is the go to place for Sri Lankans getting married and we were lucky enough to see two couples in their wedding outfits. The evening meal we had was ok, not that reasonable however for what it was and breakfast ok. The main train line from Galle to Colombo runs behind the hotel and you can feel the vibration and here the noise but it was not intrusive nor did it spoil our nights sleep. Bed was lovely and comfy. The rooms even have a USB port for charging various things instead of having to find plugs and adapters - although they do have three prong UK sockets.
        Reviewed November 05, 2018
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Melissa from United States
        Solo traveler
        Colonial
        Stayed 1 night in August 2018
        Nice Hotel”
        I'm not sure if I'd recommend it or not-I'd tell them about the experience and how it wasn't bad, but I doubt the friend that was with me would. He stayed in a different room and didn't tell me until the day when we were leaving that his room had cockroaches. I am deathly afraid of these bugs and am so thankful I didn't see any in my room. Other than this I believe this hotel was perfect! It did remind me of Steven Kings horror movie, "The Shining" with it's long eerie hallways and such... Sure, why not for someone that doesn't mind the bugs.. Try it out! (I won't again, though)
        Reviewed October 17, 2018
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Vidura from Singapore
        Couple
        Deluxe Direct Ocean View
        Stayed 1 night in March 2018
        Everything was great”
        Staff was really good and friendly. Food taste so good and portions are really big one portion could be enough for two.Themed dinners every night. Buffets were always different and had many choices. And great view.
        Reviewed April 18, 2018
        8.8
        Excellent
        Kerry from Australia
        Couple
        Ocean View
        Stayed 2 nights in March 2018
        Couple”
        This is a lovely old colonial building and if you want to enjoy the atmosphere of such a building, without paying a fortune, you need to overlook a few quirks. We loved it. Much more relaxing than staying in Colombo centre. Breakfast and facilities really excellent.
        Reviewed March 27, 2018
        9.2
        Exceptional
        Antonio from Macau
        Solo traveler
        Stayed 4 nights in March 2018
        Terra Esteves”
        Surely is a hotel very convenient in all points of view. But could be better with a better management, concerning the real necessities of the guests. Many rooms need urgently improvements, the rooms near by the railway are a real hell! very noisy, with vibration, nobody like stay in that rooms of course, is urgent look for a good solution. On the beach another problem, the guests can´t stay quiet, they are mixed with another activities, etc. Let´s go together, staff and guests, do our best for Mount Lavínia Hotel become the Top Sri Lanka Hotel
        Reviewed March 21, 2018
        10.0
        Exceptional
        KHIRUL from United Kingdom
        Couple
        Colonial
        Stayed 7 nights in March 2018
        Great”
        I stay at this hotel every year and have had a great stay. Nedra the lobby manager to Camillus from governors restaurant along with rest of the restaurant staff and the reception staff and Mr vignesweran and the cleaning staff on 2nd floor to the front door staff gave us such a welcoming helpful service that I will always stay at Mount Lavinia hotel every time. Thank you to all the staff
        Reviewed March 20, 2018
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Kumari from Australia
        Couple
        Ocean View
        Stayed 1 night in November 2017
        Great locatiion”
        I would like to recommend to any one who like to enjoy the beauty of the country and the taste of food not only Sri Lankan food but also any other Asian and European style food. This is our second visit it was amazing,
        Reviewed March 12, 2018
        9.2
        Exceptional
        Robin from Austria
        Couple
        Ocean View
        Stayed 1 night in January 2018
        Nice and old fashioned”
        Huge hotel with a history, great view, huge breakfast buffet and a very slow service. Check-in took us 1h, drinks 30min and food was forgotten by the waiter. But a nice place to stay with a private beach and seafood restaurant.
        Reviewed January 04, 2018
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Angela from United Kingdom
        Family with young children
        Deluxe Direct Ocean View
        Stayed 1 night in August 2018
        Colonial elegance with a poignant love story”
        This is our second stay at Mount Lavinia, the first being 16 years ago on our honeymoon! This is a very special place indeed & many people stay here on at the beginning or end of their stay in Srilanka as it’s so conveniently placed about an hour from the airport. The building has so much history & holds a beautiful (but sad) love story which includes a secret tunnel that the staff will show you! My kids loved that & going on a tour of the small museum & the original building including the Governor’s living quarters. The staff are exceptional here., warm, helpful & friendly. We enjoyed an evening seafood cove meal on the beach (choose your fish. & portion size & watch them cook it fresh on the beach!) & an English High Tea by the swimming pool on our last afternoon (sensational). We enjoyed the spectacular views of Colombo & the coastline while sipping our tea feeling very grandeur in the Old Governors Palace. Would dearly love to return again!
        Reviewed August 15, 2018
        9.6
        Exceptional
        Ajay
        Family with young children
        Stayed 1 night in August 2018
        Great!”
        Mt Lavinia Hotel is a beautiful colonial hotel. I loved the fact that our rooms opened into a lawn overlooking the sea. The hotel had a swimming pool and a poolside breakfast which was a sumptuous spread. The seafood cove was an amazing sea-side restaurant with fresh fish and wines to choose from. The staff were super friendly. The rooms comfy. Our stay felt too short.
        Reviewed August 07, 2018
        9.2
        Exceptional
        Sebastian from Finland
        Business traveler
        Deluxe Direct Ocean View
        Stayed 1 night in September 2018
        Amazing beach and story to this place ”
        Gym was fantastic, staff so kind, amazing beach connected to the hotel and what a great story behind it!!
        Reviewed October 12, 2018
        8.0
        Excellent
        Russell from United States
        Business traveler
        Colonial
        Stayed 2 nights in November 2017
        Not what I paid for ”
        Agoda really put me in a bad position but the hotel did their best to fix it. I booked a deluxe ocean view suite and it came through to the hotel as a colonial room. The room was complete disaster. Mold on the walls. Banging noise all night. Falling apart. They fixed it but showed me the reservation came through as a colonial even though I had confirmed a much better room. Hotel fixed it next night. Free dinner and such and better room but it was not a good booking experience and I paid a lot more than what I got. I hope they can find a way to fix the reservation system because this was completely unacceptable. I love this hotel and though Though has their part in the problems if the reservation was sent to them correctly there would have been no problem.
        Reviewed November 12, 2017
        9.6
        Exceptional
        RABINDRAN from Malaysia
        Family with young children
        Deluxe Direct Ocean View
        Stayed 2 nights in June 2017
        Exceptional”
        Was not happy during the check in time as the hotel was unable to locate my confirmation. Also was not happy with a particular Lady manager who was too arrogant and refused to talk to me but she welcomed and talked to some white tourist. The staff at the counter were very good and helpful.
        Reviewed June 13, 2017
        10.0
        Exceptional
        LiJuan from China
        Business traveler
        Deluxe Direct Ocean View
        Stayed 3 nights in June 2016
        Exceptional”
        Definitely my favourite hotel in Colombo. Legendary with many wedding celebrations of nice people; with private beach and beautiful views, excellent food at low price, nice swimming pool and big rooms. Really very nice!
        Reviewed April 25, 2017
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Dayantha from United Kingdom
        Couple
        Deluxe Direct Ocean View
        Stayed 1 night in March 2017
        Best breakfast ever ”
        Breath taking view and excellent breakfast. I've stayed in lot of five star hotels around the world but this hotel served the biggest spread I've seen. I stayed in a suit number 18 which had the view of sea from two sides of the room. The staff was very friendly and I will revisit this hotel again.
        Reviewed March 10, 2017
        8.8
        Excellent
        Mohd from Malaysia
        Business traveler
        Ocean View
        Stayed 5 nights in February 2017
        A Colonial Charming at the edge of cliff”
        Occupy the best spot along Mt Lavinia beach as it sits after the railway tra k immediately after the beach. My beach was just 10 meter away feom edge of the shore and waking up to the waves pounding the beach is such an amazing feeling. I highly recommend this place for honeymooners and those who seeks some quietness. It is quite a distance (30 munutes) from the city so if u dont have much business in the city, this is the place. Off course price is a bit steep but it not many can experience luving in 200 years old building.
        Reviewed March 06, 2017
        8.0
        Excellent
        Tarak from United States
        Couple
        Deluxe Direct Ocean View
        Stayed 1 night in August 2016
        Great location.”
        All staff were excellent except our receptionist. When we checked in we were being given someone else's charges and we were told that we only booked the room for a one person which was incorrect. He was ready to charge us an additional fee. I had to show the receptionist his error on the form which he gave us to sign. He lacked customer service.
        Reviewed August 15, 2016
        8.0
        Excellent
        Soureya from France
        Solo traveler
        Ocean View
        Stayed 4 nights in July 2016
        A nice place to stay”
        I had a nice stay at Mount Lavinia Hotel. Welcoming staff, nice room with a view on the ocean, impressive breakfast, excellent facilities. I would definitely recommend this place. Only drawback: a bit far from the city center.
        Reviewed July 15, 2016
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        • Excellent location
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        • Mount Lavinia Train Station is within 0.23 km