Location rating score
"A restaurant at the ground-floor, good breakfast, station and beach close-by were plus points."
60 meters to public transportation
Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
|Value for money||9.1|
|Distance to city center||1.5 KM|
|Nearest airport||Ratmalana Airport (RML)|
|Distance to airport||4.4 km|
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 homestay offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.
The Penthouse Above Sea 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 28 LKR. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the homestay know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, The Penthouse Above Sea has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests. Self-parking is conveniently available at the homestay. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Colombo with private transportation, the homestay can arrange both taxis or car rental.
The Penthouse Above Sea does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.
"Unique environment with strong lovely breeze in the morning."
December 16, 2018
"Both the hostess and the staff were friendly and courteous."
January 28, 2020
"The room was clean, spacious and extremely comfortable."
January 28, 2020
Well-placed in the beaches area of Colombo city, The Penthouse Above Sea provides a most conducive spot for you to take a break from your busy days. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.
At The Penthouse Above Sea, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, convenience store, daily housekeeping, grocery deliveries.
Step into one of 7 inviting rooms and escape the stresses of the day with a wide range of amenities such as television LCD/plasma screen, additional bathroom, additional toilet, clothes rack, complimentary instant coffee which can be found in some rooms. The hotel offers an excellent variety of recreational facilities. Enjoy unparalleled services and a truly prestigious address at the The Penthouse Above Sea.
"The host and hostess plus their staff were exceptionally kin..."
July 25, 2018
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.
|Guest's age||Extra bed|
Children 0-10 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 11 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
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We booked a room at the Penthouse Above Sea on a whim and because it seemed good. Nothing that you read online will prepare you for how good it is, how spectacular the view is, how wonderfully warm and friendly Chitra is, how much thought has gone into conceptualising and designing the spaces and how blissfully you will sleep at night. Situated on the 15th and 16th Floors of the building, the Penthouse Above Sea takes the best of serviced rooms/apartments and 5-star hotels and offers up a unique experience. Some rooms have a sea view, and being that high up, you'll get a fantastic view of the coast for miles, and with that a view of Colombo city. That there is a train station right across the road means you can take a train trip down the coast if that's appealing to you, although it seemed like the trains are incredibly slow. The charm of the place though is Chitra. She is absolutely wonderful, with an amazingly warm and welcoming energy, something that she has infused into the entire space. She's always smiling and so are the staff. The rooms are spotless, well laid out and the mattress is just so comfortable and cozy, you'll fall asleep in seconds. Bathrooms are just as spotless, and I'm saying that even though my expectations of a bathroom are extremely high. Their food is simple yet excellent, with the option of eating with other guests at a large long table or at one of many cozy tables located on the balcony. All in all, I would happily stay here over and over, and definitely see myself going back to Colombo to stay here, and also see the city. You cannot go wrong if you book here. In fact I would encourage you to book here over a hotel, you won't be disappointed; I know I wasn't.
As a solo female traveller I wanted to stay somewhere safe and 'Penthouse Above Sea' offers just that in a 'home away from home' environment. The apartment is perfectly located next to Dehiwala Train Station which is a good navigation point for yourself and tuk tuk drivers alike. From here you can get the train to Mount Lavinia or Colombo. In fact anywhere in Sri Lanka. Penthouse Above Sea is decorated to 5 star hotel standard and the service also reflects that. I felt that nothing was too much trouble and welcomed from the moment I stepped inside. An oasis from the hustle and bustle of Colombo without being too far removed. I can't recommend this place highly enough and I will certainly stay here again on my next trip.
Million dollar views!”
Deluxe rooms in a near new penthouse (as the name suggests) on the 16th floor with beautiful views of the sandy coastline from Fort to Mt Lavinia and the mountains to the east. The owners Chitra and Ranjith are highly experienced in the top class hotels around the world and certainly know how to look after their guests. We spent our first two nights in Sri Lanka at The Penthouse Above Sea and were thoroughly spoilt with the facilities and hospitality. Chitra and Ranjith even organised a lovely traditional Sri Lankan meal for our anniversary (thank you so much Neeta, you are an amazing cook). There is also lovely rooftop pool and gym available for use. The rooms were furnished with tasteful luxury and the whole apartment is decorated with stunning works of art from their travels as well as was some of Chitra's own work. We were upgraded to the largest room which opens out onto a huge balcony and the lovely evening breeze. The apartment is ideally located across from a train station allowing for easy access to Colombo and the south. There is an ATM available and a supermarket in the building too. This is certainly a place we would recommend to everyone. Loved it - thank you so much Chitra and Ranjith.
Ultimate luxurious stay”
My husband and I recently had the supreme joy of staying at The Penthouse Above Sea. From the minute we stepped through the door to hosts Chitra and Ranjith’s penthouse, we were warmly greeted into an environment of supreme luxury. Being experienced hoteliers, our hosts knew exactly how to cater for travellers’ needs. Our room was beautifully decorated with state-of-the-art facilities and extra personal touches such as magazines, as well as poolside accessories including towels, sarongs and flip-flops. It would be remiss not to mention the ultimate comfort and supreme quality of the bed, pillows and bed linen giving us a heavenly night’s sleep. Chitra and Ranjith eagerly shared their knowledge and recommendations regarding shopping and eating in nearby Mt Lavinia and Colombo, which proved most helpful in our travels. On the morning of our departure, we enjoyed a delicious continental breakfast with our hosts before leaving. We left with one regret which was that we only had one night at this remarkable boutique hotel. We will definitely return and highly recommend this accommodation to others
Perfect Holiday Location”
We definitely recommend the stay at The Penthouse Above Sea when visiting Colombo. Chitra and Ranjith are wonderful hosts and their staff are extremely friendly and courteous. The view of the beach while having breakfast or just relaxing was something we really enjoyed. The Penthouse is even perfect for a large group and is very homely. The room was equipped with everything we needed and more. The food was delicious and all the amenities included are worth the stay. The price is affordable and much better than staying at a hotel. We are even thinking of booking a few more days for the rest of our holiday. Thank you so much for a comfortable and relaxing stay.
Best Accomodation in Colombo to date”
Given my regular monthly visit to Colombo, I have had quite exposure to several 5 star hotels in the city, however, none could be matched to The Penthouse Above Sea. Ranging for hotel furnishing to quality of linen and tablewares, taking view second to none , convenience commutation to the city , I would call this place a home more than a hotel. Ms Chitra and Mr. Rajeet have been a fantastic host that would always urge you to see them when you are back to Colombo. Resourceful and yet helpful they are. These have made my stay in Colombo this time the best among others and it will be my regular hotel from now on.
Our best stay in Sri Lanka. Absolutely fantastic.”
We have traveled around Sri Lanka for 3 weeks and stayed in many hotels. The Penthouse Above Sea is far superior in all aspects to all the other hotels we have stayed. Beautiful settings, super clean, best bed we ever slept on (we had difficulties to wake up in the morning), Superb bathroom/room amenities, high quality wonderful breakfast, although located in the city, no disturbances at all when you rest or sleep. Beautifully decorated with attention to details. Lovely staff who attended to our needs very professionally. We very much regret that we could not stay there longer as our stay at The Penthouse was truly memorable. A MUST stay in Colombo. Highly recommended.
Had a wonderful 4 night stay at The Penthouse. On the 24th floor with amazing views. We had the Grand room and it was huge. Huge king size bed with luxury sheets and pillows. Big bathroom with nice toiletries. Balcony off the room. Breakfast was really good- lots of choices and staff are very friendly. We had breakfast on the balcony overlooking the beach/city. There's a huge pool on the rooftop which we used often as it's very hot in Colombo. The Penthouse is next to the train station so it was an easy 15 min trip into the city- or otherwise on a tuk tuk. About a 10 min walk along the beach to Mt Lavinia which was nice for swimming, restaurants and bars on the beach. Christra was the nicest host you'd ever meet. She organized a car for us to and from the airport ( and stayed up until 2 am to welcome us on arrival). We'd recommend staying at The Penthouse rather than in busy and noisy Colombo itself. We hope to stay at The Penthouse again at the wand of our trip around Sri Lanka.
What can I say but what a fantastic property with a view to die for. From the moment you walk in you are greeted by the most friendliest people with the biggest smiles. It is more like visiting old friends than checking in. The room was fantastic with super cold A/C and ceiling fan. The bedding was luxurious too. Breakfast was served buffet style and comprised of both Sri Lankan and western foods. Right outside is the railway station which is perfect for trips into Colombo city or Galle. What sets this place apart is the dedication of the staff. Nothing is ever too much trouble and the guests wellbeing is always paramount. I have stayed in many 5* hotels but never have I felt so special as in the Penthouse above sea.. Perfect in every way...
The Penthouse Above Sea is a wonderful accommodation in Colombo! The owners Chitra and Ranjit and their staff made every effort to make our stay there perfekt and their treatment was very familiar! The view are amazing as well as the room and breakfast. Both the room and lounge are very nicely decorated, the beds are comfortable and the rooms spacious. We also got extra acess to the room when we had a late flight home. The location is really quiet as the rooms are at 16 and 17 floor. Train station just outside, ATM, supermarket and restaurant in the same building, absolutely perfect! We really recommend this accommodation and will definitely be back! Thank you from Vaino and John, Sweden.
We stayed one night at The Penthouse Above Sea before heading out to Nuwara Eliya/Kandy. We were greeted by Chitra and Ranjit who were extremely hospitable. Our room was clean (with full hotel amenities such as a safe, good linen, etc) and the view of Colombo city and the sea was amazing. Ranjit also helped us to organise a driver and a car to take us the Nuwara Eliya/Kandy which was great as we didn't make prior arrangements. We would not hesitate to recommend this place to other travellers alike. Thanks Chitra and Ranjit for a great stay.
We enjoyed a lovely one night stay at The Penthouse Above Sea. Right at the top of the building you will find yourself entering a fanatically designed, warm contemporary living/hang out area where you check in and also have the delicious free breakfast. The host and owner is a lovely woman who was incredibly friendly and extremely helpful with any of our enquireries. The team who work there are also all friendly and helpful. The room itself was very comfortable in all respects. There is a communal swimming pool on the rooftop with breathtaking views of the shore-line and Colombo city. I would highly recommend.
This hotel is one of the best run, cleanest, and most pleasing places I've stayed in a long time. In addition, it has one of the very best views you could imagine . . . on the 16th floor of an apartment tower overlooking Colombo to one side and the beach to the other. I also have to thank the six ladies who keep this place looking like it does.... they truly do an excellent job and the Penthouse Above Sea is lucky to have them. 谢谢你们，下周见！
Nice roof top hotel overseeing Colombo”
After a day of long driving, were were very glad to finally sleep in a very comfortable bed Penthouse Above the Sea offers. Chitra and Ranjith warmly welcomed us to the Penthouse. We had a chat and share about each other's stories, followed by a delicious meal. They also kindly offered us a glass of champagne to celebrate our honeymoon. The Penthouse is not exactly in the city centre of Colombo but this is not far away from it. From the balcony, you can see the view of the beach spanning along the city and also the railway station. Thank you for your hospitality.
A dream came true!”
Staying at the Penthouse was a terrific experience. It's located right next to the train station, so it's easy to commute within Colombo. The neightborhood gives you a perfect timeout from the hustle & bustle of the city. The penthouse itself is just a dream that came true. Ranjith & Chitra put passion and detail into the modern decoration and the rooms are superb. Not to forget to mention the beds - you will want that your night never ends!!! They provide everything you need. Chitra & Ranjith are two lovely people with an inspring story. It was so wonderful having met them and hearing about their life. We had a wonderful time in Colombo thanks to the two of them and once I return, I will definitely stay at the Penthouse. There's no greater place!!! Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. All the best.
The greatest host that I met in Sri Lanka. Everything is done to make you feel on holiday. Service is perfect. Room is spacious and modern. And bed is so smooth. Stunning penthouse with beautiful view on seaside. Good location. Only one night but next stop in Colombo. It is sure that it will be in "Penthouse above sea"
Truely a great place”
Located just outside the hustle and buzzle of central Colombo, overseeing the sea, with all the amenities of a modern home, the penthouse stay was all that was described and more. Would like to thank our wonderful hosts Chitra and Ranjit for the exceptional hospitality and personal care. We felt that we stayed in a home more than a hotel. And the staff have been most kind and accommodating. We enjoyed every minute. It has been a lovely holiday experience and is at the top of our list for the next Colombo visit.
Fabulous awesome stay at The penthouse above sea. Beautiful view of the sea and along it runs the ra”
Fabulous awesome stay at The penthouse above sea. Beautiful view of the sea and along it runs the railway lines with the olden times kind of trains. Ambience is done so tastefully. Food was awesome with great variety. The owner Chitra and Ranjit attend and takes care of each guest personally .The staff were all very kind. Very clean rooms. We were there for one night 13-14 August 2017. She made our trip itenerarry for all 7 days stay in Sri Lanka so convenient and easy by arranging a cab and excellent driver for a reasonable price. Very reliable. Besides she called us quite a number of times to check if are enjoying. Strongly recommended 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
HOSPITALITY AT ITS BEST”
We decided to do something different on our visit to Sri Lanka and stay in an apartment rather than a hotel and what a good decision that was. We were welcomed at 1am in the morning by the hosts Ranjith and Chitra to welcome us and their hospitality continued throughout the week. The property is located next to the train station for a cheap convenient 20 minute train journey to Colombo Fort. There is a plethora of local restaurants for cheap eats and a supermarket at the bottom of the building. Although the apartments does not have sea views, these can be captured from the balconies of the penthouse living area where you can watch the sun set and watch life go by. The breakfast was simple but devine, If you had any specific needs, I am sure you would be accommodated. Cleanliness was superb and the staff so polite and friendly. Thank you for a wonderful stay.
Even better than anticipated!”
Personal and personalised service Welcoming from arrival (at 2.30am due to a delayed flight) til departure. We loved our stay here. Well appointed rooms, comfy bed, common lounge area access, sea views, the ever helpful Chitra as hostess ... and the breakfast was a real highlight! Daily tasting of different delicious local curries, and western options if needed. All the warmth of a B and B with the amenities of a great Hotel room, without the expense. While out of the city centre access is easy by tuk tuk. We recommend (in addition to the regular tourist sites): Colombo walking tours; people watching at Pettah market; walking on the beach and around the local streets to get a taste of daily life; coffee ( and shopping) at Barefoot garden cafe; a visit to the Museum and Viharamahadevi Park; head over the road to Cotton Collection .. but eat at Simply Strawberry... or head down to Paradise Road Cafe for coffee and interesting homewares; and in the evening wander up station road, head up the hill and eat at Malay Restaurant (ask for Anthony)... try the Kotta!