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Galle Face Hotel

Colombo, Sri Lanka

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At a Glance

  • Unrivalled position at the foot of Galle Face Green

  • Established in 1864 and once the mansion of a British Governor

  • Targeted primarily at a middle-aged and elderly clientele

  • The Seaspray restaurant, specializing in fish, is blessed by an ocean frontage

  • It's immaculate terrace and gardens is the best place in Colombo to watch a sunset

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From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half, while the dry season here lasts from December to March. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C.

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Insider's View

Enjoy High-tea at the open air Veranda Restaurant located on an elevated garden area, a few feet away from the Indian Ocean. High Tea has been served to guests every afternoon for the past 140 years. Over 20 delicious specials are served up with refreshing cup of Ceylon tea.

Stay in one of the oldest hotels in Asia, the hotel has an old world feel and charm.

The Oceanic Spa Suites come with their own jacuzzi in the balcony.

Check out the wonderful museum which documents all the famous people who have previously stayed at this hotel.

Enjoy a game of Croquet on the south lawn with a refreshing Pimm’s cup.

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your vacation to Galle Face Hotel or take a look at our itineraries to Colombo

Description

The Galle Face, an impressive old colonial building, situated right on the seafront, was established as a hotel in 1864. The hotel is perfectly located in the heart of the commercial city and also has wonderful views of the Indian Ocean.

Set in a fantastic location in central Colombo, perfect for shopping and sightseeing, the hotel today is split into two - the Classic Wing and the newer Regency Wing which we prefer for comfort reasons.

The 82 rooms of the southern Regency Wing of the hotel have recently been refurbished and modern luxuries have been tastefully combined with the original old Victorian features. Suites include living and dining areas, and are equipped with Jacuzzis, either in-room or on the balcony overlooking the ocean.

As well as a large swimming pool, beauty salon and fitness studio, the Regency Wing has a choice of two restaurants, one of which is right on the seafront and renowned for its seafood, and the other serving international cuisine. The Galle Face Hotel spa is set among lush tropical garden overlooking the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. There is also a museum and art gallery housing the Duke of Edinburgh's first ever car. Guests may use the facilities of both parts of the hotel.

There is plenty to do in the historic city of Colombo from shopping and dining to visiting cultural sites and museums. Colombo has a wonderfully eclectic mix of architecture that spans centuries from the many colonial buildings influenced by the Portuguese, Dutch and British to structures built in Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Indian and Contemporary architectural styles.

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Accommodation

The Galle Face Hotel offers 82 Rooms in the Regency Wing and 82 Rooms in the Classic Wing. Rooms in the former have recently been refurbished and offer luxurious decor and amenities. Rooms have fabulous views of the Indian Ocean, the shopping arcade 'Piazza' or the Spa Garden.

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Spa Deluxe Rooms has view of spa garden. Oceanic Deluxe overlook the patio and offers a view of the ocean.

Junior Suite

Queen Junior Suite range in size from 50 to 60 square meters, with either sea views or sea views with balconies and offer elegant styling with a feel of a bygone era. The timeless lines, high ceilings and large windows all work to provide the ultimate luxury in an urban environment. We also have the added option of Junior Suite Twin rooms that are both sea view an non-sea view. These Junior Suites enjoy the unrivalled experience of our Long Room, a private lounge with elegant personal service.

Our Junior Suites are located in both wings of the hotel and offer complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite LCD televisions, air conditioning, a safety deposit box, a selection of local teas, complimentary soft drink selection and various luxury amenities.
Superior

Our Superior rooms feature queen and twin size beds. A colonial feel with wonderful wood finishes give these rooms a nostalgic feeling. These 27 - 30 square meter rooms offer complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite LCD televisions, air conditioning, a safety deposit box, a selection of local teas, complimentary soft drink selection and various luxury amenities. All our rooms are non-smoking. Smoking is permitted in designated areas across the property.

Oceanic Balcony Junior Suite

Queen Junior Suite range in size from 50 to 60 square meters, with either sea views or sea views with balconies and offer elegant styling with a feel of a bygone era. The timeless lines, high ceilings and large windows all work to provide the ultimate luxury in an urban environment. We also have the added option of Junior Suite Twin rooms that are both sea view an non-sea view. These Junior Suites enjoy the unrivalled experience of our Long Room, a private lounge with elegant personal service.

Our Junior Suites are located in both wings of the hotel and offer complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite LCD televisions, air conditioning, a safety deposit box, a selection of local teas, complimentary soft drink selection and various luxury amenities.

Three-bedroom Suite (Empress)

The Galle Face Hotel has many long stay and business persons requiring the luxury of a special room and we have seven iconic suites, all graced by Royalty and persons of substance over the decades. These suites range in size from 70 square meters to over 250 square meters and are tastefully furnished in keeping with the enduring history of the hotel.

Possibly the largest hotel suite in Sri Lanka with three stately bedrooms, sitting room and a balcony that befits your most important dinner parties with breath taking views of the iconic Galle Face Green As the wife of Napoleon III, Emperor of France, the Empress Eugenie stayed in this suite on her only visit to Ceylon in the early 1900's

A stay at our Heritage Suites includes the unrivaled experience of our Long Room, a private lounge with elegant personal service.

 

Two-bedroom Suite (Presidential Suite)

The Presidential suite is set over one hundred square meters and has a light and airy sitting room with Dining room seating up to ten guests. There are two bedrooms, one of which is a twin bedded room. Wonderful bright rooms with incredible views of the Indian Ocean and a balcony to watch the deep red sun disappear over the horizon. Access to the Long room is automatic and Butler service is available upon request.

Eight-bedroom Suite

Royal Oceanic Grand Spa Suite has eight bedrooms spread over two floors with a private stairway. There are views of the ocean and of the spa with two balconies and in-room Jacuzzis.

Facilities

Facilities at the Galle Face Hotel include Colombo's largest salt water swimming pool, fitness studio, beauty salon, spa, art gallery, a museum, business center and the Regency lounge. Dining options include the 'Sea Spray' restaurant serving seafood, the 'Verandah' restaurant famous for its high tea buffets, 'The 1864' restaurant and the 'Wine Lounge' which is the perfect place for pre-dinner drinks. Services at the hotel include a butler, room service, laundry and concierge.

Activities

The hotel offer complimentary swimming where as the health club and excursions around the city to explore the its historic sites, museums and art galleries are charged additionally. Located 75 miles northeast of Colombo, you'll find the tranquil town of Kandy home to the sacred tooth of Buddha, a sacred relic of the Buddhist faith. From here you can venture into the hills to experience the idyllic tea plantations.

Reviews

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Scarlett Richard (Staff)

Probably Colombo's most iconic hotel, The Galle Face hotel is a heritage property that dates back to 1864. It is ideally located on the Ocean front so guests can relax with ocean views and the sea breeze. Not far from the airport and nearby to a number of Sri Lanka's attractions it serves as the perfect start or end to a Sri Lanka vacation. Rich in history the Galle Face hotel is characterful and exudes a colonial feel with its Victorian architecture and wooden panelling. It is a larger hotel with 156 rooms separated in two wings and offers a number of facilities and restaurants to enjoy. From sunset cocktails on the veranda, to croquet on the lawn it takes you back to a bygone era of Sri Lanka's rich past.

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Mr Mike Russell (Guest)

Good hotel in spectacular location. Modernisation is still in progress, but is almost finished and, when complete, will have brought this old institution to a good modern standard whilst retaining the colonial charm of its heritage. Staff generally good, but housekeeping staff need more training – room not tidied, used dishes not cleared away.

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Jessica Cator (Staff)

The Regency wing was being done up for a second time when I visited this hotel. One of the best located hotels in Colombo with a wonderful beach frontage, the Galle Face Hotel is a great place to stay if you have night to kill before your flight home. The hotel was built in 1864 and is certainly showing its age. Go for the higher category rooms, such as the Balcony Suites are much more light and airy than the others.

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Susie Reynolds (Staff)

Terribly Agatha Christie I thought! Although we suggest you stay in the Regency Wing, refurbished in 2004, the older part of the hotel makes you feel like youve stepped back in time. As they will proudly tell you, 12 years before Bell patented the telephone, Galle Face Hotel was welcoming heads of state and royalty as their guests. Its classic British Colonial design will charm anyone as obsessed with this era as I am.

Experiences

  • Colombo - Cookery Demonstration

    Visit a local market to choose ingredients before heading to Mrs Dole's house where she will explain and demonstrate the art of Sri Lankan cuisine. Visitors can participate in the cooking and then enjoy the fruits of their labour with a delicious lunch.

  • Colombo - Mark Forbes Walk

    Enjoy a guided tour of Colombo's hidden corners. Mark Forbes or one of his team will take you on a tour of the city's historic buildings before visiting the Pettah Market. This tour lasts around two to three hours.

  • Colombo - Tuk Tuk Safari

    Enjoy this four hour tour of Colombo by tuk tuk. A fun way to get around, this tour is an interactive immersion into local life, culture and a chance to sample Sri Lankan food and of course tea. Heading to famous landmarks including the Dutch Hospital.

  • Colombo Night by Bike

    Cycle through the charming city of Colombo at dusk, as you visit some of its most iconic landmarks.

  • Colonial Colombo by Vintage Car

    Colonial Colombo by Vintage Car is a fabulous way to explore this evolving city as the sun sets. Cruise around in your chauffeur driven vintage car and retrace Colombo's colonial past.

  • Sailing & Snorkelling Excursion

    Climb aboard a beautiful 48ft catamaran, and sail along the south coast of Sri Lanka stopping at private coves to stand-up paddle board, snorkel over colorful reefs, swim or soak up the sun while your crew take the helm.

Vacation Ideas

  • Off The Beaten Track Sri Lanka

    Colombo, Anamaduwa, Wilpattu National Park, Anuradhapura, Kandy, Gal Oya National Park, Koslanda & Galle

    from $5200 pp 16 nights

    • Ideal for couples who are looking to get off the beaten track and explore the lesser visited and more wild areas of Sri Lanka
    • Enjoy hidden experiences and surprise as you go along your journey, waterfalls, natural pools, beautiful gardens, old temples.
    • Enjoy a boat safari on Gal Oya's Senanayake Samudraya Lake - an amazing place for birdwatching

Location & directions

Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Galle Face Hotel is in the heart of the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, situated on Galle Road right on the seafront.

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