Galle Face Hotel

Colombo, Sri Lanka

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.

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


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.

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Insider's View

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

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Insider's View

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

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Insider's View

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

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To start planning your vacation to Galle Face Hotel


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.


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.

Standard Room

Piazza Friends of Galle Face overlook the shopping piazza off the Galle Road. Oceanic Friends of Galle Face has ocean views with interconnecting options for families. The Piazza Junior overlooks the shopping piazza.

Deluxe Room

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

One-bedroom Suite

Piazza Suite overlooks shopping piazza. Piazza Spa Suite overlooks ocean and spa garden. Oceanic Suite has a Jacuzzi and overlooks the ocean. Oceanic Balcony Suite overlooks patio and ocean with a centrally-placed Jacuzzi. Oceanic Spa Suite overlooks spa and ocean with two Jacuzzis, one on the balcony.

Four-bedroom Suite (Royal)

Royal Oceanic Suite has four luxury rooms, with spectacular ocean views and two Jacuzzis. Royal Oceanic Spa Suite is similar.

Three-bedroom Suite (Imperial)

Imperial Piazza Suite has three luxury rooms, with view of the shopping piazza.

Two-bedroom Suite (Regency)

Oceanic Family Deluxe overlooks the ocean. Regency Piazza Junior Suite. Regency Piazza Suite. Regency Oceanic Suite has ocean view from Jacuzzi. Regency Oceanic Spa Suite has view of spa and ocean, with two Jacuzzis.

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 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.


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.

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.

When to go

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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