Colombo, Sri Lanka

Tintagel Colombo is a unique and private hotel, situated in the heart of Colombo’s most elite neighborhood. Tintagel Colombo was created by Shanth Fernando, the proprietor and designer, providing a special option for the Colombo visitor.

At a Glance

  • One of Sri Lanka's most famous ancestral residences, once being the family home of the former president, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and her parents, both of whom were at one time, Prime Ministers of Sri Lanka

  • Centrally located in one of Colombo's most salubrious suburbs, Cinnamon Gardens, an ideal location for both vacation and business travelers, conveniently located near the city's leading restaurants, bars, galleries, shops and museums

  • The original colonial mansion remains with a few minor structural changes

  • Still awaiting to be awarded a liquor license by the Sri Lankan government - until that time, they request guests to please bring their own alcohol requirements or alternatively, they will purchase your preferred tipple on your behalf to avoid you the inconvenience

  • The Red Bar with its stunning red walls, antique-gilded Parisian mirror and black leather lounging chairs makes for an ideal stop for a nightcap

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Insider's View

They are still awaiting to be awarded a liquor license by the Sri Lankan government. Until that time, they request guests to please bring their own alcohol requirements (duty free is recommended for lowest prices) and they will not charge corkage.

Clare Monro

Insider's View

Enjoy the legacy and charm of a luxuriously converted property, home to two of Sri Lanka's Prime Ministers.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Tintagel is a good option for those who prefer a more modern style of hotel

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Offering 10 individually designed suites with all modern amenities and services, Tintagel Colombo is housed in a stunning heritage structure of national importance that was previously home to three of Sri Lanka’s political leaders.

Completed in 1930, Tintagel was intended as a residence for Dr. Lucien de Zilwa. In the mid 1940’s de Zilwa was given a week to vacate the property by the British Military to house one hundred soldiers. The military occupation saw the house wrecked and de Zilwa sold Tintagel to Sir Solomon Dias Bandaranaike for his son, Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike (S.W.R.D.). It is from this point in time that the house gained recognition as a structure of national importance.

It was here that Ceylon’s political history was decided. S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike became Prime Minister in 1956 and he was shot on the veranda of Tintagel in 1959 and subsequently died in hospital. In 1960, his widow, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, became the world’s first female Prime Minister. Mrs. Bandaranaike won several elections and was re-elected in 1970 and 1994, thereby becoming the longest-serving Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. Mrs. Bandaranaike resided at Tintagel right up until her demise in 2000. In 1983, their only son, Anura Bandaranaike became leader of the Opposition, Speaker of the House of Parliament in 2000 and a Minister of several Ministries of Government. The younger daughter of S.W.R.D. and Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga progressively became a Chief Minister, Prime Minister and then Sri Lanka’s first female President in 1994.

In 2005, Tintagel, the family home of the Bandaranaike’s was leased to Udayshanth Fernando by the family to become Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo, a unique private hotel.

Today the hotel offers two beautiful dining areas as well as a private dining room and its very own Red Bar (although it is worth noting that there is currently no liquor license, however guests are welcome to bring their own). The Court Yard, an alfresco restaurant with seating on relaxed antique-white woven armchairs at polished concrete table tops, shade is provided with umbrellas. In the evening it transforms to a magical candle-lit space for outdoor dining. The Dining Room is a chic indoor restaurant offering international cuisine. Sit on smart black banquettes or leather upholstered chairs at your black lacquered tables, with white linen napery and plum-colored glassware.

This is by far the most elegant boutique option for your stay in Colombo.


Tintagel Colombo Suites all have high ceilings, timber floors and are lavishly decorated, each in a unique blend of color, texture and atmosphere. Daring and dramatic, offering style, elegance, efficiency and sensational service, Tintagel Colombo offers a haven, protecting the privacy of its guests. The spacious bathrooms feature rain showers, bath tubs and large vanities. All rooms include complimentary wireless internet access, sumptuous bedding and LCD TV screens with DVD/CD players.

Executive Suites

Executive Suites are located on both the Ground and First Floor of Tintagel Colombo. All suites feature a king size bed and the listed features.

These Suites vary in size from 270 to 505 square feet and most suites feature either a separate living area, court yard or balcony. All Executive Suites are decorated in varying color schemes ranging from avocado and chocolate to ebony and mocha and feature hand finished mosaic tiled bathrooms.

Superior Suites

All Superior Suites are grand accomodation with separate living rooms and are lavish in size and decoration.

All feature either a large private courtyard or balcony access and are undoubtedly the most comfortable option when traveling alone or when further space is required. These are a preferred option for honeymooners.

Each Suite is decorated differently with color schemes in Ivory and Ash / Mud and Ebony or Indigo and Chocolate. These Suites feature Bose I-pod docks and are the ultimate in boutique luxury!

Junior Suites

Covering an area of about 300 sq ft, the two Junior Suites located on the upper floor opens out to spacious balcony areas for lounging or private dining. The East Junior Suite is located opposite the North East Superior Suite, making these two suites also ideal for a family with children.


Facilities at the hotel include complimentary wireless internet access throughout the hotel premises, a swimming pool, gym and steam room, library featuring 500 leather bound books of varying interests, international publications and complimentary computer access and TV, dining room, dining terrace, bar, and private function room offering special menus. Services at Tintagel include massages on appointment, a spa, hair and beauty treatments (with optional in-room service), airport pick-up and drop, complimentary copy of the local newspaper delivered daily, and limousine and chauffeur-driven cars also available.


The hotel provides complimentary transport to the other Paradise Road outlets by the Tintagel three wheeler, with a 10% discount for all in-house guests on retail merchandise. Tours of the historic city of Colombo and the rest of Sri Lanka are also offered by the hotel.

Location & Directions

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Tintagel is centrally located in one of Colombo's most salubrious suburbs, Cinnamon Gardens, an ideal location for both vacation and business travelers, conveniently located near the city's leading restaurants, bars, galleries, shops and museums.

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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