Colombo, Sri Lanka
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 holiday and business travellers, 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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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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Tintagel Colombo is a unique and private hotel, situated in the heart of Colombo’s most elite neighbourhood. Tintagel Colombo was created by Shanth Fernando, the proprietor and designer, providing a special option for the Colombo visitor.
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-coloured 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 colour, 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 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 colour schemes ranging from avocado and chocolate to ebony and mocha and feature hand finished mosaic tiled bathrooms.
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 travelling alone or when further space is required. These are a preferred option for honeymooners.
Each Suite is decorated differently with colour 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!
Covering an area of about 300 sq ft, the two Royal 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.
Lucy Black (Staff)
Tintagel has a lot of history and they are very proud that this is where Prince Charles stayed the last time he visited Colombo.
The design is quite dark and severe - think black and gold stripes with polished ebony floors and furniture. It wasn't to my personal taste, but it certainly has a strong style.
There is a nice courtyard where guests can enjoy afternoon tea and the restaurant has a smart, formal feel.
Clare Monro (Staff)
Tintagel is a really tasteful option in Colombo with a beautiful private courtyard at the front and another one at the back where the hotel's swimming pool is located. Bursting with historical significance, it is well located for exploring Colombo.
Susie Reynolds (Staff)
WHAT a beautiful property! Set in the classiest districts of Colombo, the property is centrally located for everything you need to fit in at the end of the tour while not compromising on luxury. The Property itself is a stunning old colonial building and the decoration is incredibly classy. For a very comfortable beginning or end to your trip, you can't go wrong with Tintagel.
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.
Location & directions
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Tintagel is centrally located in one of Colombo's most salubrious suburbs, Cinnamon Gardens, an ideal location for both holiday and business travellers, conveniently located near the city's leading restaurants, bars, galleries, shops and museums.
How to get there
10-hour 45-minute direct flight to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. The journey from the International Airport will take about 1-hour.