Colombo has it all from budget hotels to five star accommodations you will be spoilt for choice in Sri Lanka’s capital where originality and style is the name of the game and there’s something waiting for everyone.
Newly renovated, the Taj Samudra Hotel’s fresh look and facilities are designed to appeal to the modern traveller. A five star business hotel in the heart of Colombo, the Taj Samudra faces the Galle Face Green and the Indian Ocean and is just a stroll away from fashionable shopping areas. Brightly lit interiors and cosy furniture provide a mix of luxury as well as a laid back feeling. There’s a resto-bar with Japanese fusion food and restaurants specialising in Indian, Chinese and European cuisine, that afford eclectic choice and experience.
Established in 1864, Galle Face Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Asia. With rooms over looking the Indian Ocean, the hotel faces the long green sweep of Galle Face Green popular with the city’s residents as the sun sets. The hotel has been spruced up for the modern era and has two wings, where the wooden and earthy tones impart a sense of comfort and luxury. A leisurely alfresco-style evening at the Sea Spray restaurant, The Verandah or at the Poolside Bar and Terrance is a relaxing and reassuring experience in the city. The 1864 Restaurant in the Regency Wing is for formal dining and matches the splendour of the wing’s ornate rooms and suites. The hotel is currently completing its renovation of its original entrance hall and rooms in the Classic Wing.
Located in the shadow of the twin towers of Colombo’s World Trade Centre, the Hilton Colombo is situated in the centre of the city’s commercial district with rooms recently refurbished to match the demands of today’s business or leisure guests. With a popular tea lounge off the reception lobby and seven restaurants and bars serving cuisine from different cultures, the hotel is almost a destination in itself, a welcome retreat after a day in the city. Its swimming pool lies across the road, reached by a footbridge.
The Kingsbury Hotel began life as the Ceylon Intercontinental Hotel in the 1970s but has recently been transformed from top to bottom into a glittery hotel with 229 elegantly furnished rooms with ocean views and an ambience of contemporary charm. The efficiency of accommodation is complemented with versatility afforded by numerous restaurants, bars, lounges, meeting rooms and public areas. The Sky Lounge on the roof top is the setting for a great night out overlooking the Indian Ocean, except when it rains since the bar really is open to the sky.
Ramada Colombo is located in Sri Lanka, a 5-minute walk from Colombo Fort Railway Station. The hotel offers an outdoor pool, 2 restaurants and a bar. Free parking is available. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a minibar, cable TV and coffee/tea maker. Private bathrooms and a personal safe are provided. The hotel features a business centre, room service and laundry services. Guests can book excursions at the tour desk. The hotel’s bar has a pool table. Ramada Colombo is a 45-minute drive from Bandaranaike International Airport.
Berjaya Hotel Colombo is within walking distance of Mount Lavinia Beach and Odel Shopping Mall. It features 2 restaurants and an outdoor pool. Free WiFi is available. Rooms at Berjaya Hotel Colombo feature a work desk and a separate vanity table. Each room is equipped with a cable TV and a minibar. Tea/coffee making facilities are available upon request. A 10-minute drive will bring guests to the Sri Lanka Zoo. Bandaranaike International Airport is 45 km away from Berjaya Hotel Colombo. Chargeable airport transfers can be arranged. Berjaya Hotel has a travel desk where guests can make tour and transport arrangements. The hotel also features courier services and currency exchange. Guest can sample authentic Sri Lankan and international cuisines at The Peacock Restaurant. Situated on the beach, Rasa Malaysia Restaurant serves traditional Malaysian-style meals.
Best Western Elyon Colombo features a rooftop bar and lounge, a fitness centre, a business centre and rooms with city views and free WiFi access. The nearest golf course is located within 3 km away and the Colombo City Centre is 4 km. Modern rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an iPod dock, a personal safe and a wardrobe. Tea/coffee making amenities and a minibar are also included. The en suite bathroom comes with rain shower facilities, a bidet, toiletries and a hairdryer. The hotel is 2.8 km from Bambalapitiya Railway Station and 3.4 km from Sri Lanka National Museum. Bandaranaike International Airport is 32 km away. Travel arrangements can be made at the tour desk. Staff at the 24-hour reception can also assist with luggage storage, laundry, car rental and room service.
The Galadari Hotel is renowned for having some of the best doormen and concierges in the city, who welcome guests with pleasure into the businesslike lobby. They’ve been there for years, and seem to know everything and every one. Since the hotel is beside Lotus Road, the main thoroughfare to the seaside Galle Road and opposite the Presidential Secretariat, they’re kept busy with guests going in and out. The hotel’s rooms are spacious and have recently been refurbished. The vast California Grill on the top floor has a cocktail bar and discreetly placed tables. The range of food on the breakfast buffet is comprehensive, from humus to pepper steak, dosai to toast. In the afternoon the lobby lounge is a favourite place among ladies who take high tea. There are also Indian and Arabian restaurants on the lobby floor and a ground floor cocktail bar, Margarita Blue, and an adjoining pastry shop, Café 64.
Serendib Grand is a function space ideal for weddings, special occasions and formal events. The star class venue is equipped with facilities and amenities including themed interior lighting, air conditioning, advanced audio-visual facilities, disabled access and parking spaces. Serendib grand boasts two expansive halls - Pearl and Crystal - which have a capacity of up to 730 guests. The building also has a roof terrace, giving extra space and flexibility to guests. Staff at Serendib Grand are meticulously trained in customer service standards to make sure the best possible service is given to guests.
On the Wellawatte section of Marine Drive, Global Towers Hotel and Apartments has accommodation suitable for a short-term stay on business or pleasure as well as spacious apartments ideal for a long holiday. With a view of the Indian Ocean, the interior of the rooms and apartments are comfortably furnished and come with a fully fitted kitchen. The hotel has a 24-hour restaurant named Trainspotter (since it has a view of the railway line), a pastry shop serving delectable goodies and a Beach Club Bar.
Housed in a colonial-style building, Grand Oriental occupies a prime location a 5-minute walk from Colombo Bazaar. Featuring a restaurant, it offers classic rooms and free WiFi in all areas. Grand Oriental Hotel is within a 30-minute drive from the Odel and Majestic City shopping malls. It is 33 km from Bandaranaike International Airport. Fitted with classic wood furnishings, elegant rooms offer the comfort of a seating area and air conditioning. They have tea/coffee making amenities and an attached bathroom. Explore the attractions of Sri Lanka with help from the tour desk. Staff at Hotel Grand Oriental can provide business and concierge services. Featuring sweeping views, Harbour Room serves a variety of international dishes while Sri Lankan Restaurant offers local specialities. After-meal cocktails are available at Tap Bar and B 52 nightclub.
Ozo Colombo is a glittering new hotel on Marine Drive overlooking the railway line to the south and the sea beyond, close enough to the city for business visitors and far enough away for holidaymakers. With comfortable rooms bright with light from its western view, the latest in amenities and its pleasant staff, Ozo Colombo is dedicated to affordable hotel living. A morning walk along Marine Drive or a dip in the rooftop pool is a great start to the day. ON14, the rooftop bar lounge is gaining popularity among the city’s trendsetters.
Situated in Colombo, 37 km from Negombo, AV15 features free WiFi access and free private parking. It provides a 24-hour front desk for the convenience of the guests. All air-conditioned rooms have a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and blu-ray player. There is a seating area where you can relax. Enjoy a cup of tea from your terrace or balcony. Bathroom comes with free toiletries. The property offers luggage storage and babysitting/child services. The guests can enjoy terrace area. The ironing service, dry cleaning and laundry facilities can be requested at a surcharge. Mount Lavinia is 5 km from AV15, while Kalutara is 36 km away. Colombo International Airport is 33 km away from the property.
A hideaway for food connoisseurs to be inspired Chef’s Shack is a lodge for Chefs, Restaurateurs, Sommeliers, Wine Makers and other individuals in the food and beverage industry visiting the island. Fitted with a state of the art Hacker kitchen, Chef’s Shack provides a cocktail garden, wine cellar and two bedrooms. Bedrooms are equipped with bluetooth-enabled speakers, a Nespresso machine, safe, a mini bar and an attached bathroom with amenities. Uniquely, the mandatory booking fee is a bottle of champagne and one ingredient. Chefs are welcome to cook with owner renowned chef Dharshan Munidasa and are invited to share a recipe in the recipe book at Chef’s Shack. Inquiries can be made through their facebook page.
Named after Ellen Senenayake, wife of the late F R Senenayake, who was one of Sri Lanka’s heroes who spearheaded the national independence movement, this property was originally built for the family’s personal physician so he could be on hand to take care of the family. Relatively unknown, this boutique hotel has six rooms and one suite, all exquisitely furnished and decorated. Maintaining its original charm Ellen’s Place exudes a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant and private function areas.
Set in Colombo, 2.1km from Asiri Surgical Hospital, Maniumpathy Hotel features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. The resort has an outdoor pool and spa centre, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. The resort also offers car hire. R Premadasa Stadium is 3 km from Maniumpathy Hotel, while U.S. Embassy is 3km away. The nearest airport is Bandaranaike International Airport, 29km from the property.
Retreating behind the high walls, Tintagel lends itself to the discerning traveller seeking comfort, seclusion and exclusivity. Built in 1930, Tintagel has established itself as a top-notch boutique hotel in the prestigious residential area of Rosmead Place, since opening its doors in 2007. Enhanced with architecture that bespeaks conscientious preservation, this colonial style building has a palatial air outfitted with modern amenities and plush comforts. Tintagel’s discerning taste extends to the cuisine, serving fusion cuisine be it authentic Sri Lankan or Italian.