Recommended hotels in Sri Lanka

Whether you want the ultimate in luxury or more of a family feel, our guide to Sri Lanka hotels will help you plan your stay
Tintagel is a boutique hotel in Colombo
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By Time Out editors |

Tucked away in alluring locations and often offering guests some of the best views from the city, these hotels are known for their standards of service and exquisite cuisine. From riverside guesthouses such as Colombo’s Villa Red to the modern penthouse at Kandy’s Theva Residency – find your home away from home in our list below and treat yourself to the best of Sri Lankan hospitality. 


Cinnamon Grand Colombo

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The Cinnamon Grand Hotel is a hive of activity exuding an energetic and lively atmosphere; giving it an air of ‘the place to be’. Rooms of various categories (including a swish Executive Floor) are located in two wings in the quiet section of this opulent five-star hotel. The hotel’s appeal as a happening place arises from its 14 restaurants and bars differing in style from elegant dining in a genuine 1970’s cellar grill restaurant to eating in a flourishing fish market as well as Italian and Indian restaurants, a Noodle Parlour and a re-creation of a traditional rural village for local dishes. The Crescat Shopping Centre and Angsana Spa and gymnasium, are within the hotel compound.



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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.

Hotels, Boutique hotels

Theva Residency

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Theva is a modern up and happening resort located in Kandy, gaining popularity for its simple yet alluring charm. Accommodation is in suites, deluxe, and superior rooms and in a penthouse, with minor differences in views and availability of balconies. The tiled rooms have a modernist, sleek appearance. The Superior rooms have predominately white décor with dashes of varying vibrant colour. Georgian windows look out on a spectacular view. Lots of facilities for a recreational holiday are available. 

Hotels, Guest houses

Villa Red

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This riverside guesthouse inspires guests with an invigorating aura augmented by its intricately designed aesthetic furniture, complemented by beautifully simple comfortable plush sofas. The living room extends into the spacious and creatively designed dining room. A large dining table set for 12 diners is neatly embellished by cutlery and crockery coordinated with elegant tableware to suit the ambience. Guests can choose from a large spectrum of delectable dishes to pamper their taste buds with delicious local and international cuisines. The friendly staff is one of the main reasons several guests revisit Villa Red, as their warm hospitality is available around the clock. Beyond the dining area is the villa’s own swimming pool, perfect for a morning dip and afternoon swim with family and friends. The elegant, well-manicured lush garden by the river is an enticing visual treat to be relished. The villa has four bedrooms, two placed symmetrically on either side of the dining area. They each have their own private entrance and offer necessary facilities, en-suite bathroom equipment with rain showers and aromatic bath amenities. The bedrooms follow four individual themes, each having specific features. Added to the facilities within Villa Red, guests also have the benefit of enjoying several recreational outdoor activities during their stay. Water sports such as boat riding, kayaking, jet skiing and wind surfing are organised by the staff on request.



Rosen is a mid-range hotel situated in shady, tranquil gardens close to the sacred town of Kataragama in Sri Lanka’s south-east. Yala and Bundala are also within easy distance of this bright, airy hotel. The swimming pool, with a children's section, the largest in the region, has a novel underwater music system. The 52 well-appointed, fully air-conditioned rooms include 2 suites and 4 family clusters. All rooms are spacious and cosy with the standard double rooms approximately 400 Sq. Ft. and tastefully furnished with facilities including satellite TV, telephones with IDD facilities, in house movies, mini bar, electronically operated safety lockers, remote controlled air conditioners and Tea / Coffee making machines. Other facilities include bar with pool table, fax, internet, and conference room, small gymnasium, table tennis, badminton, and board games.


Peacock Beach Hotel

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Peacock Beach Hotel is a four star 94 key property spanning over three floors. Upon entering the premises, the Lobby Lounge provides a spacious area to relax with its comfortable sofas and modern amenities while the warmth of the friendly staff heightens the welcoming ambience of the hotel. The main dining room, the Monara Restaurant can accommodate 200 diners and serves Sri Lankan and international cuisines.
The bedrooms at the hotel consist of three types; deluxe, super deluxe and suites. The suites also differ from the rest in that its bathroom is equipped with a jacuzzi. The Super Deluxe and Deluxe rooms are similar yet different due to the fact that the Super Deluxe rooms are carpeted and come with a tub whereas the Deluxe rooms have wooden floors and shower cubicles. All rooms face the ocean and have resplendent views.

Hotels, B&Bs

Bethany 101

This family home turned into a hotel is in the middle of a lagoon in the otherwise arid district of Puttalam. The rooms are surrounded by a brilliant garden with a swimming pool. The traditional woven grandpa chairs and the stuffed animal heads mounted on the walls reflect the rich culture of this tropical island. Visiting the Wilpattu National Park home to some of the native  wildlife, is almost mandatory from Bethany 101. The Kalpitiya whale and dolphin watching spot is at a short boat ride from the hotel. Its original Puttalam cuisine, which has influences from other south-east Asian neighbours is a restaurant speciality. Bethany keeps it traditional by offering local food on a banana leaf. Bethany101 is unpretentious and offers a grand experience by keeping it simple. 

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