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Sri Lanka...Ceylon...Taprobane...Serendip.. .Pearl of the Indian Ocean -- all synonyms for the same magical tropical isle.
The Sri Lankan tourist board describes Sri Lanka as "A Land Like No Other". I think its a terrific and very apt slogan, for there's no other place I know of that offers this admixture of the sea, wonderful beaches, …
Game on indeed. After a week in Bangkok with Emily I was off to Colombo, Sri Lanka to start my TV graphics gig with the Asian 5 Nations Rugby (A5N for short from here on). My first time in a TV production would be live to air in 50 countries around the world! Before that, I would have to learn all the graphics systems, one of which would be new to …
Tuesday 19th October (continued) Ella - Mirissa
Down on the flatland, we stop where a car is parked in the middle of the road. Tourists, always a good indicator of something interesting. The rice paddies are being prepared for the planting season. There is a lot of rice growing here, and some large lagoons and wetlands, with plenty of the …
Upon arrival in Colombo, we checked into the hotel and it was free and easy.
We went over to a small stall across the road and had some tea there. Then, got onto an auto rickshaw and went to Pettah Market for some small shopping and then just back to the hotel.
Finally, just chilled in the hotel and called it a night as we had to …
Another thumping good breakfast before we hop back onto our bikes and have a short but brisk 24km ride lasting just over an hour looping inland and emerging at the seaside resort of Hikkaduwa. Our bikes are repossessed and stripped of our home comforts (saddles and pedals). Sampath has to leave us now as he is due to pick up his next group this …
I stayed here for business, and it was amazing. Nice rooms, beautiful location, great food!
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We stayed in this hotel for 2 nights in mid December 2005. We chose to stay in the new Regency wing. Externally, the hotel looks very grand. When we booked we were told that the work on the new wing would be complete, but on arrival this was not the case. On check in (in the evening) we were not advised that we could experience any disruption due to the work. We paid for a deluxe ocean view room, but when we looked out of our window we had a great view of the new pool bar area that was being constructed. We felt that we could live with it and we were very happy with the room itself. The room was very clean, the minimalist style was nice and the bathroom was really lovely. We spent most of the next day in Colombo so the construction didn't have an impact, but we surprised to find it still going on at 6:30 in the evening. The next morning we were awoken at 7:30 with the construction noise from just outside our window! We informed the reception staff when we were checking out who seemed to be surprised that we found it to be a problem. In the end, we didn't have a lot of time to pursue the complaint and received a 10% discount for 1 night of the 2 night stay.
Chose the newly constructed ( partially under construction ) Regency Wing of this hotel after checking the website.
Worn out, but great travel desk
While it is a grand hotel, it needs some updating. Ask for the new wing, facing the sea if you choose to stay here. We had the Scandanavian suite which was good. Highly recommend using the travel desk, even if you do not stay there. Friends had recommended a particular drive - Shelton. Great experience (23 years with Galle Face), always smiling and helpful. His English is not so good, but enough to understand.
So far, Galle Face has opened 5 rooms in the new Regency wing and I stayed at the Ocean deluxe room. The room is beautifully decorated with a very nice bathroom. I liked the small touches such as the complimentary fruit basket. Staff is extremely friendly although service at the veranda is a bit slow. TThere's a nice gym but I was very disappointed to find that the Spa was closed.
We stayed at the Galle Face when visiting Columbo and treated ourselves to the Ocean Spa suite in the recently restored and renovated Regency wing. For sheer quality in terms of space, facilities and service it would be hard to beat. The hotel has an ambience all of it's own, with a long history as a hotel, and some of the fixtures and fittings are evidence of this. This lends a certain charm to the place. However, the restored rooms are luxurious. We had a huge room with great ocean views, huge private terrace with sunloungers and hot tub, a jaccuzzi and rainfall shower cubicle in the bathroom, four poster bed, and almost our own personal staff who genuinely could not do enough to serve our every need with a smile. The buffets are excellent in the Seaspray restaurant, tho the service elsewhere was a little slow. It was lovely to see the squirrels around the breakfast tables, and also the seemingly never ending procession of wedding parties having their photographs taken in the grounds. We loved the whole experience.
Great place to stay!
I loved this hotel. Excellent location and wonderful staff.
Would recommend it to anyone visiting Colombo.
Comfortable Old-Fashioned Charm
We stayed in December 2004, our first stop on a tour of Sri Lanka. I have never had such a huge hotel room! It was very old-fashioned, with lots of wood and a bathroom with more character than comfort; we loved it. Large, comfortable bed.
the general atmosphere was of bygone luxury. Not too much had been updated, but it hadn't been allowed to moulder away either. You could easily spend hours happily relaxing in the terrace bar - OK, I admit it, we did. Breakfast was splendid, a huge amount of choice and excellent quality.
It was lovely to be right by the sea while staying in the city.
No question about it - we'll stay here again on our next trip to Sri Lanka.
Great location and ambiance
We stayed at the Galle Face in December 2004. There are better hotels in Colombo, but the Galle Face has a ambiance that is hard to beat, the food is great and the buffets good value. The rooms are large and clean with views worth the stay. The pool was closed for renovations while we were there, but otherwise the renovations didn't affect our stay. The staff were friendly and helpful and service was good, I have to say it was much better than we exprected after reading other reviews. I would stay there again.
Is there anywhere else?
Okay, so there are more luxurious hotels in Colombo, but can anyone really want to go to Colombo and not experience the majesty that is the Galle Face.
Just get yourself a Panama hat, learn to drink Pims and sit on the Terrace Bar of the Galle Face looking out over the Indian Ocean. There can be few more graceful and peaceful experiences in the world.
Big (old-fashioned) rooms are clean and comfortable. The water pressure for the showers on the top floor is not too good, but who cares! This is about atmosphere. Let the breeze cool/warm your wine on the ocean-front restaurant and then fall asleep with the sounds of the ocean lapping onto the hotel walls below you.