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4.4 out of 5

"Like a little resort quite close to central Colombo. Maintains a colonial era feel. An historic building and part of Sri Lanka’s story. Friendly, hel ... " More

By a verified traveller on Fri 07 Feb 2020

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Hotel Description

A luxury stay in the heart of Colombo awaits you at Galle Face Hotel. Within a 5-minute stroll you'll find Galle Face Green and Crescat Shopping Mall within a 20-minute walk. Highlights at this beachfront hotel include 7 restaurants, 3 bars/lounges, and an outdoor swimming pool.

Flat-screen TVs with cable channels are featured in all 156 rooms, and you can enjoy free WiFi, free wired Internet, and in-room childcare. Dining in is an option with 24-hour room service, and minibars provide refreshments. Premium bedding and free toiletries are nice touches to enhance your stay. Additionally, coffee/tea makers, free newspapers, and free bottled water are available.

The restaurant, 1864 Restaurant, serves international cuisine and is open for dinner. In On the Green is the hotel's own pub. Spend the day at the beach and enjoy the onsite pool loungers. Business travelers can take advantage of a conference center and a business center. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. Buffet breakfast is available daily between 7 AM and 10:30 AM. There's also free valet parking, along with the convenience of an airport shuttle.

Places within a 30-minute walk of this 5-star Kollupitiya hotel include Colombo City Centre and Gangaramaya Temple.

Superior Twin

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Premier Ocean Balcony King

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Ceylon Suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Superior Queen

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Junior Suite Ocean View Balcony

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Scandinavian Suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Galle Face Hotel ratings based on 18 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.4 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Galle Face Hotel

Everyone (13) Couples (4) Family (1)
5 out of 5
Like a little resort quite close to central Colombo. Maintains a colonial era feel. An historic building and part of Sri Lanka’s story. Friendly, helpful staff. An excellent breakfast with a wide variety of options.

Posted by , from Melbourne on 7 Feb. 2020

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5 out of 5
I’ve stayed at the Galle Face Hotel several times over the years and always find the atmosphere and old world charm delightful. This time we had a landmark room with a balcony and a sea view, which was lovely. The bed was very comfortable and breakfast buffet with Sri Lankan options was very tasty.

Posted by , from Sydney on 3 Oct. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

9 Oct. 2019 by Galle Face Hotel

Thank you for choosing us for your stay in Colombo. We do look forward to having you back soon!

1 out of 5
The staff at bar and resturant went out of their way to be unhelpful. Food was poor and the hotel was dirty and quite old.

Posted by , from Au on 15 Jan. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

17 Jan. 2019 by GFH Team

Dear Guest, We apologize you had to experience this. We will internally investigate and ensure we resolve the matter with the staff in question. Thank you for raising this to us. Regards, GFH Team

5 out of 5

Nice hotel with ocean view

The experience we had was fabulous. Got upgraded to room with a view of ocean staff extremely helpful. Food was great and great amenities

Posted by , from new zealand on 19 Jan. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

25 Jan. 2018 by The Galle Face Hotel Social

Thank you ever so much for taking the timeout to write back to us with regards to your recent stay at The Galle Face Hotel. We are pleased to hear that our team was able to upgrade you on your arrival to the property and that you enjoyed the dining experience!

5 out of 5
Great location Staff very polite and helpful Large Twin size beds Wonderful olde world Colonial charm Breakfast superb, lots of choice Recommend to other guests

Posted by , from Sydney, Australia on 10 Nov. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

12 Nov. 2017 by The Galle Face Hotel Social

Very many thanks for taking the time out to give us your great feedback from you recent stay at The Galle Face Hotel. We are glad to hear your thoughts on the location we are blessed with and hope to have you back soon.

4 out of 5

Very nice facing the ocean

Food was amazing. Staff was ok wouldn't say friendly. Comfy beds & pillows.

Posted by on 3 Oct. 2017

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4 out of 5

grand old Sri Lankan hotel

Pros: lovely pool and excellent scenery, ;lovely dinner sitting on the terrace and watching the sunset
Cons: poor wi-fi
Location: not much to do nearby within walking distance
Pleasant stay but a bit d far from town so need to get taxi to o go anywhere. Good if you wanted to stay by the pool and relax and just enjoy hptel facilities

Posted by on 20 Sep. 2017

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5 out of 5

Elegant old style charm

Pros: Value for money Good wifi alliance throughout the hotel
Cons: Door handles to the rooms were confusing at first
Location: Hectic outside but good location
Lovely stay here with my daughter Brings back nostalgia of the old days with all the modern amenities

Posted by , from canberra australia on 15 Sep. 2017

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5 out of 5

Lovely grand old hotel on the beach.

Pros: The complementary mini bar and the great breakfast as well as the beautiful old and spacious hallways.
We stayed two nights. Very nice helpful and friendly staff. They handled the non-arrival of our bags with expertise.

Posted by on 1 Sep. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

29 Sep. 2017 by The Galle Face Hotel

Thank you ever so much for taking the time to review your time at The Galle Face Hotel, we're pleased to hear you had such a great stay with us

4 out of 5

Lovely Building Good Location

Pros: Breakfasts - food overall, dining area.
Cons: Remove permanent outdoor blind to allow more light into bedrooms.
Location: Good for walking in the morning and evening, close to good shopping and restaurants round the port area.
Galle Face Hotel looks great after refurbishment. Everything done simply and in keeping with the building's heritage. Our room dark and poky even though one step up from basic- would recommend chosing seaview room. The breakfasts really good and dining area very pleasant. Helpful staff.

Posted by , from Sydney on 30 May 2017

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About the Galle Face Hotel

Location 2 Galle Road, Colombo, 300

Property Features

There are 7 restaurants on site. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include 3 bars/lounges and a poolside bar. There's an onsite business center. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. An outdoor pool, a library, and a terrace are also featured at the luxury Galle Face Hotel. Free self parking and valet parking are available. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 5-star Colombo hotel.

  • 156 guestrooms or units
  • 7 dining venues
  • 3 bars or lounges
  • Built in 1864
  • Bar by the pool
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Conference center
  • Business facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Parking

Free self parking , Free valet parking

Transport

  • Airport: Bandaranaike Intl. Airport (CMB) (35.3 km / 21.9 mi)
  • Train station: Colombo Fort Station (4.4 km / 2.7 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle
  • Parking: Free valet parking and self parking

Room Amenities

Galle Face Hotel offers 156 accommodations with minibars and safes. Beds feature premium bedding. Flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations and complimentary toiletries. This Colombo hotel provides complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks, complimentary newspapers, and phones. Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottled water and coffee/tea makers. Irons/ironing boards and hair dryers can be requested. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer available
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Desk
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy buffet breakfast daily from 7 AM to 10:30 AM.

1864 Restaurant - This restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

In On the Green - This pub specializes in international cuisine. Happy hour is offered. Open daily.

The Poolside Bar - This beach bar specializes in international cuisine and serves light fare only. Open daily.

King of the Mambo Cuban R - This beachfront restaurant specializes in seafood and serves dinner only. Open daily.

Travellers' Bar - Overlooking the ocean and garden, this bar specializes in international cuisine and serves light fare only. Open daily.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool.

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at anytime
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Check-out

  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 10000.0 per day.

Pet Policy

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at Galle Face Hotel

Policies

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation. For guests' safety, the property includes a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit, and window guards in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.Disinfectant is used to clean the property.Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Security system
  • Protective clothing is available for guests
  • Masks are available for guests
  • Gloves are available for guests
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are available
  • Service animals not allowed
  • Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • Individually wrapped food options are available for lunch
  • Individually wrapped food options are available for dinner
  • Individually wrapped food options are available through room service
  • Please note, some room types at this property are not available when booking a stay with children.
  • Debit cards
  • gap period enforced between guest stays 24 hours

Fees

Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

The charges below are included in your overall room price:

  • New Year's Day gala dinner fee

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: USD 15 for adults and USD 7.5 for children (approximately)
  • Early check-in is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)
  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 10000.0 per day

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Galle Face Hotel Colombo
  • Galle Face Hotel
  • Galle Face Colombo
  • Galle Face
  • Galle Face Hotel Hotel
  • Galle Face Hotel Colombo
  • Galle Face Hotel Hotel Colombo

You should know

  • For stays on 1 January, the total price shown includes a charge for a mandatory New Year's Day gala dinner.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Certain facilities might have restricted access. For details, you can contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation.
  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.
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