The Best Hotels in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Make the most of Indian Ocean views from your hotel terrace
Make the most of Indian Ocean views from your hotel terrace | © Hemis / Alamy Stock Photo
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15 February 2021

Don’t skip Colombo on your next Sri Lankan adventure. Stylish eateries, bustling markets and stunning colonial architecture make Sri Lanka’s capital one of South Asia’s most favoured travel destinations. Colombo offers excellent hotels for every taste and budget – here are the best.

Mandarina Colombo

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Locals often joke that Colombo is a coastal city built with its back to the sea. Not so at the Mandarina Colombo. Its modern suites, fitness centre and 11th-floor restaurant make the most of its enviable Indian Ocean views, as does the glass-fronted infinity pool. The location makes it handy for the business district, as well as Colombo’s eclectic array of restaurants, boutiques and galleries.

Marino Beach Colombo

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Its generously proportioned rooms and central location make this hotel a good choice. But, it’s the large rooftop that really adds the extra sparkle. The vast infinity pool has ocean views, as does the adjacent tropical garden, bar and viewing deck. On the lower levels, there’s a shopping mall, which includes among its attractions a 9D cinema, virtual reality centre and food court.

Grand Oriental Hotel

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This 180-year-old building, near the city’s port, is something of a Colombo icon. Initially the residence of the Dutch Governor, it was transformed in 1875 into a striking hotel. Today, the 80 rooms remain traditionally furnished, many with grand four-poster beds. It’s worth taking the short stroll over to the Dutch Hospital Precinct; this 17th-century building now houses an excellent mix of boutiques and restaurants, including that other well-known Colombo institution, The Ministry of Crab.

Tintagel Colombo

Luxury, Boutique Hotel
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Tintagel Colombo has seen a number of distinguished guests pass through its walls – including the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. The premium hotel offers 10 unique suites, while the professional staff are happy to provide any additional comforts. On the ground floor, you’ll find a cool indoor lap pool, while the first floor is home to the fitness centre and massage room. Situated in one of Colombo’s most prestigious neighbourhoods, the Tintagel Colombo continues to make a name for itself as one of the most exclusive destinations in the city.

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Taru Villas - Lake Lodge

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Lake Lodge is a family-owned hotel which has been providing travellers with accommodation for several years. Located in easy access of Colombo’s business district, it offers 9 charming rooms and a garden suite, which have all been uniquely furnished by the owner herself. Additionally, the hotel features an exquisite restaurant with an extensive lunch and dinner menu. Whether on holiday or business, Lake Lodge is one of the most charming places to rest your head.

Colombo Court Hotel & Spa

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With its elegant blend of rustic charm and modern luxury, the Colombo Court Hotel counts among the city’s most exceptional stays. True to the idea of sustainable hospitality, this hotel is carbon neutral – they use solar panels for power and purified rainwater for drinking and washing. Inside, you’ll find the Cloud Cafe for causal bites, while the Loft Lounge Bar is the place to unwind with a glass of wine from their extensive cellar.

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  • Galle Face Hotel Colombo

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    Galle Face Hotel is one of the city’s most iconic buildings, dating back to 1864. It counts amongst the oldest hotels east of the Suez and is located on the famous Galle Face Green. Originally built by British entrepreneurs during the colonial era, today the hotel stands as an elegant symbol of splendour and sophistication. While retaining its cultural heritage, Galle Face Hotel has subtly adapted itself to modernity – including spacious suites, a Cuban bar and the only saltwater pool in Colombo.

    Havelock Bungalow

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    The Havelock Bungalow was one of the city’s first boutique hotels. Dating back to the colonial era, the bungalows have since been lovingly restored. Tucked away on a side street, it’s a real oasis among the hustle and bustle, and with just seven rooms, you can expect attentive service. Enjoy a dip in the serene outdoor pool, followed by breakfast on the terrace, surrounded by lush foliage and butterflies.

    The Wallawwa

    Luxury, Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel
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    The Wallawwa boutique hotel is one of the finest addresses in the city. The renovated manor house has been standing for more than two centuries and is surrounded by magnificent tropical gardens. It’s an ideal spot to re-energise after a day sightseeing; inside, you’ll find a soothing spa and outdoor pool where you can while away a scorching afternoon. It’s no surprise this hotel has won multiple awards, given its professional service and impeccable rooms.

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    Mount Lodge

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    Mount Lodge is situated in Colombo’s charming Mount Lavinia district, which attracts visitors with its beautiful beaches and tranquil atmosphere. The magnificent hotel was designed by one of Sri Lanka’s finest architects and skilfully uses light, air and space to enhance the mood of the place. Mount Lodge offers three rooms with extensive communal areas. In the tropical gardens, you’ll can find authentic Buddha statues, flourishing ferns and rustic wooden furniture, ideal for a quiet retreat with a book. If you are looking to escape from the noise of the city, here you’ll experience a peaceful ambiance in the heart of Colombo.

    Jenny Elliott contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on February 15, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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