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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.