Hotel Galle Face Hotel Hotel 4 star
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Luxury and legendary charm are the 2 words which characterize the Galle Face hotel. On arrival, you will be blown away into another time. Ideally located, this hotel is most suitable for those wishing to enjoy Colombo while getting an insight into the island's colonial history.

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    Location 5.37 /10

    The Galle Face is located right in the centre of Colombo on the avenue that skirts the sea and bears the same name. It therefore offers an unobstructed view of the Indian Ocean. The airport is 20 minutes away by car.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The Galle Face is a hotel with a limited capacity. On the whole, 65 rooms accommodate visitors. The rooms have also maintained the period furniture and it gives them a very particular and singular charm. High ceilings and a genuine wood flooring that creaks under your feet plunge you into an English colonial atmosphere. Although the comfort cannot match that of a 4-star hotel, the rooms provide a television, telephone, a mini-bar, air-conditioning and ceiling fan. No room has a balcony. Many rooms were being renovated at the time of our visit in November 2005.The bathroom has also preserved all its ancient atmosphere with its old taps, its tiling and its bathtub. All the rooms have a bathtub. Hair dryer, welcome products are also available.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    Built in 1864 by 4 English entrepreneurs, the Galle Face is one of the oldest hotels in Asia. On entering this place, you will feel overwhelmed by the magnificence of the colonial past. The Galle Face hotel is a real legend and many personalities like to stay there. It has an imposing Victorian architecture with a white façade decorated with archways. Entering through the majestic door, you step into a universe where time stopped. The great lobby with high ceilings immediately plunges you into this atmosphere of colonial architecture. An imposing staircase of genuine wood, takes you to the storeys reserved for rooms. But do not hesitate to take the elevator, of the period, which is a true curiosity. A bar with terrace, facing the ocean offers you refreshments, coffee and tea in an antiquated setting made of old furniture and black and white tiling. A television is available in the bar. The whole hotel has kept the furniture of that period: armchairs, sofas, tables, wooden fan, wooden staircase, wooden chandelier, wood floorings. Wood and stone are the main materials. A swimming pool allows you to relax. But it was being renovated during our visit in November 2005.

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    The Veranda restaurant still decorated with antique furniture offers a huge buffet for breakfast and dinner is taken under candle lights. Lunch can be taken on the terrace in order to enjoy the view. It is also open during the day for those who want some drinks and snacks. The Sea Prey restaurant serves all fresh sea products in the evening in candle lights. The Wine lounge beside the lobby invites you into a rather rustic environment to taste many wines, as well as cheese while smoking a cigar.

    To know

    During our visit in November 2005, it was undergoing renovation. All the rooms will be renovated. It should be known that in a few weeks a new hotel, The Regency, will open near the Galle Face . The 2 hotels belong to the same company. A spa will be set up at The Regency hotel and it will be accessible to guests from the Galle Face.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness, sports

    • Hairdresser
    • Barber
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Its Victorian architecture and the antique furniture
    • Its view of the ocean

    disadvantages

    • Built since 1864, the rooms are likely to have some defects.

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Manuel G. Manuel G.  
      11 Opinions
      • Package deals in août 2012 Posted on 2014-10-17 Entre amis - 2 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Cet hotel est un ancien Palace probablement du 19eme siècle. Marbres, boiseries, mobilier ancien en bois exotique, installations vastes et confortables. Le restaurant en terrasse au bord la mer est particulièrement agréable le soir. L'hotel Galle est très bien situé en plein centre de Colombo et au bord de la mer. Notre chambre avait une vue superbe sur l'océan indien. Cet hotel est un peu daté mais je préfère ce genre d'hotel au charme désuet aux hotels ultra modernes qui existent aujourd'hui.

      • Advantages

        situation tant pour le centre ville que pour l'accès a la plage. Hotel classique au charme incontestable.

      • Disavantages

        Rien de spécial si ce n'est la chambre très grande mais un peu vieillote.

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in février 2012 Posted on 2013-10-16 Seul - 2 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Un hôtel magnifique ! Ce n'est absolument pas un hôtel qui vous émerveillera par un luxe ostentatoire et extravagant mais par un luxe simple qui fait tout son charme. Toutes les commodités sont là, la piscine est très sympa.

      • Advantages

        Piscine, personnel, chambres

      • Disavantages

        Situation de Colombo : très bruyant, beaucoup de difficulté de circulation au sein de la ville

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      • Overall Score 8.50/10
      • Package deals in février 2013 Posted on 2013-06-24 Seul - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Hotel qui fait revivre le passé colonial srilankais. Charmant, très belle vue sur l'océan. de nombreux restaurants.

      • Advantages

        Très bien situé, idéal si l'on souhaite pouvoir se balader facilement à Colombo

      • Disavantages

        Chambres parfois assez vieilles

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      • Overall Score 7.00/10
    • Anastasia G. Anastasia G.  
      4 Opinions
      • Package deals in février 2012 Posted on 2013-06-18 En famille - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Hotel qui fait revivre le passé colonial srilankais. Charmant, très belle vue sur l'océan. de nombreux restaurants.

      • Advantages

        Très bien situé, idéal si l'on souhaite pouvoir se balader facilement à Colombo

      • Disavantages

        Chambres parfois assez vieilles

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      • Overall Score 6.75/10
    • Boissiere E. Boissiere E.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in avril 2011 Posted on 2011-12-27 En couple - 1 nuitée (Chambre avec vue)

        Hötel avec un charme désuet proche du centre et de la mer , le service est très bien .

      • Advantages

        La proximité du centre , la piscine et le service

      • Disavantages

        Le bruit du boulevard si vous êtes du mauvais côté de l'hôtel

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      • Overall Score 5.71/10
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