Galle Face Hotel


This luxury boutique hotel lies on the seafront overlooking the Indian Ocean in the heart of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital. Galle Face Hotel is steeped in history, combining colonial splendour with modern sophistication. It has hosted an incredible list of dignitaries since opening in 1864.

Galle Face Hotel provides 82 spacious and stylish rooms and suites, decorated in an elegant mix of modern and classical finishes. Some rooms come with expansive terraces facing the ocean, the ideal place to sip a glass of vintage Champagne as you enjoy the views.

The Veranda Restaurant is the hotel's main dining venue offering an all-day à la carte menu which champions colonial classics. The hotel's fine dining restaurant, The 1864, serves contemporary international cuisine. The Travellers Bar, adorned with photographs of the hotel's most distinguished guests, is the place for an evening cocktail.

The hotel is in the perfect location for shopping and sightseeing. Lightfoot Travel can create a bespoke itinerary to ensure you make the most of your stay whether you want to go on a guided tour of the city in a classic car, visit the National museum or see the Gangaramaya and the Seema Malaka temples. Back at the hotel, laze by the pool as you admire ocean views, play croquet on the lawn armed with a Pimms or be pampered at the serene spa.

Galle Face Hotel Information

Location & Getting There

The hotel is located in Colombo’s business district in Sri Lanka. It is the only hotel in the city to be positioned next to the beach. The international airport is 35 km away.


It comprises 164 rooms and suites including 8 stunning designer suites ranging from 27-30sqm Superior Rooms to the magnificent 160-sqm Empress Suite. Rooms come with queen or king-size beds, dark wood furnishings, grey marble bathrooms and all-modern amenities. Suites offer additional space and comfort and benefit from access to the Long Room with butler service available on request. Some also come with vast terraces facing the ocean and Jacuzzis, and one has a unique four-poster bath. The designer suites are ideal for those wishing to spoil themselves.


There is a host of activities on offer at the hotel from spa treatments to croquet and you can choose to do as much or as little as you wish. It is next to Galle Face Green Park and within walking distance of Colombo Fort. The Gangaramaya and Seema Malaka temples are worth a visit. Trips further afield to Kandy, Sigiriya and Galle can also be arranged.


The hotel welcomes families and is located next to the beach and a park, which is ideal for kids to let off steam. Interconnecting rooms are available. Babysitting available on request.

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Why we recommend Galle Face Hotel

"Galle Face Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka is steeped in history, and staying here will take you back to a romantic, bygone era, without forgoing modern luxuries. We especially love its seafront location, where you can spend hours listening to the crashing of the waves with a G&T in hand. Make sure you're there when the sun sets to hear the hotel's bagpipers play, a ritual which resonates with its rich history and legendary traditions."

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