The refreshing aesthetics of this urban boutique hotel, winner of the 2013 International Hotel Awards, can be credited to environmental designer Sunela Jayewardene. Her design is modern and luxurious, yet inspired by nature. Check out the hip Loft bar, which is built with recycled materials, for pre-party cocktails. Or after a day at the beach, opt for a soothing after-sun treatment in the Amber Spa.
Insider Tip: Room 103 is a suite laid out as split-level duplex, with its own private courtyard.
The Park Street Hotel
Housed in a 250-year-old former colonial bungalow on an expansive 0.8ha of land, the hotel’s calming environment is an antidote to the crowded city. Inside, the rooms have been faithfully refurbished and adorned with a charming selection of art and curios. The Begum Suite is a stand-out. Named after Begum Zarina, the second wife of Colombo entrepreneur Sheikh Salehbhoy Moosajee, it includes a veranda and outdoor dining terrace, and is furnished with Dutch colonial antique furniture such as a romantic king-sized four-poster bed.
Insider Tip: Have a swim in the pool at sunset – the serene environment is pretty special whether you're on a romantic break or after a memorable moment alone.
In Sinhala, the mother tongue of Sri Lanka’s largest ethnic group, the term “Wallawwa” is used to express the concept of aristocracy as well as the location of a well-connected family’s seat. This particular Wallawwa, which dates back to the 18th century, is the oldest of its kind in the province. In its current incarnation as a boutique hotel, its sense of history and peaceful rural setting help transport guests to a simpler time. Tropical gardens, Balinese four-poster beds with free-floating drapes and a dreamy spa do just the job to help reinvigorate guests after a long flight.
Insider Tip: The Mountbatten Suite has its own private garden with a plunge pool.
Cinnamon Grand Colombo
Welcome to a place where senses are delighted and desires indulged. A place where you pick the pace and you choose the mood. If you're looking to explore the city or escape it, Cinnamon Grand is your perfect haven. It is located in the heart of Colombo's business, shopping and entertainment centre - just 35 km from the airport. Its rooms are luxurious and its restaurants serve up an eclectic mix of fine cuisine. It offers spaces for relaxing and spaces for discovering. Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, Cinnamon Grand has all the facilities you would need.
Insider Tip: There are a number of restaurants serving worldwide cuisines as well as a variety of street food nearby. They are located just a walking distance to the Galle Face Green.
Tintagel Colombo Hotel
Tintagel Colombo is a unique and private hotel, offering 10 individually-designed suites with all modern amenities and services. It is housed in a stunning heritage structure of national importance that was previously home to three of Sri Lanka’s political leaders. In November 2013, it was the chosen hotel to host Their Royal Highnesses, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cambridge. With its close proximity to many embassies and places of business, Tintagel Colombo is a popular choice of accommodation for corporate travellers, and with its intimate atmosphere, is also a preferred choice of holidaymakers.
Insider Tip: A quick taxi ride will take you to the wonderful Galle Face Green from where you can get a spectacular view of the Colombo harbour. The night comes to life with parties, clubs, casinos and pubs.
Galadari Hotel is one of the finest hotels in Sri Lanka with the best of dining, accommodation and entertainment facilities. This 450-room beauty faces the foaming ripples of the Indian Ocean. Step in to be lost in unearthly cuisines, cosy hideouts, heavenly surroundings and the best of services. Galadari Hotel is not only a great place to relax, eat and indulge, but is also the finest place to celebrate. Delight and breathe the air of luxury situated in the vicinity of Colombo - the business hub and the entertainment city of Sri Lanka.
Insider Tip: Visit the Old Dutch hospital, which has been transformed into a shopping precinct with international restaurants. Shopping malls here provide you with international clothing and anything you seek for.
The Kingsbury - as its name suggests - is an ode to the golden age of grace and elegance. Harking back to an era when royalty was revered and celebrated, you will be treated no different. It is situated in the vicinity of Colombo, the business hub and the entertainment city of Sri Lanka. The hotel offers unparalleled comfort and opulence encompassed in a classically designed property along, with a team of professionals set on delivering the highest levels of service. Unfold memorable experiences at The Kingsbury.
Insider Tip: Drop by the Galle Face Green right beside the hotel, known for its breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean. Take in the magnificent sight that can be captured in all its glory from the stunning pier.
Mount Lavinia Hotel
The Mount Lavinia Hotel is a 275-room star-class hotel, one of the oldest and most famous in the country. It has been a hotel since 1947, but was the Governors Residence since the 1800s and celebrates its rich history from then on. This premier colonial heritage hotel earned a reputation over the years for its magnificent structure and ambiance, the old world charm which resonates to the grandeur of old Ceylon, its romantic legacy left by the colonial Governor General who used it as his residence, the exceptional service offered by its well-trained staff and its popularity as a venue for weddings.
Insider Tip: Situated close to one of the best beaches around Colombo, the area is filled with wonderful seafood restaurants and pubs. Have a go at adventurous sea activities such as snorkelling and fishing while you're there.