Galle Face Hotel in Colombo

Welcome to Galle Face Hotel

Sri Lanka’s iconic historic hotel, Galle Face Hotel, situated in the heart of Colombo, along the seafront facing the famous Galle Face Green.

No visit to Sri Lanka is complete without staying at this elegant historic award winning hotel built in 1864. The hotel reflects the grandeur of a bygone era yet offering modern comfort for today’s traveler.

One of the oldest hotels East of the Suez, the Galle Face Hotel was established in 1864. Over the years, the hotel has housed royalty and celebrity. It has survived many trials and stands testimony of the inherent the Sri Lankan warmth. Today it is where old world charm meets modern luxurious hospitality.


Galle Face Hotel on course to completing Historic Restoration
Business as usual at The Galle Face Hotel during the revitalizing transformation 


The iconic Galle Face Hotel is nearing completion of a restoration project of its North Wing, originally built in 1864. The ambitious project was designed to preserve the grandeur and romance of the magnificent property while upgrading and modernizing the quality of guest facilities, amenities and services. The North Wing is scheduled to reopen to guests late this year while the South Wing has continued to be in operation as usual throughout the restoration. 

The Galle Face Hotel was originally built by four British entrepreneurs and is among the few remaining Colonial hotels in operation today in Asia. Despite many renovations over the years, the period detail of the Galle Face Hotel has been preserved in its architecture and façade. 

The management of The Galle Face Hotel has taken great care to ensure the spirit of the Hotel remains untouched during the course of the current restoration. In fact, the restored area, will once again give pride of place to the Hotel’s collection of historical memorabilia and artifacts. 

“Subtle modernization was the key word for us when we undertook this ambitious project. Our prime attempt is to enhance the quality of The Galle Face Hotel experience. The Hotel is an integral part of the history and heritage of Sri Lanka, and our plans have been guided by an uncompromising commitment to preserve the unique ambience for our guests to enjoy,” stated Sanjeev Gardiner the Chairman of The Galle Face Hotel. 

Keeping in time with the expected completion date, Galle Face has started restoration of the façade, lobby areas, corridors, Grand ballroom and the Jubilee room. Meanwhile work on the Verandah restaurant and Sea Spray restaurant is nearing completion. One of the latest additions to the hotel will be a new bar that will overlook the magnificent Indian Ocean, making it one-of-a-kind venue in Colombo.

The South Wing of the Hotel has remained open for business as usual, offering guests a unique stay that blends the aura of a rich heritage with a resort-like atmosphere at the heart of Colombo. The South Wing comprises 81 rooms including 12 suites, all with ocean views, and can cater to a wide segment of guests from single business travelers to families looking for a memorable holiday in Colombo. Seven new conference and meeting centers have also been added to the South Wing which was opened in mid April 2014. In anticipation of an increase in demand post-restoration, Galle Face also started taking in banquet bookings for weddings from January 2015. 


About the Galle Face Hotel 

The Galle Face Hotel is an award winning, iconic Hotel located at the heart of Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is probably the only Hotel in the world which has a setting of a sea front city Hotel combined with the features of a beachside resort together with a unique heritage. Founded in 1864, the Hotel is one of the landmarks in Asia with a rich colonial history. Today, the Galle Face Hotel is acclaimed as one of the best heritage Hotels in Sri Lanka and in 2012 it became the first Hotel in the country to be featured on a postage stamp.

Golfy wins hearts of guests at Galle Face Hotel

Golfy the Lion Cub who is often seen at the Galle Face Hotel has recently left a lasting impression in the minds of the little guests at the hotel. As Mahika - Director Marketing Communications of the Galle Face Hotel states just as our great logo, our mascot Golfy has helped our brand exposure a great deal. All kids staying at our hotel are presented with this memorable soft toy that indeed leaves a lasting impression of their time at the hotel aswell as a memento of Sri Lanka to remember us in the future. But why a lion cub? Of course the Sri Lankanness that is celebrated in our unique brand which is steeped with a histroy of grandeur and majesty is the reason for the Lion cub. and one should be aware that the Lion sits at the heart of Sri Lanka's national emblem too, avers Mahika. 

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