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The Regency at The Galle Face Hotel

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  • About this holiday

    Expressions holidays recommends The Regency at The Galle Face to those seeking to experience the spirit of Ceylon. This property is the Grand Dame of Colombo hotels and has played a pivotal part in the history and culture of Sri Lanka. The Galle Face hotel is ideal a part of touring itinerary or just to facilitate a Colombo stop-over; it sits in an airy, seafront location but still has good access to downtown Colombo. Revel in the character, heritage and grandeur of this splendid colonial hotel. 

    The journey and how you get there

    Complimentary

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with Sri Lankan London to Colombo return in economy, private car transfers, bed and breakfast based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room
    £1,360 for 7 nights
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code

    EXH675

    Our opinion

    The Galle Face Hotel is THE place to stay in Colombo if you like colonial character and sea breezes and you want a taste of Colombo life. For modern comforts, stay in the Regency rooms.

    Hotel description

    The Galle Face Hotel, Sri Lanka’s first purpose-built hotel, dates back to 1864 and has been owned and run by the Gardiner family (father and now son) for over 60 years. A little museum by the tea room houses hotel memorabilia including a vintage car once owned by Prince Philip. Its position facing the Indian Ocean on one side and Galle Face Green park on another gives this magnificent colonial hotel an airy, resort feel although it is right in the centre of Colombo. The Galle Face hotel continues to feature prominently in Colombo life and is still one of the hotspots for socialising and eating. A high tea on the verandah or cocktails on the chess-board terrace at sunset are on the ‘must-do’ list for any first-timer to Colombo. There are nine places to eat, including a tea room, seafood restaurant and a pub. The seawater swimming pool and the Regency Spa are ideal for relaxing after sightseeing and shopping in the humid city air. The south wing of the Galle Face hotel was painstakingly restored between 2002 and 2004 and opened as The Regency at the Galle Face Hotel, adding 80 luxurious bedrooms and a Spa to this pillar of Sri Lankan hospitality. The bedrooms in The Regency are luxuriously fitted with elegant furniture, marble bathrooms, air-conditioning and modern amenities, whilst still retaining original features such as polished wooden floors, high ceilings and whitewashed walls. The Oceanic suites look directly onto the sea.

    Location

    Colombo

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    All year

    Distance from airport

    About 1 hour by car.

    Closest airport

    Colombo

    Room types

    Number of rooms: 80 bedrooms at The Regency (plus more 'Classic' rooms at Galle Face hotel).
    All bedrooms at The Regency include en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, air-conditioning, TV, tea and coffee making facilities, IDD telephone, hairdryer, butler service, laundry service.

    Deluxe Room (Regency). Ocean Deluxe rooms overlook the Galle Face Patio and offer a partial view of the ocean. Spa Deluxe rooms over a view of the Spa garden.
    Oceanic Balcony Suite (Regency). Overlooks the Galle Face Patio and the Ocean with one Jacuzzi uniquely place in the centre of the room and two balconies.
    The Oceanic Suite (Regency). Has a sea view, an in-room Jacuzzi and a sitting area.
    Oceanic Spa Suite (Regency). Overlooks the Spa and the ocean with 2 jacuzzis, one of which is on the balcony.

    If you would like to experience the original old-fashioned character of the Galle Face Hotel, we suggest the following suites in the old wing:

    Executive Suite (Classic – Galle Face Hotel)
    Royal Suite (Classic – Galle Face Hotel)

    Combination Suites (of interconnecting suites or rooms) are also available upon request.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Facilities at The Regency at the Galle Face Hotel include: 9 eating places including Veranda restaurant, Veranda Bar, Salt water swimming pool, Spa, Gym, Piazza Shopping arcade, Hotel museum, Valet parking and travel desk, Business centre

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Local to The Regency at The Galle Face Hotel in Colombo are: National Museum, Pettah Market, Dutch Period Museum, arts and crafts shops, shopping centres, fashion shops, Buddhist and Hindu temples, mosques and churches.

    Sports nearby

    Golf at Royal Colombo Golf Club

    Children

    Children under 5 years old are accommodated free of charge when sharing parents’ room without an extra bed.

    Minimum stays

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