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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

We went to Colombo but could only get one nigh reservation but we still took it in hope they may extend our bookings. That didn't happen but the rooms were old worldly but modern , super facilities and the service was divine. So personal they had a yes to every request.
Breakfast was top quality with organic eggs and everything cooked to perfection the fruit was cut beautifully.
It was off season to swim in the sea no worries as the pool had seawater to give you the same feeling.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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Antony P, General Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2016

Thank you for reviewing your time at The Galle Face Hotel. We are immensely grateful for all the lovely comments you've made from your stay, we're so pleased you enjoyed the overall experience.

We do hope you'll be able stay with us longer on your next visit.


Yours sincerely,

Antony G. Paton
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Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

I have recently traveled through Sri Lanka and had one of the best hotel experiences that I have ever experienced. The Galle Face Hotel is an institution in Colombo and should be on the short list of every serious traveler. The staff are helpful, thoughtful, and just plain lovely.

The rooms harken back to a different era of travel. They are dignified, functional, and luxurious. I had already rebooked for another stay for my return to Colombo, prior to even retiring got the evening.

This is a place where I could stay for weeks. I will likely do this upon my return to Sri Lanka, very soon.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled solo
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Antony P, General Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2016

Thank you for taking the time to give us you comments from your experience at Galle Face Hotel. We truly value your recommendation on the property and are ever so pleased to read your thoughts on our dedicated team and the overall service.

We hope to see you during your next visit to The Galle Face Hotel.

Yours sincerely,

Antony G. Paton
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Reviewed 19 August 2016

I would return the Galle Face Hotel just for the bar. Beautifully decorated with pictures of every famed customer...from the Emperor of Japan to Che Guevara. It is simply so cool. Beyond the outdoor seating overlooking the sea really speaks volumes to this hotel's golden past. The waiters are quite professional and the drinks themselves are expertly made. The whole experience was like stepping into a time machine and one that I would happily recommend to any other traveler

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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Antony P, General Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2016

Thank you ever so much for taking the time to review your experience with us, we truly appreciate the lovely comments. The Travellers' bar does indeed showcase many of the more famous faces to have visited the hotel over it's history dating back over 152 years.

Thanks again for your recommendation and we do hope to see you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Antony G. Paton
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Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

We stayed at the Galle Face Hotel for 3 nights. It is a special place to stay. Built in the 1860's and refurbished in luxurious style this was a wonderful experience. Sit on a deck chair between the swimming pool and the waves of the Indian Ocean crashing into the seawall just metres away, while enjoying a beer or cocktail, and take in this breathtaking experience. The buffet breakfast including 'help yourself' French champagne while sitting on the patio area overlooking the ocean is best done slowly. The man threatening the crows outside with a (unloaded) slingshot to keep them away from guests eating their breakfast provides some comical entertainment. And if you have time take a stroll along the adjoining Galle Green just before sunset and enjoy the hundreds of kites flown by children and look at (but maybe not sample!) the seafood treats on sale at the many food carts.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Antony P, General Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2016

Thank you ever so much for taking the time to write such a pleasantly detailed review from your stay with us. Your comments were such a delight to read and we are so happy you enjoyed every aspect of your experience at The Galle Face Hotel.

We hope to welcome you back in the near future!

Yours sincerely,

Antony G. Paton
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Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

We booked into the hotel for the final night of our stay in Sri Lanka and the hotel was as we expected. It was like stepping back in time in terms of style and made for a pleasant final night. The room we were placed in initially we were unhappy with and the staff relocated us to a more suitable room happily. The room was clean and comfortable with a balcony overlooking the green and the ocean. We dined in the buffet restaurant for our evening meal and the range of food on offer was extensive and all of high quality. We used the pool on our final day and it was relaxing to lay by the pool watching the ocean just in front of us whilst enjoying a cocktail. It was a great ending to an amazing trip!

Stayed: April 2016, travelled with friends
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Antony P, General Manager at Galle Face Hotel Colombo, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2016

Thank you ever so much for taking the time out to give us your feedback from your stay at Galle Face Hotel. We're pleased that you chose us for your last night in Sri Lanka, and that our team were able to accommodate your request to change room.

We do hope to see you soon!

Yours sincerely,

Antony G. Paton
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