Galle Face Hotel
A grand colonial landmark
- 158 rooms
- Three restaurants
- Four bars
- Swimming pool
- Spa and fitness centre
As one of the oldest hotels in all Asia – opened in 1864 – the Galle Face Hotel is a historic landmark sitting in an enviable position on the city’s seafront promenade, facing the cricketers, picnickers and kite flyers on Galle Face Green.
After a lengthy restoration, the hotel has retained much of charm and tradition, while adding modern comforts and features.
158 rooms are split between the Regency and Classic Wings. Many feature sea views, with the best vistas enjoyed from the suites and studio rooms found in the four towers.
The Indian Ocean is the focal point for the large ocean-side saltwater swimming and there’s also a spa and fitness centre.
Three dining venues include buffets at the Veranda, while The 1864 offers fine dining. For lighter bites, head to Sea Spray, the new seafood restaurant on the waterfront. A range of drinking venues range from a welcoming pub to a poolside bar, but no stay here is complete without a glass of Pimm’s on the the Chequerboard’s terrace as the Sri Lankan flag as it is ceremoniously lowered at sunset.
A museum showcases the property’s illustrious history, with the star attraction Prince Philip’s first automobile, an an immaculate 1935 Standard Nine from his time stationed here during the Second World War, the star exhibit.
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