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Colombo once typified the graceful colonial capital of white pillars, grand boulevards and flourishing gardens. But in today's Colombo commerce has well and truly taken hold and the city has burgeoned and sprawled. But most visitors will seek out a bit of both worlds, enjoying the fun of its myriad of markets, and appreciating the large scale restoration works going on around some of the most historic architecture, including the central fort complex. The best places to stay in Colombo will allow you to make the most of everything this fascinating city has to offer.
The influx of people has lent the city a more cosmopolitan feel and the foodie and cultural scenes have benefitted. In addition to the restoration work, the city is growing new seafront roads, already sprouting hotels. So there's now much broader choice when it comes to the best places to stay in Colombo.
Colombo has several excellent museums and galleries, but what you don't want to miss is promenading along Galle Road with the sunset and the Indian Ocean on one side of you and all the colour and life of Colombo on the other.
- Casa Colombo is a sleek, chic, lively creation with colourful rooms and shabby chic furnishings. There's a cocktail bar and an excellent Asian restaurant. And the pool and deck are gorgeous.
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Best Hotels in Colombo
Havelock Place Bungalow 7 rooms from $84Colombo
A true home. Havelock Place Bungalow provides an excellent alternative to the large, five star hotels Colombo has to offer. Rooms feature cosy comforting quilts, classic striped wallpaper and decorative quirks like whicker baskets for storage. The hotel's restaurant is very popular so book ahead!Sights nearby - Town Hall and Independence Square are within easy reach.Great walks - A walk along Colombo's long promenade.Local markets - Explore Colombo's Old Town.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - I Escape
Cinnamon Red Colombo 242 rooms from $86Colombo
Centrally located with colourful interiors - add to this an attractive price and Cinnamon Red attracts a fun, young crowd. Rooms are decorated with splashes of the hotel's signature red and feature good sized modern bathrooms. Cuisine is top notch including adaptations of Sri Lankan dishes.Great walks - Nearby Viharamahadevi Park for a leisurely stroll.Views - Great views from hotelSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorQuirky - An experience!
Colombo Courtyard 32 rooms from $102Colombo
Boutique hotel in the heart of Colombo City, boasting a rooftop cafe with fantastic views. Rooms are stylishly modern and elegant with feature walls, some come with four posters and a private courtyard. The Scarlet room offers fusion cuisine & the Cloud Cafe hosts jazz & film nights under the stars.Spa - The Amber Spa offers a range of restorative treatments.Local markets - The open air Pettah Market is a vibrant visit.Sights nearby - A visit to the National Museum is a must.Views - Sweeping views of Colombo
Galle Face Hotel 81 rooms from $114Colombo
Classic colonial style the Galle Face Hotel boasts elegant interiors in muted palettes. There is an infinity pool overlooking the private beach area as well as an indulgent spa and well equipped gym. Dine at In... On The Green popular amongst locals. A great stay for couples and families.Cooking classes - Menaka Culinary Art Academy teaches guests the art of Sri Lankan flavours. Hint: it includes plenty of spice.Sights nearby - Take a tour of Colombo's attractions in the hotel's classic car.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Romantic - Good for couples.
Residence by Uga Escapes 11 rooms from $253Colombo
Set amidst luscious gardens this eleven bedroomed mansion, dating back to the 18th-century evokes both its rich heritage with some contemporary twists. Rooms are expansive, decorated in dark woods and rich red and gold accents. They feature private patios and large, black marble bathrooms. Divine.Great walks - Take a turn around nearby Viharamahadevi Park.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Romantic - Good for couples.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Casa Colombo 12 rooms from $268Colombo
A sleek chic boutique, one of Colombo's trendiest and liveliest spots. Colourful rooms and suites have all the mod cons and shabby chic furnishings. Fantastic Asian cuisine, lively cocktail bar, spa, and gorgeous pool and deck area. City style at its best. A great choice for a hip couple or family.City Style - In the heart of bustling ColomboFoodies - Outstanding Asian restaurant.Sights nearby - Gangaramya Temple, one of the country’s key Buddhist temples. The National Museum & Dutch Period Museum are a short drive awayLocal markets - Pettah market is close by - hotel can organise private shopping toursRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
Maniumpathy 8 rooms from $240Colombo
Old family house tucked away in a smart neighbourhood. Perfect for siteseeing Colombo. Intimate and unspoilt with eight suites and small charming gardenSights nearby - Its central location means that all of Colombo's highlights are easily accessibleSwimming Pool - Outdoor plunge pool in the courtyardFull of characterRomantic - Good for couples.
Paradise Road Tintagel 10 rooms from $316Colombo
With just ten beautifully designed suites featuring classic interiors decorated in edible palettes of chocolates and creams and mood lighting. Serving some of Colombo's finest food there is also a well stocked library, steam room, inviting pool and massages on appointment. A romantic getaway.Restrictions on children - Whislt children are welcome in the hotel the pool is adults only.Great walks - Colombo's long promenade is great for walking off big dinners.Sights nearby - The National Museum is a must visit.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet