Must-see hotels in Colombo

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    Cinnamon Red

    Hugely popular from the day it opened, this 26-floor hotel from the ubiquitous Cinnamon Group is its debut of a new concept in 'lean luxury'. The 242…

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    Cinnamon Grand Hotel

    Colombo’s best large hotel has a central location well back from Galle Rd. It buzzes with energy as there always seems to be an elite wedding on or some…

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    Colombo City Hostel

    Colombo's best hostel has a rooftop lounge/kitchen/chill space with great views over the city, including nearby Temple Trees, home of the PM. There are 33…

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    Of the several Ys offering budget accommodation, this is easily the best. Enjoy modest colonial splendour in this leafy compound in a frenetic and popular…

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    Lake Lodge

    This hotel gets everything just right. The 13 rooms are well equipped and stylish in a minimalist way. Long concrete counters are good for work and the…

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    Havelock Place Bungalow

    This appealing guesthouse has seven rooms in two sizes spread across two colonial houses. Modern luxury is matched with antiques that feel authentic to…

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    Colombo Courtyard

    All the comforts you could ask for (decent work areas, rain showers, welcome fruit basket and more) are appealingly packaged at this new small hotel. Some…

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    Galle Face Hotel

    The grande dame of Colombo faces Galle Face Green to the north and the sea to the west. The sweeping staircases recall the hotel's opening in 1864…

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    Mount Lavinia Hotel

    Part of this grand seafront hotel dates to 1806, when it was the residence of the British governor. The appropriately named ‘governor’s wing’ has colonial…

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    Casa Colombo

    This vast 200-year-old mansion shelters behind a row of storefronts on Galle Rd. Protected from the noise, it’s an urban refuge with huge old trees and an…

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    Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo

    Set inside an old mansion with a notorious past (when it was a home for local politicians), this stylish hotel dazzles with its dark, minimalist design,…

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    Colombo Hotel Ceilão Villas

    Close to Cinnamon Gardens and other hotspots but isolated from the street mayhem, this relaxed estate has six lovely rooms in an elegant and restful…

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    Taj Samudra

    Part of the well-regarded Indian chain, this vast edifice has elegant public areas and a lovely 11-acre garden, as well as myriad restaurants and bars,…

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    City Rest Fort

    This very professionally managed hotel and hostel has an ideal location just east of the Dutch Hospital. In its renovated four-storey building there are…

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    Black Cat Bed & Breakfast

    One of Colombo's best cafes also rents out five rooms (four with king beds, one with twin beds). Just like the great coffees downstairs, the decor is rich…

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    Cottage Gardens Bungalows

    A little bit of Bali in Mount Lavinia, this walled compound hosts several bungalows that have wide terraces that look onto gardens. It's very clean and…

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    Grand Oriental Hotel

    Opposite the harbour, this was Colombo’s finest hotel a century ago, a place to see and be seen. Although it’s no longer the case, there’s a certain…

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    The Steuart is set in a renovated colonial-era building with parts dating back to 1835. The 50 rooms have a fairly simple purple-and-white decor with old…

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    Star Anise Boutique Capsules

    An old two-storey shophouse in the heart of Fort has been turned into an upscale hostel. Each capsule is essentially a very large bunk area enclosed by…

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    Number 11

    Geoffrey Bawa fans can stay in his Colombo home. Within his artful estate, which is a popular place for tours, a suite of two bedrooms is rented out. Only…