“ Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. „
We have just come back from a wonderful holiday in Sri Lanka which also had its interesting moments. Not least was when we were caught up in a tsunami evacuation due to the Indonesian earthquake. That is of course a different story and luckily one with a happy ending as in the end the tsunami never materialised. This did not put me off this fascinating country or any of the wonderful places that we stayed in.
The first hotel that we stayed in for two nights was the Galle Face Regency in Colombo. We actually arrived in the middle of the night and were met with a very friendly welcome and set up with our room straight away. The room was a very clean family room and had a very large en suite bathroom with a wonderful walk in shower and a huge bath. There was a TV in our room and a drinks bar - neither of which we used. We were pleased that bottled water was provided everyday. Another very important thing to point out is that the rooms are air conditioned. This is obviously very important as it is quite humid and when we stayed outside temperatures were over 30 degrees.
The Galle Face is quite an old hotel and has been welcoming guests since the late 19th century. The regency wing, which is the part we stayed in, was restored in 2004 and is a light airy modern hotel. It leads onto the beach and also has a very good swimming pool which is filled with salt water. Towels are provided, which is always handy, and there are many sun loungers around the pool area. My daughters also enjoyed the fact that it did not get very busy and they often had the pool pretty much to themselves!
I have to mention the food as we really did enjoy this aspect of our stay. The buffet breakfasts are absolutely wonderful with so much to choose from. There is fresh fruit, traditional cooked breakfast items, yoghurts, cereals, curries, and loads of breads and pastries. Everything was delicious and of course, as with any buffet, you can keep going back for me! Never very good for the waistline though. Our evening meal was also a buffet and again there was a vast feast on offer - the only thing that I would say though is that it was all a little bit spicy and my fussy daughters were not able to find too much that they actually wanted to eat! There was always bread and rice though so they didn't go hungry!
Other facilities which we did not make use of were:
Personal Butler service
Business Centre offering all Secretarial facilities
In-room Wi-Fi System
The plush 'Piazza' Shopping Arcade offering designer labels
A Museum and Art Gallery
Although we did not use wi-fi in the room (as there was a cost attached), the staff were very happy to provide a code so that we could use our laptop and send emails from the lobby area.
I have to say that overall, the Galle Face Regency is a very good hotel but the best thing is the very friendly and helpful treatment that we received. It was first class and a great place to start our holiday.
As we booked all of our holiday through the operator, Red Dot Tours, I can't say how much we paid for our room but I have been able to find some room rates on the website that vary greatly depending on the type of room. These start at about $138 and go up to over $400. This also depends on the number of occupants per room. I can also tell you that the meal rates are:
Breakfast - US $11
Lunch - US $14
Dinner - US $17
which is not expensive at all. Also, my daughters and I went to the little coffee shop in the afternoon and between us we had one coffee and two slices of delicious cakes and these cost us, in total, the equivalent of about £1.70. I could not get over the good value!
Galle Face Hotel
2, Galle road, Colombo 3,