Galle Face Hotel (Classic)

Galle Face Hotel (Classic) The Galle Face Hotel has a story to tell. A fact to remember... Having stayed at the hotel, Princess Alexandra of Denmark commented "The peacefulness and generosity encountered at the Galle Face Hotel cannot be matched."

In the heart of Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka regally stands the Galle Face Hotel, a premier legend, one of Asia's best.

The Galle Face Hotel is situated in the heart of the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. An oasis of tranquillity amidst the hustle and bustle of the city by the side of the Indian Ocean. A feature unique among the hotels in Colombo. Established in 1864, the Galle Face Hotel soon became and continues to be one of the most exquisite hotels East of the Suez.

With an impressive arched facade that overlooks a kilometre-long stretch of lawn called the Galle Face Green, the hotel borrowed its name from this charming promenade way back in 1864. Built by four British entrepreneurs who were looking to start a business in the city, Galle Face Hotel is the only Heritage city hotel overlooking the Indian Ocean.

The hotel follows a simple philosophy of offering guests the romance of old-world charm complete with modern day luxuries that enhance the experience.

As an extensive restoration project nears completion towards the latter part of 2004, the hotel's Southern Wing will reopen its doors to offer uncluttered elegance, sophistication and superlative service.

A masterpiece boasting graceful Victorian Architecture, Galle Face Hotel continues to attract royalty, world leaders and celebrities to this sanctuary of perfect serenity in a bustling city.
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Private check-in and check-out/9 restaurants and 4 bars offering a range of dining experiences to suit every taste/Specialty restaurants/Wine Lounge combined with an underground wine cellar/3 grand ballrooms and 6 function rooms/Wedding and Conference facilities /Galle Face Hotel Spa, a 20,000 sq. ft. spa inclusive of Colombo's largest saltwater swimming pool and gymnasium/Personal Butler service/Business Centre offering all Secretarial facilities/The plush 'Piazza' Shopping Arcade offering designer labels/A Salon/Laundry Services/A Museum and Art Gallery.
Galle Face Hotel (Classic)
Positive :
Rich in history and ambience... Full of character and charm...
Negative :
Needs a facelift badly... Rather neglected in outlook...
Activities :
Swimming and just relaxing... Experience a typical English high tea on our Veranda facing the sea and enjoy the dramatic Indian Ocean sunset with a cocktail... It's only at the Galle Face Hotel.
Galle Face Hotel (Classic)
Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan - "Happiness is the Galle Face Hotel"

Brisbane - Sally Anne Atkinson - "7 days at the Galle Face Hotel was bliss. To stay longer would be heaven, an exalted state to which I'm aiming"

Pakistan - Prime Minister - Ali Bhutto : "It was a great pleasure for me to return to this famous Hotel after 13 Years"

Australia - Business Review Weekly (BRW) Eric Ellis : "Forward letter to Cyril Gardiner - he will reply in the most gracious language". The GFH has nothing of the impersonal sameness of the Hiltons, Hyatts and the Sheratons.

London "Independent" : "It is worth visiting Sri Lanka just to see the Galle Face Hotel"

Serendib - Alan Moores : "If the Galle Face Hotel (Asia's Emerald on the Green - Grande dame of Serendib) endures it is largely due to the charm and sagacity of its venerable Chairman Cyril Gardiner"
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