This old colonial hotel was built in 1864 and was once said to be the largest hotel east of Aden let alone Sri Lanka!
It has the most fantastic situation right by the Indian Ocean overlooking Galle Face Green, yet right close to the heart of Colombo. The old part of the hotel has recently undergone a very sympathetic renovation and refurbishment.
In the colonial era the hotel began life as a Dutch villa in which people of importance met together. Four such gentlemen bought the building in 1864 and converted it into the luxury hotel it is today.
Originally called the Galle Face House in its past life during colonial times, it was named the Galle Face Hotel when it was converted into a hotel. As it may be obvious to anyone who knows the historic city of Galle, the hotel is named after the Galle Face Green which is an expanse of recreational grassed land on the edge of the Indian Ocean which is next to the hotel.
This is a highly recommended hotel to stay in when visiting Colombo.
Do note that you cannot swim in the sea here due to strong currents.