City Hotels in Colombo.

Colombo's city hotels are in for a smorgasbord of competition in the next couple of years as the glitzy big wigs like Shangri-La and the Sheraton open shop. Until then, here are some of the tried and tested hotels in the city centre, now without that pesky minimum hotel rate. Whether you're in town for leisure, family time, romance, or business, this list should cover you.

5 Star Hotels

These hotels are all in the heart of Colombo's business and leisure districts. With varied waitstaff, a variety of restaurants, swimming pools, business centres, and shopping, they cover every need. 

The Kingsbury

The former Intercontinental Hotel is totally refurbished, and perched on the growing Colombo Port City stretch overlooking the Indian Ocean. It plays host to both busy businessmen and well-off families on holiday. Their dining is great, as is their rooftop bar, the Sky Lounge

Cinnamon Grand

A go-to hub for bars, restaurants, and coffee, the Grand is one of the city's busiest hotels. They're generally packed full of conferences, weddings, and revellers, so you're bound to find a friend or two. We recommend their Breeze Bar for Friday evening happy hour cocktails, the Cheers bar for beer and a cricket match, Lagoon for excellent seafood, and Noodles for cheap and chic Asian dining. 

Cinnamon Lakeside

Part of the Cinnamon group, the Lakeside is a little further away from the bustling action of Colombo 3. However, it's a sprawling property famous for its lake view, superb Thai food, and excellent selection of pastries and cakes. 

Hilton Colombo

The once dated Hilton is now re-imagined into a slick, sleek city hotel. With excellent buffet dining via the GRAZE Lounge, a beautiful new lobby, and fresh rooms, it's now a top choice in the city. 

Taj Samudra

One of the city's oldest (and probably biggest) properties, the sprawling Taj overlooks the Galle Face Green and Indian Ocean. The hotel boasts a clientele as glittering as its lobby, with heaps of fine dining options, event venues, and event space. We highly recommend YUMI for its Japanese fare

Galle Face Hotel

This 1864 grand dame has played host to some of the island's most illustrious (and royal) visitors. With recently re-shuffled dining areas, the hotel has some of the city's most beautiful views and romantic event spaces. Their sea-facing terrace is a must for sundowners. 

Galadari

The Galadari's standards have slipped quite a lot of late, but they're still pretty popular with Middle Eastern and Indian tourists. 

Boutique Hotels

Colombo's boutique hotel scene is small but stellar. Each of our featured hotels is a labour of love, carefully curated and with personalised service.

CASA Colombo

Funky, big on design, and with a beautiful al fresco pool and bar, CASA is one of our favourite spots to linger over a cocktail or prawn kottu.

Colombo Courtyard

Situated on the busy Duplication Road, Colombo Courtyard features quirky scrap metal sculptures, a couple of cosy bars, and well-appointed rooms. Their rooftop bar is also a favourite with locals during the sunset happy hour. 

Taru Villas (Lake Lodge)

A relatively new addition to the scene, this is the only hotel on our list we haven't visited ourselves. Still, given photos, rave reviews, and personal recommendations, we felt that it deserved a mention. 

Havelock Place Bungalow

Set in a leafy little part of Colombo 5, the HPB hosts lovely cocktail sessions, and has charming colonial rooms and an al fresco restaurant that lends itself to romantic dining and drinks. 

Colombo Hotel by Ceilao Villas

Another Colombo 5 gem, Ceilao is an undiscovered boutique hotel with a pool, a heap of beautiful rooms, and some of the nicest service we've come across.

Tintagel

Formerly both home and assasination venue to Sri Lanka's political royalty, the converted property is now a stately and private bungalow in the heart of Colombo's upscale residential neighbourhood, Colombo 7. You'll find elegant fine dining at the restaurant, as well as great design throughout. 

Business Hotels

These hotels are great for short, busy stays. You may not find a lot of art, design, or a variety of restaurants, but you will find all your needs met quickly and efficiently. 

Ramada

Another recently refurbished full-service hotel, the Ramada is right next to the Taj and Galle Face Hotel. We've found the rooms to be very comfortable and fully-equipped, and their lobby a good spot for a quick chat or coffee.

OZO 

One of the city's taller and newer hotels, OZO is on Marine Drive and so commands a beautiful view of the sea and horizon. With well-appointed rooms suited to long business stays, lots of funky lobby decor, and quick service, they're a strong choice at reasonable prices. We'd also recommend you check out their rooftop bar, ON14 for a drink with a view. 

Z-MAX Fairway

The newest kid on the block, ZMAX is right behind the tourist hub of Dutch Hospital. They've got a reasonably-priced food court, a Java Lounge, and rooms we haven't checked out yet. 

Cinnamon Red

Part of the massive Cinnamon hospitality structure, Cinnamon Red is a tall Colombo 3 tower very close to Liberty Arcade, Liberty Plaza, and the Colpetty Market. It's reasonable in comparison to Lakeside and Grand, and features a lovely rooftop bar and pool

Other Hotels

Colombo's hotel scene is constantly expanding, with plenty of cheaper and more obscure options. Most of these are situated on either Galle Road or Marine Drive, which should connect you to most destinations post-haste. If you're on a budget and hostels or B&B's don't work for you, try :

Colombo City Hotel

Grand Oriental Hotel

Pearl City, Pearl Towers, Pearl Grand

Hotel Renuka

The Ocean

Mirage Colombo

 

*All photos are from our pages or directly off the respective hotel's websites.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp

Highlights.

Latest.

KAMU.

A flavorful journey to the North East by Paadum Meen

An ecstatically beautiful place located down Frankfort place, Bambalapitiya has caught a significant eye for

Highlights Kamu

Hummus Festival 2022 – Graze Kitchen by Hilton

By Shamrina Carim The stunning atmosphere Walking into this masterpiece designed by an excellent interior

Kamu

A Luxury European Dining experience at 1864 Limited Edition

Ambience Intimate dining area for couples and friends Comfy lounge areas to sit and catch

Highlights Kamu

Pizza Hut – My Box Birizza Fever- review

By Sumaiya Jaleel Hurrah! Welcome back to your scrumptious feast. Pizza Hut has brought back

Highlights Kamu

The Hottest Food Fest of the Year: Eat Street Colombo

By Janani Vithanage After a 2 year (Covid induced break), Sri Lanka’s biggest, best food

Highlights Kamu

A Chocolate fantasy with Zeez Treatz

By MI The Yamu team was in for a massive sugar rush and sweet indulgence

Kamu

Trending.

Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo’s ColomBar moves to newly refurbished location

04 May2022, Colombo: Colombo’s iconic and stylish destination bar, ColomBar, has been re-located to its

Trending

Spreading Mother’s Day Love with Ramada Colombo

Treat your Mother to lavish lunch, and high tea buffets, sweet treats, and plush stays. 

Trending

Eid Staycation at Sheraton Kosgoda TurtleBeach Resort

By Janani Vithanage Heralded by the first sighting of the crescent moon, Eid-al-fitr, which translates

Trending

Eid Staycation at Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa

By Janani Vithanage Heralded by the first sighting of the crescent moon, Eid-al-fitr, which translates

Trending

Order your Ifthar Dinner via PickMe Food

By Hiruni Herath As Ramadan is a time of introspection and prayer, you can devote

Trending

7 Things you Should Know about Gotagogama

By Janani Vithanage Sri Lanka, internationally known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, is

Highlights Trending

Yamu Guide.

The Embazzy – a relaxing luncheon spot

By Hiruni Herath Service and Ambience Stepping into The Embazzy, it’s clear that the restaurant

Highlights Yamu Guide

What to expect at a Yala National Park Safari

Covering an extensive area of Southern and Uva Provinces, Yala is the second largest national

Yamu Guide

Everything you need at Online Kade

Located in the heart of Rajagiriya Online Kade also has a branch in Colombo 04

Yamu Guide

5 Co-working spaces in Colombo

By Tashia Ranasinghe Here are some more interesting places for all the digital nomads out

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 Buffets to Indulge In this Easter 2022

By Janani Vithanage As the youth of our nation make their voices heard, the birth

Yamu Guide

5 occasions to celebrate with Shirohana

By Rahma Rifkhar Okay, so, first question: Are you the colour-coordinated bullet journaling typa person

Highlights Yamu Guide