Esquire Approves: The Galle Face Hotel
There are beautiful hotels, and there are hotels with history. The Galle Face Hotel in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo is both, and so much more.
The spectacular, colonial-era building would be a landmark in any city in the world, and in Colombo it is an absolute must-visit. As a testimony to both Sri Lanka’s colonial past and its independent present, the recent renovation of the 154-year-old property now means that the hotel has exceptional modern amenities to accompany its timeless grandeur and exceptional hospitality.
As one of the oldest hotels east of the Suez still in operation today, the legacy of this hotel is, frankly, exquisite. The handwritten guest book includes a long list of heads of state and royalty including Queen Elizabeth II, as well as popular figures like Vivien Leigh from Gone with the Wind and Sir Arthur C. Clarke, who spent a year living in the hotel while writing the final chapters of 2001: The Final Odyssey.
With the completion of this historic restoration, the Galle Face Hotel has endeavoured to embrace and celebrate its rich history while catering to tomorrow’s traveler and continues to stand as one of the most storied hotels in all Asia.
For information or booking details call +94 112 541 010 or visit gallefacehotel.com