Mount Lavinia Hotel
The roof terrace
The hotel retains its British colonial atmosphere and it is a simple pleasure just to sit on the roof ter-race, to feel refreshed from the welcoming sea breeze, whilst admiring the views over the vast Indian Ocean.
An iced fresh lime juice and soda is a refreshing beverage to accompany the views out towards the western horizon.
In the hazy distance, several large merchant vessels sit motionless, as they await the tides that will draw them to the bustling port of Colombo.
Mount Lavinia Hotel
Of all the excellent hotels in Sri Lanka this could well be my favourite. I like luxury sure, but I also like a hotel to have character and a unique feeling. Mount Lavinia is a beautiful old colonial hotel - complete with marble floors, wood pannelling and white pillars - perched over the Indian Ocean with miles of golden sands each side.
Originally the love-nest of British colonial governor Sir Thomas Maitland (where he could entertain his lower-class dancing girl lover in secret) after independence it became one of the country's most luxurious hotels. It's now surpassed on that front by numerous others but it's still a very comfortable 4 star hotel. Perhaps inspired by its origins, it's a very popular place for weddings and honeymoons. Watching the fiery ocean sunset from the terrace is certainly quite romantic!
The public beach outside gets very lively on weekends and there are lots of seafood restaurants nearby, but if the touts and crowds get too much for you, or you want to wear something a bit more revealing, then the hotel has an isolated private beach as well. The terrace is great for a sunny afternoon drink and there's a good pool if the sea gets rough. They sometimes show films on the terrace as well.
Mount Lavinia is officially an independent town but effectively an extra suburb of Colombo, so if you want to stay near the capital then this is an ideal place to come.
Unique Quality: Trivia fact: Somerset Maugham wrote a lot of his work here, sitting on his balcony and staring out over the ocean. Other famous guests include Gregory Peck and genocidal colonial maniac King Leopold of Belgium.
Directions: Head south along Galle Road, or along the beachfront, and it's well signposted
Hotel Mount Lavinia
Mount Lavinia Hotel is a beautiful colonial style hotel with very good and stylish service. In fact it was built in 1806 as a residence to the Governor of the Queen of England. The hotel has not lost style. And it offers wedding packages should you consider to get married in Sri Lanka!
Something special: the International Hotel School situated at the Mount Lavinia Hotel is the first functional hotel school in Sri Lanka. Students receive a supervised practical training in a 'real' situation.
Unique Quality: Facilities:
Private beach; swimming pool with sunterrace, tennis, volley ball, minigolf, billiard. Indoor games, travel counter, shopping arcade, Ayurveda centre, valet parking, various restaurants.
275 rooms (of which 183 A/C - ask for Bay Wing or Governor's Wing) with private balcony, satellite TV, minibar.
Food & beverage:
The Governor's Restaurant: open round the clock, presents a choice of menus both western and oriental including local and vegetarian delicacies.
The Terrace: the perfect place to enjoy a drink or snack and take in the panoramic view of the skyline of Colombo city.
The Sea Food Cove: sample Sri Lanka's famous prawns, lobster and other marine delights by the beach cooked anyway you like, be it boiled, fried, grilled, cooked or baked.
Tropical Bar: situated on the beach serving drinks and snacks.
Directions: 12 km from Colombo
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Amenities at Mount Lavinia Hotel
- Swimming Pool
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Room Service
- Fitness Center
- Free Parking
- Business Services
- Free High Speed Internet
- Airport Transportation
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