Casa Colombo

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Average rate: $132 - Hotel class: 5 stars
231 galle road, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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5* luxury in a 200 year old mansion Feb 01, 2017
My fiancee (now wife) and I stayed at the 5* Casa Colombo for one night during our visit to Colombo in March 2014.

I have sometimes seen people describe their travel style as "splurge occasionally". Well, our stay at Casa Colombo was one of those occasions for us. In fact, our one night stay here cost more than the entire 5 nights that we had just spent in a beach hotel down the coast in Hikkaduwa.

We booked our stay through www.olotels.com and paid £142 for a Corporate Suite with breakfast included and 24 hour access to our own personal Casa Domo (described on the hotel's website as "a step up from the regular Butler"). We paid in full prior to our visit.

The hotel is located within an impressively restored 200 year old Moorish mansion and consists of only 12 (uniquely decorated) suites.

Location

Casa Colombo is located on a quiet side street just off the very busy Galle Road. Despite its proximity to this traffic plagued carriageway, it still feels like a peaceful retreat from the bustling city outside.

The hotel is located in the Colombo 4 district, around 10-15 minutes walk from Bambalapitiya railway station.

It took us around 10 minutes to travel from the hotel to Galle Face Green by tuk tuk and a further 5 minutes or so to the modern Colombo Fort district and the busy markets of Pettah.

There are restaurants, cafes, shops and malls within a short walk of the hotel, including a "Bubble Queen" bubble tea cafe right outside the hotel which we visited on a couple of occasions. Otherwise, we tended to jump in a tuk tuk whenever we wanted to go anywhere. You will have no problems finding a willing tuk tuk driver on Galle Road immediately outside the hotel.

We arrived at Casa Colombo by taxi from Hikkaduwa. Our driver had a little trouble finding the hotel even though we had given him the address and he had called the hotel from his mobile to get directions. It is a little tricky to find, being on a very small side street, however none of the tuk tuk drivers that we used had any problems finding it whenever we returned to the hotel.

At the end of our stay, we asked our Casa Domo (Gayan) to book a taxi to the airport for us. He told us that, rather than use the hotel's own car, he would arrange us a cheaper taxi from a local company. We paid 3,900 Rs (around £18) plus a 300 Rs (around £1.50) Expressway toll for the 50 minute journey to the airport. We left the hotel at 5:10pm on a Saturday evening, crawled through heavy traffic to the outskirts of Colombo before entering the almost empty Expressway and arriving at the airport at 6:00pm for our 8:45pm flight.

Bedroom

Our room was number 4, on the 1st floor, and was named "Piachauds Lane Suite".

More than any other hotel room I have ever stayed in, this one had the wow-factor!

We were taken aback by its sheer size; a huge bedroom with a seating area in one corner, a mini office in another corner and ceilings perhaps 6 or 7 metres high. A door led through into a very large adjoining bathroom.

The bed was enormous and ridiculously comfortable. I'm not sure what the mattress and pillows were filled with, but we sank into them and slept very well.

A lounge area in one corner of the room consisted of two large cushioned armchairs, a glass coffee table and a sturdy wooden corner unit. Next to this was the mini bar, housed in a wooden unit which looked like a TV unit. Although we didn't make use of the mini bar, the prices weren't too extortionate considering the class of the hotel. For example, soft drinks and sweet and savoury snacks were 175 Rs (£0.85) each, beers were 250 Rs (£1.25) each and wines and spirits were between 750 Rs (£3.75) and 1,000 Rs (£5.00).

In the other corner of the room was a mini office, consisting of a computer desk and chair, a laptop with free Internet access, a printer (which we used to print off our boarding passes after checking in online for our flights home) and a drawer full of stationery.

In the centre of the room was an entertainment bank. A smooth concrete block (like a wall) was topped with a large flat screen TV which could be rotated 360 degrees. This meant that we could watch TV in bed, in the lounge area or, if we had so desired, even watch it while taking a bath with the bathroom door open! The TV picked up hundreds of channels, although not all available channels had been subscribed to. Amongst the channels that we could get were BBC News, CNN, National Geographic and a few of the Star Sports channels. The entertainment bank also housed a variety of audio systems (a radio, a CD player with various genres and various docking stations for gadgets that are beyond my comprehension!)

There was ornate decoration and stylish mood lighting throughout the room. The large wall behind the seating area and mini office had dozens of gold foil squares on it and they looked particularly impressive when the light shone on them. I never really fully sussed out the lighting system – it could be controlled from remote controls on either side of the bed or various buttons throughout the room. A large spherical light shade hung above the computer desk, while one feature that I particularly liked was the bright pink light that shone from beneath the bed. The lamps on either side of the bed were several feet tall and typically ornate.

Each of the bedside cabinets contained a couple of (UK-style 3 square pin) electrical sockets and there were ample other sockets throughout the room.

Free wi-fi was available in the room, but I tended to use the provided laptop (rather than my own netbook) to access the Internet.

The bathroom was just as impressive as the bedroom – both in its size and in its style. It featured a large copper bath tub (the biggest bath tub I've ever been in – I could comfortably lay full length in it and fully submerge my body in the water), an open plan walk-in shower with two shower heads side by side and a separate glass cubicle containing the toilet.

The bathroom also contained a glass wardrobe which housed a safe, a couple of robes each (one silk and one towel) and slippers.

Dozens of fresh towels of all sizes were provided, as well as a large array of designer toiletries (hand lotions, shower gels, shampoos and conditioners scented with green apple, tangy orange, avocado and rose), a hairdryer, plenty of mirrors and complimentary bottles of mineral water.

The bath tub and the his-and-hers washbasins all featured "waterfall" effect taps, with water cascading into the tub and basins.

The bathroom windows were frosted glass, but opened up to give an aerial view of the swimming pool and sun terrace.

Breakfast

We asked our Casa Domo, Gayan, what time breakfast was served and he replied "whenever you get up – this is your home!".

Not only could we enjoy breakfast when we liked, but we could also enjoy it where we liked. We decided to make the most of our room and emerged for breakfast just before midday after checking out of our room. We opted to sit outside in the "T-Republic" cafe where we were able to sit beneath the shade of the trees and watch the koi carp in the ornamental pool next to us.

We could order anything we liked from the full breakfast menu. This included traditional Sri Lankan breakfast items, as well as English/American breakfasts (with eggs, bacon, tomatoes, sausages, baked beans...), continental breakfasts (with fruit, cereals and yoghurt), breads, pancakes and waffles.

Our breakfast started with glasses of pineapple juice, a pot of English Breakfast tea, a platter of fruit and a basket of bread and pastries. The fruit platter was exotic and plentiful; including orange, watermelon, apple, banana, pineapple, passionfruit, papaya and at least two other fruits that I didn't recognise. The bread basket contained a couple of sweet, glazed pastries, croissants and slices of brown and white bread.

We then decided to share a couple of the Sri Lankan breakfast items:

String Hoppers – steamed noodles served with a non-spicy egg curry, coconut sambal and a choice of meat, fish and vegetable curries (we opted for chicken).

Kiribath – two parcels of creamy milk rice (one with red rice and one with white rice) served with spicy chilli paste, a sweet and tangy onion salad and a choice of meat, fish and vegetable curries (we opted for prawn).

All of the food was delicious. Some of the items were a little too hot and spicy for Emma's tastes (notably the chilli paste, the coconut sambal and the prawn curry) and even I struggled a little in the midday 33 degree heat!

General

We arrived at Casa Colombo at 11:40am on a Friday morning. We were met from our taxi by a couple of attentive staff who took our luggage from the boot and guided us into the plush lobby bar. We were informed that check in wasn't until 2:00pm (which we already knew was the case) but, as the previous guests had already vacated the room, they would get straight to work on getting our room ready.

As we waited, our passports were taken away for the registration formalities to be completed and we were given refreshing glasses of cinnamon flavoured ice tea. Very nice!

After a short while we were told that our room would be ready in about 20 minutes. We were invited to sit by the outdoor pool. We relaxed in the shade on a large cushioned bed overlooking the hotel's famous pink tiled swimming pool. We watched as the hotel's staff removed large mangoes that were hanging precariously from a tree overhanging the pool. We shared a pot of lychee tea (850 Rs / £4.25) between us. We also took the opportunity to freshen up in the hotel's rest rooms. They were in keeping with the design of the rest of the hotel – very modern, cool and luxurious – with water cascading several metres from the ceiling into the washbasins in a waterfall effect!

When we booked our stay at Casa Colombo one of the things that most intrigued us was the presence of our own personal Casa Domo. We'd never stayed anywhere with butler service before and were unsure what to expect. Would it be a little intrusive and impact on our privacy? Would our Casa Domo appear at every turn to pick up our bags, pull out our chairs, unnecessarily guide us safely to our room and generally make us feel uncomfortable? No, not at all. Gayan was very friendly and helpful, but never too intrusive. Along with the other Casa Domos, he would often wait around in the lobby bar and restaurants (as the hotel has no reception/check in desk as such) and would approach if he saw that we were looking for him. He gave us directions, made suggestions of places to visit, facilitated our restaurant bookings and arranged our taxi to the airport. He took our room key as we enjoyed our evening meal in the hotel's HVN restaurant and we returned to find that he had been in and carried out the turn down service; our room was candlelit and we had new bottles of mineral water (but alas no chocolates!) on the bedside cabinets. He was never pushy or overly persuasive and we never felt that he was looking for a tip. We gave him a tip as we left.

The hotel has the following on-site eating and drinking establishments:

HVN Restaurant – an indoor restaurant with a large painting of (presumably) Heaven on one wall, serving tasty tapas dishes and a wide selection of meals throughout the day and evening.

T-Republic – an outdoor cafe area with ornamental ponds, water features, shaded cushioned seating and a wide choice of refreshing cold drinks, shots of ice tea, hot drinks and alcoholic drinks.

Zaza Bar – a pretty swanky cocktail bar with a nightly "Happy Hour", an extensive cocktail menu, a selection of wines and beers and a big TV screen that was showing World Cup Cricket on the evening that we visited.

All of these are also open to non hotel guests, although all were rather quiet during our visit.

You can generally order food from the main menu and eat it wherever you like. We enjoyed a tapas lunch in HVN Restaurant – but we could have ordered the same meal and eaten it outside at T-Republic or taken it back to our room or besides the swimming pool.

The hotel's swimming pool with its bright pink tiles is rather small, but with only 12 suites in the hotel it never got very busy while we were there. The pool sits beneath the shade of a mango tree in a pleasant courtyard behind the hotel.

The sunbeds around the hotel are not like those that you find at most hotels. You have a choice of curved glass sun loungers with cushions and pillows on them or full size canopied beds. Fresh towels are placed on each sun lounger for guests' use. Next to the glass sun loungers are a row of sculptured naked female torsos – I'm not sure if they were for hanging clothes on or just for show!

The hotel has an on-site spa offering massages and treatments although we didn't visit it during our stay.

Summary:

We really enjoyed our one night of luxury at Casa Colombo! It felt like a relaxing oasis in the middle of a bustling city. We enjoyed the fact that it was small and intimate, and we were never made to feel uncomfortable (or intruded upon) by the very attentive staff. Our suite was incredibly spacious, chic and comfortable – so much so that we were reluctant to leave our room at times! The food was excellent and, although expensive by Sri Lankan standards, still very reasonably priced. We would highly recommend Casa Colombo to anybody looking for a quiet and luxurious setting in Colombo. We would certainly stay there again if we ever returned to Colombo!
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Casa Colombo Overview

Casa Colombo is a 12 suite Retro-chic hotel that blends a contemporary designer style with the charms of a magnificent 200 year old Moorish mansion. Built by one of the wealthiest Indian trading families at the time the mansion is adorned with acres of Italian and Indian mosaic floors carved arches molded ceilings and Moorish styled balconies and is one of the few remaining treasures of its era. A significant part of creating this hotel involved restoring the building back to its former grandeur. Located in Bambalapitiya in Colombo 4 it is in the heart of Colombos business district however as its neatly cosseted away from the busy Galle road by its own cul de sac it is a gated and very private hotel. Each of its suites are unique as rooms were created from within a house and therefore no two suites are alike. Each has its own distinct colour hues layout and character. Yet all suites offer space and the finest in comfort and conveniences. Suites are 500 sqft -45 Sq mtrs on average and go up to to 1 000 sq ft -90 sq mtrs in space. What makes our Suites uniquely different is our very distinct designer style since every piece of furniture decor fabric and lighting has been custom designed by the hotels founder Lalin Jinasena. Contrary to common practice of sourcing furniture from around the world ours were made to our design in Sri Lanka. Therefore the exclusive style of Casa Colombo cannot be seen or found anywhere else in the world. There are 3 categories of suites- 3 Leisure Suites 8 Corporate Suites and 1 Royal Suite. All suites comes with a 29 inch LCD TV by Nakamitchi which can be watched from the bed or the living room. A High Fidelity sound system by Nakamitchi and movies on an Apple Ipod are some of the mod cons. A music selector designed by Lalin is also available which plays 6 genres of music from around the world and allows you to set the tunes to your mood. The painstakingly selected music collection ranges from Paris Jazz to salsa clubby tu Head south and then towards Colombo. Check In Time - 2 pm Check Out Time - 12 pm Rates are subject to change. Head to Colombo 04 Head west and then towards Colombo Parking Head north on the Galle Road towards Colombo Business hours of reception:
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Casa Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Concierge
  • Valet Parking
  • Tour Desk
  • Massage / Beauty Centre
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Babysitting / Child Services
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Currency Exchange
  • Medical Assistance Available
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Mini Bar
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Secretarial Service
  • In Room Movies
  • Porters
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Modem / Data Port
  • TV
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Laundry service
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Excursions
  • Desk
  • Facsimile
  • Audio/Visual Equipment
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Bathrobes
  • Shower
  • Spa/Jetted Tub
  • Pool Indoor
  • Pool Outdoor
  • Cots
  • Designated Smoking Area
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Free Parking
  • Doctor on call

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