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Casa Colombo | The Best Hotel to Stay in Colombo

We decided since we only had the weekend because of Ben’s work, we would go all luxury 5 star during our two days in Sri Lanka to make the most of it. One night in Colombo, one night in Galle. (At the bottom of this post are some tips for one day in Colombo).

Other than going home to the U.S., Ben and I hadn’t left India in about 10 months and decided that a weekend in Sri Lanka was much needed. I’d been in Karnataka a month roughin’ it a bit and he is working on the beach in Kochi, dead tired. We hadn’t seen each other much in the last few months. So, after researching all the top hotels for the ultimate one night of luxury and the best hotel to stay in Colombo the answer was clear:

Casa Colombo | An Excess of Luxury

best hotel to stay in colombodining room above, bar below

best hotel to stay in colomboThis place was over the top insanely luxurious. Every tiny detail has been thought out here. What’s crazy is that this place used to be a run down old building, so the designer must have really had a good eye to see what this place could (and has) become, which is a 200 year old Moorish style boutique hotel.

When you arrived you’ll be introduced to your “domo” or butler for the duration of your stay. He’s there to help you with everything from figuring out how to work the tv, to getting you a cab when you’re ready to explore. There are only 12 rooms in the place so you have lots of attention, but not too much.

best hotel to stay in colombo

best hotel to stay in colombo

best hotel to stay in colomboThere are 3 types of rooms: travelers suites, corporate, and one crazy luxury ones with prices going from 250, 350, 450 USD in that order.

The places has a tea room, popular restaurant, fun bar, pink lit up pool, game room and library, and amazing artwork. Click for rates and availability. 

best hotel to stay in colombo

best hotel to stay in colombo

best hotel to stay in colombo

best hotel to stay in colombo

The Room at Casa Colombo

I don’t usually travel and stay at such nice places so when I do I’m always like a little kid in a candy store. I couldn’t get over how amazing the room was. I walked around looking at all the small details: iPod with amazing playlists, speak dock for my phone, TV that spun around to living room or bedroom, a pink phone in the toilet room? Lol, the way the water came out of the sinks like a waterfall, and options of robed: silky or fluffy?, and the PILLOW MENU so you’re head will be as happy as you are at bed time.

best hotel to stay in colombooffice inside with a mac book, and a little desk outside

best hotel to stay in colombo

best hotel to stay in colombo

best hotel to stay in colombo

best hotel to stay in colombo

best hotel to stay in colombo

best hotel to stay in colombo

best hotel to stay in colombo

best hotel to stay in colomboEverything was perfect, as it should be for the price you pay. The showers had two rain faucets, not one, and you can order room service at any time of the night. 

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best hotel to stay in colombowhich type of robe suites your fancy? a lit up ink phone in the toilet room…

The Food at Casa Colombo

In my opinion seafood is the way to go at Casa Colombo. I wanted to try a little of everything, so instead of one big main ( I was thinking the filo pastry sea bass) we got a few little starters from the tapas menu: coconut crusted sea bass with green chili sauce, firecracker shrimp, and the calamari. They were all delicious. Topped with off with a frozen daiquiri!

best hotel to stay in colombo

best hotel to stay in colomboFrom 5:30 to 6:30 they offer a happy hour (buy one get one free) but FYI it’s the exact thing, as in if you get one firecracker shrimp, you get another firecracker shrimp (not mix and match). Ben and I took this happy hour to our advantage and had some beer and bar snacks before heading out to try a restaurant that all you guys recommended to me on Facebook, Gallery Cafe.

best hotel to stay in colomboBreakfast is free and huge. We both got the American breakfast, which was more English with a sausage and beans. It came with coffee, bread basket, fruit, and some other snacks like eggs.

best hotel to stay in colombo

Colombo for a Day Tips

Getting there: Well, from Goa I took a train 16 hours to Kochi to fly with Ben (it’s much cheaper to Sri Lanka from places like Kochi and Chennai than Goa). Flying into Colombo was 13,000 rupees round trip. The hotel is at Bambalapitiya in Colombo 4.

Visa: It was 35 USD for a tourist visa on arrival for UK and US citizens.

best hotel to stay in colomboSim Card: One was provided at immigration but it didn’t work well in my phone for data, only calls. Make sure you know the address of your hotel and don’t bank on 3g working. Also, they use English style plugs here.

Taxi’s around Sri Lanka: There are buses and trains but as we were on a tight schedule we hired taxis. Airport to Colombo center was 2800 Sri Lankan rupees with the highway 300 toll added in. Better deals were to be made outside the airport than taking a prepaid. Taxi from Colombo to Galle two hours was 12,000 Sri Lankan rupees and it was 16,000 from Galle up to Colombo airport. If you have the time, take the bus and save money for sure!

best hotel to stay in colomboWhat to do in Colombo: party at Sugar 41, check out barefoot Café, 706 Galle Road, Colombo 3, for souvenir shopping and to buy some clothes or have brunch with wine. End at Ozo rooftop for a great view and drinks. If you want another hotel option, Galle Face Hotel is very popular and Ben has stayed before- it’s a classic. Another drink option QBaa at 2 De Fonseka Road. During the day check out the huge Pettah Market, the Gangaramaya temple (kind of like a museum too), the classic Dutch Wolvendaal church, walk to Month Lavinia for the beach, or check out more of the temples, mosques, parks and museums ( I just didn’t have time!). 

best hotel to stay in colombo

best hotel to stay in colomboWhere we ate: Gallery Café was amazing and reminded me of Go With the Flow in Goa, but we were disappointed by the quality of meat considering the prices were really high. We didn’t order steak, but it would have been a 40 USD steak, while in Goa we get better quality for about 14 USD. The hotel Casa Colombo served better food and we would have probably enjoyed our meal there more. Local food I tried: an orange coconut, although we have these in South India, Ceylon Tea, and Kottu.

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.

21 Comments

  1. Andrea Anastasiou December 3, 2014 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    How funky is that hotel?! And those sun loungers by the pool look ridiculously comfortable. Definitely my kind of place (and lol at the amount of photos you took ;-))

    • Rachel Jones December 4, 2014 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      I knowww, it’s so rare to find comfy sun chairs, esp in asia!

  2. Laura December 3, 2014 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    It’s SO nice to treat yourself every now and again – I’m the same way when I stay in a nice hotel. I’m like “ooh look at this! Have you seen this?!”. It makes it a more special occasion I think. Looks like you chose well with that one!

    • Rachel Jones December 4, 2014 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      Yeah, it doesn’t happen often so go big or go home lol

  3. Warren Balthazaar December 3, 2014 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Rachel, thank you on behalf of the entire team at Casa Colombo for this wonderful piece. We are glad that you had a memorable experience. Do let us know when you are in the Island again. We are on the verge of launching some exciting news. Do keep in touch and to round things up, we love the pictures, we will be sharing this post on our social media feeds.

    • Rachel Jones December 4, 2014 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      Had an amazing stay! Do let me know the news when it comes up! Thanks for sharing the post.

  4. Emma @ banquetsandbackpacks December 3, 2014 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Looks like you treated yourself to a well deserved break! But there’s never a true holiday from travel blogging. I still find myself thinking about possible posts while trying to relax!

  5. Colleen Brynn December 3, 2014 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Luxury overload indeed! I don’t do luxury like… ever so I’m just like you. I took photos of everything when I ended up at a 5+ star resort in the Caribbean for a friend’s (Indian) wedding. Everything was so lavish and lush and posh and resplendent. Total kid in a candy shop. Also, I had just spent 6 days in a cabin with insects crawling all over the place and an outdoor shower haha, talk about change.

    • Rachel Jones December 4, 2014 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      lol, you should have seen the number of photos I had by the end of the stay. had SO many to go through!

  6. Glamourous Journeyler December 4, 2014 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    The hotel looks super cool. Just forwarded the recommendation to my friend who is heading there this December!

  7. Annie Tong December 4, 2014 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Wow wee perfect place for a barbie doll like yourself :)

    Annie ox

  8. Tim | UrbanDuniya December 6, 2014 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Oooooh you’re killing me here!! I almost stayed at Casa Colombo in July, and looking at these pics, I’m wishing I did!! I stayed at the Cinnamon Grand, which is great, but not as lavish as all this – WANT!!

  9. Megan December 10, 2014 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Oh boy, I’m working on the Sri Lanka portion of our upcoming honeymoon (as in…this Saturday upcoming. I’m shit at planning) and I SO WISH we could afford to stay here! *drool* What a funky, luxurious place. I love the decor. I’ve had zero expectations about Sri Lanka, and after reading posts all over the travel blogosphere lately, I don’t even know where to begin with the 6 days we have there. I want to experience it all!

  10. Paula Through the Looking Glass February 8, 2015 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    hey chica,

    question for you on Colombo nighlife…is there a backpacker area like you get in most other big SEA cities or is it not really like that?

    P x

  11. Tiron April 7, 2015 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Very Expensive. I’m Recommend Brook Hotel Or Kahanda Kanda. Those are conveniant and comfortable for honeymooners.

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