Galle Face Hotel wins Best Heritage Hotel
The Galle Face Hotel established in year 1864 was the winner for Best
Host Hotel for Heritage at the Sri Lanka Tourism Awards held recently.
Galle Face Hotel Senior Vice President and General Manager
Chandra Mohotti receiving the award for the Best Host Hotel
Heritage from Economic Development Deputy Minister Lakshman Yapa
Abeywardena and Tourist Board Chairman Dr. Nalaka Godahewa
“The Legendary Galle Face Hotel” - oldest hotel in the World East of
the Suez Canal on the Sunshine Indian Ocean Island of Sri Lanka”, is a
146 year old hotel which has been in continuous business from its
inception in 1864.
It is considered to be the oldest purpose built hotel east of the
Suez Canal, originally catering to the guests of then Colonial Governor
– whose residence was across a leisure park (Galle Face Green).
Over the years Galle Face Hotel has had the distinction of having
accommodated Royalty, Heads of State, film personalities and a whole
host of distinguished guests. The Hotel now is popularly know as “Sri
Lanka’s Heritage in Hospitality” and caters to the most sophisticated
corporate clientele, Government and foreign dignitaries and the up
In the heart of Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, regally
stands the Galle Face Hotel, a premier legend, one of Asia’s best! With
an impressive arched façade that overlooks the Galle Face Green, the
hotel borrowed its name from this charming promenade way back in 1864.
Built by four British entrepreneurs who were looking to start a business
in the city, Galle Face Hotel is the only city hotel bordering the
The Hotel follows a simple philosophy of offering guests the romance
of old world charm, complete with modern day luxuries that enhance the
The Galle Face Hotel is owned by Sanjeev Gardiner who is also the
Chairman of the Galle Face Hotel Group which owns the Kandy Queens
Hotel, Hotel Suisse, Lihiniya Surf Hotel Bentota and Ceylon Hotel’s