A hotel sets the mood for your getaway. You want comfort, a fabulous location, and personally, that little je ne sais quoi that turns a good experience into a great one, and a brilliant price always helps!
While there are dozens of nice hotels in Sri Lanka, upgrade your next holiday in Colombo choosing one of these boutique hotels.
Some of these boutique hotels in Colombo are set in former colonial buildings, others bring boutique comfort on budget pricing, and all have personalities and amenities to help make your trip to Sri Lanka even more memorable.
- 1 My favourite boutique hotels in Colombo, Sri Lanka
- 2 The Best Budget Boutique Hotels in Colombo
My favourite boutique hotels in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Galle Face Hotel
One of the city’s most iconic buildings, dating back as far as 1864. The hotel stands as an elegant symbol of a bygone era of splendour and sophistication as it was originally built by British entrepreneurs during the colonial area (it was even featured on a post stamp in 2012!)
Today, you will love the plush rooms, comfortable beds, and prime location alongside the city’s biggest seaside promenade. The sea-fronting swimming pool is also sure to delight!
Galle Face Hotel, 3, 2 Galle Main Rd, Colombo 00300
The Kingbury Hotel
Overlooking the Indian Ocean, The Kingsbury Hotel retains its colonial charm with traditionally furnished rooms with ocean or harbour views and warm decor feature marble bathrooms.
Discover free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee-making equipment. Upgraded rooms offer more floor space and access to the executive lounge. Luxe suites come with living rooms for extra space.
Some of Colombo’s best restaurants, bars and sights are an easy walk away from this well-priced hotel at the northern end of the capital’s Galle Face Green. It’s got a handful of dining outlets plus a super rooftop bar with brilliant city views.
Catch a glimpse of Sri Lankan colonial living in this historical former family home, discretely tucked away in Columbia’s most fashionable district. Maniumpathy offers a quiet and traditional experience where guests forget they are in a hotel.
The 8 rooms ceilings come with Wi-Fi access and flat-screen TVs, as well as minifridges and safes. Some feature distinct touches such as 4-poster beds, and balconies or terraces with pool views. A suite adds a sitting area.
Breakfast is complimentary. Other amenities include an outdoor pool and a garden, plus a restaurant, and a luxe TV lounge with seating and a piano!
Jetwing Colombo Seven
A high-rise hotel in Colombo’s upmarket residential district with genuinely spacious rooms (including a few apartments) and city-wide views plus a superb 13th-floor infinity pool and rooftop restaurant-bar. Best of all – Breakfast is complimentary!
Minimalist rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and safes, as well as mini fridges, and tea and coffee-making facilities. Studios and 2- and 3-bedroom apartments add kitchens and laundry facilities.
There’s also a gym and chic rooftop bar/restaurant on-site. Both offering incredible views of Colombo!
Paradise Road Tingatel Colombo
The former prime ministers residence dating back to the 1930’s is now a boutique hotel. This 10-suite boutique hotel in sure to leave an impression during your stay in Colombo!
Chic contemporary interiors characterised by monotone, earthy colour schemes, decadent arrangements of fresh flowers, and eye-catching Sri Lankan modern art by leading local artists.
All rooms are fitted with living areas, 4-poster beds and some come with private terraces with plunge pools.
Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo
Stylish, high-spec rooms and suites make this gleaming 35-floor oceanfront high-rise a great choice for visitors and business travellers alike.
You will have an incredibly relaxing sleep as your body is cocooned by Shangri-La’s signature bedding as you drift off to sleep in their beds. Enjoy plush robes, high-speed internet and all the mod-cons you need to make your stay in Sri Lanka both comfortable and productive.
Offering rooms range from spacious Deluxe Rooms up to fully appointed One Bedroom Apartments, you are sure to find the perfect room for your Sri Lankan holiday.
It’s located right beside Colombo’s Galle Face Green, and boasts a superb collection of restaurants.
Mövenpick Hotel Colombo
Sri Lanka’s first Mövenpick is a smart, five-star, city hotel with gourmet food, a handy location close to shops, sights and embassies, and a soaring 24th-floor rooftop pool and bar.
Rooms at the Mövenpick Hotel Colombo are large, spacious and offer floor-to-ceiling windows to take in views of the Indian Ocean and city.
There’s also an on-site gym, Ayurveda spa (Even if you don’t book a treatment be sure to check out Spa Ceylon‘s incredible range of goodies to pamper your body!) and a range of restaurants throughout.
The Best Budget Boutique Hotels in Colombo
Want to sleep in style but save money to enjoy some of the best activities to do in Sri Lanka? Check into one of these budget boutique hotels in Colombo, Sri Lanka!
Black Cat STAY
This simple vintage-style b&b in Colombo breathes new life into the upmarket neighbourhood of Cinnamon Gardens. Its rooms are minimalist, the vibe’s casual, and its successful namesake café is loved by the city’s cool crowd.
Choose between one of their five rooms – four fitted with King Beds and one with Twin beds – most fitted with balcony verandahs.
Be sure to check out their on-site cafe for delicious eats and great coffee!
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Colombo Hotel by Ceilao Villas
This stylish family-run hotel has just 6 rooms, which makes it a perfect place to retreat to after a long day of sightseeing.
Colombo Hotel by Ceilao Villas offers 2 pools for you to cool off in (a smaller upper-tier dipping pool and a larger lower-tier pool) and breakfast on-demand anytime before noon.
It’s perfect for couples traveling together, and if you are traveling with your family the hotel also offers larger rooms with a living room area complete with sofa and extra single bed.
Taru Villas – Lake Lodge
Mixing a respect for Sri Lankan heritage and modern minimalism, Taru Villas – Lake Lodge will surprise and delight travellers.
Sleep easy in King beds, rain forest showers, and free WiFi throughout the property. There’s also an on-site restaurant and bar should you wish to rest.
A hard-to-beat central Colombo location close to shops, sights and restaurants – yet tucked into a quiet cul-de-sac – makes this chic and affordable hotel in Sri Lanka a winning place to stay in the capital.
Havelock Place Bungalow
This affordable boutique guesthouse is like an inner-city oasis, hidden away from the bustle and energy of Colombo. Carved out of a pair of 1930s bungalows that remain very much unchanged, it’s ideal for those looking for an original, authentic and atmospheric place to stay.
The Havelock Place offers one of the most secluded and tranquil boutique accommodations in Colombo, amidst the bustling city, and can be described as a luxury oasis. Apart from standard rooms, the hotel also offers suites, which provide the perfect rest after a long journey.
Cinnamon Red Colombo
Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, if you are looking for fun, funky accommodation with luxe-feels on a small budget then the Cinnamon Red is a great choice for your stay in Colombo.
Spacious rooms are fitted with comfortable King or Twin beds. There’s also complimentary WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and mini fridges. There’s also a small on-site gym.
Be sure to take a dip in the rooftop infinity pool or enjoy a cocktail at the waters edge. It has – in my opinion – one of the very best views of Colombo!