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Mount Lavinia Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

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I have grown up in Sri Lanka with many visits to Mount Lavinia hotel. It's colonial style and charm is something so special that many Of my friends choose it as a perfect place to get married. Mount Lavinia Hotel boasts its own private beach which ensures that if you stay here and want to ask in the sun, no beach boys or local sellers would bother you. The food at Mount Lavinia hotel is especially worth a mention. For some reason, you can really tell the difference between their food and any other hotel's food when it comes to their buffets. It's clear that they only hire the most qualified and experienced chefs. I would say the hotel needs some refurbishment. However overall, I would definitely choose this hotel for a day out or a posh family dinner ❤️The views, ambience and service is just worth it!

Great room, ocean views, delicious food, beach front, deck chairs to enjoy a quiet drink or two, ( but be mindful of those mozzies) air conditioner and de-humidifier made the stay very enjoyable. The staff were incredibly helpful at all times and the local shopping was a treat to explore.

Having been to Sri Lanka many times and always stayed at the mount Lavinia unfortunately after this last trip recently will not be going again. My feet swelled due to cabin pressure and heat and i needed a diuretic there is no doctor attached to the hotel as there used to be my husband had to call one from outside on arrival two hours later was charged an extra 1000 rupees as I was a foreigner for three diuretic tablets to take the fluid from my ankles.Talking to other westerns that needed the service for chest infections they were also unhappy at being ripped off for antibiotics by the doctor.Everyone seemed to be out to take money from you there is a 10% service charge they don't tell you about on every single drink you order...not on the final bill but every transaction! So having a snack and a few drinks can be really costly.Two nights of our stay the hotel was on lock down due to bad weather the entertainment was cancelled not much of a disappointment really as it left a lot to be desired with very disinterested musicians and a couple of appalling singers very repetitive night after night. The standard of the Buffett restaurant has diminished badly from previous visits seem to be catering more for the Chinese community with sushi probably due to the massive influx of chinese who are investing heavily on the island.The crows that have become enormous due to available food source are a major problem they fly all around the pool area where people sit and eat and literally take food from your plate and drink from your glass Ugh!..they crap all over your balcony so that's a no go area and are so loud at 6 in the morning no chance of a good rest..the only deterrent there is a man with a catapult who walks around with no desire but to apparently scare them off with the sight of it that makes no difference whatsoever to the aggressive crows!..glad to get home for some peaceful rest .

I stayed here first time in 2005 and then came back with family after a decade. There were changes - some that requires immediate attention from the management. Rooms require better upkeep and the furniture, wood-work require a dressing up. The bath and the faucets need a facelift too. However, the charm that this hotel is - is something that I shall come back for. The place transports you to a bygone era and a romantic like me finds the story of Lady Lavinia quite engrossing. The buffet breakfast is something I would look forward to every morning. The real magic happened when we did the dinner at the shack with the freshest catch possible - it was a sea-foodie's paradise! The rain that happened soon added to the charm of the whole experience. This hotel sees a lot of bookings for Weddings. This location which saw the love-story of the Governor and Lady Lavinia has become synonymous with Happily-ever-after weddings (although the original love story wasn't as happy as one would've imagined. Coming back to the hotel experience, these events in the hotel offer you beautiful sights the Lankan wedding - Sinhala, Tamil (the 2 that we happened to see) The rooms are cosy and open to the mighty ocean - and the ocean front rooms offer the best beach-resort experience. At night you can hear the powerful waves hit the rocks at the feet of the hotel. The panoramic view of the ocean and its life in the day-time is another definite treat for your eyes.

I first stayed at this hotel many years ago, but when I returned for a visit this year, I was shocked to discover how much the hotel has gone down. The staff are even frightened of the surveillance cameras, which are not really used for security, but to see what guests are eating and if the staff are talking too much or too little with the guests. The relaxed atmosphere is gone, and the feeling now is one of tension and almost fear.

This colonial hotel has so much history, the perfect place for an English tour group to stay. Unfortunately we were not staying for more than one night, other wise we would have attended the tour of the hotel museum, that starts at around 11am. The grounds were amazing, very regal and traditional. The rooms were still in the traditional style and very comfortable, however there were not many modern European plug sockets to charge our phones/cameras. The restaurant was incredible! I got so excited about the food here, I definitely over ate. You could see all their traditional methods of cooking and try such a wide variety of Sri Lankan dishes as well as more familiar dishes. Even though our stay here was very brief and we had to leave early in the morning, the staff were great, the service was great and they provided us with packed breakfasts so that we didn't go hungry on our way to the airport. We would definitely come back here to experience a full stay!

I like this hotel and I gave it an excellent review on my last visit. However, I must mention the deteriorating standard of the evening buffet at the Governor's Restaurant. Simply, the food is not hot. When I say "hot", I mean temperature, not the amount of spices used. Some vegetable dishes are actually left completely uncovered and last night, I was shocked to find insects in the broccoli. Every evening, there is one hot dessert. It is nowhere near hot. A member of staff tells me that when my complaint was passed to the Executive Chef, he was informed that the dessert would increase in temperature during the course of the evening. Seriously? I have to ask for this to be reheated in the microwave. I have complained EVERY evening since my arrival and nothing has been done about it. Absolutely nothing. Nobody cares. Unfortunately, I have paid for Half Board and I have another 3 weeks of this to contend with. Restaurant Manager Kumindra Wickramasinghe has lost control over the situation. Surely, it would be a simple lesson to teach the difference between hot and cold? Don't they taste the food before it is served? There are always many staff standing around doing little - maybe one of them could cover up the vegetables and be given a lesson in temperature control. I am so disappointed. Come on MLH, what has happened to your standards? After a very long and happy relationship I will, sadly, have to consider an alternative hotel for my future visits.

The Mt. Lavinia Hotel is excellent. and the buffet is out of this world. Excellent staff and food was great too. My family and I had a relaxing day at the Hotel accompanied by the buffet. Friendly Staff and very nice rooms as well.

The abundant sunshine & sea, the colonial architecture along with the friendly staff makes this hotel a great place to be; away from Colombo's chaos. On Poya days they serve full vegan buffet. A lovely mix of Indian, Chinese, European & Sri Lankan cuisines.

A really great experience. Our room overlooked the water, it was such a relaxing break from the business of the city, the pool was lovely and the food exceeded our expectations. Also, speedy wifi (bonus). All around completely positive!

100 Hotel Road Mount Lavinia

Located in Colombo District within a short walk of Mount Lavinia Beach, Mount Lavinia Hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Siddhalepa Ayurveda Hospital. This 210-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. On the beach, the hotel is also close to Traditional Puppet Art Museum and National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka.


Enjoy dining at Govenors Restaurant, one of 3 onsite restaurants. Get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.

The 210 air-conditioned accommodations feature furnished balconies and afford space to spread out with sitting areas. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and 24-inch TVs with cable channels and DVD players. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. Other standard amenities include minibars, coffee makers, and free newspapers.


At Mount Lavinia Hotel, guests enjoy a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a children's pool. Free valet and self parking are available—or if you're not driving, take the shuttle from the hotel to the airport (available 24 hours) for LKR 5625 per vehicle. A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a fitness center, a rooftop terrace, and free WiFi in public areas.

Property features

Room options

Ocean View –Double or Twin

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Direct Ocean View - Double or Twin

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

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Trip Advisor aggregated rating

78% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2413 reviews