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Mount Lavinia Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

From the outside the hotel is gorgeous. The architecture and dramatic setting have no rival in the country. However the rooms are not what I was expecting. They are tired, outdated and not very clean. I booked a deluxe full front ocean view and what I got was a room in the basement with an angled view to the ocean. The room looked nothing like the picture and for 150 dollars a night I expected more. The bathroom is old and the curtain was dirty. The furniture was old and tired as well. On top of this, it is noisy and drafty. Again, if this was an old faded glory with prices to match I wouldn’t care so much. However the price is higher than a five star hotel in the city! So it is basically a rip off. On the other hand the pool, beach and restaurants are wonderful and the staff courteous and helpful. I would recommend this property for a day visit and stay at another hotel nearby. The cost does not match the offering by far. Very disappointing and very much false advertisement.

Stayed for three nights. The reception staff were impeccable with their service. The staff who work breakfast and serve on the Terrace were also magnificent. A special mention to Tiddy, nothing was too much trouble for him. I spent most of the day, down at the Seafood Cove. This private beach was peaceful and very clean. The food from the Seafood Market was exquisite and wonderfully cooked and served by the staff , in particular , Buddhika, Anuruddika, Sunandi and of course Samantha... One thing to note : it was a breath of fresh air to see food Silver served, by the waiting staff, (Buddhika Dias) instead of egotistical chefs messing about and serving the bits and pieces with tweezers.... then presented ! Well done MLH on a splendid job.... I’m definitely coming back ! BRAVO !!!!

Busted the hotel and stayed for 7 nights on a cricket tour. For the purposes of having a team of U15 boys cricketers the hotel was ideal for them primarily due to its location on the beach. From an adult perspective the rooms smelt of damp and 7 of our party had to move, the fixtures and fittings need updating in places and more care needs to be put into cleaning. As is usual in Sri Lanka the staff were always very polite and well meaning however they are in desperate need of hotel training if they are to attract repeat customers. The rooms were poorly cleaned each day and often not really cleaned at all. The pool area is very poorly run and a complete mess most of the time with staff not sure how to service customers used to higher levels of service for the money. Unfortunately the current design for the pool and dining areas all mix into one creating staff confusion and a messy area. Crows are a bit of a menace and are primarily attracted due to food not being cleared away regularly. Some investment will be required to update the areas but much could be improved by inviting in some proper hotel staff training.

My husband and I finished up our last 3 days in Sri Lanka at Mount Lavinia Hotel. We arrived around 4pm. We had to wait about 15-20 minutes to get our room. The reception desk was very apologetic and offered drinks and refreshments. We received a large corner room on the second floor. It felt like we were staying in a basement was we walked to the room. The ceilings were low. The room was delightfully large and decorated tastefully. We had no complaints about the room except the bathroom. There was mold in the shower and on the walls of the bathroom. I did not bring it to their attention. A little bleach spray could correct that issue. When we first arrived we went to the terrace to order a late lunch. The waiter there was very rude. We ordered a sandwich and some nachos. It took over 30 minutes. He let the plates just land on the table kind of hard. Let's say our first impression of the dining staff was not good. We did have breakfast each day which was nice. The staff was very helpful with the buffet. The buffet had everything you could imagine for every culture. We ordered pina coladas on the beach. The service was good, but they were not cold. No ice. We had to ask for ice in our drinks. The beach was perfect. I usually read everything in the room upon arriving. There was little or no info. Did not see until leaving the hotel about the evening meals in the Governors dining area. Did not see anything about the tour of the tunnel. No map of the hotel of exactly where everything is located. A map would really help. All this info updated in room would make guest feel like there are events going on. The building is beautiful and I feel they are trying. Staff just needs to managed a little better and attention to the mold in the building. We would stay there again. Loved the old time feel. The ocean view from room is a bonus.

The food is nice & tasty, but the service of the staff was very poor... there wasn't a proper manger even to complain...... our order was delayed a lot and we had to complain many times... no body even apologize, nobody welcomed us or even helped us to find our table. Nice place , good food but very bad service.... Wathsala & Shehan

Mount Lavinia Hotel provided an unforgettable stay... We arrived in Sri Lanka on a School Cricket Tour, and this was our first Hotel Destination. This wonderful place to kick off what was an awesome tour. Upon arriving at the hotel, we were greeted warmly and helped by the extremely friendly and helpful staff. As we entered the rooms, our eyes lit up, astonished at the sheer beauty of the room - especially the balcony. The balcony boasted a breathtaking view of the sea, the beach and the pure tranquility of the place. Overall, all of the service for the duration of the tour was excellent and I would definitely recommend it.

We expected to be delighted by our stay at Mount Lavinia but it started our holiday off with a big disappointment. Other cheaper, lower rating hotels we stayed at afterwards provided considerably better and more welcoming service. In saying that, the house keeping staff were excellent, always friendly & willing to help. A lot of the other staff really need to take some lessons on customer service from them! The hotel itself is impressive, the meals were delicious and the choices and quality of the buffets were excellent. However, generally the wait staff in the restaurant were either disinterested or rude which really let the hotel down.

Food tasty and have a good range of food. The staff are talkative and friendly, which makes the evening better. Help was provided for my baby and it ended the evening very well. We plan on returning very soon, especially for lunch and for the use of the pool

Having been here on innumerable occasions and now since I have been reviewing numerous venues I am certainly running out of words to describe absolutely beautiful places as this beautiful language does have somewhat limited superlatives to describe locations such as Mount Lavinia Beach Hotel. Beautifully located, has a serious historical background a must read. Kind well trained staff, delicious food and drinks of an unimaginable variety and the rooms are old world quaint and beautiful. An ideal place to spend anytime of the day with family, friends and visitors to Sri Lanka.

I stayed here for 5 nights as a solo female traveller. The building has its old days glory and the lobby could be classified as 4*. However, rooms needs refurbish and a bit of love. The best part is the balcony with ocean view. The bathroom was the worst. They use shower curtain which wasn't washed for ages and smelled of urine and was mouldy. It made me uncomfortable to take shower. For the room I would give 3* and bathroom 2*. I loved the service and food. That was of 5* quality as well as the outdoor swimming pool and the private beach. Overall, the place has a magical atmosphere and I would come back. There isn't much outside of the hotel. I felt very uncomfortable in the public beach as some of the men were too creepy. There is a train station next to the hotel that can take you to Fort Galle.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Located in Colombo District within a short walk of Mount Lavinia Beach, Mount Lavinia Hotel is within a mile (2 km) of Colombo Divers. 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 Siddhalepa Ayurveda Hospital and Traditional Puppet Art Museum.


Enjoy dining at Govenors Restaurant, one of 3 onsite restaurants. Get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café.


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.

Property features

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.

Room options

Colonial Twin

Full 1 | King 1 | Sleeps 3

Ocean View Twin

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Direct Ocean View Twin

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Ocean View King

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

78% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2780 reviews