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Mount Lavinia Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed at a room with sea view with a little balcony. It was very quiet and calm and very relaxing. Service was quick. We decided to order room service for dinner and enjoyed it at the balcony with the sea breeze. Breakfast buffet was was excellent. Staff was friendly and well trained.

Stunningly beautiful hotel with excellent customer service whilst you are staying. The place is spotlessly clean and provides an amazing breakfast buffet for every culinary taste. We had a sea view room overlooking the beach with a lovely balcony that gave great pleasure to sit and chill with a nice glass of wine watching the sunset. The staff where helpful and building has an old colonial feel to everything, the door staff wear colonial style uniform and you feel as though you have stepped into another era.

I'd been looking forward to staying at this hotel for years . My family are from this area so was excited to start my honeymoon at this hotel. It's colonial and charming. The staff were friendly and helpful. Breakfast, which was a buffet was excellent. The only reason for 4 stars is that the mattress was extremely hard so we didn't sleep well. I would recommend this hotel.

We stayed at the hotel from 14.03 to 18.03. Expect a chic hotel on the beach, with partial sea views and always with twin beds. But not everything is as good as expected. As soon as we arrived we were settled in a room completely not with that category ... but with a view of the RAILWAY, instead of separate beds there was one adjacent. For our request to change the number said that there are no vacant rooms and as a compensation promised a late departure with a refund of the amount for it. In the end, of course, we have no one returned the money. Terrible staff, terrible service and absolutely no client-orientation !!!!

We stayed in this hotel during MICE trip with group of colleagues in March 2017. The problems began from the moment of check-in. The whole group was accommodated in the rooms of much lower level than was arranged and paid in advance. The rooms were old furnished and shabby, with a mold smell and bad view (although we booked rooms with ocean view before the travel) and terrible noise insulation (the railway is so close to the hotel). The manager offered to provide us with late check-out service on departure date, but we had such option booked and paid before the travel. No other compensation was offered and our claims were not accepted. Our travel was completely spoiled.

You certainly feel like you have stepped back in time with this wonderful "colonial" hotel. The staff make this property and did an exceptional job to make our stay one to highly recommend. The hotel is in need of a bit of TLC (thus 4/5 stars) but our suite was large and well appointed with good WiFi Dining at Governors or by the pool is good but the standout for us was the Seafood Cove restaurant where you choose your fish, prawns, lobster etc which is all displayed on a large bed of ice. Select the seafood, the style of cooking and the sauces, brilliant. It is not cheap and nor should it be for the quality. We would definitely come back to Mount Lavina when next in Colombo

I first came hear in 1987 this is my 45 visit and it's like my second home.The location of the hotel in my opinion is the Best in sri lanka. The Hotel is very old it does not have the facilities that some big 5 star hotel's have in Colombo.In mt lavinia Hotel Nothing is a problem with the staff any problems you do have are dealt very quickly and efficiently. I have made many friends with staff and the staff at the terrace and the Buffet kumari & Aruni are both Excellent at their job efficient and more importantly very friendly. At reception all the staff I've dealt with our professional and friendly. The Bar lighting is too light,And my room a little digital clock next to the TV will be a nice jest. All in all i really love this hotel.I Have just returned from king'sBury Hotel and YES a wonderful 5 Star Hotel But it's NOT BETTER than Mt Lavinia hotel.Any One visiting Sri lanka You Must Visit Mt Lavinia Hotel a truly wonderful experience.A big Thank you to Most of the staff who look after Me. Thank you Frank Conway.

The Governer's restaurant was very dissapointing with their service. Though the food was alright. If you are local stay away from going here because they seem to be prioritising the foreign clients. Horrible and delayed service. Not worth the price

Very good hotel.It is situated in a good atmosphere with good eye sighting places which i was mainly attracted.we everytime come for this hotel for dinner with my family it has a lot of food selection to be done.

We checked in to suite 541 (Direct ocean view suite) with the best view one could ever ask for. The suite was huge with a very big lounge, dining area and separate bedroom with a massive ensuite bathroom. This lounge had a very big balcony where we could sit and have a cup of tea or chat with friends enjoying the breathtaking view. The quality of the rooms was superb! We slept like babies from the first night. The beds and the linen were very soft and comfortable. The rooms were new, clean and comfortable with many amenities including free unlimited tea, coffee, milk, sugar, water etc. There were many amenities in the bathroom including shower gels, shampoo, conditioner, tooth pastes, tooth brushes etc. Our suite even had free wifi for an unlimited number of devices. There were two TVs in the suite with international and local channels available at all times. Mount Lavinia Hotel (MLH) is a hotel with a great history. You can read and watch videos on its history on the internet and YouTube. The service from the bellboys, reception staff, the front of house staff, housekeeping staff, laundry staff, in-house dining staff, restaurant staff and all other staff we came across at MLH has been a very positive encounter. Every single staff member has helped us make our stay very comfortable, a happy and memorable one. They were very professional, trustworthy, friendly, honest, approachable and knowledgeable. No request from us was too much for them. All staff were very enthusiastic at all times and were more than happy to fulfil our needs and wants with a smile. The location of MLH is great. It is very easy to get to places in Colombo and other parts of Sri Lanka. There is the Mount Lavinia station very close to MLH if one feels like a train ride to, Pettah, Jaffna, Kandy etc. Public transport is very easy to get from the hotel. If one likes their own chauffeur driven car the hotel will be more than happy to organise transport for you. There are many three-wheelers at the door step (tuk-tuks) and various other taxi services too. MLH has many restaurants with various cuisines from around the world. There is a restaurant on the hotel private beach that one can have a romantic dinner for two or even with one's family. The Governor's restaurant has a fantastic breakfast buffet serving authentic Sri Lankan cuisine. All the restaurants at MLH offer delicious food and fantastic service. Money very well spent at MLH. We are extremely satisfied with the quality of service we've received from the minute we arrived at this fine establishment until we checked out and left the hotel. It was sad to leave but all good things should come to an end. We almost extended our stay but unfortunately work awaits in Melbourne, Australia ;) I will definitely stay at MLH again and highly recommend anyone who likes to spoil themselves to a 5-star world-class treatment. We cannot wait to return to Sri Lanka and stay at MLH again very soon! Please do yourself a favour and book a room at this fine establishment and thank me later ;) A big thank you to all the lovely staff at Mount Lavinia Hotel. Until next time.......

100 Hotel Road Mount Lavinia

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 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.

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

Ocean View –Double or Twin

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Direct Ocean View - Double or Twin

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

78% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2467 reviews