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Mount Lavinia Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Room and the views are amazing... Food excellent. Great jazz music for the dinner and in the afternoons while swimming in the pool. The superior rooms are specious and well designed. It is a great and classy place with the required dress code. We loved it.

Great hotel where the staff can't do enough to help and assist. The venue is well situated and very comfortable especially on the beach and railway line. Shops and also within walking distance. The facilities are easily accessible.

This property is located right on the beach a bit outside Colombo, but the train station is very close by. This hotel seems to be from a different era; liveried doormen and barmen, old fashioned elevators and dress codes for the restaurant. Although very well maintained, it seems this hotel has not had a serious renovation in thirty years, but this is key to its charm. It is also reasonably priced and good value for money. The seafood restaurant on the beach is superb and also good value for money

I really enjoyed my stay. Staff were lovely, prices were reasonable and good buffet each morning. The pool was a nice place to relax as it's about 11 Kms from the Centre of town it's a good place to just stay at which you can easily do at this hotel. However I did stay on a Monday night and it was very loud as my room was near the hotel night club, maybe it was a one odd thing but had trouble sleeping due to noise.

Efficient and friendly staff made the hotel feel welcome and the facilities accessible. A well furnished modern room overlooked the sea and offered all the facilities to support a business trip. To round off the experience a tranquil atmosphere was relaxing and made for peaceful nights.

When your cab pulls up at the front entrance you feel you're in the movie adaptation set of a Somerset Maughan novel ... talk about days of the British Raj! Beautiful heritage building (the oldest remaining colonial building still functional in Sri Lanka apparently - the first British governors residence), and with doormen clad in white imperial dress to greet you. We felt like royalty. But while the outer exterior was gorgeous the interior (while retaining some exquisite communal features) was a bit tired in our room (change the carpet guys!). We stayed here on our last 2 nights in Sri Lanka after a 12 day tour with My Odyssey Tours - who were 120% fantastic. The staff at the hotel were very good, but we were a little underimpressed with the buffet breakfast food ... yes there was a good range but I was hoping for something different from the previous hotels we had stayed at ( all 4-5 stars). Maybe I'm just being picky after 12 days of similar food for breakfast. At first we thought the location was a bit off the beaten track but the sea being next door made up for that. The local restaurants (as in 2) were few but very close and both good. Our one visit to Colombo city was fantastic, not for the traffic (think typical big Asian city car chaos and grid lock) but for a random stop at the colonial hotel overlooking Galle Face Green, when at 5:00 p.m. whilst enjoying a cocktail on the verandah bar a kilted Scotsman playing the bagpipes solemnly walked out of the hotel down to the beach, and with the aid of an attendant solemnly lowered the British flag flying from a flagstaff. Loved it so much. There is still so much British Raj and tradition left in Sri Lanka from the British colonial period. But back to the Lavinia, great heritage building, wonderful colonial atmosphere, fantastic staff, good pool, quite a drive from downtown Colombo ($3000 local currency - that's about US$25), rooms could do with new carpet and buffet breakfasts could be more imaginative (yes I'm in Sri Lanka but I've been here for a fortnight and am a little tired of the same traditional things being on offer). But all in all a lovely hotel to stay for a few days, either at the start or end of a tour of this wonderfully diverse country and its lovely people.

Mount Lavinia is a beautiful historic colonial hotel. It has amazing views, private beach and a welcome refuge from the Colombo heat. I have been to the Mount several times and intend to return. Although previously a bit run down, the hotels common spaces and exterior have undergone recent renovations. However, some of the rooms could use updating.

We stayed just 1 night initially but returned for an extra 3 nights. Service is 1st class, food buffets are amazing. Rooms spacious and well appointed with great balconies. Super Seafood restaurant on the beach and a spa. Yes i would recommend. Book on their website as they have fantastic deals.

If you want colonial charm, beach, pool, fabulous food and still be close to Colombo, then Mount Lavinia Hotel is for you! We had 45 (well looked after) guests stay at the hotel with us to attend a beach party we hosted at the hotel. The management helped in every way and the party and other activities were a huge success! Seafood Cove was not only the location of a fun cooking class (led by celebrity Chef Publis) but also the best place in town to enjoy fresh seafood right on the beach! The best service was provided by Camillus who looked after our every need at the sumptuous breakfast each day. The pool, Sunset bar, entertainment, nightclub, gym, restaurants and beach are just a few of the fantastic features of this superb hotel! With just a short walk to the beach and main road, there was also plenty of local shopping and restaurant options on our doorstep. The train station is only 5 minutes walk and fun way to get to the city, especially during peak traffic periods. We had the time of our lives and cannot wait to go back!

this was our 3rd visit to Mount Lavinia but this time it was extra special as we where invited to Lominis wedding, as ever food was great loads of choice, if you like sweats this is the place to go we counted 20+ choices on display, always friendly staff who go out of their way to help, we where in room 205 which was quite damp with the humidity lovrly view but would not have this room again, we normally go in the bay wing sea view rooms which also have great sea views, lovely colonial hotel with lots of history, get Tiddy to show you the tunnel, would we go back yes have already booked for April 2018

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Trip Advisor aggregated rating

78% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2558 reviews