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Mount Lavinia Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I have stayed at Mount Lavinia Hotel (MLH) six times now whilst working in Columbo. It is one of the oldest hotels in Sri Lanka and has a real colonial feel. The position of the hotel is wonderful. It is on a peninsular just South of the city. There is a lovely private beach on one side and a public beach (with restaurants and scuba centre) on the other. Some areas of the hotel are a little tired but that adds to its charm and they are carrying out an upgrade programme . That said most of the hotel and the bar area are fine and really relaxing. There is good wifi and the railway station is next to the hotel so easy to get into Columbo or down to Galle Fort. The food is fine and breakfast buffet is really good. They have a great eggs station. The big selling point for me is the staff. They all go out of their way to make you feel special and nothing is too much trouble for them. I like to stay in the heritage wing as the rooms are spacious (and good desk size for working). The view of the sea (which is only 10m away from the balcony) is stunning. My room was looked after by Saman. He could not have worked harder to make my room comfortable. He even came back to bring me some Dilmah breakfast teas as he worked out they were my favourite. MLH were building a new gym while I was there so that should be complete by Dec 2017. If you stay there try the devilled chicken with a cold Lion beer watching the sunset. A fantastic experience.

The service was great! Great food selection! Dont forget to the check out the museum and have Manjulu show around. Great pool and views as well. A quck cab ride to where ever you need to be. Thanks Manjulu and Mount Lavinia for a great stay!

We were 14 people travelling together. Stayed at the hotel Intermittently. The best breakfast spread you could find anywhere in Sri Lanka. Caters to every pallet. Staff Front Office: Did their utmost to cater to our needs by keeping the group together as much as possible. Always polite and friendly. Restaurant: Made sure our large group was seated together. Was very attentive and our needs were met almost instantaneously Concierge: Always there with a smile to open the door for you. We left and came back to the Hotel multiple times. Ensured out luggage was kept safely. Room boy: WOW! was beyond excellent. Our towels were shaped as a Monkey, Crocodile etc. which amused the children no end. Would highly recommend the hotel any time to any one.

Typical colonial hotel with history. Excellent food and entertainment. Close to Colombo. By the time we got to this hotel after 6 different ones, we had enough to eat and drink so went ala carte which was also good. Some staff hospitality and customer service could be improved - a little slow in getting the service in the dinning rooms.

I have stayed one night in this hotel with my husband, however i'm not impressed with the hotel and the front staff itself. We have booked a ocean view room via online, but once we have arrived and checked in, the front staff gave us a small shady colonial type room with two separate beds and a long walk away from the front office. No ocean view or anything. We had walked all the way back to front office with our luggage and asked for the room we booked online. After deliberating and sometime later, finally we got the room we booked before. Room was ok, but the floors were wet when we arrived. Overall the experience with the front staff was very disappointed. Hope they will improve. But we are not returning again nor recommend to anyone!

We had a great visit. Stayed for two weeks and the breakfast buffet was fantastic, healthy and tasty. Coming from Southern California we wanted a clean and an ocean front room and our room was fifteen steps from the ocean. Every morning a walk on the pristine beach was refreshing and often yoga workout made it even more inspiring to visit this hotel again. We'll be back! The service was wonderful.

We stayed overnight in Mount Laviniaon a recent two week holiday to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Whilst all our other accommodation on our holiday with Kuoni was as expected, this hotel was a huge disappointment. The entrance to the hotel and the reception is still very grand, in the old colonial style, which initially appears very impressive. However, all the other areas we visited were tired and in need of some TLC. Our bedroom smelt dank and musty and we had to ask for the bathroom to be re- cleaned as it smelt of urine. This was a pity as the room had a wonderful sea view and in earlier days it must have been a wonderful hotel. The pool area was run down too and the bar area furniture needed replacing. The ladies washroom in the hotel was also dirty and smelly. Fortunately we were only using the hotel as an overnight stop on our journey to the Maldives. What a pity- the management need to spend some money on returning this hotel to its former glory.

This is the second time we’ve stayed at this hotel for about 3 weeks. It’s absolutely amazing. Lots of character, the most fantastic staff, private beach, incredible restaurant. Couldn’t mention any staff by name as they’re all brilliant, no exceptions. Nothing is too. Much trouble. The hotel has its own museum and secret tunnels,unique. Best hotel we’ve ever stayed in. Will definitely return again.

I’m torn with this review as I’m sure many are . What is this place? well it’s a beautiful old hotel with grandeur of a bygone era . The food is absolutely lovely , we had high tea for two £15 ( unbelievable when you think about ) happy hour and dinner at the sea cove £60 on the beach ( see separate review) and breakfast in less than 24hours as our last stop before home . We were in a delux sea view room complementary tea coffee and water as well as toiletries was in the room . But to be honest the room needed an overhaul as did most of the hotel . This is not 5 star all the way , the room was at best 3 , although the views made up for it . There were works going on as we were there but we were not notified at all . The pool is nice but small , with lifeguard and towels, you could stay here all day as food and rinks are served , but nicer to go onto their private beach . Gorgeous. The only thing that let it down was the constant rubbish washing ashore . Perhaps employing staff to keep this clean would be money well spent . There are a couple of shops inside the hotel , jewellery, batiks , souvenirs, hairdressers, all reasonably priced so no real need to go into town at all . All staff where professional, accommodating and polite . Would I come back again , yes . Is it’s 5 star not really , but overlook that and enjoy your stay .

It was my 3rd visit to this hotel, which I usually don’t do. Its still as amazing as my first visit almost 10years ago. The hotel keeps up the service standards on a higher level. Our breakfast was a highlight this time, thanks to lovely staff, especially Camilus. He was welcoming us every morning with his smile. He taught us a new Sri Lankan words every day. He always remembered our orders and made our time extra special. We will definitely come back thanks among other stuff of this person. One negativity was,that nobody informed us about happy hour for drinks,not even the seafood restaurant staff,even tho we were there during this promotion time. That’s unfortunate. The hotel is a little dated, but rooms are newly renovated. It has its charm and I absolutely enjoyed it.

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78% of guests recommend this hotel

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