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Mount Lavinia Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I loved my hotel experience. Excellent service,fabulous food and staff. All the staff were so friendly and welcoming from Tilakarathne and Ranjith the doormen, to Tiddy and Wijesinghe the dining room doormen, to the reception staff and managers. This was my second visit and it was wonderful.The direct ocean view room was so roomy, modern and comfortable. The views were stunning. Looking forward to our next visit.Keep up the good work.

Lovely clean and comfortable. The food was good and the hotel was decorated from lamterns from the full moon festival. So beautiful. The rooms were nice and service on the mark. Recommended. The beach was just a stroll away and lovely

My partner and I attended a wedding here last month and the most sensible thing was to book a room to make sure that we were close to the proceedings. We have to say that the place reeked of white supremacy and colonialism. The culture of this esteemed hotel seems to be based on a backward looking nostalgia that relishes the past unapplogetically. The room that we stayed in seemed tired and need of refresh and though the view from the ground floor was good, the security guards going past at regular intervals seemed slightly intrusive. Room service was quietly effective and we availed ourselves of both the laundry and mini bar services. The dining facilities for breakfast and dinner were excellent but I particular found the dress code nonsense to be unnecessary and sexist. Selection of food was good if slightly expensive (we opted for bed and breakfast and had a few evening meals). Staff were generally very helpful and polite and I in particular was friendly with the door staff who at times seemed confused about who I was. This establishment seems to be aimed at white and middle class/upper class South Asians who seem to be quite at home in such a colonial environment. The kind who would not venture out except on accompanied tours. My partner and I made sure that we made regular trips out of the gated and securitised premises and got to know a few of the local community in Dehiwala Lavinia. If you are attending an event at the hotel it make sense to stay on site, but if you want a true taste of the locale and have a visit that doesn't involve leaving this century then look elsewhere! Dr Sumander Khan and Prof Eliza Bradenfoot, Leytonstone University

My family and I had dinner at this superb hotel yesterday. We were greeted at the entrance and shown to our table immediately. Service was fantastic.... staff friendly and very obliging. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. We enjoyed the accompanying,hoping to visit more in future!!

My wife and I were in Sri Lanka in November 2017 for a 3 week stay. I knew the Mount Lavinia Hotel from visits many years ago, going to the bar, club or restaurant with friends, so this was the first time I actually stayed there (the full 3 weeks). The Hotel itself is quite an old, colonial structure, but well maintained and has a great historic story behind it. Well worth the short walk through the 'lovers tunnel' and hearing the story behind it. Food at the hotel was very good. Rooms in the old section were very big with comfortable beds. The rooms in the newer section were a little smaller but comfortable as well. We were in an ocean facing room with a balcony first in the old section and then in the new section. The very best thing about the hotel for me was the exceptionally great ambiance, service, and of course the sumptuous breakfast there. The staff were genuinely friendly, helpful, professional and courteous. I felt that they made every effort to go out of their way to please me. All the staff were great, all the way from the doormen, excellent lobby managers who were always willing to be helpful in every way. I must make special mention of the restaurant hostess Kumari and the server Piyumanthi. They always greeted you with the brightest, friendliest smiles every morning. Made a great start to each day along with the really good breakfast that had such a huge variety. The Hotel has it's own substantial private beach right outside their great seafood restaurant on the south side leading directly out of the hotel. There is also a good public beach on the north side of the hotel that has numerous restaurants and bars along the beach. The property is located in the southern Colombo suburb of Mt.Lavinia. The guests who I met at the hotel that were regular visitors there, praise this hotel very highly as compared to other hotels in the city they had stayed at. It is also a quieter area compared to the very busy, hustle and bustle of a city hotel with all the traffic. Taxis, tuk tuk's, hotel cabs and Kangaroo cabs are all easily available outside the hotel. Time to the city center depends on the time of day and the cost is reasonably cheap whichever means you use. Overall, a very good experience.

This months visit was our second in two years. This hotel has a colonial historical look and feel with a pool terrace second to none high above the rocks. The beach is below with a magnificent view to Colombo in the far distance. Seasoned staff in colonial era uniforms hold doors open which adds to the feel. However it must be said that relying on this colonial era history and feel is becoming insufficient to satisfy modern travellers. The Mount Lavinia needs a multi million dollar makeover as it is looking very tired and drab in the rooms and other places. In addition, some of the staff can be inattentive and forgetful in the dining area which brings a frustration at times having to follow up a drink or an omelette. This is in stark contrast to other hotels on its class. We did not really want to be badgered by a doorman trying to sell us tours either. Management, this is not a good idea and is a turn off to guests. The hungry crows skirmish with catapult wielding pest control staff at the poolside. This is essential of course and brings a certain amusement however the crow problem may be an issue for some guests. The food is excellent, the hotel is relaxing, the rooms are ok but badly in need of renovation. Overall , still well worth a visit at least once.

It waa great to stay in colonial style old hotel. Amazing location, we loved the seafood restaurant on the beach (seafood cove) The rooms are comfortable enough and clean enough. Highly recommend this hotel.

I had the pleasure of staying at Mount Lavinia Hotel in May. I am not usually an big hotel type of traveller as I find them impersonal. However, we were very pleasantly surprised by our stay. The service from the staff was wonderful from check in through to check out. The restaurant staff were attentive and highly trained. I looked forward to my quiet breakfasts with chats with Camilus, one of the breakfast attendees. The food - excellent. The Seafood restaurant on the beach was amazing and we always just went with the recommended preparation of the chefs there who never steered us wrong. The room was well appointed with a lovely view and the other amenities sufficed or exceeded expectations. I would recommend this hotel wholeheartedly.

Such a beautiful hotel with an amazing history with amazing staff, views, rooms, service, food and location. A beautiful pool with staff who cater happily for all you needs. You will not be disappointed staying at the Mount Lavina Hotel

we took some friends with us for dinner to your restaurant & there was staff member call Nilantha all ways with smile & the restaurant was full with all that he looked after us & each an everyone in the restaurant. we have been to most of the five star hotel & we never came a cross a VIP service like this & in our next visit we are going come & stay in your hotel because of the service we got . please give our best wishes & we wish him all the best in his carrier with your with hotel

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Hotel highlights

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

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. It's in central Mount Lavinia and 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. Start each morning with continental breakfast, available for a fee from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM.


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. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help 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

78.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2919 reviews