Need to know
12 suites, including one Royal Suite.
Noon, but flexible, if a suite's available. Late check-outs until 7pm are charged at 50 per cent of the nightly rate. Earliest check-in, 2pm, or from 7am for 50 per cent of the room rate.
Double rooms from $124.02, excluding tax at 27 per cent.
Rates include a full western or Sri Lankan breakfast.
Your personal domo (think butler/concierge) is on call 24/7 and if there’s anything you’ve forgotten or need – sun cream, mosquito repellent, a floppy hat, a movie, even a bottle of gin – he or she will source it for you in no time at all. Domos can also meet you at the airport in the hotel's vintage car with a glass of bubbly, check you in to your suite and handle any requests during your stay. How’s that for service?
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, library, spa, gym. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, preloaded iPod, minibar and local toiletries. Corporate and Royal Suites offer business desks with MacBook, scanner and printer.
Our favourite rooms
Casa’s suites are one-of-a-kind retro-chic spaces with bespoke furnishings such as supersized 'floating' beds, gushing sinks and minibars in pettagamas (wooden boxes). Higher category suites boast banana-shaped copper-inlaid tubs and loads of space, with the upper floor noticeably quieter. Of these, we love Schofield Place and Ebenezer, both Corporate Suites, for their intimate lay-out and charm. Pleasure-seekers will adore the super-spacious Royal Suite, where you can wallow in your own balcony Jacuzzi.
Maximum use is made of a minimal space as a shady mango tree towers over a famously pink swimming pool in the rear courtyard. Curved glass sunloungers, canopied double day-beds and chrome elephant ornaments look on.
The hotel's intimate Rishi spa, leading off from the lobby, pampers flight-flustered bods and minds. The frangipani and sandalwood-scented space has two treatment rooms and takes inspiration from Sri Lankan healing rituals and traditional Asian treatments. Signature treatments with wraps and massages will make you feel like Ceylonese royalty or indulge in spice scrubs, Balinese massages, reflexology, and mani-pedis. We love the bespoke essential-oil blends used in massages, and guests are offered a welcome drink and fruit platter on arrival.
Closed-toe shoes for traipsing around Colombo and a stack of old movies to watch in bed in case of a rainy night. If you’re in need of a film or two, nip up the Galle Road to Majestic City, a mini-mall where you can snap up bargain DVDs for a song.
Smoking is only allowed in designated areas.
Welcome: cots for tots are supplied for free, although extra beds aren't available for older children. Babysitting can be arranged for US$35 a child an hour, with 48 hours' notice.
Children are welcome at Casa Colombo, although the funky design and poolside restaurant have more of a sophisticated adult feel.
All ages are welcome but its babies and older kids who suit the hotel best. With few diversions, boisterous youngsters could easily get bored.
There are no interconnecting rooms at Casa, however the pair of Corporate and Traveller Suites on the first floor – Schofield Road and Tikal Road – are opposite one another, so work well for families.
No activities are offered at the hotel itself but your butler can advise you on Colombo’s youthful attractions, including paddle-boating on Beira Lake, posing with the resident tusker elephant at Gangaramaya Temple, playing on the swings and slides at Viharamahadevi Park or kite-flying on shoreside Galle Face Green.
You’ll need to keep an eye out for tiny tots beside the pink pool; there’s a shallow stepped entry section but the rest of the pool is quite deep.
Children are welcome in Casa’s two main eateries, HVN and ZaZa, as well as at T Republic. There’s no kids' menu but the chef will take requests, and butlers will heat baby milk and rustle up packed lunches if asked.
Babysitting is available for US$35 a child an hour, given 48 hours' notice.
No need to pack
Baby cots, which are supplied for free.
The hotel can't add extra beds for older children in your room.
Casa Colombo makes use of eco-savvy waste-water recycling and funds a local orphanage.