Colombo, Sri Lanka

Casa Colombo

Rates from (inc tax)$124.02

Price information

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Historical hipster


Southern burb of Bambalapitiya

A Moorish-inspired manor and contemporary design den, Casa Colombo hotel mixes 200 years of history with quirky artistic décor in the Bambalapitiya quarter of Sri Lanka's capital city. At this hip, high-style hideaway created by Lalin Jinasena, a colleague of world-renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, expect personal butlers to attend to any whim, as well as a relaxing spa and a pretty pink pool for unwinding after the sensory overload.

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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.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD157.51), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

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.

Packing tips

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.

Best for

All ages are welcome but its babies and older kids who suit the hotel best. With few diversions, boisterous youngsters could easily get bored.

Recommended rooms

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.

Swimming pool

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.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

We love the mood at ZaZa, where purple-cushioned, egg-shaped chairs beside cracked-glass tables overlook the hotel's stunning façade. At night neon uplighting adds rainbow appeal.

Dress Code

Cool, custom-made clobber to match the hotel’s bespoke surroundings.

Hotel restaurant

Once the mansion’s grand hall, HVN is now Casa’s main restaurant, serving up a fusion menu of western and Sri Lankan cuisine. Expect dishes such as chicken with ginger and lemongrass, and grilled lobster. A fresco of meditating richis (gurus) dominates one intricately painted wall, with ornate touches including glass tables and a huge antique ceiling fan suspended from the gold-moulded ceiling. For alternative dining spots, check out ZaZa or alfresco T Republic on the lawn, which offers light snacks including sandwiches and toasties, as well as tasty smoothies and iced coffees. There's also the Poolside Lounge, a seductive dining area centred around the pink pool, lit by candles at night and breezy by morning. Order items from the various menus here.

Hotel bar

A sleek tea salon by day (ideal for a tea-inspired mocktail), glass-cube ZaZa Bar transforms into a luxe lounge by night, with an international wine list, liqueurs, crafty cocktails and chill-out tunes. Views out through the glass walls and ceiling take in Casa Colombo's ornate façade, water features and vistas of the stars come evening.

Last orders

Feast from early morning until you hit the sack; closing time is when the last guest saunters off to snooze. The Poolside Lounge is open from 10am until 10.30pm.

Room service

A shortened menu of sandwiches, light bites and desserts can be chomped around the clock.


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Casa Colombo
231 Galle Road Colombo 4
Sri Lanka


The nearest airport is Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (, 45–60 minutes north of the city, depending on traffic; trips are quickest at night.


If you’re approaching from Kandy, Bentota or Galle, trains arrive at Colombo Fort Station (, from where you can board a half-hourly suburban shunter to Bambalapitiya Station, five minutes from the hotel.


Taxis from the airport can be organised through your domo (butler) and cost US$94.

Worth getting out of bed for

There’s little to explore by foot from here but your butler can arrange citywide jaunts to see Colombo’s top attractions. Make sure your hit-list includes the Gangaramaya Vihara temple (with its resident tusker elephant), the Seema Malaka Temple on the tranquil Beira Lake, and the peeling colonial architecture of the Fort, including a dive into the frantic Pettah markets and a stroll along the ever-popular Galle Face Green. For an insight into legendary Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa’s life and works, mosey on down to his amazing former home No 11 at 33rd Lane, off Bagatalle Road (+94 (0)114 337 335) for a guided tour of his fabulous house, which has been left exactly as it was when he died. If you call in advance you can even arrange for a delicious rice and curry lunch to follow the tour. For sporty pursuits, make your way to the Royal Colombo Golf Club at 223 Model Farm Road (+94 (0)112 695 431), on the fringe of the city, for a relaxing round of golf at this 130-year-old colonial institution. Colombo is also a rewarding shopping spot; our picks are Paradise Road Studio at 213 Dharmapala Mawatha (+94 (0)112 686 043) for stylish interiors finds, and the Saskia Fernando Gallery at 61 Dharmapala Mawatha (+94 (0)117 429 010) for snapping up work by Colombo’s coolest artists.

Back at the hotel, unwind at Ariyanna Spa, which offers a host of pampering massages, body scrubs and wraps, facials and foot treatments drawing on Indian Ayurvedic, Thai, Balinese and Swedish styles. There are also dedicated rituals for couples, men and women.

Local restaurants

Colombo’s top restaurants are all a breezy tuk tuk ride away from Casa, however the hotel’s slightly south-of-centre situation makes Colombo’s southernmost suburb of Mount Lavinia pleasantly accessible. Here, go oriental at Loon Tao, at 43/12 College Avenue, Mount Lavinia (+94 (0)112 722 723), a grand-scale Chinese eatery with ocean views that serves up super-fresh seafood and fish. Close by is La Voile Blanch, 43/10 Beach Road, Mount Lavinia (+94 (0)11 456 1111), a popular blue-lit, bleached beach shack where a bible-thick menu of international grub is dished up alfresco on the sand. In town, make for Lemon at 41 Maitland Crescent (+94 (0)777 155 4149), a relaxed open-sided rooftop restaurant where you can sample masterchef Koluu’s famed creations and then sip cocktails in the outdoor lounge under the stars. Alternatively, boutique hotel Havelock Place Bungalow6–8 Havelock Place (+94 (0)11 258 5191), offers a romantic brasserie off the beaten track in nearby Havelock Town; come here for Italian-inspired cuisine, home-made ice-cream and delicious sorbets.

Local cafés

A five-minute tuk-tuk trip up the road takes you to Barefoot Café at 706 Galle Road (+94 (0)112 589 305), one of the city’s top daytime dining spots. Within the tree-flecked courtyard of this popular handloom store, sip coffee or snack on tasty dishes in hippy-chic surroundings. For another stylish venue, Paradise Road Café (+94 (0)112 686 043), in ritzy Cinnamon Gardens, drums up daytime sandwiches, quiches and cakes in casual confines above the flagship branch of the Paradise Road store. There are lots of coffee varieties to be savoured at The Commons at 39a Flower Road (+94 (0)112 694 435), also in Cinnamon Gardens, which features a novelty roti cart so you can sample Sri Lanka’s staple snack stuffed with a delicious medley of sweet or savoury fillings.

Local bars

For sipping sundowners, head for the famous chequerboard Verandah of the historic Galle Face Hotel (+94 (0)112 541 010) or the city-view Terrace of the Mount Lavinia Hotel; both serve waist-expanding high teas, too. Otherwise, sit under the stars on the rooftop lounge of informal eatery Lemon or journey to the Cinnamon Lakeside hotel for tapas, tipples and people-peeking at its blue-lit bar 7 Degrees North at 115 Sir Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mawatha (+94 (0)11 249 1000). If you love sand between your toes, then shoreside Buba Beach Club along Vihara Road, Mount Lavinia (+94 (0)112 273 2190) is a suitably rustic spot for a drop. It’s pretty basic, but its sandy mangrove garden and chilled-out mood feel authentically Lankan, and a million miles from busy city life.


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Anonymous review

I have lost feeling in my hand, such is Mrs Smith’s grip. We have one cardinal rule when travelling in South Asia: I sit behind the driver, so that I share his sightline, so that only I know exactly what kind of risks he’s taking. Only it was a long flight from London and we flopped into the taxi and clean forgot and now Mrs Smith has the racing line as we career down the Galle Road, overtaking on the inside, sliding between moving buses, weaving round rickshaws (and the occasional tractor) with a casualness that would make Vin Diesel blush.

We have been married for five days. Both of us naturally are keen to make it to at least six but poor Mrs Smith’s faith in this happening is only being eroded by the rickshaw drivers’ habit of decorating their vehicles with apocalyptic aphorisms like ‘By the time they die, cowards have died a thousand deaths’, and the gnomic but nonetheless terrifying: ‘The past is a bucket of ashes.’

We make it, of course. Colombo’s roads may appear to be hosting a non-stop, all-day, 5,000-car tribute to the Gumball Rally but they have their own kind of logic and are worth experiencing, not least because they only ramp up your desire to cocoon yourself in an urban retreat like the beautiful Casa Colombo.

We flop into the lobby’s wide seats and eagerly throw back a welcome drink before the charming Kumara, our appointed domo for the stay, takes us up to our fabulous Corporate Suite with its huge living room, incredible natural light, stunning vaulted ceiling, giant bed, and free-standing copper bath tub of the kind which has Mrs Smith running the taps before I’ve even shut the door.

Revitalised and smelling faintly of the hotel’s handmade rose soap, we head downstairs to the hotel’s outside bar, T Republic, for a pre-dinner cocktail on plump sofas under the bird-filled trees, before heading to the main restaurant HVN. In an unusual inversion of the norm, eating out in Sri Lanka’s capital tends actually to be cheaper than it does in the rest of the country and HVN is no exception, with its absurdly well-priced hunks of sesame-encrusted tuna steak and delicious jumbo prawns (all which went perfectly with a really rather lovely bottle of Chilean chardonnay). Incredibly, we manage to finish all this and the Casa Chocolate Nemesis, a volcanic eruption of pudding which has us lolling up to bed, stuffed and smiling.

We wake knowing that we’re going to have to work up an appetite after the previous evening’s gluttony and head first to the hotel’s sublimely camp pink pool, where we at least make a vague gesture towards activity before sitting down to a breakfast that includes but is not limited to: fresh papaya juice, Ceylon tea, toast, innumerable pastries, cake, hoppers (a kind of rice-flour pancake), coconut pickles, rice, dhal and fish curry.

Set for the day, we head to first Fort and then Pettah, the two neighbourhoods that make up central Colombo. Though we don’t stumble across many artisanal bakers or charming curiosity shops, we delight in the manic energy of Pettah’s market, particularly the piles of papaya and magnificent mangoes on the fruit and veg stalls.

Tired from all the exploring, we walk through the city to Nihonbashi, the sushi restaurant owned and run by half-Japanese, half-Sri Lankan celebrity chef Dharshan Munidasa, where we devour plates of super-fresh sashimi and chilled coconut juice in the elegant dining room.

Confident that we can get a little more relaxed, we jump in a tuk-tuk and head back to the hotel for the Ariyanna Spa’s signature massage. All ayruvedic oils, head rubs and soothing music, it is a thoroughly pleasant way to prepare us for sunset cocktails at Galle Face Hotel.

The oldest hotel east of Suez, the Galle Face is a colonial pile with a lovely terrace that faces out to the Indian Ocean and, although the weather isn’t perfect, we get a sense of why it’s a must on any Colombo itinerary. As, we discover, is an evening promenade along the Galle Face Green. The sun has gone and the flicker of the city lights illuminate the courting locals – their coy embraces and stolen kisses – as we walk hand-in-hand to Ministry of Crab, Colombo’s scenester restaurant of choice. Part-owned by cricket legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, the Ministry does what it says on the tin and somehow, despite the volume of food we’ve eaten already, we manage – bibs round our necks, claw-crushers in our hands, chilli sauce smeared across our cheeks – to polish off a crab big enough to be actually scary.

We leave early the next morning for an internal flight that Kumara has helpfully arranged at the last minute. Venturing out once more on to the Galle Road – Mrs Smith in her correct seat – we know that for Colombo’s tuk-tuk drivers the immediate past may be a bucket of ashes but for us, after two blissful days at the Casa, it is a repository of good memories.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Casa Colombo’s Guestbook below.

We loved

What a gem in the middle of the hustling bustling city of Colombo! Service was attentive without being intrusive and any query we had was answered, including where to buy a new yoga mat after someone (we've yet to land on who, me or him) left our yoga mat on our connecting flight! The room was perfect for first night after long haul travel; it was larger than my Edinburgh flat and had everything and more you could need, including delightfully soft sheets and the dreamy bathroom with a tub I could have swum in. Food was really fresh and a great introduction to traditional Sri Lankan food.

Don’t expect

One niggle...we stayed on a Saturday night and had a room looking over the back courtyard and small pool. During the day the place was a calm oasis in the middle of the city, however they appear to hire out the garden space for parties. Unfortunately during our stay there was a private function for 'Arun's Final Fling' which meant there was music blaring from two large speakers for several hours during the evening. I had desperately wanted to hop in the bathtub all day, keeping it as a treat before bed but this coincided with the party starting. For the few hours that this went on, I must admit it made me fall out of love with Casa Colombo as the music blared into our room, but once over, around 12pm, I quickly fell back in love with its calm surroundings. Perhaps something to check out before you stay if that kind of thing bothers you!


Stayed on 10 Jan 2016

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