Need to know
18, including three suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. You can keep your room till 6pm for 50 per cent of the room rate, and you can leave your luggage at reception and use the hotel facilities after check-out. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $229.50, excluding tax at 30.082 per cent.
Rates include á la carte breakfast (pastries and breads, fresh fruit, yoghurt, eggs, and traditional Sri Lankan curries), afternoon tea and an evening 'mocktail'.
Until 2006, the hotel’s site lay derelict; Teardrop hotels transformed the space with the help of Colombo’s PWA Architects, using more than 65 labourers (and three dogs, if you’re counting). Remnants of the ruin still remain; the bar at Church Street Social was once part of the rafters.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout the hotel. In rooms: a TV, a gym-bag with yoga mat, air-conditioning and fan, minibar with soft drinks and snacks, a Nespresso coffee machine and tea-making facilities.
Our favourite rooms
If size matters, choose one of the Upper Suites; at a spacious 75sq m, they have high ceilings, private balconies and an adjoining seating area in the bedroom. Families with small children should stay in the Upper Family Suite which has all the perks of the Upper Suites, plus an additional loft space for kids.
While the pool is being built, catch a tuk tuk (free) to The Beach Club in Talpe or to the Lighthouse Hotel where you'll have full access to their pools.
The Z Spa has three treatment rooms; two of which are kitted out with private steam showers. Treatments use tea-infused local products; enjoy a deep-tissue massage, a restful wrap or soothing facial to get that ‘yes, I’ve been on holiday’ glow.
It’s not about what you bring, but what you can take home: lots of spice jars and bags of locally grown tea from plantations and markets.
Children of all ages are welcome. Interconnecting rooms and baby cots are available. Book a babysitter for US$10 an hour (a minimum four hours must be booked); request the service two days in advance. The restaurant has children’s menus and highchairs.