Name: Mövenpick Hotel Colombo
Location: Sri Lanka
The capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is rich is architectural history with a fabulous mix of colonial buildings, high-rise modern buildings, shopping malls, a wonderful sandy beach and fine dining opportunities. It’s definitely worth a stop on a tour of Sri Lanka and it’s definitely worth staying in five-star luxury while doing so, and in which case, you’ll need to check into the Mövenpick Hotel Colombo; the first five-star hotel to open in Colombo in 25 years.
The hotel is situated in the commercial and cultural heart of Sri Lanka’s capital, close to the Liberty Arcade, Colpetty market and National Museum. Flights from London to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo take under 11 hours and SriLankan Airlines flies direct, the hotel is just 34km from the airport, taxis are plentiful or the hotel concierge can assist in arranging transfers.
Style & Character
The 24-storey hotel is contemporary and achingly stylish; think clean and sophisticated décor. The massive floor to ceiling windows are a style-hit as well as framing the panoramic ocean views perfectly.
Service & Facilities
The exceptional list of facilities includes three themed restaurants, a spectacular rooftop bar, two banqueting venues, six meeting rooms, the beautiful Spa Ceylon, a beauty salon, a fitness centre, a jacuzzi and an amazing infinity pool set right on the rooftop. The service is first-class, they go above and beyond wherever possible; one example is the use of Audi and Mercedes cars with a driver for a very reasonable hourly rate, makes exploring that little bit easier.
The hotel has 219 well-appointed spacious rooms and suites. All rooms offer a 48-inch LED TV with international and national channels, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar, air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, and ensuite bathroom. Room types include Superior, Deluxe and Executive, with Junior, Executive and Presidential Suites. Each room type has an option for selecting an Ocean view and while the city views are pretty interesting, I’d definitely say go for the Ocean view; the views are breath-taking, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’re actually on a cruise liner when you look out of the floor to ceiling windows at the ocean below. The Executive Rooms and Suites offer access to the Executive Lounge which serves breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and if budget allows, the Presidential Suite is huge at 254sqm and includes an in-room Jacuzzi.
Food & Drink
You can pretty much find whatever you fancy food and drink-wise here! The main restaurant, AYU, serves an International menu and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, there’s a French-themed bistro at Brasserie and a Japanese restaurant and sushi bar at Robata Grill and Lounge. I always love when I visit somewhere with a bit of a reputation and the rooftop Vistas Bar is a popular hangout with locals and guests alike; spectacular view with that amazing infinity pool in the background, fabulous cocktails, delicious nibbles and some happening tunes make it the place to be and to be seen. The hotel also has a lobby lounge, pool bar and members’ club.
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