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Galle Face Hotel wins TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice award

Posted on 25 February 2017 by TSL

We value their feedback, as it allows us to better understand our guests’ expectations and create more memorable experiences in the future,” said Deni A. Dukic, General Manager, Galle Face Hotel. 

 

We are immensely thankful to everyone who took the time to review us on TripAdvisor over the course of the last year.

Guests have long been captivated by the colonial charm the hotel resonates, which is combined with our team’s dedicated approach towards providing them with a unique experience upon every visit.

“It is a distinguished pleasure to be recognized by our patrons as one of the best properties in Sri Lanka.

Categories are both international and regional, and include everything from the top hotels, luxury, family, boutique hotels, B&Bs and inns.

The travel planning and booking site determined the winners based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide. The awards reflect the “best of the best” for service, quality, and customer satisfaction.

Now in its 15th year, these annual awards are the only travel industry awards based on millions of reviews and opinions from travellers around the world.

Established in 2002, the Travellers’ Choice awards are the highest honor TripAdvisor can bestow.

South Asia’s leading Grande Dame, the iconic Galle Face Hotel recently won a Travellers’ Choice award in a survey conducted by TripAdvisor. Ranked as one of the Top 25 hotels to visit in Sri Lanka, the award is a testament to the exceptional service and attention to detail which is weaved seamlessly into the old world grandeur and modern sensibility that Galle Face Hotel has consistently been well known.

 

 

 

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SriLankan Airlines, Galle Face Hotel and Ebert Silva Holidays join together – Making dreams come true on World Children’s Day

Posted on 10 October 2016 by TSL

childrens-day1Colombo, October 10 2016: Forty children whose parents sacrificed their lives for the nation or became disabled while they were members of the armed forces, were given a very special World Children’s Day indeed, as three pioneering organisations in Sri Lanka’s travel and tourism industry joined hands once again in a unique corporate social responsibility effort.

SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier, Galle Face Hotel, one of the country’s most famous heritage hotels, and Ebert Silva Holidays, a pioneer in travel and tourism, created an undoubtedly unforgettable day for the children and their family members on 1st October, for the second consecutive year.

The day-long event included a ride from Colombo to Katunayake on board Ebert Silva Holidays’ double decker busses, a tour of Bandaranaike International airport with lunch and movies on board an aircraft, and a ride back to Colombo for a sumptuous tea party at Galle Face Hotel.

The day started with the kids gathering at Galle Face Hotel. They then hopped on to two of Ebert Silva Holidays famed red open-deck double deckers, decorated with colourful balloons and ribbons. With the children waving cheerfully to the gathered crowds, the double deckers rumbled out of Galle Face Hotel. It was a thrilling ride with children clapping and singing to music and treats served on board. Threading their way through Colombo’s streets that Saturday morning, they headed to Bandaranaike International Airport where they were greeted by beaming SriLankan staff.

The children received an interesting tour of the airport, experiencing the procedures of checking in as passengers. Then with great excitement the kids boarded a state of the art Airbus A330 and had the treat of viewing a movie of their choice with lunch being served on board by smiling SriLankan staff. The excited kids also had the rare opportunity of getting a view of the cockpit, and airline staff briefed them on various aspects of air travel.

After an unforgettable experience they boarded the double deckers again to return to Colombo. Back at the Galle Face Hotel they were greeted with a welcome drink and cold towels, and a fantastic tea party had been prepared for them to the famed standards of the hotel. There was a sumptuous range of food items in true Galle Face Hotel style, topped off with a magic show and an amazing breakdance performance, both by talented SriLankan Airlines staff members, musical entertainment by a three-piece band, and gifts for all. The spread of food included everything kids love – marshmallows, ice cream, chocolates, pasta, pizza, etc.

A very special moment took place when medals were presented to the children in honour of their parents’ supreme sacrifice. Many of the children’s mothers became very emotional at this demonstration of love and care on behalf of the nation, as it was an acknowledgement of the sacrifice of their husbands.

 

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SriLankan Airlines

www.srilankan.com

 

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Newly refurbished Galle Face Hotel opened for business

Posted on 27 October 2015 by TSL

President Maithripala Sirisena opened the refurbished Galle Face Hotel on Monday. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ministers John Amaratunga, Arjuna Ranatunga and Arundika Fernando and hotel chairman Sanjeev Gardiner were also present. 

Sri Lanka’s iconic historic hotel, Galle Face Hotel, situated in the heart of Colombo, along the seafront facing the famous Galle Face Green.

No visit to Sri Lanka is complete without staying at this elegant historic award winning hotel built in 1864. The hotel reflects the grandeur of a bygone era yet offering modern comfort for today’s traveler.

One of the oldest hotels East of the Suez, the Galle Face Hotel was established in 1864. Over the years, the hotel has housed royalty and celebrity. It has survived many trials and stands testimony of the inherent the Sri Lankan warmth. Today it is where old world charm meets modern luxurious hospitality.

 

Galle Face Hotel on course to completing Historic Restoration
Business as usual at The Galle Face Hotel during the revitalizing transformation 

 

President Maithripala Sirisena opens the refurbished Galle Face Hotel

President Maithripala Sirisena opens the refurbished Galle Face Hotel

The iconic Galle Face Hotel is nearing completion of a restoration project of its North Wing, originally built in 1864. The ambitious project was designed to preserve the grandeur and romance of the magnificent property while upgrading and modernizing the quality of guest facilities, amenities and services. The North Wing is scheduled to reopen to guests late this year while the South Wing has continued to be in operation as usual throughout the restoration. 

The Galle Face Hotel was originally built by four British entrepreneurs and is among the few remaining Colonial hotels in operation today in Asia. Despite many renovations over the years, the period detail of the Galle Face Hotel has been preserved in its architecture and façade. The management of The Galle Face Hotel has taken great care to ensure the spirit of the Hotel remains untouched during the course of the current restoration. In fact, the restored area, will once again give pride of place to the Hotel’s collection of historical memorabilia and artifacts. 

“Subtle modernization was the key word for us when we undertook this ambitious project. Our prime attempt is to enhance the quality of The Galle Face Hotel experience. The Hotel is an integral part of the history and heritage of Sri Lanka, and our plans have been guided by an uncompromising commitment to preserve the unique ambience for our guests to enjoy,” stated Sanjeev Gardiner the Chairman of The Galle Face Hotel. 

Keeping in time with the expected completion date, Galle Face has started restoration of the façade, lobby.

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Galle Face Hotel partners latest destination management company in Sri Lanka

Posted on 01 September 2014 by TSL

Galle Face Hotel to create Khiri Travel Sri Lanka The Galle Face Hotel Management Group will partner with Luxe Asia and Khiri Travel to create the latest destination management company in Sri Lanka. The joint venture named Khiri Travel Sri Lanka will be a member of The Galle Face Hotel Management group which owns and operates the Galle Face Hotel, Ceylon Hotels Corporation (CHC) and Kandy Hotels (Queen’s Hotel and Hotel Suisse).

The official announcement of the partnership was made at a press conference held at the newly opened Galle Face Hotel meeting and conference facility. Commenting on this historic partnership, Chairman Galle Face Hotel Group/Luxe Asia Sanjeev Gardiner said, “With the Khiri Group’s presence and excellent customer service and our unparalleled knowledge of the Sri Lankan inbound tourism market, I am convinced that Khiri Travel Sri Lanka will become the market leader in the luxury tourism segment in a relatively short period of time.

The refurbishment of our CHC properties and the Galle Face Hotel in particular will complement the needs of Khiri Travel Sri Lanka.”Luxe Asia is a regional destination management company (DMC) handling inbound tourists from globally generating markets in to Sri Lanka. Established in August 2009, Luxe Asia is one of the leading companies in the inbound travel market in Sri Lanka. The intimate local market knowledge and commitment to world class services which is the ethos of Luxe Asia will be complimented by the global standing of the Khiri Group within the travel industry. The Khiri Travel Group is a regional leader in the sustainable hospitality and travel business. Founded in Bangkok in 1993 by CEO Willem Niemeijer, Khiri has DMC offices in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia and has a proven track record.

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Classic Wing at Galle Face Hotel to undergo massive renovation

Posted on 11 September 2013 by TSL

The Galle Face Hotel was originally built by four British entrepreneurs and is among the few remaining Colonial Hotels in operation today in Asia. Despite many renovations over the years, the period detail of the Galle Face Hotel has been preserved in its architecture and façade. The old world charm of the Hotel harks back to a vintage when Aristocracy spent their days in pampered luxury, and sipped their tea while enjoying the magnificent sunset over the Indian Ocean. Over the years, many Heads of State and celebrities have graced the Hotel, charmed by its eclectic mix of imperial tradition, architecture and flavour.

The management of The Galle Face Hotel has taken care to ensure the spirit of the Hotel remains untouched during the course of the current restoration. In fact, the restored Classic Wing will once again give pride of place to the Hotel’s collection of historical memorabilia and artefacts.

"This project is an ambitious undertaking but we are excited at the prospect of restoring the Hotel’s rooms, restaurants and the ballrooms to their former glory with subtle modernisation to enhance the quality of The Galle Face Hotel experience. The Hotel is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of Sri Lanka, and our plans have been guided by an uncompromising commitment to preserve the unique ambience for our guests to enjoy," stated Mr. Sanjeev Gardiner the Chairman of The Galle Face Hotel.

The Regency Wing of the Hotel will remain open for business as usual, offering guests a unique stay that blends the aura of a rich heritage with a resort-like atmosphere at the heart of Colombo. The Hotel has a unique location: it offers the convenience of city centre location, with an ocean frontage, that provides guests with the most stunning setting for any visit to Colombo. The Regency Wing of the Hotel comprises 81 rooms including 12 suites, all with ocean views, can cater to a wide segment of guests, from single business travellers to families looking for a memorable holiday in Colombo.

The Hotel offers a variety of dining options: some, such as The Verandah are under restoration, but 1864, the fine–dining restaurant remains open for all-day dining. The Poolside Terrace and famous Chequer Board provide an al fesco dining option, for those preferring a more casual meal or drink accompanied with soothing sound of the Indian Ocean. And, In…on the Green offers a pub-like atmosphere with live music. For those seeking a cosy, quaint and romantic dining option, The Galle Face Hotel creates an unmatched experience complete with candle-lit dinners, delicious cuisine and the finest wines, either in-room, or in the Garden of the Hotel.

To relax, The Galle Face Spa, offers a range of spa treatments to relax, refresh and rejuvenate the body and soul. And the Hotel proudly has the only oceanfront sea-water swimming pool in Colombo. The Galle Face Hotel is an urban resort, an idyllic romantic getaway amid the bustle of Colombo city.


 

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