Mount Lavinia Hotel - Mount Lavinia
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Overview

Step back in time to an era of colonial splendour, mystique and romance. Mount Lavinia Hotel offers you the very best of modern facilities blended with a magical touch of antiquity. This enchanting British Colonial heritage hotel, located on a breathtaking beachfront, is a living legacy to the secret love story between the British Governor General of Ceylon, Sir Thomas Maitland, and the beautiful mestizo dancer, Lovina. The legendary romance has made this Colombo hotel one of the most popular venues in Sri Lanka for weddings; couples from around the world fly to this fabled island for a custom-planned wedding at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. The Victorian era ambiance, gourmet cuisine prepared by the world-class chefs and the exceptional service, have made this luxury beach resort in the city the preferred venue for conventions, product launches, dinner dances, theme parties and other private events. Sun-bathed terraces, warm Sri Lankan hospitality, the promise of adventure, and period decor rooms with modern amenities whisper the promise of a magical stay at the hotel.

With a history spanning over 200 years, Mount Lavinia Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Sri Lanka. This premier colonial heritage hotel has earned a reputation over the years for its magnificent structure and ambiance, the old world charm which harks back to the grandeur of old Ceylon, its romantic legacy left by the colonial Governor General who used it as his residence, the exceptional service offered by its well-trained staff and its popularity as a venue for weddings. The grand old building has stood the test of time and coupled with every convenience a modern hotel can offer, continues to whisper legends of love and adventure to everyone who passes through its majestic corridors.

The hotel offers direct beach access, a swimming pool with a kiddies pool, three restaurants, three bars, a gym, a spa, a beauty salon and a host of other facilities. Just 54 kilometres from the Bandaranaike International Airport, and within the metropolitan area of Colombo, Mount Lavinia Hotel is the ideal beach resort in city for you. You can enjoy all that Colombo city has to offer, and at the same time enjoy a beach holiday in a colonial theme hotel. The hotel offers 226 rooms and suites ranging from colonial style rooms with wooden flooring, period furniture and decor, to rooms with modern contemporary interiors and decor. All rooms enjoy views of the beach and ocean.The hotel is also a much sought after location for conferences, conventions, seminars, workshops, business meetings, private parties and cocktails with seven venues to choose from.

Accommodation

Walk the halls of a Governor's Palace that was once the centre of power and intrigue; stay in rooms that have witnessed the secrets of courtly love and adventure. One of the last enclaves of the old orient, Mount Lavinia Hotel offers a selection of 210 rooms inclusive of suites; each offering a unique experience in comfort and sophistication. The graceful elegance of a bygone era is still retained in the highly appointed rooms and suites of the Governor's Wing, constructed in the 1930's as an addition to the original colonial building dating back to the 1800's. Enhanced with the natural warm glow of solid wood and the calming embrace of natural shades, the Governor's Wing provides a regal and secluded haven of splendid quietude for the discerning traveller.

Majestically overlooking the shimmering turquoise waters of the vast Indian Ocean, embroidered with white ribbons of waves stretching far into the distance and with breathtaking views of the sweeping bay of golden sands and tall exotic palms of Mount Lavinia's celebrated paradise beach, the Governor's Wing is an idyll of hushed and mellowed luxury.

Colonial Rooms with antique period furniture and wooden floors immerse you in the hotel's rich history. The Direct Ocean View and Ocean View Rooms are the ideal refuge for the modern traveler, with a view of golden beaches and aquamarine ocean hues.

Colonial Suites offer you the very best in colonial luxury, with period furniture and decor, and a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean. Bay View Suites provide a panoramic ocean view. If you desire a secluded hideaway, you can stay at the charming and captivating Ocean View Suites. Smoking and non-smoking suites are available in the suites which provide the guest a choice of king or queen-size beds. All suites come with separate sitting areas and with sofa settees.

Colonial Rooms
Tastefully furnished with antique furniture and parquet floors, these 30 semi-deluxe rooms are a perfect blend of traditional hospitality and modern comfort. The spacious rooms are available with a choice of shower or bathtub. Colonial Rooms come with a fully supplied bathroom. If you are looking for the relaxed lifestyle of the colonial era, look no further than these delightful rooms. Feel like a guest of the Governor General of Ceylon in his colonial mansion. Dance on the parquet floors to the sound of the Indian Ocean. Treat yourself to a tropical cocktail from the well-stocked mini-bar or sip a cup of the world famous Ceylon Tea, while you feast your eyes on the beauty all around you. Smoking and non-smoking Colonial Rooms are available with the option of king or queen-size beds.

Direct Ocean View Rooms
83 Direct Ocean View Rooms await you, each with its own large private balcony and a hypnotic view of the ocean. A mesmerizing view of the turquoise ocean waters, golden beaches and a panoramic view of the city of Colombo await you on the private balconies. Allow the gentle and soothing lull of the ocean to caress and relax you as you inhale the fresh ocean breeze. Enjoy the amenities of this deluxe room; bury your tired feet in the plush carpeting. Enter the spacious bathroom and succumb to the temptation of soaking in the bathtub. Hide yourself among the soothing covers of the bed which is positioned with a beautiful canopy above it, and let your mind and body escape from the cares of the world. Smoking and non-smoking rooms come with a choice of king, queen or twin beds.

Ocean View Rooms
The 86 Ocean View Rooms at Mount Lavinia Hotel are designed to deliver sophistication and elegance. The decor and furnishings are in soothing soft pastel shades. The atmosphere of tranquility and relaxation is enhanced by the pastel tiled floors. The serenity of the private balcony overlooking the sea and the lush gardens of the hotel add to the appeal of these rooms. A spacious bathroom with a shower cubicle and all amenities complete the ambiance of these rooms. Guests have a choice of smoking or non-smoking rooms with king sized, queen sized or twin beds.

Suites

Colonial Suites
These 5 Colonial Suites are the ultimate in colonial comfort and luxury. Just three Colonial Suites are available, making them exclusive and always in high demand. They come with a separate sitting area with an additional television, and a dining table. The huge wooden four poster and canopied beds designed in traditional colonial style lend the suites an authentic colonial aura. The luxurious feel of these suites are further enhanced by the antique wooden furniture and wood flooring that whisper secrets of intrigue and adventure. Hotel has not spared any modern amenity; every facility from satellite TV, a digital safe and a Wi-Fi to International Direct Dialing (IDD) are available. Amenities have been tastefully blended with the decor. The comfort and luxury of these suites extend to the spacious bathrooms that are fitted with luxurious bathtubs. The suite bathrooms come fully supplied. Feel like a guest of the Governor as you enjoy the laid-back lifestyle of the colonial era.

Direct Ocean View Suites
The 2 Direct Ocean View Suites offer a private haven from the busy outside world. These suites, which are two in number, come with a separate sitting area with an additional television. Spend a little quiet time on the balcony and let yourself be lulled by the soft sound of the waves and the ocean breeze on your face. The unparalleled view of the ocean from these suites enhances their appeal. Walk barefoot on the soft carpeting and feel your stress melt away. The suite bathrooms with luxurious bathtubs come fully supplied. Direct Ocean View Suites offers every comfort and amenity available in Direct Ocean View Rooms in a more spacious and luxurious setting. At your request, an adjoining room accessible through an inter-connecting door can also be booked with these suites.

Ocean View Suites
The 6 Ocean View Suites come with beautiful parquet flooring, a comfortable sitting area and a spacious bathroom fitted with a large bathtub. The Ocean View Suite bathrooms come fully supplied. The view of the Indian Ocean and the pristine sands of the beach from these three suites are second to none, and will relax and soothe your mind. Experience the magic and romance of this colonial hotel as you sip a drink from the mini bar and lounge on the plush sofa as you enjoy your favourite programme on an international TV channel.

Amenities and Services Featured in all Rooms

  • Air conditioning with individual temperature control
  • International Direct Dialing (IDD)
  • Free internet access at the Business center for in house guest
  • 24-hour house keeping with daily evening turn-down service
  • Complimentary daily newspaper in room
  • Satellite television with international & local channels
  • Hair dryer
  • Mini bar
  • Tea and coffee making facility
  • All bathrooms are supplied with luxury bathroom amenities, hair dryer and 24-hour hot and cold running water
  • Specialty Siddhalepa Ayurvedic products are only provided for VIP

The following amenities are also available for guests on request

  • Iron and ironing board
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Toiletries (Toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.), shoe polish, sewing kit
  • Personal wake-up call service (through the hotel operator)
  • Extra storage-safe facilities are available at the Front Office
  • WiFi facility available in all rooms for a nominal fee

Facilities

  • Laundry service
  • Indoor and outdoor bars and dining facilities
  • Seafood restaurant on the beach
  • Spacious terrace overlooking the bay and Colombo skyline, with dining facilities
  • Swimming pool with kiddies pool
  • Private beach access
  • Banquet and conference facilities
  • Beauty Salon
  • Business Centre (Internet free for residents)
  • Wireless Internet service
  • Baby-sitting service (with prior notice)
  • Baby cot available
  • Extra beds available (additional charges apply)
  • Wheelchair available
  • Disabled access
  • Left luggage service
  • Foreign currency exchange
  • Hotel doctor on call 24 hours
  • 24-hour Travel Desk
  • Flight ticket reconfirmation service
  • Safety deposit box
  • Shopping arcade
  • VIP Tours

Things to do

The Mount Lavinia Hotel offers you a range of leisure activities. The unique swimming pool and the pool terrace are a popular spot for both Sri Lankans and guests from overseas. Do a few laps, cool off in the pool and enjoy a tropical cocktail, or enjoy the sun and order some snacks and tea on the terrace. Mount Lavinia offers a range of outdoor and indoor sports including beach volleyball, table tennis and other indoor games. The world class gymnasium offers you the option of a refreshing workout. You can also enjoy a boat trip at the inland Bolgoda Lake, an elephant ride on the beach, or one of the many excursions offered to different parts of the country. If you're feeling lazy you can always stroll through the shopping arcade and pick out a few items to take back home, or pamper yourself at the internationally renowned COCOSPA.

  • Boat trips

Mount Lavinia Hotel organizes boat trips on the Bolgoda lake in collaboration with the Ranmal Hotel. The Bolgoda lake is a charming inland natural lake which has become a popular venue for boating. A small island can be found at the centre with facilities to host a private party, including open air tables with umbrellas and a water slide and pond. The shallow lake is a great place to go boating with a choice of foot peddle boats, which are ideal for kids or ladies, or rowing boats for the more adventurous. Transport to and from the lake will be provided free of charge for a group of 10 guests.

  • Elephant rides

Enjoy an elephant ride along the beach with one of the elephants, while the sound of the waves and the ocean breeze soothes you.

  • Dehiwala zoo

The Dehiwala National Zoo (open daily from 8.00 am – 6.00 pm) is home to a wide diversity of Sri Lankan and foreign wildlife and bird-life. Sri Lankan species at the Zoo include sloth bears, monkeys, porcupines, jungle and fishing cats, lots of birds and a number of leopards; part of the zoo exhibits of big cats includes jaguars, lions, tigers and cheetahs. The Zoo has an aquarium display of over 500 varieties of aquatic life. The large number of species of monkeys includes examples of all the native primates, such as the purple-faced leaf monkey, grey langur and torque macaque. There are also a wide number of mammals, from African giraffes and springboks or South American guanacos and tapirs to Australian red-necked wallabies and giant red kangaroos, plus rabbits. The major attraction is the elephant show at 5.15 pm, when elephants troop on stage in true trunk-to-tail fashion and perform a series of feats of elephantine agility.

There is also an excellent collection of bird-life, including owls, lots of cockatoos and macaws (including an astonishing – and very rare – hyacinth macaw) and taucans. There is a huge walk-in aviary full of Sri Lanka species; a good place to practice bird-spotting skills. In addition to the caged bird-life, a flooded quarry at one end of the zoo serves as a magnet to Colombo's aquatic birds, which are fed daily at 3.30 pm. Egrets, herons and pelicans from all over the city flock here - a fine sight at times, when hundreds of swoops down onto the water. If you feel like some food for your self, there is a restaurant inside the zoo, as well as plenty of kiosks selling drinks and snacks

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