Hotel Casa Colombo, Sri Lanka
The highlight of MHM’s recent stay to Sri Lanka was the very quirky Casa Colombo Hotel.
This 200-year-old Moorish mansion, originally built by a wealthy Indian trading family, has been carefully restored as a stunning 12-room boutique hotel. It is centrally located down a private cul de sac in Colombo 4, so escaping the bustle of Galle Road. This 200 year old Moorish mansion, originally built by a wealthy Indian trading family, has been carefully restored as a stunning boutique hotel. Original features include Italian and Indian mosaic floors, carved arches, molded ceilings and Moorish styled balconies. A significant part of creating this hotel involved restoring the building back to its former grandeur.
Casa Colombo is a tribute to the creative talents of owner Lalin Jinasena, a protégé of legendary local architect, Geoffrey Bawa. Not only has he restored this colonial mansion to its former glory, he has also custom-designed everything inside it including cutlery and crockery, furniture and fabrics, using craftsmen and materials only from Sri Lanka. We love the fact that it is boldly different, incredibly luxurious and strangely sympathetic to its heritage.
The hotel has 12 suites, divided into traveller suites, corporate suites, and the royal suite. Each is completely unique in design and furnishing, with individual pieces, colour schemes and architectural design. Features include incredibly high ceilings, paneled feature walls, waterfall showers, cement his and her sinks and bright pink lighting.
The hotel restaurant is delightfully unusual. It has a massive mural of floating irises, bright yellow-gold baroque ceilings, white-washed pillars, delicate mosaic tiles, neon-lit panels, and soft golden lighting.
We particularly loved the enormous fans. It could all be very kitsch, but somehow it isnt.
It took us a long time to find the library as it is purely a paneled wall with slots to hold books. Not practical but who cares.
The pink pool is truly unforgettable! It boasts pink lighting, floating silver balls, designer glass loungers, poolside daybeds with music and headphones and a mango tree centerpiece.
Making the conventional reception desk redundant your own CASA Domo or personal butler will personally take care of you throughout your stay.
Located in Bambalapitiya in Colombo 4, Casa Colombo is in the heart of the business district. Down an alley just off busy Galle Road, it is tucked between fairly high buildings on both sides, some of which are old and decrepit while others newly built. Tall bamboo screens have been erected to grab as much privacy as possible. Some may find the location off-putting, MHM would argue it only adds to its charm.