Residence is a unique boutique hotel situated inside a beautifully updated mansion on a leafy street in downtown Colombo.

One of the most unique hotels in Sri Lanka’s vibrant capital, Residence occupies a beautifully restored 19th century mansion that once hosted British governors, Indian royalty and the cream of Ceylon society. Although mere steps from the attractions of Colombo, the property is an oasis of quiet calm, set on a leafy street amid well-established private gardens.   

Accommodation is offered in 11 opulent suites, whose decor is a delicate balance between old and new. Expect plush rugs, inviting chaise lounges and elegant timber furniture, as well as flat screen TVs and espresso machines. All have access to private outdoor courtyards, a library, 16m swimming pool and well-equipped gym.

The Residence’s exclusive restaurant offers a wide range of gourmet meals, sweet treats as well as a well-stocked wine cellar. Dine overlooking the pool, al fresco or in your own room. There is also a bar where aperitifs can be enjoyed. Should you wish to go out for a meal, staff will happily point you in the right direction, make reservations or arrange a taxi.


How to get to Residence, Colombo

Residence is located on Park Street in downtown Colombo, approximately 35km south of Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport.

Residence, Colombo Highlights

  • A unique boutique hotel situated inside a beautifully updated 19th century mansion
  • Nestled on large, mature gardens on a leafy street in downtown Colombo
  • Steps from the lakeside Gangaramaya Temple and other city landmarks
  • Elegant, oversized suites that blend old Ceylon with new Sri Lanka
  • Access to five-star facilities from 24-hour room service to a pool and gym     

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Sri Lanka Overview

Why Sri Lanka: This remarkable island off the south eastern coast of India might be small but it is jam packed with spectacular landscapes, a rich cultural heritage and ancient historical sites including 7 World Heritage Sites! Sri Lanka is also still relatively unspoilt by tourism, although there are many unique and wonderful hotels throughout the country.

When to Go: Dec – Mar is considered the best time to visit, being the driest season on the west and south coasts, in the ‘Cultural Triangle’ and up in hill country. The east coast is best from May – Sep when many of the beaches along the west and south coasts are experiencing the monsoon. During the monsoon, it is possible to travel as the rain is not constant – you’ll also enjoy lower prices and less crowds. The temperatures are high throughout the year, averaging around 27°C.

Combine With: Neighbouring India, Bhutan or Nepal.

Getting There: Fly into the international airport north of Colombo, the capital.

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