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Residence by Uga Escapes

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- Centrally located in Colombo
- Rich heritage and history
- Elegant decor and design

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This charming and elegant boutique hotel is located in the heart of Colombo. It’s a grand Victorian townhouse dating back to the 19th century. Throughout its colourful history, it’s hosted many renowned people from all over the world, including British governors and members of European royal families. In keeping with its rich history and heritage, the hotel is suitably stylish and well maintained throughout. It makes for a great base for exploring the vibrant city thanks to its central location, though it still manages to retain a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.

Residence by Uga Escapes offers a total of 11 suites set out across a single floor. All offer plenty of space and are decorated in a sophisticated and opulent style. There are plenty of modern conveniences such as free Wi-Fi, a 42” LED TV and air conditioning. Suites are made up of a bedroom with queen size bed, an en-suite bathroom with rain shower, a living area and an outdoor private courtyard that’s a good place to relax and enjoy some in-room dining. Room service is available round-the-clock and guests can make use of the mini bar and the tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel’s most luxurious suite, the Residence Suite, is a step up from the ten Park Suites and offers more room, better amenities and a private courtyard with a generous 900 square feet of space.

Though the hotel is very well placed for exploring all that Colombo has to offer, there are plenty of on-site facilities worth checking out. There's a garden and a 16-metre outdoor swimming pool with a poolside bar, as well as a fully equipped fitness centre and a library. The hotel’s restaurant, Rare, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, not to mention high tea. Guests can tuck into an appetising selection of international dishes that are freshly prepared using Sri Lankan ingredients.

Although the hotel doesn’t offer much in the way of child-friendly amenities and there's no available babysitting service, children are indeed welcome. Parents will find that the low beds, private terraces and central Colombo location make for a comfortable and convenient family stay.

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  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

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