- Former colonial residence
- Central Colombo location
- Pool, gym and spa
Tintagel is a private hotel in central Colombo that offers both seclusion and tranquility, not to mention convenient access to the city and its many attractions. This former colonial residence offers boutique accommodation and is well presented and pleasantly decorated throughout. Of interest is the hotel’s important role in historic national politics: Tintagel was the site of the assassination of S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, Sri Lanka’s fourth Prime Minister. His death paved the way for his wife, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, to become the world’s first female Prime Minister. The hotel, one of two belonging to the Paradise Road chain, today welcomes travellers keen to discover Colombo.
Colombo, a veritable cultural melting pot, is right on the doorstep, but it’s worth spending time enjoying the hotel’s many facilities. There’s a fully equipped gym, and yoga classes held in studios nearby can be booked at reception. Guests can swim or sunbathe at the lap pool and relax at the spa, where indulgent massages are available. There’s a lovely library, home to a collection of coffee table books to browse and bound books to delve into. There’s a bar and two restaurants offering international cuisine, one al fresco, and the other indoors. There’s also a private dining room for use if booked in advance.
Tintagel has a total of 10 suites, all of which are stylishly decorated and handsomely furnished, with plenty of amenities to make for a comfortable stay. There are three classes of accommodation available: Royal Suites, the Superior Suite and Executive Suites. All of the suites are individually designed and have plenty of space, with bedrooms, living spaces and bathrooms all of a very comfortable size; amenities common to all suites include an LCD TV with a DVD library available on request, complimentary bespoke toiletries, high-quality bedding and a minibar. The Royal Suites all have balcony access, whilst the ground-floor Executive Suite has its own outdoor lounge area complete with private plunge pool. Children are very welcome to stay here, though there are no facilities or services specifically for children available.
The hotel is very well placed for exploring Colombo. The Odel Shopping Mall is a convenient five minute walk away, and there are plenty more within easy reach. The town hall is a short distance away, as are several religious sites and the Viharamahadevi Park, which is the largest public park in the Port of Colombo area. When guests can tear themselves away from the hotel, they will easily fill their days exploring the city, seeing its many historical and cultural sites, sampling its rich cuisine and indulging in retail therapy.
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!
Woan 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.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019