Located in the coastal town of Mount Lavinia, which is just 12 kilometers south of the City of Colombo and 54 kilometers from the Bandaranaike International Airport, the hotel is easy to reach, yet away from the congestion of the capital. It is situated atop a rock and looks over the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean. The hotel allows direct access to the beach.
The town of Mount Lavinia was originally known as Galkissa in Sinhala. It’s said to have acquired the latter name in memory of ‘Lady Lovinia’.
When Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) was under British rule, the governor in charge during the period of 1805-1811 was Sir Thomas Maitland. He had acquired land at “Galkissa” (Mount Lavinia) and decided to construct a personal residence there.
During this time, legend has it that he fell in love with a dancing girl named Lovina who had been born to Portuguese and Sinhalese parents. During construction, the governor arranged to build a secret tunnel between Lovina ‘s house which was located nearby, one end inside her house and the other inside his wine cellar, so that the lovers could meet in secret.However, Sir Thomas Maitland left Ceylon in 1811 and settled in Malta, where he died a bachelor.
Some time in 1920 the tunnel was sealed up and the Gypsy village that surrounded the mansion was developed into a modern bustling city. Later, the city of “Galkissa” was renamed “Mount Lavinia”, keeping her name alive.
All the 275 rooms have an individual personality where colonial architecture and modern amenities blend to the lull of the ocean for an extraordinary and unforgettable experience.
The 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. A limited number of Executive Rooms are available for business executives who want to combine modern facilities with colonial luxury and spectacular beaches.
The 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 our 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.
This property hosts an array of meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops, board meetings, wedding and reception. Relax and pamper up yourself in the soothing ambience of spa or take a bracing dip in the sparkling pool. The hotel also provide a wide range of facilities like gym, shopping arcade, yoga lessons and other events plus the pleasure of watching movies under the stars.The Mount Lavinia Hotel boasts 3 onsite restaurants that reflects the hotel’s exclusive luxurious feel and includes traits of Sri Lanka’s powerful dining traditions. The hotel has a range of bars, including the Lobby bar where you can relax and sip your favorite drink.