Being the first five-star international brand in Colombo in 25 years, there has been a great buzz surrounding Mövenpick Hotel Colombo since its January opening. Located in Kollupitiya, in the heart of the capital’s business district, the hotel is within walking distance of popular malls, the Galle Face promenade and key government and corporate offices. It is clear to see why the property has quickly become a draw for business conferences and social events.
The junior suites here feature a bathtub near the bed overlooking the ocean – wow!
The 24-storey hotel has 219 rooms and suites. My deluxe room was comfortable and had the usual five-star trimmings, but was missing the miniature toothbrush/toothpaste pack and shaving kit.
Tea and coffee making facilities are available while the work desk is positioned to provide a lovely ocean view. Although the check-in was smooth, my steward encountered problems with the room key, which was sorted out in 10 minutes.
Mövenpick Hotel Colombo offers two venues of 200m2 and 128m2, five meeting rooms, one boardroom for 20 pax and an outdoor terrace. Its biggest banquet venue can accommodate up to 250 guests. High-speed wireless Internet and modern audiovisual equipment are available.
One of the meeting rooms on the property
Ayu is the international all-day dining restaurant and brasserie, which provides a good selection for breakfast and international buffets. The Sri Lankan corner has local favourites like hoppers, rice milk and regional condiments in addition to European, Chinese, Indian and Arabic specialities.
I particularly liked the chicken curry which was tasty and not too spicy. Also available are healthy options such as juices, fruits, cereals and gluten-free bread and jam.
Robata Grill and Lounge is a Japanese restaurant serving up sushi and sake, while the Mansion bar and lounge on the ground floor provides fine whiskeys, exclusive to members and hotel guests.
Rooftop lounges and bars are a magnet for Colombo’s urbanites. The hotel’s large Vistas Bar and rooftop lounge on the 24th floor is no exception, providing 360-degree views of the city and ocean.
The hotel’s infinity lap pool and jacuzzi are also located on the rooftop. Leisure facilities include a fully-equipped gym, beauty and nail salon, and a spa with five treatment rooms affording ocean views.
Room count 219
Star rating Five
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