Have stayed at Tintagel twice now and as frequent visitors to Colombo we have tried several of Colombos boutique hotels and have to say accommodation at Tintagel is our favourite, basic layout is tasteful and stylish rooms are spacious and comfortable, service is very good and menu is good , fairly central location within walking distance to Odels and Tuk Tuk or Taxis are easy to obtain. Staff is first class , friendly and helpful.
- Muzz and Krissy, Perth, Australia
I have just returned from a long weekend in Sri Lanka and I stayed at the Tintagel for a night at the beginning and end of my trip. It could not have been more lovely. The staff are welcoming, the decor is stunning, and the rooms are wonderful.
As Sri Lanka in general, and Colombo in particular, is stuffed with lovely boutique hotels, I did of lot of research before I booked.
Starting from before I got there, the concierge answered all my questions quickly by email - and using the website floorplans I could chose exactly which room to have. This is important as there are only 10 rooms, all suites, each very different in layout. There is a lovely and great restaraunt, although as I had a private outside area in both suites (I stayed in a different one on both nights - both lovely) I ate on my terrace and didn't mix with the hoi polloi much! There's also a pool, which is narrow, but longer than most at boutique hotels.
The bathrooms are lovely - and have both tubs and showers. The second suite I was in had an enormous rain shower walk in shower with benches down the side for lounging about. This on top of a huge bath tub with a discrete view to my private terrace and two hand basins.
The building itself has a long history of housing Sri Lanka primeministers, and is in Cinnamon Gardens, the leafy posh bit of Colombo. It is a huge, private house that has been sympathetically converted to a hotel. The feel is very much of a private house that has been done up by Anoushka Hempel. Lots of stripey stuff and single beautifully placed flowers. It's great.
And let me not forget that the owner (every bit as delightful and charming as his hotel) also owns Paradise Road, which is a justly famous boutique chain in Colombo, in the style of the Conran Shop (but much more affordable). They sell wonderful home furnishing items, which of course are reflected in the hotel - but do not fear, it does not feel like you're in a sale room, it's all very discrete. In fact the only way you would know there's a connection is the 10% discount you get in the shop branches as a guest; they even lay on a free tuktuk service to get there. As I planned to shop at Paradise Road while I was in town, I saved a chunk of cash with that discount too...
I realise I'm raving about the place, but it was probably the nicest hotel I've stayed in for a while - and when I returned for my second night having been away for a few days, I was treated like a conquering hero and long term regular - it was lovely.
- Liz, India