• Pool area

Residence by Uga Escapes

Boutique city haven

This stunning 11 suite hotel was once host to British Govenors, European nobility and Indian Maharajas'. Built in the 19th century this charming property is located in the heart of Colombo and yet feels a world away from the bustle of the city around it. 

With traditional Victorian architecture offers serenity and peace for all of its guests. Situated in Colombo it is ideal for a few nights before or after a tour of Sri Lanka and offers a welcomed rest after seeing the city's sights. 

Furnished in traditional décor but in no way dated, walk through time as you cross the threshold into the wide open lobby. Retreat to your comfort of your suite and private courtyard for some relaxation before heading out for an evening stroll through Viharamahadevi Park, and on to one of the many rooftop bars the city has to offer.  

Hayes & Jarvis Rating

Guide Price

 £1,299  per person
Hotel Category
Luxury
Location Type
City centre
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 525 Reviews
a statue of a man and a woman standing in front of a river

Hotel highlights

  • Beautiful Victorian architecture
  • Central city location
  • Boutique property
  • Al fresco dining

Hotel Features

General Information

  • Check-in Time:
    14:00
  • Check-out Time:
    11:00
  • 11 rooms

Main Facilities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Boutique
  • H&J Recommended

Board Basis Options

  • Bed & Breakfast

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Residence by Uga Escapes

  • City centre
  • 45 minutes from Colombo International Airport
  • Near Galle Face district
  • 15 minute walk from the National Museum
525 Reviews % of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 411
  • Very Good 85
  • Average 17
  • Poor 9
  • Terrible 3

What to Expect

  • Sleep Quality
  • Location
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Dec 07, 2019

A fabulous oasis of calm in the middle of the ctiy

Reigate, United Kingdom

We stayed for 2 nights at the start of our recent tour, as we'd not visited Colombo on our previous visit. I had decided I didn't want a big chain/ modern hotel, so booked a variety of small boutique hotels across Sri Lanka. From start to finish the experience was excellent - a boutique hotel, based on the first president's house I believe, with a high staff to guest ratio, resulting in great service. The rooms are enormous, with a small terrace, large bedroom area, sitting area and dressing area (room 9 at least). Lovely touches like pod coffee and a choice of loose tea (with teapot) in the rooms, with fresh biscuits on arrival. The pool area was very quiet, it was hard to believe you were right in the city when you swam. There's a shared lounge area and a small bar, but we didn't really use either. On our first night we were tired after the overnight flight, so ordered food from the restaurant as room service - delicious food and not outrageously expensive. Our package included breakfast and the choice was good - our favourite was mannar (?) crab on avocado with poached eggs. All breakfast dishes were interesting and out of the ordinary. Special thanks to Ashad on reception for all his advice about the train trip we were taking to Ella, and for trying to help me with a credit card problem, and also to Nargolish (?) for our snacks for the train. Thoroughly recommend the hotel and there were certainly no mosquitoes or other insects when we were there (we sat outside on evening for drinks after dinner), just the odd lizard or squirrel on the terraces.
Dec 03, 2019

Nice hotel in the city center but a lot of mosquitoes.

Singapore, Singapore

Very nice hotel and convenient location . Service was good and great ala cartel breakfast . Room was spacious but the only problem is that the property have this mosquitoes problem . My husband and I have to apply mosquito repellent every night when we sleep .
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Residence by Uga Escapes

Room Types

Park Suite

Walk in to discover your large open living area, featuring beautifully upholstered furniture and timeless décor, but with modern necessities such as a 42" flat screen TV and a Bluetooth enabled surround sound system. Continue in and indulge in the comfort of your oversized bed and fully furnished private courtyard. 

To refresh after your days exploring the city, your bathroom features a large walk-in rain shower and double vanity unit to rejuvenate yourself in before heading back into the city for moonlight cocktails. 

These 800 sq ft suites is perfectly suited to couples wishing to enjoy an opulent and sublimely comfortable stay that few hotels can match. 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Residence Suite

Combining light space, luxurious facilities and timeless elegance the Residence Suite possesses the heart and soul of Uga Escapes. Offer discerning clients the space and amenities they demand, it welcomes all who open the door. 

With a large King bed and fully furnished 900 sq ft garden, you can retreat to a place of serenity and privacy. Enjoy the 55" flat screen TV and Bluetooth surround as well as the comfort and relaxation found in its oversized whirlpool bath tub. 

With the concierge team on-hand 24hrs a day your every need can be attended to instantly, from the moment you wake up to when you rest your head again. 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • Whirlpool in room
Residence by Uga Escapes

Food & Drink

Rare at Residence

Rare at Residence

Taking inspiration from traditional flavours of Sri Lanka, Rare created a symphony of culinary experiences by placing an emphasis on its island heritage in its signature dishes. Each with their own unique style, presentation and gastronomic flair, enjoy fine dining in the ambience of the main restaurant, al fresco or even in your own private dining area.

Board Basis Options

Bed & Breakfast

Enjoy Breakfast in Rare at Residence with a choice of a la carte or buffet dishes. 

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