At first, I was dreaded by the thought of staying at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo since it was recently victimized by the bomb attack. However, the fear was taken care of, as soon as, I arrived at the property. The baggage scanner at the hotel entrance gave me assurance that no unmonitored element will be allowed through. While my luggage was scanned, I walked across the hotel’s sumptuously rich lobby furnished with stunning decor and chandeliers. Observing other happy guests led to the conclusion that I will be staying at a star hotel that guarantees both great hospitality and security.
Despite arriving in the early wee hours, the check-in was prompt. As a matter of fact, I was handed over the room key just within a few minutes. And those few minutes were spent devouring the delicious welcome drink. The luggage was duly sent over to my room via the porter service.
As for the room, Kingsbury Hotel Colombo proffers a space cloaked in off white elegance. Whether it be, the walk-in closet, the business desk, the carpet or the shades of the walls; each is draped in an off-white sophistication. This framing collection epitomises, as they say, “An all-white room is to an interior designer what a blank canvas is to a painter.”
Although, what quite enhances the appeal of this room is its views. As you draw open the curtains, a wide seascape welcomes you to embrace its beauty. You also get the partial views of the city’s skyscrapers which remind you that you are in fact, staying in one of Sri Lanka’s most-busiest cities.
The en-suite marble-floored washroom, on the other hand, lacks a bathtub but makes it up by providing premium Bvlgari toiletries. Other washroom facilities include clean towels and a functional hairdryer. Similarily the in-room facilities include a walk-in closet with bathrobes, iron table, tea-coffee maker, a minibar and a safe. I also noticed a bottle of wine placed next to the tea/coffee set, which I’m sure is chargeable, not complimentary.
Since my stay with the Kingsbury Hotel was planned on a half-board basis, I enjoyed a wide variety of breakfast on both the days while I was here. On the first day, I savoured a great breakfast at the Yue Chuan restaurant on the ground floor. While on the second day, I enjoyed a hearty breakfast on the 10th-floor at the Victorian, facing Galle Face Green, Colombo Harbour, and the Indian Ocean. The Victorian, I have heard, is considered the best wedding banquets in Colombo. Rightly so, because I found both the hospitality and the food to be exemplary. On one of the nights, the hotel hosted interesting drinks and dinner session for all the journalists/international bloggers and the senior management of the tourism board at their ravishing rooftop restaurant.
They also have a beautiful pool which is accompanied by the Honey Beach Club evening lounge. Indeed, a great place to go swimming or relax in the evening, over a couple of drinks. All in all, I had a great stay at the Kingsbury Hotel which aims at offering world-class services to all its guests. When visiting Colombo, do give this hotel a try as its located centrally and made it really easy for me to commute around.
I was invited by the Sri Lanka Tourism Board on a Press Trip, however, the views are solely my own.