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Hotel Highlights

  • Stunning historic haven with private designer suites.
  • City centre location close to shops, restaurants and sights.
  • The city’s best food and a dedicated service to match.

Overview

Grand, modern and distinctively Sri Lankan, Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo hotel is a 10-room sanctuary in one of the capital city's most elite neighbourhoods. International cognoscenti ogle each other at the sexy bar, lap pool and two restaurants, while those with an eye for design appreciate the elegant renovations by décor icon Shanth Fernando.

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Here's what you get for booking Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo with us:

A beach bag and a scented candle from Paradise Road

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

10 suites.

Check–out

Noon, but flexible subject to availability. Late check-out up to midnight (upon availability) costs US$125. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $193.24, excluding tax at 24.2 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

Also

More than 500 custom-bound books are stacked in the library, and there’s a computer for guests to use. For pampering sessions, make for the massage room.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, massage room, gym, steam room, library and private dining room. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, minibar and Spa Ceylon Ayurveda for Paradise Road toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

For their edible colour schemes, cushy comforts and individuality, quite frankly, we love them all. Pressed to pick, the secluded superior North West Suite is the most lavish lovers’ den; its private plunge pool, leafy terrace and cushion-festooned sofa rouse romance and make going out a chore. The executive West Suite may look the most petite, but it actually has the broadest balcony of the lot, decked out with sun-loungers and a dining table for moonlit meals.

Poolside

The lap pool languishes in a high-walled courtyard in the heart of the house. Life-sized torso sculptures mingle on a ledge above the lounger-topped, dark-timber deck that flanks the pool.

Packing tips

There are iPod docks in Superior Suites (in others they are available on request), so don’t forget to bring some tunes. Paradise Road is famed for its prized desserts, so sweet-tooths should pack loose-fitting garb.

Also

Smoking is permitted in the Red Bar and outside areas only. The hotel doesn't have a liquor license, so guests should bring their own alcohol should they wish to enjoy a tipple.

Children

No charge for baby cribs, and kids up to five can share senior Smiths' beds for free. Otherwise, extra beds for children cost US$31 a child a night, including breakfast.

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

There’s a brace of tasty options. Decked out with ebony parasols shading circular tables, the alfresco Courtyard is relaxed, casual and stunning when candlelit at night. The Dining Room is a seductive air-conditioned cube of black banquettes and trompe l’oeil design. Tintagel’s eclectic international menu is easily Colombo’s finest – look out for squid-ink risotto with calamari, or braised pork belly with crushed potatoes, soft-poached egg and pickled ginger mayonnaise.
 

Hotel Bar

Hit the duty-free on the way to Sri Lanka. The Red Bar is open from 7pm until midnight, but you can’t buy alcohol since the hotel doesn't have a liquor license. Guests, however, are encouraged to BYO, as the super staff can whip up cocktail concoctions using what you’ve brought or chill bottles of wine. Low-lit and dusky, this opulent red and black space is the prime position for a naughty nightcap.
 

Last orders

The restaurant serves up nosh until 11pm; the Red Bar closes its doors around midnight.

Room service

Available from 8am until 11pm, drawing on the full restaurant menu.

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Dress code

Glam rags - this is the place to be seen.

Top table

If it’s stifling, make for a table on the Courtyard’s veranda for the cooling ceiling fans, or sit in the air-con comfort of the Dining Room. Otherwise, dine in your suite or on your balcony or terrace – decorations can be arranged for added oomph.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

The hotel can arrange a driver-guide for you to cruise the city’s sights by car. Hit the Gangaramaya and the Seema Malaka temples, the Fort, the National Museum and the ever-popular Galle Face Green. Or, if you’re tired of sightseeing why not play a relaxing round at the historic 130-year old Royal Colombo Golf Club (223 Model Farm Road, Colombo 8; +94 (0)11 269 5431; www.rcgcsl.com), just a 10-minute nip up the road? Colombo is a surprisingly good shopping spot, so stock up on home decor goodies from Paradise Road (Tintagel guests get 10 per cent off, and transfers from the hotel are free) or critique Colombo’s coolest contemporary art collection at the Saskia Fernando Gallery (61 Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 7; +94 (0)11 742 9010; www.saskiafernandogallery.com). Be inspired on a personal tour of famed architect Geoffrey Bawa’s former home, No. 11 (33rd Lane, Colombo 7; +94 (0)11 433 7335; www.geoffreybawa.com), a rambling series of other-worldly rooms, dashing courtyards and gasp-inducing views.

Local restaurants

Tintagel's sister restaurant the Gallery Café is a courtyard-cool classic that’s handily located beside Paradise Road boutique. For a true taste of Jaffna cuisine (northern-style Sri Lankan), the best food can be found at Palmyrah Restaurant in the somewhat despondent Renuka Hotel (328 Galle Road, Colombo 3; +94 (0)11 257 3598). For Italian dishes in an authentic trattoria setting, head to Regina Margherita (Park Road, Colombo 5; +94 (0)11 739 4440), run by the vivacious Italian lawyer-turned-chef, Barbara, who injects plenty of va va voom into her well-priced pastas, pizzas and flagons of wine. If seafood takes your fancy, head to The Lagoon in the Cinnamon Grand (77 Galle Road, Colombo 3; +94 (0)11 243 7437), where an array of seafood and fish awaits, to be sautéed or seared exactly the way you like it. For starlit rooftop dining in contemporary art-decked space, Lemon (42 Maitland Crescent, Colombo 7; +94 (0)11 268 2122) is where enigmatic chef Koluu serves a casual continental menu in laid-back, jazz-soaked surrounds.

Local bars

If a pre-dinner drink is on the cards, hightail it to the chequerboard-floored Terrace of the historic Galle Face Hotel (2 Galle Road, Colombo 3; +94 (0)11 254 1010), where you can sip cocktails, slurp beer and drink in delicious sunsets over the sea. The blue-hued 7 Degrees North in the Cinnamon Lakeside hotel (115 Sir Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo 2; +94 (0)11 249 1000) has a devoted following who sip mojitos and tuck into tapas on the dapper deck.

Local cafés

Paradise Road Café (213 Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 7; +94 (0) 11 268 6043), a quick five-minute tuk tuk trundle down the road, where daytime sandwiches, quiches and cakes are served above another branch of the lifestyle store. A 10-minute walk from the hotel takes you to Odel, Sri Lanka’s premiere department store, and top Japanese nosh at Nihonbashi (No. 5 Alexandra Place, Colombo 7; +94 (0) 11 471 8758), a teensy daytime-only outlet of the flagship restaurant near the Galle Face Green.

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Chi-chi Cinnamon Gardens

Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo

65 Rosmead Place, Colombo, 7

Situated in Cinnamon Gardens, Tintagel has an exclusive, private location in the heart of Colombo, within easy reach of shops, sights, restaurants and bars.

Planes

The nearest airport to Tintagel is Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (www.airport.lk), 45–60 minutes' drive north of the city, depending on the traffic.

Trains

If approaching from Kandy, Bentota or Galle, you can get a train to Colombo Fort Station (www.railway.gov.lk)

Other

Hover-happy travellers heading to the hotel by helicopter from other island spots will land at the domestic Ratmalana Airport, 10km south of the city. From here, Deccan Aviation (www.simplifly.com) will run you into the city for free.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Hannah Booth , Writer and people-watcher at The Guardian

Sitting in the front-row bus seats ‘reserved for clergy’, we bump along the coast road from Galle for four hours. This prime position is offered to tourists in the absence of travelling holy men, but we wonder who’d win a face-off if any Buddhist monks actually boarded the bus. Dodging cars, taxis and bicycles in the thick of rush hour, a rickshaw whizzes us from the bus station…
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Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo

Anonymous review by Hannah Booth, Writer and people-watcher

Sitting in the front-row bus seats ‘reserved for clergy’, we bump along the coast road from Galle for four hours. This prime position is offered to tourists in the absence of travelling holy men, but we wonder who’d win a face-off if any Buddhist monks actually boarded the bus.

Dodging cars, taxis and bicycles in the thick of rush hour, a rickshaw whizzes us from the bus station to Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo, our boutique base in the evocatively named Cinnamon Gardens. As soon as our driver turns into the large driveway, the traffic noise subsides and our frazzled moods lift.

The one-time home of Sri Lankan prime minister Bandaranaike, who lived here until his assassination in the 1950s, and his widow, who became the world’s first female prime minister (go sister!), this is a hotel with serious history.

After being greeted with a fruity cocktail, we nose around the foyer while the staff sign us in, spying a grand piano that conjures images of an old colonel playing Sondheim, a small library of dark wood panelling and battered leather chairs, and a lap pool that twinkles invitingly in the courtyard. If I’d been travelling with a Mr Smith instead of a gal pal, this setting would’ve been seriously romantic...

A sweeping, creaky staircase leads to our palatial Superior Suite, with a four-poster bed, sitting room and a sunny terrace. We linger for a moment, then head downstairs to jump into the refreshing pool before returning to our room to order a sundowner. Feeling like royalty, we sit on the terrace as the sun disappears, sipping ice-cold beer and snacking on nuts.

Forgoing the air-conditioned cool of the restaurant, we opt for a balmy dinner on the courtyard veranda. After two weeks of eating mostly local dishes, we succumb to our cravings for western fare. The food is delicious: walnut, feta and mushroom salad, and grilled prawns with avocado to start, followed by pan-fried snapper, and fettuccine with lobster and crab.

Clearly we’re not the only ones who think we’re onto a good thing… the restaurant’s a favourite among the well-heeled of Colombo, which makes for great people-watching as we finish off a bottle of surprisingly good chilled house white.

The next morning we’re keen to explore. Sri Lanka’s coast, where we’ve spent all our holiday, is utterly beautiful but there’s not much in the way of shopping. We more than make up for it today, setting off on foot for Paradise Road, an interiors store run by Shanth Fernando, the design guru behind the hotel. Beautiful homewares abound, but we zero in on sarongs, napkins, scented candles and Buddha statues in every size.

Laden with vibrant finds, we join the locals in a walk around neighbouring park Viharamahadevi (Colombo’s largest), before hailing a rickshaw to the vast Buddhist Gangaramaya Temple, a short ride away. You can overdo the temple touring in Sri Lanka, but this one is worth it, thanks to its serene vibe, stunning colours, unexpected collection of lovingly tended colonial-era cars and, best of all, a baby elephant.

Next stop is Galle Road, Colombo’s main drag, where we lunch at an elegant courtyard restaurant called Green Cabin, serving dirt-cheap but delicious Sri Lankan food. It specialises in mango curry and hoppers, a local delicacy that resembles a spongy rice pancake. After lunch, the lure of sumptuous fabric boutique, Barefoot, across the road proves too strong, and I pop over to buy table runners and yet more napkins that I’ll probably never use.

A short stroll away is the famed Galle Face Green, a soothing expanse of lawn on the seafront known for sunset promenading and impromptu cricket matches. Heading back towards the hotel on foot, we stop at two must-visit places: the Cricket Club Café, a bar/restaurant in a colonial building brimming with sports memorabilia; and the Gallery Café, a cool, elegant place that serves amazing cocktails and western-style bites, also from the Paradise Road team.

Fizzing from our drinks, we visit another Paradise Road store next door, and after buying a few irresistible nick-nacks, return to the hotel with our bags bulging – and enough loot to start our own boutiques back home.

 

The Guestbook

Reviews of Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

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We loved

I loved the grand rooms, beautiful furnishings, comfortable king-size beds, beautiful breakfasts, quiet intimate setting and friendly staff.

Rating: 10/10 stars