Galle Face Hotel, Colombo Sri Lanka
The 56th APAN Meeting will be held at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo. It is one of the top-tier hotels in Sri Lanka, in the middle of the city of Colombo, with luxurious hospitality, deluxe facilities, and awe-inspiring service.
158 Years of Remarkable Story of the Galle Face Hotel
The Galle Face Hotel, a prominent landmark in Colombo, Sri Lanka, has a rich history dating back to 1864. As South Asia’s leading Grande Dame, it embodies both the country’s colonial past and its independent present. With a perfect blend of historical charm and contemporary elegance, the hotel sets a new standard for heritage properties. It is renowned in the hospitality world and offers international guests an immersive experience of Sri Lanka’s traditions and captivating stories. Locals consider it the most prestigious and sought-after destination in Colombo for memorable dining and special events. Whether visiting for a meal or an extended stay, the Galle Face Hotel offers a timeless and grand experience, accompanied by exceptional hospitality.
The Galle Face Hotel traces its origins back to a Dutch villa known as Galle Face House, which served as a gathering spot for colonial gentlemen. Later, four British entrepreneurs transformed it into a business venture, unaware of its future reputation as the finest hotel in the East of Suez by the late 19th century. Established in 1864, the hotel borrowed its name from the adjacent Galle Face Green, a scenic stretch of land along the coast. During the Victorian era, this area was popular for leisurely walks and horse-drawn carriage rides by the sea. In 1894, the Galle Face Hotel underwent a transformation into a two-story luxury establishment with the help of renowned architect Edward Skinner. Over the years, the hotel expanded its premises by acquiring additional land between 1903 and 1909. In 1911, Mr. Victor Vicarosso, the great-grandfather of the current Chairman and owner, became a shareholder. In the 1960s, Mr. Cyril Gardiner became a director and later Chairman of the hotel, overseeing the refurbishment of the North wing. In 2006, the South Wing was restored under the direction of Mr. Sanjeev Gardiner, along with the introduction of new facilities such as restaurants, bars, meeting rooms, and a Spa. The North wing was recently reopened after a comprehensive restoration program, maintaining the hotel’s timeless grandeur. A full restoration in 2015 revitalized the Galle Face Hotel, offering a blend of modern amenities and impeccable service.