The Mövenpick Hotel Colombo is the first hotel that MenStyleFashion is featuring during a four-week tour of the beautiful island of Sri Lanka. We stay for a few days in the countries capital Colombo and the Mövenpick Hotel Colombo is perfectly located close to the old town area called Fort and close to the Ocean. The Mövenpick Hotel Colombo is the first new five-star hotel to open in Colombo in 25 years. It was opened in January 2017 making this the newest and most modern hotel you can currently stay at in Colombo.
When entering the hotel there is a nice open atrium with the reception below and the Brasserie restaurant located on the first floor. We were greeted with a lovely welcome drink whilst reception was taking care of the details. The Mövenpick Hotel Colombo is 24 storeys high, which in a town like Colombo brings a touch of altitude and attitude to Colombo’s hospitality scene. It features contemporary design, panoramic views and a happy atmosphere. In total there are 219 spacious rooms and suites to chill out in.
We arrived late in the afternoon after a gruelling flight from London and we wanted to cool down and check out the rooftop pool and bar area on floor 24, before settling down in our room. The infinity rooftop pool offered great views over the Indian Ocean and the capital Colombo. There was also a smaller pool which is great for small children. The bar area got busy as it was coming to the end of the workday and this place is popular with locals. Fridays and Saturdays are even busier as this is the cool place to hang out in Colombo.
The pool area was a great place to watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean. We were lucky as in the monsoon season it is a lot harder to get beautiful sunsets. There is nothing better than to enjoy the sunset with a nice cocktail, the bar has plenty of these on its menu.
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Executive Ocean View
Our room was located on the 21st floor and was an ocean-facing executive room with the floor to ceiling glass providing amazing views. The colour theme of the room was red with a blue patterned carpet on the floor. The size of the room was huge at more than 50 m2 and we had additional beds for my travelling children, one being a converted sofa bed. As with the rest of the hotel, the design of the room was contemporary. The TV had plenty of international channels for those wanting that, but my eyes were more focused on what was happening outside. I loved to see the local train action with the train line running right along the ocean. The room came with free WiFi which was fast and reliable. The desk in the room was conveniently placed near the window to enjoy the ocean views. It was also good to see that the in-room Nespresso machines have also made it to Sri Lanka.
The bathroom was one of the best I have ever experienced. The bathtub is placed right next to the window allowing for amazing ocean and city views. The glass walls allow for a lot of light to enter the bathroom.
The Mövenpick Hotel Colombo has everything you expect from a top five-star hotel. There is an executive lounge on the third floor for those that need to do business. To work out there is a well-equipped gym with ocean views on the 23rd floor. This floor also has the Spa Ceylon with treatments from full body pampering to signature royal Kandyan massages. Then there is the Nail Spa Saloon as well, get nails done whilst enjoying views from over 100m height, now that is an experience.
All Day Dining
The Mövenpick Hotel Colombo has various restaurants, the first one we tried out for dinner was called All Day Dining. This was buffet-style dining with a section where seafood was prepared on the spot. The type of food on offer was various with Western, Sri Lankan and Indian cuisines making up the most. We tried some of the freshly cooked crab and some Sri Lankan curries and roties. In a separate section, there was at least 20 or more different cakes and desserts to chose from, restraining myself from overeating was difficult. The All-Day Dining cost Rs 3300 (£16.50 €20) which is excellent value for the sheer choice on offer.
Breakfast was at the same area as the all-day dining experience and to me, this must rate as the best breakfast I have ever had at a hotel. It was just about being fresh and also about choice. The choice on offer was absolutely staggering with again Western, Sri Lankan and other Asian food choices available. I loved the cook station which was specifically there to make hoppers, a Sri Lankan bowl-shaped pancake.
For lunch, we ate at the French-inspired Brasserie restaurant. The decor looked definitely French and I was keen to find out what French cuisine would taste in Sri Lanka. The menu offered a la carte and had a special set menu offer to choose two or three dishes. I opted for some salad with duck confit for my starter and some lamb as a main, whereas my wife had the mixed seafood starter and the beef sirloin with red wine sauce as a main. For desserts, we went for the mixed cheese platter and the cake selection. The food was cooked to perfection and the meats were really tender. The quality of the ingredients used here was excellent. If you stay in Colombo as a tourist or for business the Brasserie is a perfect place to go to for lunch even if you only have one hour to spare. The three-course set lunch is excellent value for money for the quality at Rs3,500 (£17.50 €21) per person.
The Mövenpick Hotel Colombo is the hotel to stay in right now in Colombo. It ticks all the boxes from contemporary design, ocean views, excellent restaurant options, infinity rooftop pool, funky rooftop bar and great cocktails. This was my first-night stay in Sri Lanka and so far I am impressed with the hospitality and the excellent service provided. I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a luxury stay in central Colombo.
- Room Reviewed: Executive Ocean View
- Website: www.movenpick.com/en/asia/sri-lanka/colombo/movenpick-hotel-colombo/overview/
- Address: 24 Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
- Phone: +94 11 7 450450