Just yards away from the Galle Road, Colombo’s bustling main artery, Casa Colombo nestles within an oasis of calm – just like one of those Riads in Marrakech. Really, this place is like no other in Sri Lanka.
Lalin Jinasena, the owner and inspiration behind Casa Colombo, could perhaps have settled for the safe option and gone for yet another Heritage rehash that has become the rage in Sri Lanka. But no; instead his approach is refreshingly different or decidedly wacky, depending on your perspective. He’s restored the structure to its original state but with a twist. In its heyday, the residence of a wealthy merchant family, the building had languished unkempt for years as a government office.
Think London’s St Martins Lane Hotel meets Hotel Puerta America, Madrid. The result is an eclectic mix of painstaking restoration (the intricate mosaic floor and ornate ceiling stand out) coupled with stylish modern lines. But Casa Colombo has no more than 12 suites, each of which comes with original touches. Such attention to detail is reflected too in their service (the Casa Domo butler) and dining facilities; they boast an innovative menu based on fusion influences.
We think that Casa Colombo presents a different perspective of Sri Lanka that is unabashedly original.
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