Maniumpathy, Colombo

Set in a prime position in the leafy Colombo 7 district, Maniumpathy is one of Ampersand’s favourite boutique hotels in Sri Lanka. This wonderful property provides a soft landing in the somewhat busy city, thanks to its tranquil location, welcoming atmosphere and intimate size.

Originally a manor house built by a doctor from Jaffna, this hotel dates back to 1906 and comprises of just eight individually-designed rooms. The light and spacious building has been extended without affecting the graceful period features, and we’re happy to say that its colonial character still remains despite its contemporary interior design.

The elegant suites are all well-appointed with comfortable king-size beds, polished wooden furnishings and delicate floral prints. Each comes with indulgent amenities and a spacious en-suite bathroom, and some come with private gardens. Our favourite rooms are the Cynthia and Ranee suites as these offer generous balconies overlooking the central courtyard. At the heart of this lies the inviting pool, which is a real highlight and makes for the perfect spot to relax by after a busy day sightseeing and shopping.

You can expect to be well looked after here, as the service is exceptional; friendly staff are always on-hand to help and the hotel even provides personalised butler service. To add to its strengths, the food served in the Nandi Terrace Restaurant is fabulous – make sure to order the ‘egg hoppers’ for breakfast and don’t underestimate the simple ‘curry and rice’ here! Dine on international cuisine or local fare with a hint of Jaffna flavours on the veranda among the civilised guests, or perhaps within The Grand Ebony Room, which is available for fine dining and private hire.

Maniumpathy’s fashionable location means that art galleries, chic boutiques, restaurants and national monuments are all on your doorstep; plus, the Royal Colombo Golf Club lies opposite. While this special boutique hotel does cater to families – there is a suitable suite with a mezzanine level for children, plus three of the other rooms can fit an additional bed – we believe this serene property is best for travellers without children as it has a sophisticated and peaceful atmosphere.

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