Though the Taj Samudra faces the Galle Face, with its million dollar sunset view, its location is only another feather in a cap that dons many stunning attributes that make it worth its bucks. As we checked in, we bumped into (and ended up chatting with) the Sri Lankan cricket team that was officially sponsored by Taj Colombo for a tournament. They seemed to approve of the hotel just as much as I did. While it’s a bit of a drive from the airport, the hotel is located on the Galle Face Road, making it a good location to experience the best of Colombo, with most temples and relatively cleaner parts of the city in its vicinity.
Walking in, its hard to miss the lavish interiors laced with chandeliers, lounging areas with open bars and coffee stations, and a direct view of the pool and buffet area. Check in was easy, the welcome iced tea was a pleasant change from the bright green and orange (sugary) welcome drinks I’ve grown accustomed to.
While the hotel and lobby is a grand preface to the overall Taj Samudra experience, the one thing that stood out was the exceptionally warm and accommodating approach to hospitality that the staff seemed to genuinely commit to. A dedicated manager from the front desk was available throughout our stay, and the service everywhere was quick and efficient. Many a friendship was formed with the members of their staff that ended in a tearful goodbye.
The Taj Samudra has rooms facing the ocean and some facing the pool. Rooms are well furnished, washrooms are well stocked in scented everything, and big enough for 3 people to share- as long as you specify while booking.
The breakfast buffet wasn’t just any odd selection of limited items, but a rich display of dishes from many cuisines, including local Sri Lankan, Indian and continental, accompanied by fresh juices and other beverages. There are other restaurants inside the hotel as well, including one offering Chinese and another offering Indian cuisine. The food at both places was, as expected, outstanding.
After three days of purposefully soaking up the sun, walking around the locally beloved Galle Face (specially on the weekends, when a full house collects around the area to chow down on sea food and picnic on the freshly mowed grass right across the street from the hotel), we were sufficiently pampered, had indulgently taken advantage of a prime location and were ready to experience Taj Bentota with lasting memories of a fabulous stay.
Note: This post is not sponsored, nor influenced by Taj Samudra in any way. Opinions expressed here are, as always, my own.