The latest addition to the fine crop of luxury boutique hotels that has sprung up in the capital city, the Uga Residence defines our ideal recommendation for a stay in Colombo. Originally owned by a wealthy barrister, the hotel certainly looks the part and has retained enough character to impress its guests without feeling overburdened with the dust of the past; indeed, the modern touches imparted during its recent renovation have brought the Residence rushing vigorously into the present day. The 10 spacious Park Suites are long and high-ceilinged, the sleeping and relaxing areas split by a wooden screen. To the rear, each suite has a small outdoor garden, however most guests will be happier reposing beside the welcoming pool. The shower-rooms are large enough to cater for the most enthusiastic cat-swinger, though like the majority of hotels in Sri Lanka, they do not have a bath.
For honeymooners, those celebrating a special occasion or who simply like to splurge, there is the voluminous Residence Suite which is similarly styled in tasteful pastel colours and warm woods, but here the dials have firmly been set to opulent – you will enjoy a much larger private garden, a splendid bathroom (this time with bath), and enough floorspace that you would be forgiven for requesting a map.
Attentive staff, refined styling and attractive accommodation aside, the final feather in the Residence’s cap is the restaurant which offers delightful and adventurous fare that pushes Sri Lankan ingredients and culinary techniques to the fore, at excellent value.