The Galle Face Hotel will leap into modernity in grand old style, revamping itself as a luxury lifestyle experience that also comes with a personal butler.
Some Rs. 500 mn will be ploughed into the century old, colonial style hotel, in the first phase of its reinvention over the next few months.rn
rnldblquote The cost is so high because we decided to keep the old structure intact. It would have cost much less to break down the section and build something new,
dblquote Chairman of Galle Face Hotel, Sanjeev Gardiner told a news conference.
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rnThe cost of the refurbishment will be met through internal funds, with a second phase targeting the Northern wing to begin by June this year.rn
rnSome 63 rooms and 20 suites, unused for around 30 years are currently being upgraded, with the South wing also housing a custom wine cellar, speciality restaurants and a shopping piazza.rn
rnThe hotel is hoping to tap into the high-end tourist segment, with room rates ranging from US$ 200 to US$ 1000 a night.rn