The Wallawwa: Colombo’s Stylish Airport Hotel

If you could click your fingers and appear at The Wallawaa -something I wish I could do all too often- you would never imagine you were in what could be described as an airport hotel. A far cry from neighbouring hotels offering primarily functional overnight stays in between flights to and from Bandaranaike airport, you’re guaranteed to leave The Wallawwa desperately wishing for a few extra nights. I’m tempted to revisit in the future even without an airport agenda. 

Since launching 8 years ago, The Wallawwa has developed 17 beautiful rooms; from a gigantic family suite (complete with a private pool) to classic rooms for doubles and singles. It appears that every element here is an act of flawless design and concept- the top end of the boutique spectrum. The Wallawwa is stylish, contemporary and internationally appealing without loosing sight of it’s Sri Lankan locale, a winning combination.
The Wallawwa

The Mountbatten Suite

One of the many qualities at The Wallawwa is the availability of entertainment provided- board/ card games in and out of room, carem boards (a traditional Sri Lankan game which they would be pleased to teach you) and a library. I found it particularly appealing to have free reign to objects encouraging human interaction!

As photographed above, the pool is also picture perfect, nestled in the calm beauty of nature.

The Wallawwa grow a lot of their own fruit and vegetables on site including pineapple, banana and papaya, which guests are welcome to visit.


Pineapple plants!

Food wise, I dined at dinner and breakfast- both of which were excellent. Between my guest and I we devoured the duck rolls and prawns for starter and the cashew & pea and chicken curry for our main course.

Although the Sri Lankan cuisine was creamier than authentic recipes, the interpretation was unique and delicious. The Hoppers for breakfast were flawless and beautifully displayed.


Coconut crumbed tiger prawns with sweet chilli sauce


Egg and plain hoppers with seeni sambol for breakfast

The Wallawwa is a truly inspirational boutique hotel centred around the comfort of both guests and staff, encouraging the service to be truly unparalleled.

It is stylish and luxurious without pretentious undertones; friendly and welcoming to all. Whether travelling to or from the airport or simply wishing for a charming boutique hotel, I would confidently recommend this hotel to everyone.


1 Comment

  1. That pool looks very inviting!


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