Maniumpathy, Colombo

Located on the cusp of Colombo’s most affluent neighbourhood, this elegantly upgraded heritage home dates back to 1906, and was built by a doctor from Jaffna. Named after family matriarchs, each of the eight rooms tells its own story through one-of-a-kind artifacts, sepia family photographs and aged Ceylonese prints. Four-poster beds, slipper bathtubs and strong showers all proffer 20thcentury luxuries though the character of this grand abode remains pleasingly unchanged.

This small boutique hotel, sister property to The Kandy House, The Last House and Taylors Hill, feels less like a city hotel and more of a home from home; facilities include a sitting room sprinkled with magazines and books, a long hall with formal dining for 18, a serene garden edged by tropical foliage with swimming pool, and a courtyard for al fresco dining. Bars, cafes, restaurants, shops and galleries are a stroll or a short taxi ride away.

Key Facts

  • 8 a/c guestrooms
  • BB / HB rates
  • Free WiFi
  • TVs in rooms
  • Home from home vibe
  • Serene atmosphere
  • Jaffna fusion & international cuisine
  • Central Colombo location


  • Take a hosted walking tour, incorporating Colombo Fort, The Dutch Hospital and the city’s bustling Pettah market area
  • Tour one of the city’s impressive classic or contemporary art galleries
  • Go shopping! Paradise Road, Odel and Barefoot are all close by
  • Visit Number 11, Geoffrey Bawa’s fantastic former terraced home
  • Drop by Sri Lanka’s impressive National Museum before visiting Independence Square and stopping to shop/dine at the Arcade
  • Be indulged at one of the city’s spas or visit a nearby yoga centre
  • Watch local life playing out on the Galle Face Green at sunset
  • Dine out! There are plenty of restaurants to keep you busy for days


  • Maniumpathy lies to the east of Cinnamon Gardens (Colombo 07)
  • The city’s Galle Face Green is 6.4km away
  • Distance to the Bandaranaike International Airport is 33km