Nestled between leafy Park Street and the lakeside Buddhist shrine of Gangarama, Residence by Uga Escapes is amongst the most unique boutique hotels in Colombo; Sri Lanka’s commercial capital city. Built in the nineteenth century by a wealthy barrister, Sheikh Salehboy Moosajee, the halls and ballrooms of this grand Victorian townhouse once welcomed British governors, Indian maharajas, European nobility and the cream of the colonial Ceylon society. Its great halls, expansive gardens and stables were designed to host receptions and entertain guests on a grand scale.
Today, Residence is a unique eleven-suite luxury hotel in Colombo, owned and managed by Uga Escapes. Despite its central location, its atmosphere of secluded peace and quiet is pure balm for the weary, the city-drained and travel-stained. Its appointments are elegant, contemporary and comfortable, yet pay tribute to its rich history and that of the neighbourhood.
With its spacious, leafy gardens and private courtyards, its gourmet restaurant, swimming pool, gym, bar and ‘great room’ for private functions, the Residence Colombo is a much more refined choice for long or short stays in Colombo, as well as an ideal place to meet, relax or celebrate.
The Uga Escapes range of hotels is perfectly positioned in the heart of some of Sri Lanka’s most prominent locations, with Residence being an urban delight among the boutique hotels Colombo offers. Quietly tucked away in the midst of this bustling city needless to say it is a haven to retreat to. In true Uga Escapes style, the rooms have been meticulously planned with extensive detail and utmost comfort in every inch. A delicate balance between old Sri Lanka and modern luxury is the running theme that ensures you experience the best of both worlds. Residence has on offer beautifully decked out accommodation options:
Park Suites: Lavish furnishings, florid rugs and distinctive décor are complemented by the spacious, en-suite bathroom and private outdoor courtyard available for some quiet moments alone. With a living room, a 42” television, mini bar and a tea/ coffee station (complete with an espresso machine), and more, our Park Suites are more than just a place to lay your head and utterly ravishing.
Residence Suite: If you feel like a little royal treatment on your holiday, then our regal Residence Suite is just what you need. With a setup that has imbibed the very roots of ancient Sri Lankan interior styling; the space is nothing short of stupendous. A 900sqft courtyard is the unmissable highlight, where you can take a private stroll much like the Kings and Queens of yore.
Regarded as one of the exclusive boutique hotels in Colombo, at Residence by Uga Escapes the approach of traditional haute cuisine is happily blended to a contemporary aesthetic based on unusual ingredients and imaginative preparation and presentation. Well-stored wines from their large, knowledgeably-stocked cellar complement the parade of chef’s specials, à la carte treats and irresistible desserts. This restaurant in Colombo along with a 100-seat space, overlooking the swimming pool, is designed to allow seating indoors or al fresco, according to the weather and your mood.
If you fancy a pre-dinner cocktail, the barman at the adjacent Residence Bar will mix you the perfect aperitif. The bar is also a great place for a between-meals or late-night snack.