Originally Mount Lavinia, situated 12 kms south of Colombo Fort, was a weekend abode for a British Governor in 1806, namely Sir Thomas Maitland. The Mount Lavinia Hotel retains the colonial charm of yesteryear. This is the place where Sir Thomas Maitland fell in love with a local mestizo lower class women called Lavinia. Ever since Mount Lavinia Hotel is reputed to be one of the island’s most romantic and popular venues for weddings and a favourite destination for honeymooners.
Indeed, Mount Lavinia Hotel can be called a highlight for lovers of a colonial ambiente and one of the last enclaves of the old orient known from British novels. Besides ocean view rooms, there are suites in the so-called Governor's Wing. The ordinary Colonial Rooms are designed with antique period furniture and parquet floors.
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