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In a peaceful location in the heart of Colombo

A former private residence converted into a boutique hotel, Maniumpathy has a charming family history that combines old-world charm with modern comforts.

The name is a tribute to the town of Manipay, the origins of five generations of the family this stately house was passed down through. It is now a glamorous retreat of just eight suites, providing tranquil and luxurious accommodation within direct reach of everything Colombo has to offer.

The century old building has been lovingly restored to a high quality with splashes of colonial glamour such engraved window frames, four-poster beds, pillared terraces and lovely antiques throughout. It’s a fine, rewarding alternative to a stay in a larger hotel that Colombo has no shortage of.

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The Rooms

Each of the eight double rooms at Maniumpathy are all named after the matriarchs who lived at the house over the generations. Vintage-style furniture, pictures and rugs decorate each room and all offer smart en-suite bathrooms.

Ground floor suites either look out onto the courtyard or have small private gardens and upper level suites have balconies overlooking the pool.

The one master suite has a separate lounge and there is also a family suite offering two separate sleeping areas split between mezzanine levels.

What’s to do

Despite what you may read and hear, there is much to do and enjoy in Colombo.

Visit the floating Buddhist temple of Gangaramaya or pay homage to the country’s history at Independence Square. Shopaholics would do well to visit nearby interiors haven Paradise Road for antiques and curios to take home. If your body is in need of a workout head to nearby Prana Lounge for a yoga class in a tranquil heritage building.

If you fancy heading out for lunch, don’t miss the courtyard cafe at charming Barefoot Gallery on Galle Road. It doubles as the headquarters of the renowned textiles design house with branches throughout Sri Lanka.

Elsewhere, don’t miss frenetic Pettah markets where you can wander around the history-steeped neighbourhood and stock up on spices, exotic fruit and intricate jewellery.


Maniumpathy is in a peaceful location in Colombo, with many coffee shops, boutique shops and a few art galleries within easy reach. The main sights of Colombo and central restaurants are only a short walk or tuk-tuk ride away. 

Out for the evening

A visit to the Galle Face Hotel, the Raffles of Colombo and one of the oldest surviving colonial-era hotels in Asia, for a sunset drink is an essential part of any itinerary. Combine that with an evening stroll along the seafront of Galle Face Green, Colombo’s premier, and often-crowded, public park. Take in the kite flyers, street-food-vendors and courting couples as you make your way to the Dutch Hospital dining precinct where a booking are highly recommended at the much talked about culinary institution, Ministry of Crab.

Food & Drink

The Nandi is Maniumpathy’s low-key terrace restaurant overlooking the courtyard. The traditional breakfasts here, replete with egg hoppers, string hoppers and curries are highly recommended. Salads, sandwiches, light lunches and cocktails are served on shaded terraces or poolside.

Elsewhere, for larger groups, the Grand Ebony Room, named after Maniumpathy’s 16-seat ebony table offers dining in style.


Whilst small, the pool will provide a welcome respite from the heat of Colombo.


Maniumpathy is better suited for the adults due to small and intimate nature of the property. 2 of the upstaters suites do come with a day bed which can be converted to a single bed suitable for an older child.

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