Slave Island

Multicultural melting pot

Slave Island has lived so many lives. The former slave prison, military station, botanical garden and popular picknick spot has grown into what it is today, a hub of vibrant activity where African, Indian, Javanese, Burgher, Moor and most prominently Malay heritage are visible at every street corner. You can hear it in the music, see it in the colours and taste it in the food. No longer an island in crocodile-infested waters, it is a diverse vibrant community that is unique in Colombo. But it may not be there much longer. The whole quarter is under threat of demolition, and is being swallowed up by the skyscrapers rising around it. Slave island is about to undergo another reincarnation.

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Grand Oriental Hotel
Old fashioned hotel with vintage bar
2 York Street, Colombo 01
medium
Tuk Tuk Hostels
Budget accommodation in classy neighbourhood
391/3B, Thimbirigasaya Road, Colombo 07
low
Galle Face Hotel
The city’s most prestigious hotel
2 Galle Road, Colombo 03
high
Cinnamon Red
Cool hotel with 360 ̊ swimming pool & rooftop bar
59, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 07
medium
Bunkyard
Eco-friendly hostel and café
20A Guilford Crescent, Colombo 07
low
Fairway Colombo
Hip hotel in historic heart
7 Hospital Street, Colombo 01
medium
City Rest Fort
Nice clean place with great ice-cream
46 Hospital Street, Colombo 01
low
Black Cat
Homey bed & breakfast in colonial villa
No. 11 Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 07
low
Tintagel
Classy boutique hotel with royal patronage
65 Rosemead Place, Colombo 07
high
Hostel at Galle Face
Friendly hostel in prime location
41 Galle Face Terrace, Colombo 03
low
Hotel Nippon
Lovingly restored heritage hotel
123 Kumaran Ratnam Rd, Colombo 02
medium
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