Hotel Sapphire is a business hotel located in the Wellawatta Area of Colombo at 371, Galle Road, Colombo-06, right on the main road. Tuk Tuk fare to this hotel from Galle Face Green will be around 600 Lankan Rupees. A cab ride to Colombo’s international airport from this hotel will take at least one hour and cost 4000 Lankan Rupees. Location of the hotel is an issue. It is a good choice if one has business in that area. Otherwise, its kind of far away from everything – casinos or Galle Face Green. A small advantage of this location is proximity to the sea which is at a walkable distance from the hotel. One needs to cross the road in front of the hotel, go a little to the right. There is a lane on the left side of the road that leads to the sea. Its not a beach, but there is a road along the sea. Maybe good for a morning or an evening walk.
Hotel Sapphire has three types of accommodation – Standard, Deluxe, and Luxury with the tariff starting at 75 USD per night without breakfast. In-room breakfast is available with options for Continental, Sri Lankan, and American.
I stayed in a standard room whch was large with a comfortable double bed, a large TV in the front, a work desk, tea/coffee maker with supplies, and a basic but clean bathroom with a separate shower enclosure. Noise from the road did not reach my room. Free wifi in the room worked well. Sleep quality was good. The room gave me a cause for only one complaint. There were ants hidden in the furniture that gathered around the sachets of sugar, cream, etc. after I made tea. I saw them on the side table as well as on the work desk. So, ants were everywhere. Luckily, they were not on the bed.
I did not order breakfast but tried a sandwich on the day of my check-out which arrived in 30 minutes. Quality-wise, it was OK.
There is nice shopping mall on this road (about 300 rupees by Tuk Tuk) called Majestic City.