I had one night to spend in Colombo. It’s a popular stopover to and from the Maldives, since it’s inexpensive and easier to get in and out of than Male, though there the Maldives capital is increasingly accessible.
I actually wanted to spend the night in Colombo, though, and set up the trip this way on purpose. I could have done an outright stopover on my one-way Alaska Airlines-issued Emirates award, but I just booked it as a 23 hour connection. That was enough to grab some food in Sri Lanka.
For the night I chose one of the only Western chain hotels, the Hilton which is very much a business property.
- Introduction, overview, and costs
- Star Alliance first class and business class lounges, LAX
- Etihad First Class, Los Angles – Abu Dhabi.. the 3rd Longest Flight in the World!
- Premier Inn, Abu Dhabi International Airport
- Etihad’s new business class lounge, Abu Dhabi
- Etihad Business Class, Abu Dhabi – Male
- Male Domestic Lounge and Maldivian, Male – Kooddoo, plus boat transfer to the Park Hyatt
- Park Hyatt Hadahaa, Maldives
- Park Hyatt Maldives Menus and Pricing
- Boat Transfer and Maldivian Domestic Flight from the Park Hyatt Maldives to Male
- Male Airport Lounge and (Alone In) Emirates First Class, Male – Colombo
The Hilton Colombo is about 45 minutes from the airport, though with traffic around 5pm it was a little longer.
On arrival there was no wait to check in. I was given a welcome drink and an offer to show me to my room, though I assured I could take myself there.
It was my first-ever suite upgrade from Hilton. I’ve stayed in Hilton suites before, on mistake rates (e.g. Hilton Nassau and Conrad Bangkok) and outright paid bookings (Hilton Cebu) but never received an upgrade to one through the HHonors program before. On this one night stay, in Asia where suite upgrades are far more common, I received one thanks to my fake Diamond status.
The hotel was very standard Hilton, especially the bathroom.
There was a separate living room and bedroom.
Not the most modern property, but comfortable and upgraded (no 1980s TV). The whole property is getting its needed renovation:
There was also a Diamond welcome letter, which was very non-specific.
Executive Floor benefits are detailed in a separate letter.
Service is fantastic in the executive lounge, though food is fairly limited. Staff stand by the food and liquor to assist, and deliver requests.
The views from the property are wonderful.
And there’s a fantastic pastry shop in the lobby.
The hotel is expensive for Colombo at the $125 I paid. It would have been a terrible value on points, listed at 40,000, and making it one of the strange instances where premium rooms are cheaper than base rooms with HHonors points because those are based on actual room rates (and not a good value).
Still, for a suite with a club lounge access I felt like I got reasonable value and a comfortable place to spend the night, plus late checkout tiered to my Colombo – Dubai flight.