Paradise Road’s Tintagel Hotel inhabits a century-old ex-presidential mansion whose walls have been privy to much of Sri Lanka’s recent political history and is now regarded as one of Colombo’s finest boutique hotels. It is housed in one of Sri Lanka’s most famous presidential residences and is the creation of Shanth Fernando, who also owns the Gallery Cafe – the capital’s leading restaurant – and the popular lifestyle boutique Paradise Road.
The original colonial mansion remains with an entirely new wing blended seamlessly at the rear, housing the exquisite bedroom suites, swimming pool and a small Spa. Elements of colonial architecture including high ceilings, ornate columns, arches and wooden floors have all been retained. Shades of white and ebony blended with vibrant red and black permeate the interiors. Furnishings are exquisite: sofas from Portugal, hand-spun silk and woollen rugs from Nepal, modern art, silver