Shangri-La Colombo (Sri Lanka)

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo
The Shangri-La Colombo (Sinhala: කොළඹ ෂැංග්‍රිලා හෝටලය) is a star-class hotel situated in front of the Galle Face Green in Colombo District, Sri Lanka. It is the second Shangri-La hotel on the island after Shangri-La's Golf Resort & Spa at Hambantota. The hotel has 500 guestrooms and suites as well as 41 serviced apartments.

The hotel was built as a part of Shangri-La's "One Galle Face" development project that includes four skyscrapers, one for businesses to set up offices, two for the residential component, and the fourth for the hotel and a shopping mall. As the first of the four skyscrapers, the hotel was opened on 16 November 2017 with the presence of dignitaries including the then Sri Lankan president Maithreepala Sirisena (2015-2019).

2019 bomb blast
On 21 April 2019 (Easter Sunday), an Islamic suicide bomber exploded himself inside the hotel building. On the same day, another two luxury hotels (The Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand) and three churches (St. Anthony's Church, St. Sebastian's Church, and Batticaloa Zion Church) were targeted in a series of coordinated terrorist suicide bombings. The attacks were carried out by Islamic suicide bombers who are believed to be associated with National Thowheeth Jama'ath, a local Islamic group with suspected foreign ties. More than 250 people were killed, including 40 foreign nationals. 

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This page was last updated on 23 August 2023

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