Sri Lankan born Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez and two other Chinese guests were ceremonially registered as the first guests of the hotel by the President. The hotel will boast over 3,500 sqm of events space including two ballrooms, several function rooms and a private outdoor lawn. It will be the second Shangri-La property in Sri Lanka – joining Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, which opened in June 2016. Intended to appeal to large conferences and events, the hotel will complement the island’s attraction as a global MICE hotspot, alongside Bangkok and Singapore.
Shangri-La, Colombo will be home to the region’s largest pillar-less ballroom, at 1,580 sqm the Shangri-La ballroom will be capable of catering seated banquets for up to 1,500 guests and 2,100 theatre style. The property also offers the Lotus Ballroom (470 sqm) seating 400 guests for dinner and 600 for cocktails. In total, the outdoor events space seats 420 for dinner and 750 guests for cocktails. Located at One Galle Face along the Galle Face Green promenade, the hotel will offer uninterrupted Indian Ocean views in most of its 500 guestrooms and suites and 41 serviced apartments.
The hotel sits on 10 acres of land that will also soon accommodate an office tower, two residential buildings and a high-end shopping mall. The hotel is a 40-minute drive from the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport.