Dating back to 1875, the colonial-style building houses a comfortable hotel with considerable renown; its reputation is similar to that enjoyed by Raffles in Singapore or the Taj Mahal in Mumbai. The air-conditioned building with a terrace has long been popular with those arriving by ship as well as with the natives of Colombo, as the hotel had acquired an excellent reputation for ballroom dancing. Old crockery and furniture have been adopted for fashionable use in the hotel of today. Completely renovated in 2004, this establishment has been appointed to the benefit of business travellers and features a lobby area, a reception desk manned around the clock, a hire safe, a currency exchange facility, lift access, a gastronomy area with a bar, pub, nightclub, and restaurant, three conference rooms, and a public Internet connection. All guests in the 104 rooms and five suites may also take advantage of the room and laundry services, and parking is available for those arriving by car.All of the spacious and comfortable rooms are air-conditioned and come with an en suite bathroom with hot and cold water, a hairdryer, a telephone, a TV, background music, a minibar, a safe, and either a balcony or terrace.