Review of Presidential Suite at the Shangri-La Colombo

I stayed in the presidential suite at the Shangri-La in Colombo on a recent trip to Sri Lanka. Since I’ve never stayed in the presidential suite of any hotel before in my life, you should probably take this review with a grain of salt, as I was literally just blown away by the amount of buttons for everything (if you read my review of Emirates first class, you might notice a trend haha).

Spread out on the coffee table was not only a large assortment of fruits and chocolates, but since it was during the holiday season, the hotel had also included a chocolate Santa Clause. Naturally, I tried a bite of all of the smaller chocolates to see which tasted least like chocolate (since I don’t like chocolate, I didn’t really like any of them). But I loved the fruit and I couldn’t believe they included a fresh mango! Mango is my favorite!

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The living room

When you enter the Shangri-La Suite, you walk through a short hallway with an additional bathroom into the living room. It was super spacious and more than enough room to fit the entire group I was with for our own after-party.

From the living room you can either turn and walk toward the dining room and kitchen area or into the bedroom. Although I didn’t use the kitchen area even once while I was there, it was still a pretty cool addition.

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The view from the living room into the office space.

There was also a little side area that was a dedicated office space. The desk had two chairs, which made me think I had totally effed up not scheduling some kind of meeting to take place during my stay… I mean imagine how cool that would have been “Let’s meet me at the presidential suite of the Shangri-La to discuss your stock options” hahahaha But seriously, you know that that’s exactly what it’s there for… important people doing important stuff, not 24-year-old travelers.

From the office area you walk into the suite’s bedroom.

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Probably the comfiest bed I’ve ever slept on… ever.
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There’s a coat stand in the corner haha as if anyone would ever wear a coat in Sri Lanka.

And my favorite part… all the BUTTONS!! Literally buttons that switch the lights and move the curtains depending on the time of day. I love it! And yes I pressed each of them multiple times just to be certain they worked haha

The closet was much larger than it looks in these photos, but not very interesting.

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My favorite part of the whole suite was the bathroom!

You have noooo idea how hard it was for me NOT to hit that button. God I wanted so bad to find out what would happen… but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I felt so grateful to be able to stay in the best suite in a nice hotel for the first time in my life that I let this one slide. But one day, when I can afford to stay somewhere like this, I am TOTALLY going to hit that button!

Love a good rain head shower! And the free shampoo and conditioner were amazing! They smelled like orange dreamsicles!

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Because why not have a phone in the bathroom? Obviously I’m so important that people need to reach me LITERALLY every moment of the day.
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Yup, butt cleaning toilet buttons… also, the toilet seat was heated! Yeah that’s right, no cold butts in the Shangri-La suite, no way haha

But honestly, this jacuzzi tub was my favorite. It’s perfect for pics and relaxing, and it had a great view of the city and partly also the ocean. As you can see in the pic there’s also a tv, but I can’t imagine watching tv when there’s such a great view to look at!

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The suite also had it’s own sauna room.

And finally, if you stay at the Shangri-La suite (and some of the other more expensive suites in the hotel) you get access to a special lounge that serves free appetizers and other small snacks, buffet style, throughout the day. I wasn’t super impressed by the food though. I only liked coming here because of the view… and because I could and other people couldn’t. I mean come on, that’s the whole draw right? Exclusivity.

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Seriously, look at this view! I love cityscapes, and although Colombo isn’t as developed (skyscraper-wise) as other cities, I still love just looking out into a sea of lights.

So that’s what it was like to stay in the Shangri-La suite in Colombo. I still cannot believe I got to experience that, it was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

But to be honest, I still prefer to stay at cute/trendy Airbnbs. I love the price of the Airbnbs and I love the more homey feel of them.

Which do you prefer? Lavish hotel rooms? Or a great find on Airbnb? Let me know!

 

 

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