November 2018


Serenediva Colombo Transit at the BIA
November 2018




The budget rooms face a spacious sitting area

The elevator stood discreetly near the arrival terminal at the Bandaranaike International Airport. We entered the awaiting cabin and pushed the button for the second floor as many visitors have done before us. Our destination is similar - the Serenediva Colombo Transit, a place of rest for travellers before setting forth on their journey.


Words: Gayathri Kothalawala
Photography: Menaka Aravinda and Vishwathan Tharmakulasingham


In 2010, Serenediva Colombo Transit, located on the second level above the main pier of the arrivals and departure area of the airport, opened its doors to long-haul passengers as well as business travellers, providing comfortable accommodations for a brief respite.


A smiling member of staff greets the guests at the welcome desk as they arrive at Serenediva. The hotel features 32 rooms, categorised under Serenediva Deluxe, Serenediva Standard and Serenediva Budget. Painted in warm tones to promote a sense of home, the four Deluxe rooms are spacious, and lit in soothing lights. The comfortable 24 standard rooms include two pairs of interconnecting rooms, ideal for families and friends travelling together. The four budget rooms are more compact; yet create an impression of comfort.


Customised furniture made with mahogany, enhances the ambience of the rooms. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with wi-fi facilities, hot water, and televisions featuring in-house channels. The commodious en-suite bathrooms are ideal to refresh and rejuvenate and the hotel staff provides amenities such as bath slippers on request.


Guests can reserve the accommodations ahead of time by communicating with the hotel through their email facility. In order to make their services more efficient and customer-oriented, Serenediva Transit plans to introduce an online system in the near future.


Several rooms are allocated with time frames of six-hours, 12-hours and 24-hours for guests who desire accommodation facilities for a brief period of time. As a company policy, Serenediva Transit requests a copy of the passport and the boarding card of the guests.


Managed by SriLankan Catering, the hotel provides room service facilities as well as an option where guests can reserve their accommodations accompanied by breakfast. Alternatively, guests can visit Palm Strip Lounge, yet another facility managed by SriLankan Catering, and enjoy the variety of dishes included in its menu.


The Business Centre located outside the hotel is a spacious area where guests of the hotel can conduct their business meetings. Encircled by a glass-fronted area and a comfortable lounge, the Serenediva Business Centre and Conference Room include the latest audio/visual technology, high speed wi-fi access and a calm environment so that the guests can conduct their meetings productively.


For passengers who do not wish to reserve a room, yet wish to refresh themselves before resuming their journey, the hotel provides separate shower facilities with basic amenities. The Ladies' and Gents' shower spaces contain three cubicles with lockers situated within each cubicle.


Serenediva Colombo Transit is an ideal location for passengers to enjoy the famed Sri Lankan hospitality at the airport itself. While the duration of their stay may be short, the guest is given the best service in order to ensure that the guest experiences a pleasurable stay. The dedicated team at Serendiva, its attention to detail and continuous service ensure that the guest would enjoy their stay regardless of its duration.


Serenediva Colombo Transit
Level 2, Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo.
(+94) 112 265 939
serendive@srilankancatering.com/dutymanager@srilankan.com
www.srilankancatering.com

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    The long corridor is an ideal place to sit and relax

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    The Serenediva Deluxe room, painted in warm colours, creates a rich ambience

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    The Business Centre is an added advantage for the guests at Serenediva

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    A spacious and comfortable Serenediva Standard room

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    Freshen up at the hotel's shower rooms

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