Hotal Colombo celebrates the colourful, vibrant food and culture of Sri Lanka. A sunny soundtrack of Baila tunes coupled with a cheerful welcome from servers wearing bright tropical shirts whisks diners from lively Elgin Street to a relaxing holiday at the island’s Hikkaduwa beach. A gathering place to kick back and unwind, the everyday canteen is inspired by the egalitarian eateries that spill onto the streets all over Colombo. Often these canteens are called hotels, or hotals (the phonetic spelling of the local pronunciation), despite not offering any rooms for boarding. The vast majority of guests will never stay at what most of us define as a hotel, but at the hotals, everyone is welcome.