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Fernando's homestay: Budget Accomodation behind airport

If have a early morning flight or just looking for a place really close to the airport which is clean and convenient this may be the place for you. It is a family home but the whole of the upstairs is not used and there are 2 double en-suite rooms and 1 twin room with a outside bathroom.

The location could not be more close it is in fact the road behind the airport so a 5-7 min tuk tuk ride
But it is not noisy with plane noises surprisingly.

The couple are or were my inlaws a very nice couple Nimal & Surangani Fernando. Their son owns a guesthouse and on several occasions guests have spent their last evening with the Fernando’s. They offer a fan room with tea making facilities and even an airport drop. There are several restuarants around or you can get takeaway and eat there. The garden is lovely with lots of fruit trees if you fancy breakfast or dinner they may be able to arrange this with a bit of advance warning.

Mr Fernando speaks English well and it is best to contact him or request him on the homephone. Please say that Jo has referred you as they may be a little confused at a sudden influx of guests from virtual tourist. They are a very welcoming family and Mr Fernando has owned many hotels during his time.

Rates are reasonable it may depend on season how many guests stay I am going to take a ballpark figure of LKR3000 with an airport drop it may be slightly more or less.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written January 28, 2014
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Sai Sea City Hotel: An excellent new addition.

This was the first hotel I stayed in on my current trip to Sri Lanka and it was an excellent introduction to the accommodation options of the country. I had booked online for seven nights but I was so pleased with it and fascinated by the city itself that I decided to stay a further seven which must tell you something. This was despite the fact that it cost marginally more than I normally budget for accommodation at $40US per night.

Booking online I had searched a bit but could not find out too much about Sai Sea City. Fortunately, with the assistance of VT member Treshi, who has been so helpful, I found out that it is relatively new which explained the lack of reviews. Hopefully this tip will go some way to addressing that.

I was initially greeted by a very friendly member of staff and this was to set the tone for the whole visit. All my dealings with the various members of staff were very positive and I was always greeted with a smile and a friendly word. The chambermaids were equally delightful even if they did have a bit of a habit of knocking the door whilst I was still asleep. A "do not disturb" sign might have been in order.

The room is as you see in the images with air-con, tea and coffee making facilities, a large flatscreen TV including a good selection of English speaking channels as well as the local ones and, most importantly, the bed was very comfortable. Whilst it was comfortable it was only about 6'0" long but it was wide and I had no problem sleeping diagonally. I am well used to this problem as I am rather tall.

The bathroom was a wetroom shower with hot water (not needed in this climate) and regularly re-stocked toiletries including razors and shaving foam as well as the more usual items.

My room was to the rear of the hotel although there are more expensive sea view rooms which come at a price that is more than monetary. The front of the hotel is on a main road that is busy most of the day but not too bad at night so road noise may be an issue for the traveller. More significantly the main Coast Line railway runs just beyond the road and there are trains up and down it from early morning to late at night. Travellers to Asia will know that train drivers in that continent use their horns prodigiously and I could hear the noise a bit even at the rear of the hotel.

The hotel is situated in the Wellewatta district to the South of the centre which is administratively known as Colombo 6. I found it a pleasant enough area and safe with a good selection of eating places. There are a few tables in the foyer and I did see guests taking breakfast occasionally but b I do not know if a full menu is offered as I certainly didn't see one. The location means that it is about 20 - 30 minutes in a tuk-tuk into the centre or slightly longer on one of the buses that run regularly along the Galle Road. If you really want, you can walk along to Wellewatta station and get the train (about 20 minutes) which I did just for the experience but the bus / tuk-tuk is a better bet. If you do not fancy these options, the hotel can call you a conventional taxi.

There is wi-fi throughout the premises and the connection is good although you are restricted to 1 Gb usage, not that I ever used that much.

There is 24 hour security and a safe at reception for valuables although there are no individual room safes.

Apologies for my ugly features in the bathroom image as it was the only way I could get the shot!

Altogether, I was very well-pleased with my choice and I would certainly recommend it

No unique qualities as such, just a clean, friendly, comfortable and well-run hotel in a good area.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Business Travel
  • Written January 23, 2014
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Sai Sea City Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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  • mafi_moya profile photo mafi_moya
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Low budget places to stay

Sorry, this isn't a category of which I have a particularly great knowledge - living in the city means I rarely have any need to check these places out. But I do have a couple of pointers that might be of help:

Accomodation in Colombo isn't as plentiful or cheap as you'll find in places like Thailand or India - there aren't any dollar a night motels or backpacker dorm rooms to be found. In Colombo you're probably looking at a minimum of at least $5 per night and more in most places. Bambalapitiya (Colombo 4) is the best place to start - there are lots of cheap hotels of extremely varying standards on and around the Galle Road. Many of the little streets leading towards the sea have reasonable guesthouses. Some of the ones on Galle Road itself can be a bit rough and ready and probably best avoided.

Main recommendation:

Slightly above the bottom prices, at about $17 per night, is Colombo Guest House - a very charismatic old colonial mansion on Charles Place just off Bagatalle Road, Colombo 4. It's a short walk from Galle Road and the centre of the action but remarkably peaceful and with its own lovely garden and king coconut trees. The rooms are large and spacious, although not particularly luxurious, and the veranda and balcony are great for relaxing. It's like being in the countryside but with all the advantages of the city just around the corner.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written May 24, 2004
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Nippon Hotel.: Pretty good budget option in central Colombo.

I heard of the Nippon Hotel in Colombo from a dutch guy i met in Colombo and decided to give it a go on my secodn visit to Colombo as the place has a very central location and the prices seemed resonable.
The hotel looks grand from the outside and is an old colonial style hotel.
These days things are falling a little apart though and they could surely do with some new carpets but because of that the prices are also very resonable ranging from 2200 rupees and up depending on what room you are looking for.
The place is very popular because of the resonable prices it has compared to other hotels in central Colombo and i was lucky to get the last room avaialbe.
A spanish couple that walked in the door 2 minutes after me were refused so i was pretty lucky that i did not stop at the next door cafe first which i was very close to do.
The reception staff was pretty nice and they were very flexible and did not mind that i took my bicycle to my room which i like to do when there is parking space for it inside my room.
I had a well functioning bathroom and an air con that was sometimes fuctioning.
Normally i do not go for air con rooms but it was the only room left when i got there.
All in all this was an absolutely ok place that i would happily return to.

Brilliant location in central Colombo.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Historical Travel, Budget Travel
  • Written January 4, 2013
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Tropicana beach Hotel: Colombo's Cheapest

SERVICES & FACILITIES
Air conditioned double rooms and attached toilets with hot/cold water. Approved by the Ceylon Tourist Board, we offer the best accommodations for an unbelievable price.

24-hour front desk
Free parking
Air conditioned double rooms
Attached toilet with hot/cold water

SLR 1800.00 Single
Walking Distance to Liberty Plaza Shopping Mall
Public Transport

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written October 23, 2008
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The Colombo Plaza: Just another faceless hostel

An average hotel targeted to a mostly mid range business clientele. One of the nicer hotel lobbies in Colombo, with a decent patisserie serving some interesting coffee. All this is spoiled with the loud and tasteless band that plays a bizarre collection of 70s and 80s hits. Most off putting.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written March 20, 2005

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The Sovereign Hotel: Off An Alley

Courteous, efficient, pleasant staff. Large, airy rooms. Hotel built on four sides of a square with empty centre, thereby allowing air and sunlight into the rooms. Generous breakfast spread (complimentary). Close to the city, yet tucked away in an innocuous alley, the hotel is managed by the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH).

Close to the commercial centre but hidden away well.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Business Travel
  • Written January 28, 2012
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RAMADA RENNAISSANCE
Sir...

RAMADA RENNAISSANCE
Sir Chittanpalam A. Gardiner, 115. Tel.: 544200
A magnificient modern hotel, between the lake Beira and the railway. Some rooms face the sea and others face the lake. It has nothing very special, but the huge lobby is a nice place for a quiet cup of tea. We stayed there because we were in an organised tour. It's very well situated, near the the Fort district, the country's business centre, which has department stores, book shops, airline offices...

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  • Written August 25, 2002

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Mount Lavinia Hotel in Mount...

Mount Lavinia Hotel in Mount Lavinia.
Check prices before you go. Many hotels have an off season rate during the rainy part of the year between May and October. When I was there the rate was $68 a night for two people in a double room.

It offers many of the things you would find at a resort hotel while still being in Colombo. The hotel has a place to eat sea food right on the beach at night, there is herbal therapy, Little Hut night club, and elephant rides on Sundays. The hotel has a staff of drivers as well.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written August 25, 2002
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  • windpaard profile photo windpaard
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blue seas guest house: basic but good

for the first and last night ,mount lavinia beach is much better,you can take the bus till colombo fort and then the train.
blue seas guesthouse is basic but good, up 2240 lankaroupies with breakfast
the beach restaurants are expensive,for me is the best restaurant langousterie,has the best prices, the cheapest beer 210+22%= 265rp,
above the prices in the menu from the beachrestaurants comes 10rvice charges and 12% governement taxes

good vibrations

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written March 2, 2011

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  • Mozumbus profile photo Mozumbus
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Hotel Good Wood Plaza, Katunayake: Sri Lankan Airline Transit Nightmare

We stayed there for one night, as a complementary transit stay from Sri Lankan Airlines, and the experience was disgusting, least to say.

Hotel transfer was just good, however, at the hotel reception area we found expatriate workers, on transit, waiting to get their rooms ready. They were in big numbers and sitting everwhere, mostly on the floor, which was not a good omen for us at all.

After about an hour, we were handed over the keys of our room, which was located in a ghostly alley. There was a dank and a weird smell everywhere, and much amplified in the room. Rooms were big enough but everything inside had been rotten to the last degree. There was just one hanging bulb in the room with no fan, however, AC was working but no temperature control! Fortunately, bathroom was renovated and clean, and that was the only good thing we found there.

Dining area was also of the lesser quality with that weird smell and mosquitos, however, it was airy and not the worst area of the hotel! Snacks were simply pathetic and we wonder how we survived them!

The mess at Colombo transit area is another stroy!


It was the start of our 3 weeks South East Asian trip, and was a bad start indeed! Luckily, that was the only unpleasant experience of our trip :)

Location of this hotel is good, very close to the airport, however, other downsided are so grave that one better stay at airport or should find another hotel.

I wonder how can this dump has been used for tranist stay by an international airline? Looks like a scam to embezzle Sri Lankan Airlines at the cost of its customers.

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  • Written March 24, 2011

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Tropic Inn: Seaside leisure

Tropic Inn is a family run hotel. As I arrived in the dead of the night at 12 am. I had to bang a few doors. I booked the hotel online through hostelworld.com and this place was going to be my first stop in Sri Lanka and it turned out to be a plesant surprise.

It has good clean interiors, clean bedsheets and spacious toilets, smelling fresh. They have 2 properties adjacent to eachother, so they have quite a few rooms. While I was there in Dec 2005 they were adding up a few more rooms, so should have expanded by now.

Reasonbaly priced, dont expect to have someone at your beck n call all the time. You will have to ring a few bells and shout a little to get things done. But thats not an issue, its a nice place to stay any way. It costed me around 2500 SL rupees for a single nights stay during high season.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Eco-Tourism, Beaches
  • Written December 28, 2006

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  • Poda profile photo Poda
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it's better to book before arriving..: B&B Lake view and Hotel Galle

I hadn't a good experience about hotel in Colombo....
When we arrived we are so tired that we took the first Hotel that we found...

Lake View:
it isn't nice and it's exspensive for what they give you!!!

The last day we arrived late in Colombo and our reservation was canceled..better they canceled... so after first looking for another accomodation we went to a exspensive hotel (35$ for room!!) but nice...
Hotel Galle: nice but exspensive.. maybe good just for one night!!

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  • Written September 18, 2003

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YWCA: Safe for Female Travellers

Try to book ahead as it's popular.

The rooms are makeshift classrooms with cement flooring and walls that do not go all the way to the top.

The hostels are on the third storey and there's security on ground level at night. The street is well lit and if you tuk tuk or taxi to the doorstep, the guard will open the gates for you - very safe and secure.

The drawback - rooms are not soundproof and be awakened by the classroom bell in the morning.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking, Women's Travel
  • Written October 11, 2003
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VILLA SUNDOWN: SUPER VALUE

VILLA SUNDOWN

General Sales Agent: john_hussein@msn.com

Fax: +431998795028

Homestay near UNAWATUNA BAY (approx. 1.5 km away), Owner german and english speaking, 20 year long experience with austrian and german guests. Sri Lanka wide
round trips or short day excursions can be arranged at very reasonable rates by minibus
up to 4 passengers. Any special interest can be catered for, deep sea fishing, boat trips,
special tours for photographers,you name it Sunil organizes! Continental food available on request!
For details Fax or E-mail......

Good Food, (the continental variety is amazingly authentic!) for those who are getting tired of curry.....a swimmingpool is also there.... great sunsets can be watched
from a small terasse just 10 meters away from the beach....TV available... Telephone long distance calls...Internet planned....
And all for rates that will pleasantly surprise you.....

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written March 30, 2003
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