Trans Asia

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

115 Sir Chittampalam A Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo, 02, Sri Lanka
Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
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More about Trans Asia

A beautiful city hotel

by nathicka about Trans Asia hotel

Beautiful hotel whit friendly staff I highly recommend it but I only was their for one night. The hotel food is the best I had in sri lanka!

The truth about restaurants in Colombo!!

by Shelley&Sam about Lots of recommendations not to be missed......

Having been to Colombo on many occasions, we thought it was about time somebody gave a frank and truthful review!

These are all places where we eat without any hesitation of being ill the following day.


Mango Tree (inside eating) - excellent Indian food - not to be missed! Realistically priced, modern /contemporary decor, very clean, nice staff, not too touristy which is nice - mix with the more well off locals - don't expect to see your average tuk tuk driver eating in there.

Galleries Cafe (outside eating) - our favourite eating place in Colombo! - amazing setting, international food, great atmosphere, reasonably priced, just an overall brill place which is a must for Colombo as it rivals top UK restaurants!

Chesa Swiss (shut on Mondays - aka 'the Swiss restaurant' -inside/outside eating) - Swiss food - dont be put off as this just means there is alot of food with cheese in it! Very nice surroundings, nearly silver service but no need to dress up - not that sort of place! Everything done to precision.

No. 18 (inside/outside eating) - new contemporary restaurant only 6 months old when we have visited. Serves international food, quite expensive compared to the first 2 but still very nice.

Long Feng (Trans Asia Hotel -inside eating) - nice chinese food much better than the Emporors Wok at the Hilton Hotel. Staff are very friendly, much more accomodating than the Hilton and are more than happy to change a dish to your requirements. Bit cold in there though so take a jumper!

La Rambla (outside eating) - Very similar restaurant type to the Galleries (slightly cheaper). Food is still of great quality with a nice atmosphere.

Il Ponte (Hilton Hotel inside/outside eating) - If you want Italian food this is the place to go! Be aware some restaurants add 10% service charge + government and tourist tax to your overall bill if not stated on your menu. You may think the food is cheap but when you get your bill you end up paying alot more!


The truth about nightlife in Colombo!!

by Shelley&Sam about All the information you could ever need.....

Colombo has a limited nightlife for the tourist. As far as decor/surroundings go think back to the late 80's and that also includes the music at times!

Sri Lankan's feel they are the party animals of the world and noone else can party like they do.

Men in Sri Lanka dance as much if not more than the woman in the UK. We are talking shaking your bootie and flinging your arms around dancing.

Be prepared for lots of hip hop/r 'n' b american music - the raunchier the better.

Another warning is 'mafia' type groups (not scary quite pathetic really!) in the clubs. These are wealthy locals often sons/nephews etc of important Sri Lankans. They reserve tables order vodka etc by the bottle but dont necessarily drink it. You, and I repeat, you are NOT allowed to sit at their tables or on their chairs .

Doesn't seem to get busy until 11pmish but now that licencing laws are restricting the sell of alcohol after 1am this may change.

Woman get in free and men have to pay - this applies to all places.

Places we have been to are as follows:

Clancy's ('irish' bar but not so irish) - small, pub/club with stage area for bands and very small dance floor. Overlooks a cricket pitch. Good atmosphere bands we saw were very good drink is not cheap by the glass. Maybe worth buying a bottle if there is a small group of you as mixers are then free.

Blue Elephant (Hilton Hotel) - The wealthy locals who come here think they are fantastic and there is a definate air of 'look it me aren't I great'. Worth going for a laugh but other than that don't expect a great night out!

Library (Trans Asia Hotel) - Not as busy as the other 2, mainly older people. More suitable for those aged 40+ who want a dance but don't like crowded sweaty clubs.
Definate hotel 'discotheque'!

The Hut (Mount Lavinia Hotel) - Ok preferred Clancy's but better than Library and Blue Elephant. Gets quite busy - be prepared for use of heavy strobe lighting. At first as 2 young white femailes we felt conscious of wearing clothing which they may class as revealing. However, when you get in these places you will see that anything goes and local girls wear mini skirts - boob tubes - anything! Shorts and flip fops (as in beach wear) etc are a 'no, no'. Other than that wear what you want.

Women - especially white women be prepared to be hit on from every angle and if a man asks you to dance you are basically saying yes you will have sex with them. Please note this may be because they actually find you attractive but it is more likely because they think you are a prostitute or they want to come to England etc

Sri Lanka 2 week tour

by Duncrieviedude

"Trans Asia Hotel Colombo"

Checked in for 2 nights. Needed a triple room so got a large room with 2 double beds, overlooked a roof but otherwise very well kept, and good amenities.
Service throughout the hotel was excellent especially the Chinese restaurant where the food was brilliant. Good sized pool and garden area

"Deer Park Hotel, Giritalle"



Bank of Ceylon at the airportBank of Ceylon at the airport

Looking out the back of a tuk tuk (Arpico store)Looking out the back of a tuk tuk (Arpico store)

see replica of AUKANA Buddha in backgroundsee replica of AUKANA Buddha in background

Forum Posts

Hotel near Royal College of Surgeons

by sangshan

I'm visiting Colombo for MRCS Part3 exam on 7'th June.Will any body suggest me a good budget hotel nearby.I'm also planning to visit candy & Sigiriya Any tour operater near by?.Thanks

Re: Hotel near Royal College of Surgeons

by erikdr

Hi there,

An address of the College would help a lot to facilitate us making the advice. Colombo is a big city and even me, living there part of the year, has not seen all colleges and avenues...


& [Sandya]

Re: Hotel near Royal College of Surgeons

by HansDK

Yes, details about the location is essential.

Royal College of Surgeons returns no results from google and the Colombo telephone directory.

Re: Hotel near Royal College of Surgeons Independence Avenue Colombo7

by sangshan

Sorry for incomplete info. The college is at Independence avenue colombo 7

Re: Hotel near Royal College of Surgeons

by erikdr

Okay, that's Cinnamon Gardens - about halfway between BMICH and Union Place/Town Hall. Not that many formal ones nearby but for sure not-too-well-listed guesthouses. Janaki hotel ( would be about 15 mins walk and midrange prices. Skyways Inn ( is same distance but more in the suburbian direction. But the sites given earlier in the thread might give cheaper options...

All the best,

& [Sandya]

Re: Hotel near Royal College of Surgeons

by aazhaa

I suggest Trans Asia Hotel, its very close to the exam centre, at de same time u can easily reach by taxi or tuktuk.
Aitken Spence or Brown Tour I can recomond.
wel come

Re: Hotel near Royal College of Surgeons

by HansDK

Trans Asia hotel will suspend operations for a period of three and half months commencing from 15th May 2009 in order to carry out a refurbishment and repair. Upon completion, the hotel would be re-branded and launched as Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo.

Re: Hotel near Royal College of Surgeons

by erikdr

I'd generally NOT recommend TransAsia or for that matter any other of the grand 'business hotels' in Fort. It's way above the 'budget hotel' category asked for, prices start at 70-80 USD BB basis. And not close to the exam centre, about 4 km at least which is over an hour's walk in the Colombo situation. The names I gave are more or less walking distance.
If they're above budget then (knowing that it's not easy to find the affordable guesthouses/B&B's in the vicinity of the place) a hotel on tuktuk/bus distance indeed is needed, but again in the budget category. In an earlier thread Ranmuthu Hotel at Galle Road Kollupitiya scored not that badly.

All the best,

& [Sandya]

Travel Tips for Colombo

Lighthouse Clock Tower

by Jarin

It is a nice orientation point in the Fort, a Victorian building (1857), which is designed by the wife of a British governor. The meaning was to bring some punctuality to the Ceylon civil servants. Ten years later there was put a lamp on the top of the Clock Tower and it served as a lighthouse till the fifties of 20th century.


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Address: 115 Sir Chittampalam A Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo, 02, Sri Lanka