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Good For Solo
Very friendly and very run down.
I stayed for a night at the YMCA when i first came to Colombo cause i saw the sign from the road and it's right in the very center of the city.
At first sight it looked pretty nice with a nice facade and the YMCA comples is huge and has many facilities.
The young girl at the reception was very friendly and helpful and really a nice first introduction to get in Sri Lanka.
Very service minded and genuinely helpful and the kinda person all hotels should have at the front desk.
My room was kinda shabby though and quite worn down.
What really put me off the most was the bathrooms who had not seen any proper cleaning for months and i was happy that my room had a sink i could wash myself a bit in as i did not want to use the showers.
And i am not a fuzzy person, but i have stayed at several homeless shelters in the past in various countries that had way nice bathrooms than here.
It's really ashame though as the YMCA complex could really be such a cool place if they got some funding to clean up the place.
I even felt a bit like returning to this place when i came back to Colombo a few weeks later because of the friendly people running the place, but i opted for another place in the end cause i really prefer to stay in a place where i can have a good shower at the end of the day.
But if you really want to stay in center of Colombo and can't find anywhere else then this is an acceptable option for a night if you are used to travelling on a budget and the friendly receptionists makes this scruffy hostel a welcoming place.
Directions: Right in the center near the financial district.
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