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Star Anise Boutique Capsules

No 15 1/1 Mudalige Mawatha, Colombo 00100 Sri Lanka
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#3 of 42 hostels in Colombo
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Star Anise is Sri Lanka’s First Luxury Capsule Hotel that offers travellers private sleeping sanctums that is inviting and decked in an antique and modern designer finishing. The brand also takes on a liking for local heritage and culture. We pride ourselves with local artwork of floral and fauna of the local habitat into its branding.
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Blackout curtains
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Non-smoking rooms
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pjlrst wrote a review Mar 2020
Chicago, IL31 contributions11 helpful votes
For a "capsule" hotel, this is a GREAT spot! Location is brilliant. right in the center of the Fort area -- easy to walk around this beautiful historic area. The capsule has plenty of space, especially for one person, as well as multiple plugs and USB charging ports and great lighting. The whole place is clean and tidy. Showers have hot water. Wifi is very fast. I cannot say enough about the staff -- they are fabulous!!! Very friendly, very helpful, just great people that make the stay that much better! The breakfast changes each day, always plenty of food (fresh fruit, coffee, tea, fresh juice, and yummy hot foods) and is very tasty and filling. I booked for one night, but ended up returning and would definitely go again! And the bed, pillows, comforter, all SO comfortable!!! My only recommendation is when you close the shade to your capsule, it can get a bit warm during the night as the (working perfectly) aircon cannot easily circulate into the capsule. I recommend leaving it a bit open at the bottom. Don't hesitate to book when in Colombo and enjoy!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Room Tip: Double bed suits are VERY roomy and comfortable -- for one or two people!
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Selma Lee wrote a review Feb 2020
Taiwan55 contributions5 helpful votes
I stayed in Star Anise 2 times when I travelled in Sri Lanka. Nice place to stay when you fly in /before fly out of Colombo. Friendly staff and clean comfortable environment. I love their breakfast. And it’s located in Pettah area which is very close to train station, bus station. 10-15 mins walk.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Shanthan Thevar Suppaya, Owner at Star Anise Boutique Capsules
Responded 28 Feb 2020
Dear Guest We would like to thank you for your review, it was a pleasure to have you with us! We are glad you had a good stay and enjoyed the capsule bed the privacy it has to offer. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the morning breakfast. We always strive to ensure that our guest feel comfortable and relaxed when they stay with us. We hope to see you again soon. The Capsule Hotel is closely located to many landmarks in the Colombo Vicinity including the train, bus stations.
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Logan Walker wrote a review Feb 2020
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions2 helpful votes
Star Anise Boutique Capsule is Sri Lanka’s first luxury capsule hotel that offers guests private sleeping sanctums at an affordable price. Each capsule is designed with a combination of modern and antique touch and comes with a seating area and a bathroom. They also come with modern amenities like television and free Wi-Fi. Some capsules also offer a view of the garden. The hotel offers a continental or à la carte breakfast.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from Shanthev, Manager at Star Anise Boutique Capsules
Responded 13 Feb 2020
Dear Guest We would like to thank you for your review, it was a pleasure to have you with us! We are glad you had a good stay and enjoyed the capsule bed the privacy it has to offer. We hope our staff were able to assist you in your needs. Our single and premium capsule rooms do have windows which shows the buildings surrounding us. We hope that you have enjoyed the fixed menu breakfast offered to you. We always strive to ensure that our guest feel comfortable and relaxed when they stay with us. We hope to see you again soon.
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Žaneta B wrote a review Jan 2020
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One of the best place in Sri Lanka for stay and get a good sleep. The most comfortable bed and pillow! :) People there is so friendly and kind.! The space is very clean!!! Location is ideal because is very close to railway station. I really recommend. I don't believe Can exist better place than this in Colombo! :)
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Shanthev, Manager at Star Anise Boutique Capsules
Responded 23 Jan 2020
Dear Guest We would like to thank you for your review, it was a pleasure to have you with us! We are glad you had a good stay and enjoyed the capsule bed the privacy it has to offer. We are happy to know that our staff were able to assist you with your questions. We always strive to ensure that our guest feel comfortable and relaxed when they stay with us. We hope to see you again soon.
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Kelley Chang wrote a review Jan 2020
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My flight got delayed in India for 2 days so when I arrived in Colombo Sri Lanka at 4am my booking was canceled by my hotel... I went to the Star Anise capsule and the manager charged me 3 times the rate... I had no choice because at that hour a lot of places weren't open... I needed internet so I could rebook my stay at one of the hotels... I booked my room and took a 2 hour nap... I woke and the mam get approached me and demanded I give him a early check-in fee... The price of a night's stay there on top of the triple charge... This guy is shady and crooked... I left as soon as I could... You don't want to stay here with this kind crooked and courpt people... What would happen to you while you sleep there... I'm sternly warning all foreigners stay away from this place... That kind of practices are boadering criminal... Kelley
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Shanthev, Manager at Star Anise Boutique Capsules
Responded 18 Jan 2020
Dear Guest, We would like to thank you for your constructive feedback. Firstly, we would like to address the issue of triple charge. we did not do that, our price is relatively economical for a one night stay and it is the price you will find on the online travel websites. We have checked our CCTV footage on money being handed over from you to the manager and it shows the correct amount for the bed rate. Please note that we are a capsule hotel and we pride our ourselves in ensuring our service standards are as such. Please note that we do have early a check in fee if you come in early and stay for the night. As such the manager had to inform you of the fees. He was not demanding in asking you for the money but only informing you since you wanted to stay for the night. Also we do know that you did not take a 2 hour nap but had a good sleep longer than 2 hours. We would like to inform you that if you do not want to pay the walk in rates, than you can do a reservation on the travel sites, but we would like to inform you to refrain from using words such as corrupt, crooked or boarding criminal. We have had many guest experience a wonderful stay with us and our reviews speak for itself.
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Alexandra P wrote a review Dec 2019
Ottawa, Canada5 contributions
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I stayed at the Star Anise for five nights. They arranged a pick up for me from the airport at a reasonable price and I was greeted cheerfully by Vincent, the manager. He got me settled immediately after my long flight and I was pleased to find a spacious, clean bed with white linen sheets and towel. The A/C was strong, toilets were clean and well organized. The Wifi was strong and there’s 2 USB ports as well as G type outlet in each capsule which was awesome. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful! I got my laundry done for 1370rs which was great as I was spending another 7 days in Kandy. Breakfast was tasty and changed daily. It included a breakfast sandwich, piece of fruit, fresh juice and tea or coffee. It was a perfect start to my mornings! I loved the location it was easy to get around Colombo and also felt very safe and secure. I had no problems walking around at night as a woman.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 23 Jan 2020
Dear Guest We would like to thank you for your review, it was a pleasure to have you with us! We are glad you had a good stay and enjoyed the capsule bed the privacy it has to offer as well as the morning breakfast. We are happy to know that our staff were able to assist you with your questions. We always strive to ensure that our guest feel comfortable and relaxed when they stay with us. We hope to see you again soon.
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Marta T wrote a review Dec 2019
Barcelona, Spain1 contribution
I would 100% recommend this hostel to anyone staying at Colombo. The staf is súper nice. I had some problems with my booking and they kindly gave me a solution. The breakfast is very Nice. The location is 8 min walking to Colombo Fort Railway station and around the hostel you have many local food options. The rooms are súper Nice and very clean. The bed is very confy and you will have the provacy you need t rest :). Very good option!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 18 Dec 2019
Dear Guest We would like to thank you for your review, it was a pleasure to have you with us! We are glad you had a good stay and enjoyed the capsule bed the privacy it has to offer. We are happy to know that our staff were able to assist you with your questions. The hotel is located in close proximity to the train and bus stations as well as galle face beach. We always strive to ensure that our guest feel comfortable and relaxed when they stay with us. We hope to see you again soon.
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valkofeeniks wrote a review Nov 2019
11 contributions1 helpful vote
+ clean, comfortable + accepts USD or card + AC + location (in a calm street but close to Colombo Fort) ~ no mosquito net but no mosquitos either ;) ~ large diff. in temperature bw. hall (mild), dining room (hot&humid), bedroom (cold), bathroom (mild) - slow, sometimes dysfunctional wifi - breakfast okayish (diff. every day but not much, tea is bitter, we ate better pol roti) During our 3-week holiday, we stayed in 7 home stays (and we spent 2x1 night in Star Anise). Staff was nice & helpful everywhere, helped us get there, organized programs on demand, arranged tuktuk, etc. These are true for this place too.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from Shanthev, Manager at Star Anise Boutique Capsules
Responded 11 Nov 2019
Dear Guest We would like to thank you for your review, it was a pleasure to have you with us! We are glad you had a good stay and enjoyed the capsule bed and the privacy it has to offer. We are happy to know that our staff were able to assist you with your questions. We will certainly strive to better improve ourselves in the areas you have mentioned. We will ensure to keep our standards high for guest to have a fruitful experience with us. We always strive to ensure that our guest feel comfortable and relaxed when they stay with us. We hope to see you again soon.
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dumb a wrote a review Nov 2019
Ragged Island, Canada24 contributions15 helpful votes
Hostel with a blind at hotel prices. The price quoted isnt the price. Two separate hidden taxes are added on when you arrive. Read the fine print! They dont even pride a place to fill a water bottle. Looking for value go elsewhere.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Shanthev, Manager at Star Anise Boutique Capsules
Responded 2 Nov 2019
Dear Guest, Thank you for your valued feedback. We are sorry to hear that you had an uneventful stay with us. To address the issues, there are no hidden taxes, especially when it is already written in the fine print , the taxes are always shown on the bookings before you even do the booking, on the front page of any booking sites. This is the same for all hotels, they either promote with tax inclusive or tax exclusive. Upon check in , you are given a complimentary free water bottle, we take pride in ensuring that we always give the best service for our guest.. If you look at the hotel prices, they are at least 3-4 times more than the price we are charging in the Colombo area. As much as we like to position our selves as a hostel, we do pride in our services rendered to the guest, as such we brand ourselves as a Capsule Hotel and not just a hostel.
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Madiha R wrote a review Oct 2019
Atlanta, Georgia23 contributions9 helpful votes
Stayed here after a very late night arrival to Colombo with an early morning next day departure - was perfect for just resting our heads. The beds and towels were clean, air conditioner was strong, bathroom was clean and spacious, and the breakfast was delicious. Very reasonable airport transfer offered as well.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Responded 2 Nov 2019
Dear Guest We would like to thank you for your review, it was a pleasure to have you with us! We are glad you had a good stay and enjoyed the capsule bed the privacy it has to offer. We are happy to know that you found the breakfast delicious and the hotel property clean. We always strive to ensure that our guest feel comfortable and relaxed when they stay with us. We hope to see you again soon.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Star Anise Boutique Capsules
Which popular attractions are close to Star Anise Boutique Capsules?
Nearby attractions include Sri Lanka Jason’s Private Drivers (0.08 miles), Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct (0.2 miles), and Colombo Fort (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Star Anise Boutique Capsules?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Star Anise Boutique Capsules?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Star Anise Boutique Capsules?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sunsetblu, Yue Chuan, and L.A.B.
Does Star Anise Boutique Capsules have airport transportation?
Yes, Star Anise Boutique Capsules offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Star Anise Boutique Capsules located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the centre of Colombo.
Are there any historical sites close to Star Anise Boutique Capsules?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Colombo Fort (0.2 miles), Wolvendaal Church (1.0 miles), and Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (3.1 miles).