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Ramada Katunayake Colombo International Airport
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Katunayake
Reviewed 1 December 2013

I stayed just overnight, arrived evening and left early the next morning. The airport transfer was great. The front desk was kind of slow, they upgraded me to a bigger room but made it sound like I would be extra -it wasn't any extra. The room was large and modern. Restaurant was okay but staff friendly. The room has internet for $ but I couldn't get system to accept my visa so I ended up not using it

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

I selected this hotel because it was advertised as an airport hotel at a reasonable price with an airport transfer. It is not particularly close to the airport and there is a fee for the airport transfer (about $10 USD) The location is on the main highway with no nearby restaurants or shopping. The reception personnel were welcoming and efficient, and the room was clean and comfortable. After 10 days of eating local cuisine, I ordered chicken cordon bleu. It was acceptable, but there was no sauce. As mentioned by a previous reviewer there were frequent power outages.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

Maybe we had an expectation of a quality hotel given the Ramada chain have been around a long time. The room and bed were comfortable. The quality of the restuarant food was poor. There is no other restuarants within walking distance. They have a good gym and pool and the staff were helpful. Every 1/2 an hour the hotel has no power for 5 minutes, we inquired and it seems that this is not un usual occurance and the staff all seemed quite used to it. Maybe they should think of leaving a torch in the room for the guest. It is not great to be having a shower and be plunged into total darkness for 5 minutes. I would not want to be using the lift or walking down stairs either. Fortunatley we were not stopping the whole night just using the hotel to get cleaned up before plane trip home. We were there from early afternoon to 10.00pm.

Room Tip: sorry can not offer any advice in this area
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

the Ramada Katunayake is very convenient for Colombo Airport...it is clean and the staff are very friendly and efficient. it is reasonable value and room service tasty and quick . although it is a little soul-less and bland , but for one night comfy and adequate

Room Tip: there are few good views but there is a lift so no stairs to worry about
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

Staff amazingly helpful - they even offered us the Rewards Loyalty Program which Ramada Hotels in the UK just couldn't be bothered to do! Room Service and delivered food excellent - just what you need when you've had a long drive and you are packing for the plane. Do allow 30 mins to get to airport. More choice on wines please.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

We stayed in the Ramada Katunayake for one night before starting our tour of Sri Lanka. It was the least favorite of all the places we stayed. The location is terrible. It's close to the airport but there is nothing else around the hotel worth seeing. The staff was not helpful at all when we asked them for assistance in getting transportation to Negombo. They kept telling us to use their very overpriced car service. Later we realized that a tuk tuk would have been totally fine. The rooms were average in size although they smelled like smoke and old mildew. The pool had green mold growing in it and dead bugs floating in it. Obviously it hadn't been cleaned in a while. The spa charged outrageous prices for massages in their cramped little hut in the back garden.The breakfast was cold, tasteless and not impressive. We couldn't wait to leave.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

The first inkling you get that this hotel is not really a Ramada but a licensed property is the sign in the hotel's reception. Ramada's central booking website certainly doesn't rush to tell you that when you buy into the Ramada name here, you're not getting what you think you are.

You're getting a locally managed hotel about fifteen minutes away from the airport which provides shabby, barely adequate accommodation. It's not filthy, but it's hardly pristine - you can sleep sound enough here, but don't expect not to encounter musty corridors and dark, dowdy rooms. The AC worked as did the plumbing. That's not a 'given' in Sri Lankan hotels generally, BTW! We used it as a stopover after a particularly nasty flight schedule dumped us in Colombo at 2.50am, so this was somewhere to wash off the journey, sleep and prepare for our trip up to Kandy the next day. It was adequate - barely - to the task.

Breakfast was a strange melange of oddly-conceived 'American' breakfast, slightly puzzling pastries (doughnuts 'drizzled' with chocolate sauce. Yum.) and Sri Lankan dishes. Coffee was fine, the toast machine broken (two of four slices worked) but it wasn't the worst breakfast I've ever eaten.

Short stopover out of necessity on your way somewhere else? Fine. No more than that.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ramada Katunayake Colombo International Airport

Address: 842 Negombo Road, Katunayake, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Katunayake
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Katunayake
Price Range: £46 - £85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ramada Katunayake Colombo International Airport 4*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ramada Katuanayake is located just 7KM miles from Bandaranaike Airport. It features a fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool, and offers spa facilities. All rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with cable TV, minibar and a work desk. In-room breakfast is available. Guests can sunbathe at the pool area, and make use of the fully equipped fitness center. The hotel's restaurant overlooks the pool and serves a wide variety of both Eastern and Western cuisine. Guests of Ramada Katuanayake are also welcome to enjoy an exotic cocktail at the Pinnacolada Lounge Bar. Hotel Ramada Katuanayake is 14KM from Negombo Beach and 3KM from the Birds Sanctuary at Muturajawela, which is also accessible by boat. The city of Colombo is 30KM away. Free on-site parking is available. ... more   less 
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