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Ramada Katunayake Colombo International Airport
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Katunayake
Doha, Qatar
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“Very handy as an airport hotel”
Reviewed 9 January 2014

The hotel is a little old, but the staff are friendly for an airport hotel and the rooms were quite comfortable. Our family stayed in interconnecting rooms and we had ample space for our needs with the hotel room's manager coming and welcoming our group personally on arrive. The food in the restaurant was nice – my pork curry was spicy (as requested) and tasty – and the service was good. The gym is in an older type building, but it is well equipped and staffed by a person who knows their stuff and the pool area is OK.

Forget the spa. The ladies seem more interested in talking to their friends and trying to get you to pay for “additional services” that are certainly not going to appear on the Ramada's spa menu than actually giving you a good massage and the atmosphere for the price is just not worth it.

It is not the best hotel I have ever stayed at in terms of the look and atmosphere by any means, but it is very close to the airport and the transfers from the hotel were quick and easy on the hotel bus service.

Would I stay there long term, no way, but for short term stays as an airport hotel when you have an 8am flght or a late arrival it does the job.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

We stayed there for a night before our morning flight back to India. We did not expect a great hotel after all the reviews on TA but we thought it should serve our purpose for an inexpensive place for a night close to airport (8.5 kms). The hotel is clearly old, worn out with a creepy kind of a feel. We did not see any hustle or bustle that one usually sees in a hotel in peak season (Dec 30/31). The hotel is very strangely build with doors in passageway, no gardens surrounding the hotel etc. Our room actually overlooked some dark broken houses etc which was a bit creepy as well. The restaurant was also almost deserted but the service was decent there and alcohol cheap. The rooms and the corridors had a strange smell, beds were extra small, the water in the bathroom randomly alternated between boiling to chilled and the room AC was not cooling enough. We did not take the Rs 1000 airport drop option and just hailed a tuk tuk from the road outside and paid him Rs 300 for a 15 min ride to airport. I wont say that the stay was horrible, but you should be getting a real good deal to stay there. The hotel is at best a 2* in my opinion.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

We'd been in Sri Lanka for a couple of weeks. The travel firm we were with had put us up in a variety of moderate to poor hotels and we were fed up with no hot water, non fitting bedsheets, frogs in the bathroom etc. Faced with another problem room on our last night we used the Internet on the mobile phone to find a hotel that had avalability and got a decent review and we made our driver take us there. The Ramada was it.

And they didn't let us down. The greeting was warm and efficient and although the hotel still wasn't quite what I'd expect from the name. The public areas were oddly arranged and quite clean. The room was fine, everything worked as it should and it looked like one of countless hotel rooms I've been in which was exactly what I wanted.

The evening meal was set and offered an "International" and a Sri Lankan option. I'd have gone for the Western stuff myself but it was fish, not my favourite, so I went with the Sri Lankan. The meal was made up of several dishes on one plate and had things that I had not seen on other menus before even after a couple of weeks of restaurant meals in the country - beetroot curry for instance. I didn't care for most of the food but I think it was well prepared and quite tasty. Someone in a better mood than I was may have enjoyed it. The chap who served it to us was a delight. Very good service.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Ramada is a very calm and relaxing place to stay at..the staff is amazing they will do their best to make you feel comfortable. You are always welcomed with a smile. The food is great. Different varieties to choose from. . Perfect location. A 10 minute drive from the Airport. ... I would definitely recommend this wonderful hotel to anyone. ..

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Reviewed 1 January 2014

The hotel is clean and close to the airport. We requested non-smoking rooms, but got rooms with ashtrays in them. Smoke was detectable but not noticeable or bothersome. Staff were friendly and the shuttle was well-run and on-time.

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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): £
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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