The name of this B&B is very accurate! It's most definitely a haven from the hustle and bustle of Colombo! We stayed in the Margossa Den room for the first 3 nights of our 2 & 1/2 week trip to Sri Lanka.
We arranged airport collection through Colombo Haven, which went without a hitch. Despite a delay to our flight our driver was waiting for us at the airport and took us right to the door of Colombo Haven. Our driver was quiet and didn't speak much English but he was very friendly. I'm really glad we did this as catching the bus would have been pretty daunting upon first arrival (the roads, traffic & manner of driving were quite a shock). The journey took us a couple of hours as the traffic was quite bad. The B&B is off the main Galle Road, down a minor road, we were a bit dubious about it when the driver reversed down (due to no turning space!) but soon found it to feel quite safe. Being set back off the main road also dulled down the traffic noise.
John and his wife greeted us and made us feel very welcome and at home. The freshly made fruit juice was amazing! Our Room was spacious, clean and well furnished. It had all the essentials with lots of added extras (Air Con, bowl of fruit, tea & coffee making facilities, mossie repellant & a fridge). It also had a lovely terrace garden which was well cared for. The only problem we experienced was with a minor leak in the roof - but to be honest, the Rain was so heavy, I don't know how any roof would have coped!
To get us started John gave us some great initial suggestions on what to see in Colombo, good places to eat, how to get around etc. Then later, over a delicious breakfast he helped us to plan the rest of our trip by advising on the must see places and critically, the best way of travelling between each of them (bus, train, car & driver etc). He had an excellent knowledge of the Island and his wife kindly documented it all in a rough itineray for us.
John's wife cooked us 2 delicious breakfasts, with a mix of western and Sri lankan foods. There was so much food, we didn't need to eat lunch. They were very flexible with timings and would sit with us to talk through our plans while we ate.
All of the key sites within Colombo are within walking distance of the B&B, but with the heat & humidity we often used Tuk Tuks.
This was one of the more expensive places we stayed during our trip but for Colombo, it was very reasonable.
If you stay here - don't forget to visit the Carnival Ice Cream Parlour!
Thank-you for a wonderful couple of days and for the great advice that helped to shape our trip to Sri Lanka.
John - we'll email you some pics of our trip soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With Daily rate of only $50-$60/night/double, and right next to the Sheraton Colombo (opening soon), why not stay in the best area in Colombo at an affordable B&B with 7 star hospitality? You can't miss Colombo Haven B&B either on the internet search, TripAdvisor or in person. We are one of the longest established B&Bs in Colombo. With a chef on site to make you fresh, customised breakfasts, lunch and dinner, we are as well known for our rooms and hospitality as our food. People even saying "it's the best food in the entire island" that they have had!(TripAdvisor reviews). Colombo Haven is a tastefully furnished four bedroom B&B located in the heart of the Colombo suburb of Colpity (Kollupitiya). Which is literally a stone's throw away from Liberty Plaza and is walking distance to places such as British council, American consulate, the presidential palace, Cinnamon Grand hotel, Galle Face Green, Liberty theatres, restaurants, carnival ice cream, Gangarama Temple, Vihara mahadevi park, etc. Facilities:• Air conditioned • modern bathrooms with Hot water• Five star hotel quality beds and linen• Freshly prepared breakfast,lunch, dinner, drinks • Free Internet/WiFi • 7 star hospitality!!! ... more less