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“Fantastic hotel in Colombo, clean rooms, great views & easy access the city!”
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Hotel Sunshine
Ranked #91 of 155 Colombo B&B and Inns
Reviewed 6 August 2013

Stayed here two nights on our way out of colombo last we week when in town. The rooms are nicely kept, recently upgraded & very clean. On top of that the staff is extremely friendly & the prices are affordable. Located in Colombo 4, by the ocean ( not on the beach ) with access to all main roads. Almost all attractions, restuarents, pubs/clubs from this hotel is an extremely short cab ride away ( less than 500 rupees on a Cab and prob less on a tuk-tuk ).. Great budget/medium price ranged hotel in Colombo!

Room Tip: See if you can get a room on an upper floor facing north
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Asitha L, General Manager at Hotel Sunshine, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2013

Thank you for your review of the Hotel sunshine Colombo and especially your recommendation. We are delighted that you chose to stay with us and that you were not disappointed.

We very much appreciate your kind feedback on our location, rooms and of course the facilities on our top floor; and look forward to welcome you back to yet another memorable stay and a further indulgence in our Sunshine hospitality.

Best regards.

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Reviewed 25 July 2013

Since 2004 i used to stay on this hotel for my business trips to Sri Lanka, the rooms are good and clean, at the rate of LKR 1750, its great value for money. i like the lobby of this hotel which was very spacious and calm, also the staffs are very friendly.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Karthick Subramani
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Asitha L, General Manager at Hotel Sunshine, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2013

Hello
Thank you for staying with us continuously. We look forward to having you over again. We do our very best to make sure our guests has a comfortable and a pleasant stay .

Cheers

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Reviewed 19 February 2013

We booked Hotel Sunshine on the basis of other people’s reviews and it turned out to be a good choice. The room was decent for the price and the reception staff were helpful. It’s situated near Bambalapitiya Railway Station in Colombo 04, so you can get a train or a rickshaw into the Fort/Galle Face Green, or walk up Galle Road. Also, it’s a couple of minutes’ walk from House of Fashion, which is a clothes shop with lots of bargains (if you like that sort of thing).

We had to pay 300r/day extra for wifi - I'm not sure whether this is usual in Colombo but everywhere else I've stayed in Sri Lanka it's been included at no extra cost.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank WalterWhitleyBay
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Asitha L, Owner at Hotel Sunshine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2013

Thank you for staying at hotel sunshine Colombo 4.Its greatly satisfying for us to learn that our hotel has met with your expectations in facilities comfort cuisine and the location.Its our endeavor to provide the best possible experience for all our valued guests and we look forward to welcome you back,should you visit srilanka again.

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Reviewed 7 February 2013

Budget accom in colombo is tough, but I think this may be the answer, rooms average at about 2750rps, but i got mine for 2000rps! Room 107, room was clean, but could do with a bit of a touch up..advertised as cold water only, but o my second night i had the hotest shower i have had in weeks!! wifi 300rps per day. Location is good, supermarket 2 min walk away! 300rps tuk tuk to bus station in fort.
Plenty of budget southern Indian restaraunts located nearby, as well as chinese,thai etc.
All in all. If staying in Colombo on a budget, you could do a lot worse than here!!

Room Tip: room 107, was fine, no issues or concerns at all!
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Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Mike B
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Asitha L, General Manager at Hotel Sunshine, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2014

Thank you for stay at the hotel sunshine Colombo 4 and taking time to share your feedback.we sincerely apologize for the servere inconvenience experienced by you during your stay with us.The problem you encountered is not in keeping with the high standard that we try to do our best at all times.how ever ,I would request you personally to give us another chance to make these thing up to the standard.

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Reviewed 1 February 2013

This place was perfect for us. We stayed in Room 101, a simple fan room, and a great value at US $15. The bed and pillows were comfortable and the room was very clean. It was nice and quiet when we were there. This hotel is located in Bambalapitiya, which is three train stops south of the Fort railway station. The train is very easy and inexpensive to use, but not during the rush hours when the trains are loaded to capacity. From the railway station, you walk about 6 or 7 blocks south along the water to Shrubbery Gardens Road. A tuktuk hired from the front of the hotel can take you to the Fort, or better yet, the Fort bus station for the airport bus, for just 300 Sri Lankan rupees, and then the AC minibus bus directly to the airport costs just 150 each. It took us about 2 hours from the hotel to the airport, but we allowed 3 hours to be on the safe side. Another nice thing about this place is its proximity to delicious South Indian vegetarian food. The Saraswathie across the street on Galle was our favorite, and its open from 6:30 AM to 10 at night. Plus, Hotel Sunshine is just a few blocks away from House of Fashions, an outlet for the Sri Lankan garment industry where you can spend quite a bit of time sorting through the racks - no try on rooms, you can return for exchange only. Most important, the staff is friendly. The entrance and lobby has a boutique stylishness that surprised me in this price range. There was some noise coming through the airwell in the bathroom, but we just kept the door shut. There is no top sheet provided, you could try requesting one, we bring our own. There were a couple of mosquitos, but not bad, just to be aware in case you are really sensitive. The wifi costs 300 rupees extra, but it wasn't working on the day we were there. Anyways, we were really happy to stay here and everything was great.
Thanks, Hotel Sunshine!

Room Tip: room 101 was really nice if you like a good value fan room with cold water.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Asitha L, General Manager at Hotel Sunshine, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2013

Thank you for staying at hotel sunshineColombo and especially your recommendation.
We very much appreciate your kind feedback on our location, rooms and our staff we look forward to welcome you back should you visit srilanka again.

Best regards.

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Reviewed 22 January 2013

I'm not sure how things work in this place, but the bathroom had broken windows (two of those), which meant I had to ask for two towels and tie them up to cover the windows. Everything in the bathroom would have been visible from the local arrack bar nearby. Oh, yes. If you open the window in the room, you get a view of people drinking arrack and staring back at you. If not for this crap, I could have given this place one more star.

There was a pipe which was connecting the room with the toilet (it opens in both ends, and I'm not sure why. This is perhaps for the mosquitoes to come into the bathroom and then directly into the room.

Very basic room without TV or any kind of contemporary equipment, whatsoever. Two very dim bulbs provided to strain the eyes, and to compensate for sunlight never entering the room through the day.

The door lock was on the verge of breaking apart.

Stained linens await you on the bed, and there was a thin blanket (stained) to protect you from cold, if any.

Fresh air hasn't seen the room in weeks until the door was opened up for us.

There's a charge for using wifi. Not even a bottle of water was provided.

The 'manager' in the reception wasn't looking too happy to even receive us. We were told that there was just this one room available and we were allotted that room. When we were discussing the rates and so on, a Chinese couple arrived and enquired if there are any rooms, and they told that several rooms are available and a 'bell boy' was sent with them to show the rooms. I'm not sure where were these rooms hiding when we asked for the same.

A complete dump of a hotel, run by people with crap attitude.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Asitha L, General Manager at Hotel Sunshine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2013

Thank you for stay at the hotel sunshine Colombo 4 and taking time to share your feedback.we sincerely apologize for the servere inconvenience experienced by you during your stay with us.The problem you encountered is not in keeping with the high standard that we try to portray at all times.how ever ,I would request you personally to give us another chance to truly experience the grand indulgence of hotel sunshine.

Best regards

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Reviewed 11 December 2012

Great hotel for the price. The room we had was clean, had hot water, large balcony and nice wooden doors and windows giving the room character. The location was a short walk to shopping areas and some reasonable resturants. I've stayed in many large cities in South Asia and this hotel was by far the best for the price. A refreshing change for crap you get in India for the same price.

Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Asitha L, General Manager at Hotel Sunshine, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2013

Thank you for your review of the Hotel sunshine Colombo and especially your recommendation. We are delighted that you chose to stay with us and that you were not disappointed.

We very much appreciate your kind feedback on our location, rooms and of course the facilities .we look forward to welcome you back to yet another memorable stay and a further indulgence in our Sunshine hospitality.

Best regards.

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Additional Information about Hotel Sunshine

Address: 5A Shrubbery Gardens Road, Colombo 00400, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #91 of 155 B&Bs / Inns in Colombo
Price Range: £26 - £31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Sunshine 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A/c and n/ac comfortable rooms with free wifi / elevator/24hrs room service/laundry /24hrs security / Taxi service/ Master / Visa card accepted / close to all major shopping malls and hospitals. ... more   less 
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