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“Cheap, safe stay in city center. Excellent food”

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YWCA National Headquarters
Ranked #87 of 136 Speciality Lodging in Colombo
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“Cheap, safe stay in city center. Excellent food”
Reviewed 4 February 2013

Situated right behind the president's house (Temple Trees) in Kollupitiya, Colombo, the YWCA national headquarters is a dorm that is perfect for women travelling alone, women who need to stay for long durations, and for couples. I stayed here for 10 days, was charged SL Rupees 880 a night, and was given a room that was well lit, and very clean. Bed linen was changed every two days. I splashed some tea on mine once, and when I told them, the warden had the linen changed without fuss.
The YWCA is essentially a working women's hostel, so there are many Sri Lankan girls who stay here on a yearly basis. It is their home. So there are regular bells for hot water at the boiler, bells for breakfast (7am to 8am) and dinner (8.30pm-9.30pm). Guests can buy a full breakfast (toast, butter, jam, fruit, tea pot) for SLR 300, or buy puttu+tea, idiyappam+tea, or other local food for around Rs. 150 each. I did the latter. Lunch of rice and curry is Rs. 150 per packet, and is excellent (beef/fish/chicken curry, 3 types of veggies, lentils, crisps, rice).
About the rooms-- they are basic, but clean and breezy (it also has a fan). There are two single beds, bed stands, a dresser and two clothes hangers.
Rooms are usually on share basis, at least with one other person. I luckily had a roommate only 2 nights of my stay, but that was good company too. (If you don't like your roommate for good reason (cleanliness, noise, etc), politely inform the warden. She tries to help. Common bathrooms are at the end of the hall and are clean.
There are no time curfews.
The other YWCA facility, YWCA the international guesthouse in Union Place, is very pretty and has non-share single/double rooms but is SL Rupees 4400. Both the facilities are located centrally in Colombo, close to Galle Face, Pettah, Fort station and bus stand, shopping areas etc.
I would stay there again for sure. It is the best value option in Colombo.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 January 2013 via mobile

For that price, 800rps, the place is great.
Quite central, safe, lots of embassy around so police is around, as clean as it can be, i was in a 2 bed dorm only, common balcony to have a read. The bfast is 300rps and good. Recomend for one night or two in crazy colombo

  • Stayed January 2013
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

The rooms are extremely basic but were the cheapest we could find in Colombo in a central locations. Most rooms in Colombo are ridiculously high and this was the cheapest option we found (Rs.2500 pp/per night). The rooms have a bed, fan and bathroom (double room for couples).

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

We stayed in this guesthouse because of a lack of alternatives in this price range and location in Colombo. An the location is by far the only reason to stay here.
The atmosphere is more like a old fashioned boarding school for girls, completely rundown with an unfriendly lady at the check in desk. There are strict rules to follow. The breakfast is served between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. and they usually knock on the door to wake you up!
We didn't try the breakfast.
The rooms are terrible, dark, dump, smelling, full of mosquitoes (no mosquito nets provided), cockroaches in the closet, filthy bedsheets! No internet. No telefone. To call us a taxi they used our mobile phone.

If you can avoid it, don't stay here!! It's definetely not worth the comparably high price.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: YWCA National Headquarters
Address: 7 Rotunda Gardens, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
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