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Colombo Hotel by Ceilao Villas
Ranked #5 of 163 Colombo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 September 2013

We were on a stopover in Colombo en route back from Maldives and this was the best choice we could have possibly made. The villa was beautiful and in a quiet yet strategic suburb; a short 10 minute ride from sights like the Old Dutch Hospital and Pettah.

Mr Gladwin, the manager went out of his way to make us feel at home. We had 2 dinner meals at the villa itself and the food was very authentic. On our second day there, we complained that our room had a strange smell and the team took immediate efforts to rectify the situation. And when they couldn't, we were upgraded to an even better room!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Tracy H
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

A little gem! Stayed here for one night. Mr Gladwin and his team are tremendously hospitable hosts running a very friendly, professional operation. The property is set in an upscale and well-heeled neighbourhood in Colombo, offering a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. All major points of interest are a short tuk tuk ride away. Located down a quiet private lane, the rooms are modern, tastefully fitted out, clean and quiet. The service is great - a cool towel on arrival and courses of breakfast are brought out to you in a lovely shaded little courtyard to eat, the very comfortable beds are turned down in the evening. Great showers, free WIFI that is fast and satellite TV. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Thank rideonthewaves
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

We travel back and forth to Colombo regularly and have tried all the villas, hotels and guest houses. Nothing matches Ceilao - which feels like being in your own home. Which it is, a wonderful art deco style mansion tucked down a quiet lane in the heart of Colombo - perfect location. The rooms are wonderful and our kids ran around and played to their hearts content - as it was the weekend, no business customers were staying. Staff are really attentive, and we spent most of the time in the garden catching up with friends and really enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Eveline C
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

Arrived in Colombo at midnight and we where picked up by Ceilao driver and delivered to the villas, on arrival we where greeted by Sam the manager and shown our room and given tea.
The room #6 was great the only down side was the banging pipes but next morning when we talked to Sam & Gladwin (general manager) they moved us to room #3 a bit smaller but also great and clean.
The 1st morning we had eggs, fruit & toast very nice but next 2 mornings we had SriLankan breakfasts the best and a great start to the day.
The staff are so helpful and nothing is to much trouble.
We have decided to stay another 3 nights own our return to Colombo in a couple of weeks after our tour which Sam & Gladwin went out of there way to arrange a driver for us as our driver could not be contacted.
The only thing I would do to make the stay better would be to put more towel rails in bathrooms and bolt down the safes.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank TIFFYBrisbane
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

Our stay in Ceilao Villas was an unscheduled one, forced upon us by the unaccommodating and uncompromising Lake Lodge in Colombo.

Managed by the highly professional and affable Gladwyn, Ceilao offers spacious accommodation and is situated close to central Colombo and a variety of the city's main attractions. Access to the main shopping areas was a priority for my wife whose credit card received a thorough workout at Odels and Paradise Road.

Breakfast at Ceilao is basic but very good. They served the best cup of tea that we had in Sri Lanka - no mean achievement that!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Andrewabu1
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

We only stayed here one night but were very impressed by the decor the staff and friendly, helpful service. It is a quiet oasis in the bustling city of Colombo, big comfy beds and good food too. The pool is small but adequate. I will definitely be returning here.

Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
1  Thank Jamiesiam
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

The last years I travelled 2 or 3 times a year to Sri Lanka. I stayed at this hotel for my last night in Colombo before I left Sri Lanka in April 2013.
A hidden calm place with only a few rooms not far to all the places of interest and shopping.
If you are looking for a modern designed clean room/bathroom, nice terrace with swimming pool and an excellent service so you have to go there!
Usually they prepare a European Breakfast - I ordered a Sri Lankan - it was no problem at all though it was Buddhist's New Years day.
I enjoyed everything, was really satisfied and will definitely come back soon.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank Anette R
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Additional Information about Colombo Hotel by Ceilao Villas

Address: 47/1, Jawatte Road | Colombo 5, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 163 B&Bs / Inns in Colombo
Price Range: £47 - £103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Colombo Hotel by Ceilao Villas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A fusion of minimalist design with vibrant and exotic features, this modern day boutique hotel offers you a blank canvas to paint your own, unique experience. Located in the very heart of Colombo, this 6-bedroom hotel provides an escape to a tranquil and peaceful environment that invites you to indulge in all that is refreshing and luxurious. ... more   less 
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