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“A little haven of calm in Colombo” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Havelock Place Bungalow
Ranked #9 of 130 Colombo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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49 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A little haven of calm in Colombo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2013

This guest house oozes charm with a very chilled relaxed atmosphere. Its such a lovely place to stay and retreat to from the hectic pace of Colombo. The rooms are stylish and comfortable and the food is wonderful. It offers so much more than your average guesthouse.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Ulverstone Tasmania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2013

We had a roomy suite and enjoyed our 2 night stay. The best part is the location in a small tropical garden with the Colombo traffic well muted in the distance. Tuk tuks can be organised for transport in to the city centre. There is a great little supermarket/chemist inside the garage only a minute's walk away.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2013

Loved our stay here. Loads of character and beautiful buildings and rooms perfect for family of four. Kids loved the swimming pool which was a must after the hustle and bustle of exploring Colombo during a hot day. Food and breakfasts were superb and although a 5-10 min tuk tuk (300RP) ride from Galle Face Green, well worth the ride. Step inside the walls to a little green oasis and escape during your stay in Colombo.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bangkok, Thailand
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2013

Stayed for 2 nights upon our arrival to Srilanka and it was a pleasant surprise! Our bedroom had a small courtyard, bathroom facilities were very good albeit very rustic, and the overall building is beautiful, with many places for u to rest, relax, read, surf etc.

Food was of good standard and the owner very friendly, giving us great tips on what to see, what to spend on tuks and just general information for our trip to various beaches. Highly recommend this place!

Location is ok, u will need a Tuk Tuk to get you to the sights, but the stay was worth the extra distance...

Room Tip: All rooms are good..ours was 304/ has a small courtyard
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2013

We stayed in a suite in Havelock Place for one night on the 16th of December 2012. This was our last night in Sri Lanka.

Loveeddd the place the minute we set our eyes on it. Off the main city centre and everything is close if you take a tuktuk. Our rooms were HUGE and i loved that whole nostalgic feel about the rooms. Rooms were clean and staff were soooo accommodating and kind. Food within Havelock Place is excellent. We couldn't get a place that night when we had wanted to have dinner in their restaurant. I believe they have many non-hotel guests who come down just for the food. There are levi's and nike factory outlets nearby and a huge convenience store as well.

Will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2013

We landed in hectic Colombo and found sanctuary in the beautiful and tranquil surroundings of The Havelock Place Bungalow. The room was pretty; all was clean; the communal areas inside & out were equally beautiful as comfortable; food was delicious and the staff were super helpful and accommodating...especially when we had an issue with our cards not working (no thanks to the Halifax Building Society messing it up) and didn't have our mobiles. Really impressive. Many thanks! Sam & Myles

Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Langkawi, Malaysia
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2013

Charming & peaceful place, just distant enough from the noisy city center. Easy access off a main road.
Nice staff. Good food in a lovely garden with flowers and birds to accompany you. The menu is interesting, varied and tastefully prepared.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about The Havelock Place Bungalow

Property: The Havelock Place Bungalow
Address: 6, Havelock Place | Colombo 5, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 130 B&Bs / Inns in Colombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Havelock Place Bungalow 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Governor, Hand-written Deed and Peppercorn The year was 1892 and what was known as "Ceylon" was under British rule. Governor Havelock transferred the title to the land (on which the bungalows are built), by a hand-written deed to the Havelock Building Company on the payment of Rs. 1307/- and a Peppercorn. The present owners purchased the properties in the mid 1980's and lived there. The Havelock Place Bungalow was first opened to guests in December 1999. In the city, yet miles away... If you've ever visited the Bungalow, you would have noticed how discreet we have been about our presence. To the casual passer-by, the Bungalow appears to be nothing more than an old colonial home. Only a plaque with the name 'Havelock Place Bungalow' engraved on it, indicates that we are open to guests. No wonder the Bungalow continues to be Colombo's best kept secret! We are conveniently located so if you are in the mood for a visit to the Museum, Independence Square, or Temples, or would like to go on a shopping spree, you can get to your destination in a matter of minutes. It's a jungle. But definitely not the concrete type... When you enter our gates and walk along the paved pathways, you realize you are in an oasis, away from the bustle of the city. Trees are an intrinsic part of the Havelock Place Bungalow experience. You can enjoy your breakfast while watching our garden come alive with a variety of birds and butterflies, or relax on a bench and gaze at the stars as night approaches. The surrounding foliage lends a quiet charm to every part of the Bungalow. Welcome to the Bungalow! ... more   less 
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