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The Havelock Place Bungalow
Ranked #13 of 151 Colombo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 February 2014

We stayed for one night on our way from galle to dambulla. The staff were very friendly and helpful and good with the children. It is lovely and quiet refuge away from the hustle and bustle of the city but a short tuk tuk ride to everywhere. The food was delicious. The children loved the swimming pool. The rooms are old fashioned, but the beds are comfortable. I would have liked a mosquito net, but I forgot to ask for one.
I would have liked to have spent some more nights in Colombo as it is an interesting and vibrant city. I would recommend the havelock place bungalow to my friends and we would stay there again.

Room Tip: Room 5 has a really fun bathroom.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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havelockplacebungalo, Owner at The Havelock Place Bungalow, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2014

Thank you for taking the time to review our property.We would have gladly provided a mosquito net if you only asked.
Looking forward to seeing you back at The bungalow someday.

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Reviewed 26 January 2014

A big thank you and hello to everyone at Havelock Bungalow. Our stay there was boutique luxury but also very homely. It really is a little gem in the city and I would recommend it if you are not into staying at the big hotels. It is hidden away in a beautiful overgrown garden with water pools and and lovely courtyard garden. The villa is understated colonial style and very elegant. Staff were wonderful and swiftly sorted out anything we requested. We had our 3 three year old daughter with us who loved it and still calls it it 'her holiday house' as she was so comfortable playing around the garden, the water and chatting to staff who were all so sweet to her. Our room was beautiful, elegant and comfortable. The food was fantastic. Breakfasts were perfect in good portions and a relief from large buffet meals that you often get in hotels. The homemade ice-cream flavors were delicious. We are really missing the bungalow and this will be my place to stay in Colombo for years to come. Sending everybody our very best wishes!!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Mehala74
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

Down to earth peaceful colonialstyle place, with polite personal service and a kitchen well above the average. Friendly and wellinformed managers. You feel relaxed and at home is little old school hideaway in the middle of noisy fuming Colombo. Good value for your money.

Best wishes,
Janek and Tara.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank janeklesniak
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

We travelled from India to Sri Lanka and we booked ourselves 2 rooms at this wonderful place for 3 nights. Lovely old fashioned rooms which are tastefully done with lovely common areas in which one can sit and read. Breakfasts are great and served in a lovely outdoor patio which is very relaxed and informal. We ate dinner one night at the hotel and that was excellent- lovely home made ice cream as we!!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

We stayed at the Havelock for 2 nights at the end of our month trip and loved it. It is located down a quiet tree lined street and surrounded by lovely gardens. The room was decorated in a lovely way and was extremely comfortable. Dinner in the outdoor garden was of high quality - and the homemade icecream there are no words to describe it. It you want somewhere quiet and peaceful away from the hustle and bustle of central Colombo this is the place - although a little difficult for taxis to find it is worth the 10 minute trip.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

Havelock offers a good value retreat in Colombo with the main area of Colombo fort just 20/25 away in a tuk tuk. Retains an air of an old colonial villa though we felt the rooms were a little jaded and in need of some improvement. Charming garden area for a great breakfast. Did not eat there in the evening as only one Sri Lanka option was available on the dinner menu which was disappointing.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 January 2014

Wonderful place to wind down in when arriving in colombo. Friendly and helpful staff fantastic bathrooms. Delicious food.lovely shaded seated area. Bedrooms very comfortable especially mattresses. Com

Room Tip: Charming outdoor bathrom in room 5
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havelockplacebungalo, Owner at The Havelock Place Bungalow, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2014

glad you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for taking the time off to review our property.Hopefully we will see you back at The bungalow someday.

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Additional Information about 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 #13 of 151 B&Bs / Inns in Colombo
Price Range: £49 - £114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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