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The Havelock Place Bungalow
Ranked #13 of 155 Colombo B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

We stayed at Havelock Place Bungalow for the first night of our holiday and it was the perfect start. As a family of five we had two rooms and they were both uniquely furnished. What stood out though was the amazing breakfast we were served. The owner is a passionate cook and the food was fantastic. Amongst the best we had in Sri Lanka. This place feels like a home from home and I wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

In short, all excellent. The food is fantastic, the rooms are spot on with good A/C which is vital. The staff were just what you expect, nothing is too much and always with a smile.

value for money.

I will be back. Many thanks.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

me and 2 of my friends stayed here for the last 2 nights of our trip in Sri Lanka and it was perfect, the rooms were beautiful and the staff were amazing. The food was grand (our room included breakfast) and my two friends ate here one night aswell and said it was really tasty. The pool was nice (no where to lounge about by the pool), we just placed towels on the grass area around as we wanted to soak up the last of the rays. There were various living room areas to sit if you didnt want to be in your room the whole time. Overall so pleased with our stay, it was like being in a home from home!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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havelockplacebungalo, Owner at The Havelock Place Bungalow, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2014

I am happy you did enjoy your stay with us after coming for one night and extending for two! Thank you for taking the time to review our property.See you back at The Bungalow someday.

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Reviewed 2 April 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stayed at the Havelock Place Bungalow Colombo, for 5 nights from the 27th March to 1st April.
We were absolutely delighted with the homely and friendly atmosphere the management availed to us.
The food is all home cooked and it was amongst the best we have eaten anywhere.
The room (no 5) we had was delightful. It had an open air bathroom that made our stay even more memorable.
Havelock Bungalow is not a hotel. It is stated in their brochure and therefore has an atmoshere completly different to the normal hotels. This place makes one feel that one is in Sri Lanka as it has a distinct identity.
We cannot recommend Havelock Bungalow highly enough, especially for those who seek out the uniqueness in places and want something different from the usual international anonomous places to stay.
We will always come back here.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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havelockplacebungalo, Owner at The Havelock Place Bungalow, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2014

I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us and particularly room 5.It was a pleasure having both of you and hope to see you back at The bungalow sometime.

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Reviewed 24 March 2014

We stayed here for our first 2 nights in Sri Lanka- and we don't think anywhere else will measure up! Service was outstanding and staff delightful.
We enjoyed the pool and sitting on the verandah in the morning and evening.
The food was absolutely amazing. The owner told us she enjoys cooking, and the menus show her love of food and flavours. On the first night we were tired after our flight and asked at 17.00 what time dinner was served - 'whenever you want it,' was the reply! So we had early dinner, early night, and good recovery from our flight.
The owner kindly looked at some old photos I had with me and told us where to find the buildings they showed. We were thrilled to see them, and would never have found them without her help.
Just wish we could have stay there for longer!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

by far the nicest and most welcoming place i stayed in during my stay in Sri Lanka. The owner is a superb chef worthy of a Michelin star and the old colonial style of the hotel made me feel as if i was living the life of a character from a novel written long ago..... Sri Lanka with all it's beauty can overwhelm you from time to time so the Havelock Place Bungalows with its squirrels and abundance of birds is the place to recommend to catch your breath........

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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havelockplacebungalo, Owner at The Havelock Place Bungalow, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2014

Thank you for taking the time to review our property.Hope you enjoy the next leg of your holiday in Bali.See you back at Havelock again some day.

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Reviewed 28 February 2014

This is simply beautiful place to stay. It has the sense of a Balinese villa mixed with the old world charm of colonial Colombo in a quiet and safe environment. The food was amazing - such a welcome treat to end my trip after a month's travelling around the island. I had a three-course lunch with some nice vino. Staff are very helpful and will do anything to help.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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havelockplacebungalo, Manager at The Havelock Place Bungalow, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2014

Thank you for taking the time off to review our property.I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us and maybe we will see you back here sometime.

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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 155 B&Bs / Inns in Colombo
Price Range: £51 - £130 (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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