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“Reasonable place to stay outside the centre”

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The Havelock Place Bungalow
Ranked #8 of 134 Colombo B&B and Inns
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“Reasonable place to stay outside the centre”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2006

We found it good to be based outside the main hotel area as it felt safer (less security) and we found we could walk around without attracting too much attention. It was easy to get a trishaw to other places.

The room (no. 5) was interesting - bathroom partially outside and bed on raised stone platform. The space was limited and there was nowhere to hang clothes but it had a nice, cosy feel to it.

The food is quite good and the garden is pretty. The pool is small - suitalbe for a dip. We found the staff rather quiet and they seemed to be just hanging around a lot of the time. They were nice enough but no-one really bothered to talk to us.

Overall, we liked staying out of the usual area and found it a relaxing base.

  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2005

We stayed at the Havelock on our last night in Sri Lanka. Very nicely done although the pool on the web site is deceiving not really a pool more like the size of a pond and not really anywhere to sunbath/relax around. All the rooms claim to have there own garden off the room all we had was a very small dark and gloomy concreted area certainly not a garden. The actual rooms were nice enough, clean and simply done but I have never slept in such a hard bed in all my years of travelling.I had to check to see if they had left the mattress off but it was there though a plank of wood would of done the same job. Our room also had the very stong smell of cinnamon which we couldn't find the source of and as myself and husband dislike the smell it wasn't very relaxing as i guess was the aim.The hosts were friendly enough and as we were only staying for one night i didn't complain about the beds though there is no way i would of slept there for any longer and i can sleep anywhere normally.
The food was all home cooked and very nice desserts.

  • Stayed November 2004
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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 #8 of 134 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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