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Taru Villas - Lake Lodge
Ranked #1 of 162 Colombo B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

Got into Sri Lanka early in the morning and booked this place online beforehand. Was absolutely perfect for a quick stopover. Location right next to the lake, and despite being so close to busy areas, it was incredibly quiet and felt quite secluded. The rooms were really nice, good showers and comfortable beds (slept for 14 hours!). Our view from the room was of an air conditioning unit as were on the ground floor but we were out most of the day. And the breakfast was just amazing, just put aside some extra time due to staff being quite relaxed. Nice place to stay overall.

Room Tip: Try and get a room on 1st floor
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

We had our first night stay in SL at Lake Lodge. What a nice introduction to the rest of our holiday. The hotel is very tastefully decorated. The rooms were very comfortable and the air-cond worked very well )it can be very hot & humid in Colombo). The Sri Lankan breakfast was probably the best we had in all of Sri Lanka (we ate a lot of hoppers & curry during our 18 day trip). We would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

Lake Lodge is an excellent choice for travellers to Colombo. This boutique hotel has a great location, close to all services and with a pleasant view over a park and water. The personnel are very helpful and I particularly mention Sathivel, Ramesh and Seelan.

Room Tip: All rooms are comfortable....try to get room 13 which has its own private entrance and terrace.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

We loved our stay at the Lake Lodge, beautiful boutique hotel in a very convenient yet peaceful location. The staff was wonderful and assisted us solving an issue we had with a bag forgotten in a tranfer taxi. The best bed in our 4 weeks in SL !!!
Highly recommended

Room Tip: originally booked a downstairs room but changed to an upstairs one which was more pleasant
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Great location for sights, easy walking around. The hotel and rooms are very nice, the only bad point is the noise. No walls are soundproofed in Sri Lanka.. We had a ground floor room and were waken up by staff preparing breakfast from 6am. 
Breakfast could be improved, you need to pay extra for a fresh fruit juice.. Wifi works well. Be careful with the tuktuk outside the hotel they charge tourist prices, double or triple a metered tuktuk price. 

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

This was by far the nicest stay throughout my whole trip to Sri Lanka. It was clean, had running hot water (something of a luxury in Sri Lanka), the food & beverages were good and the staff very helpful and polite. I would definitely recommend this place to everyone.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

This is a stunning small boutique hotel. Located in the centre of Colombo, only a few minutes riksha ride to places of interest. We felt super comfortable when arriving in Colombo from Europe to start our trip through Sri Lanka and were lucky to enjoy our last night before flying home. Quiet, stylish, clean and with a friendly and welcoming staff. The hotel not only serves an excellent sri lankan breakfast (you will remember this long time after you leave) but has nice drinks and tasty food to enjoy in the outside terrance/open lounge on the first floor. For the design and personal touch, it is more than worth to consider this place in favour to the large hotel chains and the price is also unbeaten.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: 20 Alvis Terrace, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 162 B&Bs / Inns in Colombo
Price Range: £78 - £98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Taru Villas - Lake Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
'Taru Villas - Lake Lodge', Colombo, one of the city's first accredited hotels, was transformed into a stunning city break haven in 2009. Keen to respect the rich heritage of a building which had been in her family for four decades, Nayantara 'Taru' Fonseka embarked on a project which would crystallize into the gold standard for 'luxury-for-less' hotels in Colombo, Sri Lanka. With her creative emphasis on lines, light, and space, Taru's brainchild is the template for contemporary elegance and excellence. It is testament to the tranquility of this accommodation in Colombo that you could easily forget just how close you are to all the amenities that any thriving city has to offer. ... more   less 
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