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“European quality hostel- felt like i was back at stuttgart!”
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CityRest Fort
Ranked #5 of 156 Colombo B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

in my entire stay at srilanka! One hostel was a pleasant surprise! Exceptionally clean rooms and very friendly staff! Especially hamid who makes you feel more than welcome! And farley with a good sense of humor! Your stay is bound to be nice! on another note the AC's are very good unlike some of the dissapointments i faced in other motels/guesthouses. lockers and key card entries make you feel exceptionally safe! Its also based right in the business district and for a mere 25 dollars its a real bargain! Do check it out! :)

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Reviewed 16 March 2014

It is my first Hostel in Sri Lanka, so I can not really compare with other service in this country, but I ve seen hundreds of hostels on my way around the world, and this one really special.
Start from Welcome drink and Fresh face towel on arrival O.O… and ends with electronic lock system in the dorms O.O… Staff super friendly and helpful… Even it is just opened property and still there is some things which need final touch and coziness, but people here are doing their best to cover it and make guests feel comfortable. I would come back here for sure, and recommend to all budget travelers as a clean place, nice location,… Enjoy your trip)

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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2  Thank Neemaya
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Reviewed 13 March 2014 via mobile

Great location within centre of the city. The owner is gentle and always give his best to accommodate your needs. Great starting place to meet with other backpackers and travel together. :)

Most importantly, the dorms are always clean and comfortable. No complains at all :D

Stayed: March 2014
1  Thank Alex L
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

Beautifully clean and comfortable, slept well for the two nights I was here. Can be a bit hard to find, tucked around a corner behind TGIF on a small lane with many moneychangers around and ATM close by. Airconditioning was great. Lockers are provided in all rooms. Bus and train station very walkable distance. Safe and quiet, not the kind of place to go to meet other backpackers to socialise/party with but I still made a few friends to explore Colombo with and if your priority is safety, location and comfort this place is for you.

I have nothing but praise for the service. The manager could not have been more helpful. I came to Colombo for two days to attend a friend's traditional Sinhalese wedding and didn't have a clue what to expect. The manager gave feedback on what to wear and even looked up sari stores and printed off a map for me and arranged a tuktuk. After the ceremony (which was beautiful) he sat me down and answered all my questions about the poruwa ceremony and explained all the intricacies. Nothing like a true local to make you feel completely welcome! A strong recommendation for anyone.

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2  Thank Cheryl L
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

Nice and clean rooms, baths and toilets are nice and clean, friendly and helpfull staff. When you check in, it's like a hotel with a cold towel and a refreshing drink. If I come back to Colombo, I will go here again.

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Reviewed 4 March 2014

This is by far the BEST hostel i have ever stayed in for the price i paid!! after reading some of the other reviews in here my expectations were already pretty high but this place totally exceeded them!! the staff were some of the most friendly and helpful i have ever met!! they gave me a cold towel and a welcome drink when i checked in as well as a toiletry pack which was full of useful stuff! i have never seen such hospitality in a hostel before!!! the rooms were so comfortable and fully air conditioned (they also had a fan). The showers had hot and cold water and the whole place was impeccably clean and the wifi was really fast and reached everywhere!!.. the location of the hostel was amazing too. right in the heart of Colombo next to the dutch hospital which is a great place to grab some food or a beer!. the beach is just a short walk away too. make sure to check out the rooftop terrace at the hostel which has a great view and is an awesome place to chill out in the evenings! i can't think of a better place you can stay on a budget and i can't recommend this place enough!!

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1  Thank Michael B
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Reviewed 3 March 2014 via mobile

Located in the heart of Colombo, it's clean, quiet and very nice with a lot of colorful rooms.
They give you also a "welcome bag" complete with all that you need to wash and make yourself comfortable. The staff is very nice and always very helpful.
Is very cheap, especially compared to the other hotels in the same district and also in the suburban.
Breakfast is included and there's also a small library where you can find nice books to read (and maybe leave yours to the other travelers).
We totally recommend this.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: 46 Hospital Street | Colombo 1, Colombo 00100, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 156 B&Bs / Inns in Colombo
Price Range: £12 - £54 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — CityRest Fort 2*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated within a 5 minute walk to the City's main Bus and Train stations, CityRest Fort is located at the heart of Colombo City Center. The Hotel offers clean and comfortable accommodation to budget conscious travelers and backpackers. The Hotel comprises of 17 Quadruple and Triple Dorm rooms as well as Private shared or en-suite rooms. All rooms are fully Air Conditioned and are additionally fitted with a ceiling fan for guests' comfort. The rooms also include free high speed WiFi internet, individual reading lamps, large personal safety lockers, and a writing table. En-suite rooms also include a large washroom with walk-in shower and free toiletries, LED TV with cable channels, minibar and a room safe. Bed linen and towels are provided free of charge at the Hotel and each of our guests are greeted with a refreshing cold towel and a welcome drink upon arrival by our very friendly staff. The Hotel also provides free buffet breakfast with hot and cold food for all guests and has a large common room with cable TV, board games, public computers (with internet) and a book library. Furthermore, guests can unwind or sunbath in the Hostel's rooftop garden with a drink and take in the breathtaking views of the World Trade Center and the Colombo Dutch Hospital Promenade. ... more   less 
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