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“new, modern and full of energy”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Drift BnB Colombo

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Drift BnB Colombo
Ranked #2 of 134 Colombo B&B and Inns
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“new, modern and full of energy”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

The room was new, spacious and has beautiful color. The dorm room was provided with air condition. The staffs was young and full of energy. They provided me with good service. The breakfast was authentic food. But the location is inside and less people know this hotel because it's new. It toke me several minutes to find it. From here to the airport 2 and half hours would be needed.

  • Stayed May 2014
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3 Thank Juliette123456
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Ravi B, Owner at Drift BnB Colombo, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Hi Juliette,

Thank you for the positive review! We are very new actually (just 3 weeks) and hence not many people know about us. We acknowledge that some customers have had trouble finding the place even though we are located on the main Galle Road strip and will be putting up another sign in the archway leading to the hotel to help everyone out! We are also in the works of getting a giant mural on the main wall which should act as more signage.

With regards to getting to and from the airport it is actually only a 25 minute (31 km) taxi ride away and we can organize this for you upon request. I am afraid the cheaper public transport option takes much longer as public buses do not use the highway, although even we are surprised it took this long! We really appreciate the kind words and hope you stay with us again!

Warm Regards,
Ravi
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Accommodation in Colombo is usually dingy and overpriced, so when I came across Drift it was a breath of fresh air. It's modern, clean and beautifully decorated, and the rooms are all well within the backpacker budget.

After a long time spent travelling through Sri Lanka it came as a great surprise to find a hostel like this. The staff are friendly, helpful and fun, the bathrooms are more like something you would expect in a boutique hotel, and the whole place has a beautifully relaxed atmosphere that is a welcoming respite from chaotic Colombo. It's easily the best place to stay in the city, and the location is perfect: right in the centre of everything so you don't have to travel far to get to Colombo's main attractions.

It's refreshing to find such a high standard of accommodation in Sri Lanka. Keep up the good work guys, I'll definitely be coming back!!

  • Stayed May 2014
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

I would highly recommend this place to anyone staying in Colombo. The location is ideal being a short walk form the beach AND w/shops and restaurants right down the street right on Galle Road (I recommend checking out barefoot, which is a shop/gallery/restaurant, Green Cabin and Queens Cafe *good sri lankan food*, and Paradise Road Gallery Cafe *expensive but good*, which are all within a short walk). Even though I felt like I was close to everything it still felt tucked away and quiet! :)

It was one of the cheapest dorms to stay in the city and it looked clean so I decided to book with them, and I wasn't disappointed. The only down side was other people coming home late and waking me up from a deep sleep (they have super soft comfy beds!), but this is to be expected when sharing a room with other people I guess. Staff was really friendly and they kept the place super clean and were helpful in pointing out where to go/what to see. Loved the funky artwork and cacti all throughout!!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

Drift is any traveler's dream, especially in a city like Colombo where reasonably priced, high quality accommodations are few and far between. I've stayed in countless hotels of all levels throughout Sri Lanka and Asia, and Drift definitely stands out as someplace I will happily return to and recommend highly to others. It just opened, so everything is new and modern, and it was a joy to step into the clean and calm after the chaos of the city. The bed and shower are AMAZING, location is great, and the cool, comfortable vibe of the hotel and wonderful staff make you want to stay a while. Definitely my new go-to spot when I'm in Colombo.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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6 Thank mml333
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Ravi B, Owner at Drift BnB Colombo, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
Hi, we are so happy you enjoyed staying at our place! Please feel free to come back if you visit Sri Lanka in December! Happy travels, Ravi
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

Finally Colombo has what all travellers need,a small hotel run by an enthusiastic pair of owners that provides everything that i could have asked for.
I have been visiting Colombo for over 10 years as i was involved in a business in Sri Lanka,always staying in the bigger hotels that do provide everything but at the loss of personal care and with a much higher price.
Drift i found excellent value for money considering the level of accommodation and the great personal service.
I totally recommend this place.....

Room Tip: Stayed in the Deluxe room,well worth the money.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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2 Thank Yoginick
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Ravi B, Owner at Drift BnB Colombo, responded to this review, 25 May 2014
Hi,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us. We really appreciate this given we only just opened, and we are very please that our hotel and services matched your expectations!

Hope to have you stay with us again!

Warm Regards,
Ravi
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2014

really nice place to stay. most comfy beds in sri lanka so far. modern and clean recommend to anyone traveller's, couples and business travel would all love it and we will be back soon. staff are all friendly and helpful too.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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3 Thank Natalie R
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Ravi B, Owner at Drift BnB Colombo, responded to this review, 25 May 2014
Hi Natalie,

Thank you for giving us our very first review and we are so glad you found our dorm beds comfortable! Please do come stay with us again!

Kind Regards,
Ravi
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Property: Drift BnB Colombo
Address: 646 Galle Road, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 134 B&Bs / Inns in Colombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Drift BnB Colombo 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Drift BnB is a cosy modern space (think boutique on a budget) tucked away right in the center of Colombo, on the Galle Road main strip, less than 2 mins walk from the city's best galleries (Barefoot & Paradise Road), cafes (Cricket Club Cafe, Green Cabin), restaurants, shopping (Majestic City Shopping Precinct) and the ocean. The bus stop is around the corner and it is a 5 minute walk to the train station. ... more   less 
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