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De Fonse Place

29 de Fonseka Place | Havelock Town, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka (Formerly De Fonseka Place Guest House)
De Fonse Place
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We stayed here for one night in February 2013. It's a nice family home, complete with canine and tortoise companions, and has a great location in central Colombo. The room we stayed in was clean, spacious and comfortable although, as the road-side room, we did find the traffic somewhat noisy in the morning. This was compensated for, in our view,... More 

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Carpi, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Janthe's home has been our first accomodation in Sri Lanka. She was so kind with us, she helped us to organize our trip and the car rental. Her help has been essential. She suggested us a good restaurant (Green Cabin) near home in Galle Street. The room and the bathroom are spacious, the breakfast in the garden was delicious. A... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

This was a lovely house, however on arrival we were told that we were not expected despite having an email confirming our booking which had been made several months before. However the owner soon found us another room with less facilities but offered two nights for the price of one. Location was very good and we had been given excellent... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

A few spacious and comfortable rooms in an inviting family home, with or without ensuite bathrooms. Its central location means an easy tuk tuk or bus trip to all of the major sights, yet tucked away as a refuge from the somewhat chaotic Colombo traffic. Ianthe and Rohan were excellent hosts (great English), offering helpful suggestions for things to see,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

We spend two nights here at the end of 6weeks in Colombo. The location is good - 20minutes in a tuk tuk from the fort area. The neighbourhood is nice and it was fairly easy to find once we had our bearings. The owner make you feel very comfortable in their home and look after you very well which was... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Having just landed in Sri Lanka, we enjoyed a warm welcome at this guesthouse and a calm, quiet, but central, location to begin our exploration of Colombo from. Ianthe had some great tips, was very helpful, and was even kind enough to send back a portable speaker I had forgotten there. A great place to stay if you want a... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

I spend a week at de fonse place andi simply loved it. Iantha and her family gave me a very warm welcome. The place is very suitable to explore the city and the house is amazing. All together I had a very very good time. Thanks for all my dears, will definatelycome come back!

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Portimao, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

My experience here was absolutely perfect. The room was beautiful and the staff was very nice and helpful. I couldn't ahve asked for any better. Our room was very clean and quiet. I will definately come back here and I would recommend this hotel to anyone.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

This is a charming old house in upper middle class neighbourhood of Havelock, designed by Geoffrey Bawa, with a nice rustic appeal. This place is ideally located in a central part of Colombo, making it an ideal base for exploring the city. You can expect free wifi as part of your stay. however, wifi is only useful downstairs, as the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

A beautiful home - built by the popular Sri Lankan architect Geoffery Bawa - the De Fonse guest-house made for the perfect backdrop to my Colombo adventure. The room was clean, airy with a large tub (which i love!), there was a lovely courtyard where I had breakfast - but more than breakfast (toast and eggs) was the company. The... More 

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