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“Genuine family hospitality” 5 of 5 stars
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No 7, Karlshrue Gardens | Colombo 08, Colombo, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #2 of 86 Colombo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Brisbane
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74 reviews 74 reviews
54 hotel reviews
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“Genuine family hospitality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

The service we received from Chitrupa and his staff was outstanding. He personally picked us up from the airport, booked the best seats in the observation car to Kandy ahead of time and arranged for an early breakfast as the train departed at 7 am.
The house is lovely and quiet but only a short tuk tuk drive away from the centre of Colombo, when coming back get the driver to ring for directions as they say they know where it is to get the business and then drive around aimlessly costing you money! The room we had on the ground floor was clean and comfortable but dated, it felt abit like you were staying at your grandmothers place!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fonny28, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Dear Sir & Madam,
Thank you very much for choosing “Garden Guest House” for your stay in Colombo and for posting a review on TripAdvisor appreciating our services and our hospitality and for awarding “Five Stars”.
We are always willing to help our guests in their needs.
Hope you had a memorable holiday in Sri Lanka with Happy Memories to take back home.
Looking forward to see you again in your next visit to Sri Lanka.
Thank you once again.
Best Wishes
Chitrupa
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Shenzhen, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

My friend and I have stayed there only 1 night. But we like that adorable house so much. We talked a lot with Mr chirupa and his mother. Both of them are so kind. The room is so comfortable, I slept very well. The people there are so friendly, they gave us many useful informations we need in Sri Lanka.The breakfast was nice. We like the black tea very well. I'm sure everyone who is going to stay there will have a nice time. The only problem is if you really need hot water to clean yourself, you may find the outlet water from the tap is small. But never mind, If i come back, I'll definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Fonny28, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Dear Sir & Madam,
Thank you very much for choosing “Garden Guest House” for your stay in Colombo and for posting a review on TripAdvisor appreciating our services and our hospitality and for awarding “Five Stars”. It’s our pleasure to help our guests to plan out their trip by giving them important hints & suggestions.
Hope you had a memorable holiday in Sri Lanka with Happy Memories to take back home.
Looking forward to see you again in your next visit to Sri Lanka.
Thank you once again.
Best Wishes
Chitrupa
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

The people were amazingly friendly and helpful. Little far out of Colombo centre which is a pain when trying to direct tuktuk drivers there! All the travellers we met bypassed Colombo and went to Negombo instead.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fonny28, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Dear Sir & Madam,
Thank you very much for choosing “Garden Guest House” for your stay in Colombo and for posting a review on TripAdvisor appreciating our services and our hospitality and for awarding “Four Stars”. To help our guests, we have printed our visiting cards with a map and directions to reach our place. Most of these Tuk Tuk drivers have mobile phones. If they don't know the address, it's best to call us and find out the way. To get the hire, they pretend to know but in actual fact they don't know.
Hope you had a memorable holiday in Sri Lanka with Happy Memories to take back home.
Looking forward to see you again in your next visit to Sri Lanka.
Thank you once again.
Best Wishes
Chitrupa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We were staying two nights at garden guest house and Chitrupa came to pick us from the airport. I was mailing to him before and he responded always very quickly and helped us so much organizing our trip-thank you for that again!
His familiy is so nice and we felt so welcome. In the evening, he brought us to a nice restaurant and the breakfist in garden guest house is really good including fresh fruit. We were staying in the pink room, it is very clean and calm. The surroundings are calm as well but it is no problem to get to the city center.
If we come back to Colombo, we would always stay here again!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fonny28, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, September 14, 2013
Dear Sir & Madam,

Thank you very much for your lovely review on TripAdvisor regarding our services & hospitality and we are so much delighted that we were able to serve you to your expectations which would be helpful for future guests who intend to stay at Garden Guest House, Colombo.

Thank you once again for awarding "Five Stars"and we look forward to have you again in your next visit to Sri Lanka.

Best Wishes
Chitrupa de Fonseka.
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Very friendly family and so helpful. My emails were replied quickly when booking and Chitrupa was waiting for us at the airport for our late night arrival. We had a room for the four of us which was very comfortable and had lots of handy advice and information to make a quick stay in Colombo enjoyable. Chitrupa also sorted out out driver for our travels who was great. A really easy relaxed introduction to Sri Lanka.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Fonny28, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, September 14, 2013
Dear Sir & Madam,

Thank you very much for your kind review on TripAdvisor and for awarding "Five Stars" for our services. Thank you for choosing Garden Guest House for your accommodation and it was my pleasure to help you in your travel arrangements. Looking forward to see you again in the years to come.

Our Best Wishes from all at Garden Guest House.

Chitrupa de Fonseka.
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Bern, Switzerland
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We stayed in the Garden Guest House for two Nights right at the begin of our two weeks journey through Sri Lanka. From all our following locations this stayed the most "cosy" place, since it is a private house with its own personal style. Soon we had a real "welcome home" -feeling after a long day in the streets of colombo. The keeper and their staff are very charming and we were sad when we had to leave them again. Last but Not least: breakfast was fantastic!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fonny28, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Dear Sir & Madam,
Thank you very much for choosing “Garden Guest House” for your stay in Colombo and for posting a review on TripAdvisor appreciating our services and our hospitality and for awarding “Five Stars”. We treat our guest like or family and at times it’s hard for us when they have to go as we get so attached.
Hope you had a memorable holiday in Sri Lanka with Happy Memories to take back home.
Looking forward to see you again in the years to come.
Thank you once again.
Best Wishes
Chitrupa
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

A really lovely, homely and friendly guest house to start, finish or to just enjoy your visit to Colombo in Sri Lanka. We booked for one night at the start of our holiday and immediately booked for our last night too. Chitrupa and his mother are so very welcoming that you could easily think that you are "family" with lots of fun at the breakfast table in a very English and traditional styled environment. A beautiful home with attractive interior waterfall and pond. Our hosts were so helpful, that it was sad to leave them, but fond memories and when we return to the island, the Garden Guest house is a must and a welcoming experience not to be missed.
Colin & Madeleine

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fonny28, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Dear Sir & Madam,

Thank you very much for choosing Garden Guest House for your accommodation in Colombo and for taking your time for your wonderful review on TripAdvisor and for appreciating our services and our hospitality.
We were also very fortunate to have met both of you and we look forward to have you again with us in the future.
Thank you once again and wishing both of you all the very best.

Chitrupa.
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Address: No 7, Karlshrue Gardens | Colombo 08, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 86 B&Bs / Inns in Colombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Home-Stay is situated in Colombo in a very quiet residential area within close proximity to the City Center. The National Museum, Places of Worship, Park,Restaurants,Shopping Malls, Casinos, Golf Links and International Cricket Grounds,Central Bus Stand and the main Railway Station could be reached within quarter of an hour.We have WiFi which is free of charge accessible to the Bedroom. This is a Family Run business and we go out of our way for them to feel at home and experience the Sri Lankan Hospitality. As we are a Bed & Breakfast unit main meals could be ordered from Internationally Recognized chains such as McDonald's, KFC ,Burgher King or leading Italian, Indian, Chinese or Eastern and Western restaurants in Colombo. Thirty minutes drive to the International Airport on the Expressway. Airport Transfers and Tours and Excursions could be arranged for nominal fee with English Speaking / Driver Guide. ... more   less 
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