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39, Bristol Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #36 of 61 Specialty Lodging in Colombo
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“simply awful”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

huge bugs all over the room, stinky bad sheets, problems with electricity, stinky room. We've leaved in many nasty places but this one is the worst so far.

Well, it was the cheapest accommodation we could find in Colombo but I am happy we had to stay there just a single night.

Room Tip: just avoid YMCA colombo at any costs
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    1.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

Arriving at the YMCA was something out of a movie. It was 1130 pm, rain was falling and the big steel gates were pulled closed. It was only through a small opening that I was able to get access. Inside was an older Sri Lankan man clearly in the middle of an altercation with another gentleman. A chair was thrown but by all accounts everyone was fine. I was travelling with my girlfriend and she was in the car as a mob of 30 men walked past carrying bats and pieces of wood. After the ruckus died down we were given our key and sent on up to the 3rd floor. There are currently renovations being done and it resembled more of a building site than that of residence of the Christian brotherhood. The room was a little old and the door lock was almost falling off. My girlfriend didn't feel safe at all and the amenities are certainly not women friendly. If you are a single or group of men then the place is fine, true Sri Lanka. However if you are travelling with a female best avoid this place.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Istanbul, Turkey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

I woke up to find about 30 bed bug bites all over my body, and saw red bugs crawling through the sheets. When I brought the sheets down to show the staff, they put me into a smaller and stuffier room down the hall and refused to give any sort of refund or compensation. I would recommend you avoid this place at all cost.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Colombo YMCA has changed a lot with the new management. It's getting better day by day. Soon all the rooms will be air conditioned and the 3rd floor with luxury rooms.

Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

We only stayed in Colombo so we could get to the airport in time for our early flight. The options were fairly limited but the YMCA seemed the cheapest. There is a reason for that - it was very dirty, stank of urine and the rooms are basic to say the least. It was in a great location though and meant we could get our flight so couldn't complain too much, but we made sure we literally only stayed in the room for the minimum amount of time as it was pretty horrible. Good for backpackers like us staying for one night but I really wouldn't want to stay there longer.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

I stayed here 1 night in March 2012.
This is the cheapest bed in central Colombo (roughly 4 dollars for a private room with a sink). Don't expect much. The communal bathrooms are not for the faint of heart. Their smell penetrates the rooms.
Location is key, in the heart of the fort district. The bus station is 4 minute tuk tuk ride away or a 20 minute walk.
The down stairs restaurant has good cheap Sri Lankan food.
I'd recommend this place for hardened, true budget travelers. The bats that live there all year don't mind it!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
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Wanstead, London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

The YMCA is located in the heart of the Fort district so is extremely well located for tourists. I stayed there on three separate occasions during the 2011 ICC World Cup and found the staff to be helpful and there to be a generally good atmosphere around the place. Admittedly it won't be the cleanest or most modern hostel you're ever going to stay in (understatement) but for the price you pay and the location you are in it cannot be beaten! The communal showers have the potential to scare a few punters away but the rooms are a good size and the balconies overlook the World trade Centre. There is a restaurant downstairs which serves decent enough food but there are plenty of options very close by which serve very good food, including a small joint opposite. It's also next to several internet cafe's and a supermarket. Met lots of other well travelled tourists whilst I was there so it has the potential to be a good starting point for those just arriving in Sri Lanka.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about YMCA Tourist Hostel

Address: 39, Bristol Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 61 Specialty Lodging in Colombo
Number of rooms: 19
Also Known As:
Ymca Tourist Hotel Colombo

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