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“A hidden gem in the heart of Colombo” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Taru Villas - Lake Lodge

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Taru Villas - Lake Lodge
20 Alvis Terrace, Colombo 03000, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #4 of 86 Colombo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Liverpool,England
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“A hidden gem in the heart of Colombo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Located in a quiet side street, five minute tuk tuk ride into the heart of Colombo.
A warm welcome, staff very accomodating. Small hotel with only nine rooms. Room was tastefully decorated and spacious. Bathroom impressive.
Breakfast was very good. Choice between bacon and chicken sausages!
We would definitely stay there again if passing through Colombo.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Situated close to the centre but still in a fairly quiet location. We only stayed here one night and had to get up at 3am to get to the airport, but would have liked to have stayed longer. The bathroom smelled rather musty but otherwise the hotel was very clean and impeccably decorated. The terrace bar was very nice, and the "caipilanka" cocktails (made with the local Arrack) definitely worth sampling. Our room was located right next to the bar and we were worried that it could be nosiy, but it turned out to be very quiet.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Another place I regret having just passed through.
Friendly, helpful staff.
Good food at reasonable prices.
Clean, comfortable rooms.

As the name implies the lake is just around the corner, as is the President's house. We went for a wander a little before dusk and stopped off at the cricket ground to discuss the finer points of the game with the local youth before making a circuit of the lake.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This place and Raj come with our highest recommendations! We stayed for one night after a lot of travelling around the south of Sri Lanka. After all the impressions of small and big cities, local food, and nature, this place was the perfect place to land and get our feed back on the ground. The place is clean, quiet, and the food is great. The service level was incredible. Shower was a much needed oasis of cleanliness. They were so calm and peaceful. Also there are nice places to eat around the area. Great indian food.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Ried Im Innkreis, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights and absolutely loved it. Everything is clean and neat and the stuff is sooo friendly. We booked the Delux-Room on the first floor. We really enjoyed it. The breakfast was awsome, and since we are vegans, they made sure that we get something special (Sri-Lankan) instead of the typical european egg :)
Also perfect location! If you like it really quite at night bring earplugs!
We can highly recommend it and we will be back!

Wir waren für 3 Nächte hier und alles war perfekt. Tolles Frühstück, für uns sogar vegane Alternativen. Alles sehr sauber und ordentlich und großzügig. Die Lage ist toll! Wenn man es sehr ruhig mag in der Nacht, würden wir Earplugs empfehlen!
Insgesamt absolut empfehlenswert!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Stayed 2 nights before heading to the airport.

Lake lodge is well situated in central Colombo. A boutique hotel it has a few well appointed rooms. Our room was on the first floor, it had a sizable bathroom with powerful shower, a side room with large wardrobe, safe and luggage storage. The well decorated bedroom had a very large and comfortable bed with TV, AC and tea and coffee making facilities.

The hotel restaurant provided food of the highest quality, both for breakfast and dinner.

Our stay was brief but extremely pleasant and well worth the cost.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Robertsbridge, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Our final destination before returning to UK. The location is quite clever as it is in a residential area, surrounded by lots of trees with roosting fruit bats and close to the lake so there is no trouble with passing traffic. It was a good base to conduct our final sightseeing tour of Colombo. The rooms are spacious and modern. A note to the management to fix a bulb in the high ceiling and the fan in room 9 also for some reason the sound on the TV was out of synchronisation with the vision. The beauty is that it has a limited number of rooms and feels secure.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Taru Villas - Lake Lodge

Address: 20 Alvis Terrace, Colombo 03000, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 86 B&Bs / Inns in Colombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
in March 2009, Nayantara Fonseka, also known as Taru, helms the re-opening of Lake Lodge, a 13-room Bed & Breakfast Budget Hotel that has been owned by her family for over 40 years. Down a quiet residential lane in the heart of commercial Colombo, Lake Lodge was one of the first accredited Tourist accommodations in Sri Lanka, which Taru has refurbished with her usual creative flair & inimitable style. Your ‘home away from home’ while in Sri Lanka, whether for a few days of holiday or a month on business, Lake Lodge will be run in the typically friendly yet professional manner that she successfully spearheaded for several years with her Taru Villas boutique hotels.•12 + 1 stylish ensuite Double Rooms with all modern conveniences (King sized beds, AC, H/C Showers, and Cable TV etc).•FREE – Wi-Fi •Spacious Lounge areas + 2 large terraces with view over park & lake. •Breakfast Bar•As well as providing our guests with a delightful lunch and dinner menu, our Chefs are also available to prepare any meal to your individual requirement•Licensed Bar. •Guest Laundry, Left Luggage, Safety Deposit, Fax, Airport Transfer, Taxi Service. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Lake Hotel Colombo

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