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Ellen’s Place

31 Shady Grove Avenue, Colombo 00800 Sri Lanka
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Ellen's Place was named after Ellen Senanayake - the youngest child of Mudaliyar Don Charles Gemoris Attygalle and his wife Peternella Abeykoon. Ellen Senanayake contributed much to Ceylon's independence struggle, being the supportive wife of F. R. Senanayake, one of the post independence national heroes who propelled the Independence movement. Ellen Senanayake, who at one point owned all the houses and land down Shady Grove Avenue in Colombo 8, built a house for her personal physician who was expected to live there and treat her and other members of her family. Years later, the house was inherited by her great grandson Hon. Vasantha Senanayake, a young and dynamic parliamentarian who decided to convert the beautiful house to a modern boutique hotel, yet retaining some features of its original decor. He decided to name the property "Ellen's Place" in memory of his great grandmother, an ardent Buddhist, generous Philanthropist, astute businesswoman and a devoted mother to her six children.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Parking garage
Outdoor pool
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Car hire
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
Bath / shower
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Seating area
Bottled water
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Sinhala
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Zsuzsa Smidtne wrote a review Jan 2020
Kandy, Sri Lanka42 contributions9 helpful votes
Good staff, nice, clean and huge rooms, swimming pool, good sri lankan and western food. Nice and calm location. Reasonable rates. Free car park. Can not wait to come back. Highly recommended. Thanks for all.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Frank S wrote a review Jan 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia15 contributions2 helpful votes
Wow, this place was such a great deal! The room was really lovely with everything we wanted. The front office executive (A Sudharshan) in charge of the place was amazing too. He was always there from the morning to the evening and happy to answer any questions we had. He always had good suggestions and even helped us with booking an Uber and other related things. He spoke very good English. I can't recommend them highly enough.
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Date of stay: November 2019
Jacksonsinbrighton wrote a review Jan 2020
Brighton, United Kingdom420 contributions111 helpful votes
We stayed in the very clean deluxe double room for four nights and our 4th and final accommodation of a lovely long holiday. The room is magnificent, very high ceiling, lovely comfy super king four poster bed, sofa area and very large bathroom, even with bath jacuzzi which was all show and not much performance. The bedroom had two aircon units because the room is so big and the first time in weeks I slept without a direct draft. The bed was very comfy and having a kettle for hot drinks was lovely. The fashion feature was the shower being open to the elements, making the bathroom a different temperature to the bedroom. This also didn’t help with insect like Cockroaches visiting, not what you want to meet for that midnight pee!! We had no problem with mosquitoes in the room which was a plus. Breakfast was ok, only two set choices, not all of us eat that much! We had better breakfasts elsewhere for half the price. Staff where very nice, youngest being very shy. We received a restaurant suggestion which was great. The pool was cool and great for those hot city feet, it’s not a swimming pool. We where very surprised that most Tuk Tuk driver don’t know there way round their own city! This place is beside the biggest cemetery and we have to work out directions! Here to the Fort 280rs.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Naomi wrote a review Dec 2019
Orinda, California23 contributions4 helpful votes
Ellen’s Place was a perfect lovely refuge away from the hustle and bustle of Colombo. The staff was happy to help arrange for airport transfer and they were prompt to respond to all questions asked before our arrival. The hotel was clean and the room was spacious. The amenities were abundant and the room even had a mini fridge to keep our perishable items cool. I would highly recommend Ellen’s Place!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
Aloma Jayasundera wrote a review Dec 2019
2 contributions2 helpful votes
Ellen's Place, a cozy little hide-away in the hustle and bustle of Colombo. Great rooms with excellent food. You are guaranteed to be taken care of by genuinely caring staff. Aloma Jayasundera, Bahrain
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Date of stay: December 2019
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$63 - $87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ellen’s Place
Which popular attractions are close to Ellen’s Place?
Nearby attractions include Borella Kanatte Cemetery (0.3 miles), House of Fashion (0.3 miles), and Boutique Sri Lanka (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Ellen’s Place?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Ellen’s Place?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Ellen’s Place?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Ellen’s Place?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ellen’s Place?
Conveniently located restaurants include Epicure, The Barnesbury, and The Bayleaf.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ellen’s Place?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Ellen’s Place have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Ellen’s Place offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Ellen’s Place?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ellen’s Place?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Sinhala.
Are there any historical sites close to Ellen’s Place?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Colombo Fort (3.3 miles), Wolvendaal Church (2.7 miles), and Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (0.9 miles).