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Backpack Lanka Hostel

247D R.A. De Mel Mawatha Opposite Liberty Plaza, Colombo 00300 Sri Lanka
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#25 of 249 Specialty lodging in Colombo
Backpack Lanka is a budget city hotel in the heart of Colombo City. The range of accommodation is from Serviced Apartment to Triple Family Room to Double Rooms and Dorm Accommodation! All Air Conditioned! Free 4G WiFi, Pool Table, Darts and and a Sandwich counter are just some of the facilities.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Game room
Car hire
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Evening entertainment
Taxi service
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Bath / shower
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Sinhala, Tamil
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Polina wrote a review Jan 2020
St. Petersburg, Russia34 contributions2 helpful votes
We had private room with bathroom which is a miracle with this price in Colombo But hostel is not very clean, I don’t recommend have a breakfast here also. Knifes and forks weren’t clean enough. But hostel has a kitchen, so you can cook Really nice and helpful stuff
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Nhi N wrote a review Oct 2019
Hoi An, Vietnam28 contributions5 helpful votes
If you are looking for a budget and comfortable place right in the center of Colombo, don't hesitate to book Backpack Lanka. We feel very lucky choosing this hostel as it is so convenient for us to travel around. The staffs especially Mr. Malitha Lakshan are very welcoming, friendly and helpful. We were welcomed by his warm hospitality and were introduced the nice places to visit as we only a very short time in this city. From the hostel you can just take a walk about 1 km to Beira Lake, Gangaramaya Temple, further 500 meter you will see the beautiful colonial buildings. If you don't like to walk you can take a tuktuk which is easily found in streets. This hostel is also near some shopping center where you can easily find food at the food court there. We had dinner at the food court opposite to the hostel which was fine. The double room has good air conditioner and use bathroom after checking out. Having a chat with the staffs is one of a nice opportunity to interact with local people. We love our stay at Backpack Lanka and highly recommend you booking this gem. We will definitely stay at this hostel if we come back to Colombo.
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Date of stay: October 2019
Tinabombina wrote a review Apr 2019
United Kingdom137 contributions26 helpful votes
My partner and I stayed here for one night at the start of our trip. Niyas was awesome and couldn’t do enough for us. He helped us plan our route of Sri Lanka, telling us the best places to go and ways to get there. The room itself was basic but clean and the air-con was good. The walls are very thin so you can clearly hear noise from your neighbours. The shared bathrooms were clean and had hot water. Breakfast included fried eggs, toast and tea or coffee. Location wise, there is a food court within walking distance, a mall across the road with a coffee shop inside and around 20-30 minutes walk to galle face green. For such a cheap price, I don’t think you can ask for much more and I would recommend staying here just for Niyas’ knowledge and advice! Thank you for a great start to our trip.
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Onasius Fernando wrote a review Mar 2019
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka476 contributions41 helpful votes
A good place to stay in colombo with excellent breakfast also we’ll cleaned washroom. Good friendly staff very knowledgeable and very care about us. A good notice board all about colombo and SriLanka like to stay onboard again
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
Response from Mahesh Y, Owner at Backpack Lanka Hostel
Responded Mar 6, 2019
Thank you for staying with us Onasius. We love having you over as our guest and we are glad you feel at home! Look forward to seeing you again!
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aggie607 wrote a review Jan 2019
London8 contributions
The hostel is fairly basic which is reflected in the price. (Keep in mind Colombo is way more expensive than the rest of the country.) The location is great, close to Galle Road - a keen walker will reach some of the tourist attractions within 20 minutes, otherwise only a short tuk tuk ride away. The success of the hostel is definitely its staff, especially Niyas. Both him and the boys are super friendly and will go out of their way to give advice, help arrange trips, sighseeing etc. Niyas was especially generous with his time and personal recommendations, he actually sat down with us for about an hour to tell us all about Sri Lanka's highlights. We asked a lot of questions and together we came up with a list of places to visit in the next four weeks. He is definitely a great asset to the hostel. Breakfast is included (three pieces of toast, one fried egg, butter/jam and a drink), free filter water to fill up your bottle available.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Mahesh Y, Owner at Backpack Lanka Hostel
Responded Jan 16, 2019
Thank you for your excellent review Aggie. You have succinctly put down what our business tries to be. Basic accommodation that is amazingly located. Niyas the the boys will be thrilled about the shout out! Thank you for staying with us and please do come back to stay with us on your way out! Call in and book direct for a discount! Until then, have a great trip!
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$17 - $22 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Sri LankaWestern ProvinceColombo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Backpack Lanka Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Backpack Lanka Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones (0.3 miles), Traditional Gem Mine (0.2 miles), and Vistas Bar (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Backpack Lanka Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and dry cleaning.
What food & drink options are available at Backpack Lanka Hostel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Backpack Lanka Hostel?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Backpack Lanka Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Palmyrah Restaurant, Cloud Red, and AYU.
Are any cleaning services offered at Backpack Lanka Hostel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Backpack Lanka Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Tamil, and Sinhala.
Are there any historical sites close to Backpack Lanka Hostel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Colombo Fort (1.9 miles), Wolvendaal Church (2.2 miles), and Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (1.6 miles).