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Ranjit's Ambalama

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed January 15, 2016

I stayed at Ranjit's for 10 days with my 2 yr old son. The stay was very comfortable and pleasant. Ranjit was a perfect gentlemen and generous. The house keeper Daya is a real gem with a very kind heart. Even though the room we stayed in was his own house (he offers rooms in two houses), we were given...

Thank Nadira Y
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed November 28, 2015

We really enjoyed our stay at Ranjit's. The double ensuite room was quite basic but comfortable. The breakfast may have been pricey but the food was amongst the best we had in our 3 week trip around Sri Lanka including in comparison to some 5* hotels. The owner was very pleasant and offered to help us plan our 2 days...

Thank Sajal P
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
Reviewed November 14, 2015

First of all that romantic picture that is given above is not showing the place. The "Ambalama" is simply one half of a double house built in the 60ies, Mr Ranjit just lives next door. Very Basic, shabby furniture. worn out beds, No cleaniness in the shared bathroom/toilet. A very sneaky house owner will walk in your room at any...

4Thank JamesKlausner
Copenhagen, Denmark
Reviewed August 13, 2015

We really loved our stay at Ranjits Ambalama. Ranjit, the owner is a very nice and interesting man. The rooms were spacious and clean, and wifi was good. We will definitely recommend this guesthouse to others.

Thank Marianne E
Reviewed May 17, 2015

The beds have been improved and the green and lush garden is still growing which makes for waking to the sound of birdsongs in the morning a delight. The cost of the meals is worthwhile as eating at the guest house is not only tasty but the serving large and the setting is relaxed.It is eating at a home so...

1Thank rachael h
Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic
Reviewed April 11, 2015

Despite the barking dogs as a late arrival welcome, our children grew fond of the three dogs, but we didn't, as one started snarling at our son who was grabbing a bite. Ranjit is friendly enough, but the beds are literally falling apart and have been needing a good wash for several years now. Tea came at a very expensive...

1Thank Jeanne T
Deniyaya, Sri Lanka
Reviewed October 9, 2014

Ranjit is a nice guy and was helpful to us but we did not greatly enjoy our time at his guest house. As pointed out by others - although it provides basic level accommodation, there are some costly extras such as 850 Rs for breakfast (way too much!) and 1750 Rs per room for 12 hours of air con. This...

1Thank Jakki_from_Sydney
Paris, France
Reviewed August 31, 2014

At this guesthouse, everything has a price : - 6000 rps for an ok room (spacious, but bathroom in poor condition) - a steep 850 rps for breakfast - an even steeper 1750 rps for the AC And you have to pay upfront for each and every service that you ask for. We switched on the AC, but as soon...

4Thank Will_75_Traveller
Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is a very basic place and as such, considering the room rates, this may very well work for some, especially if you are traveling on a budget. However, no matter how affordable, this does not mean lack of cleanliness and poor maintenance are okay. My room was spacious with a large bed (at least for one person), an okay...

Thank mbaas
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed April 17, 2014

I stayed at Ranjit's Ambalama with my sister at the end of our trip to Sri Lanka in January. This place is a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of Colombo, but within walking distance or a short rickshaw away from the train station, excellent museum, town centre and great cafes and bars. The rooms are simple but spacious and...

Thank KFarrer
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Ranjit’s Ambalama in cinnamon gardens provides comfortable rooms in an eco friendly setting with a leafy courtyard, verandas and large garden with thick vegetation. A peaceful hideaway in a homey atmosphere with personalized service unique in the city of Colombo. It is very centrally situated in close proximity to all embassies, visa offices, shops and other places of interest in the city of Colombo with easy access to transport. Swimming pool nearby is available. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ranjit's Ambalama

Address: 53/19 Torrington Avenue, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Price Range: $43 - $68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Ranjit`s Ambalama Hotel Colombo
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“Avoid this place”
JamesKlausner, Nov 14, 2015 | Read review
“The garden-facing rooms are pleasant and get decent ventilation. Keep in mind though that the birds wake-up early and their joyful singing can be a bit much for some.”
mbaas, Jul 21, 2014 | Read review
“The 4 bed room has the bathroom effectively en suite, but shared with access via another door for the other (non en-suite) room.”
  • The balcony, with verdant foliage.
Lady_Tessa, Dec 6, 2013 | Read review
“If you don't want to share a bathroom then either take the room with the private bathroom (it costs a bit extra) - or a bungalow out the back - Nice 'rain fall' style solar driven showers there.”
HamishJohnA, Nov 24, 2012 | Read review
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