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15 / 24 A, 3rd Lane Off Chandra Wettasinghe Mawatha, Nawala, Colombo Sri Lanka
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#16 of 222 B&Bs / Inns in Colombo
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The Mangrove is an excellent choice for travelers visiting Colombo, offering a romantic environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.

The rooms offer air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a minibar, and getting online is possible, as free wifi is available, allowing you to rest and refresh with ease.

The Mangrove features room service and a concierge. In addition, as a valued The Mangrove guest, you can enjoy a pool and free breakfast that are available on-site. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking.

Given the close proximity of popular landmarks, such as Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (1.7 mi) and Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple (1.8 mi), guests of The Mangrove can easily experience some of Colombo's most well known attractions.

If you’re looking for a seafood restaurant, consider a visit to Waters Edge, Isso, or Beach Wadiya, which are all conveniently located a short distance from The Mangrove.

Plus, during your trip, don’t forget to check out some of the popular monuments and statues, such as Independence Memorial Hall and N.M. Perera Statue.

Enjoy your stay in Colombo!

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Jonas S wrote a review Mar 2020
Halmstad, Sweden28 contributions1 helpful vote
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I got the suggestion to book the hotel from my colleuegues staioned in Colombo since it was situarted closse to my workplace. Great location near the Mangrove in an VERY quiet resedential area. Stayed for a week and really enjoyed atmosphere, the rooms are great and also the pool .
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Tracy M wrote a review Feb 2020
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Lovely well decorated hotel, staff where very accomodating and welcoming. Room was great. The kitchen made me a special meal on arrival and the Sri lankan breakfast was wonderful. The hotel also helped me with transport and itinerary for my visit. Thank you so much.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Fanny Helbecque, General Manager at The Mangrove
Responded Feb 19, 2020
Dear Tracy, Thank you so much for a lovely review after your recent experience at The Mangrove! We are so happy that you had a great stay with us and that our team made you feel welcome and helped you in every way they could. It is nice to see that you enjoyed our food, especially the Sri Lankan cuisine served by our Chef. It was such a pleasure hosting you at The Mangrove and we wish you to enjoy the rest of your holiday in Sri Lanka! We look forward to your next visit! Thank you for choosing us, The Mangrove Team
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Nadeera K wrote a review Feb 2020
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We picked The Mangrove Hotel as our Wedding venue as it was a quiet quaint little place in the heart of Colombo, with a lovely surrounding of trees and greenery. It was the perfect location for our small intimate outdoorsy event. The staff was really friendly and supportive on our entire idea of a small wedding and was really helpful in every possible way in getting things right for our special day. As we booked the entire venue, we had the pleasure of using all their cool antique pieces and lovely lobby area plus the garden by the pool. It was such a memorable day for us and to our guests. It made our dream come true! On the following two days of our stay at the hotel we were treated very well, we had a hearty breakfast from delicious Sri Lankan cuisine to mouthwatering English breakfast served to our room with a refreshing fruit juice. We had a great time at the hotel and we would like to thank the entire hotel staff who made this possible especially Fanny, the manager and
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from Fanny Helbecque, General Manager at The Mangrove
Responded Feb 19, 2020
Dear Nadeera & Dulhan, First, on the behalf on the entire team, we wish your all the best for your newly wedded life! Thank you very much for such a lovely review of the time you spent with us! It was such a pleasure hosting you, and especially on your very special day! We are so happy that we could help you organize a memorable event and meet the idea you had in mind for your intimate wedding. Your amazing feedback about our location in a lush greenery and peaceful surroundings, our cuisine, the service provided by our team are all so encouraging. We hope we will get to welcome you again at the Mangrove in a near future, maybe your wedding anniversary? Thank you for making us a part of your special day, The Mangrove Team
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mazzap wrote a review Feb 2020
Bedford, United Kingdom292 contributions187 helpful votes
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Not really a hotel, more of a homestay. Water £1.50 for 500ml, it’s 20p in the local shops and only the first 2 bottles were complimentary unlike all other hotels we stayed at where the water was free. Stained, stale smelling sheets, dirty pillows with old yellowing pillowcases, stained armchair seats, ringmarks and bad scratches on all woodwork, fingerprints on woodwork and four poster bed uprights, thick dust on wardrobe shelves, dirty windows, mirror and shower doors, handprints and fingerprints everywhere. Even footprints on the floor. Automatic bin was a good idea but it’s no longer working and it’s difficult to open! No safety deposit box as advertised. Pool was not inviting as too overlooked by reception, lounge and dining areas and much smaller than expected. Only 2 sunbeds by the pool for all 4 rooms. Our room is not as big or smart as hotel advertising pictures show. Was probably very nice when it was new but now showing a lot of wear and tear. There’s a grubby, worn out rug on the floor and a dirty tea tray cloth with chipped, stained mugs and dirty spoons. The whole room and shower-room needed a jolly good clean and revamp! Mangrove hotel is miles from anywhere, at least 40 mins by tuk-tuk to city at busy times and there are no nearby shops or restaurants. No friendly welcome, no useful information given on check-in, no explanation of anything in the room (we accidentally turned off air-con on first day as it looks like a light switch which we weren’t warned about). Had to stay in the stuffy room all night and wait until the morning to get it switched on! Breakfast was pleasant enough but a lot of flies in the dining room and on the food and no air-conditioning, just a fan. We were told someone would call our room when breakfast was ready but they didn’t call. We came down anyway and breakfast was waiting on the table with the flies all over our glasses of fruit juice! The coffee was awful so we stuck to tea after the first day. On departure on day 3, we handed back the key to check out but there was no acknowledgment, no thank you for staying with us or have a good onward journey, just blank stares to the point it was embarrassing. The person we had previously been dealing with by email called Fanny, had been away sick for our first 2 days. When we eventually met her at checkout she was nowhere near as friendly as we expected. I gather that she has now left working there anyway! Something is not quite right about the management at this hotel and we were quite happy to leave!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Feb 5, 2020
Dear Marion, We received your review and we are honestly quite shocked when compared to other reviews we have received during the same period and in the recent past. Our guests usually choose Mangrove as they want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Yet we are only 5 km away from the capital and easily accessible. We also have many supermarkets, shops, cafes and restaurants as well as hospitals within a 2km radius maximum. As you know, the booking engine where you made your reservation clearly state our concept of being a boutique hotel that is cozy and located in a peaceful and private area within lush greenery and not too far away from the city. Pictures of the hotel, map location, room sizes and descriptions are also clearly displayed. The plunge pool is conveniently located overlooking the dining area and the rooms, as shown on the pictures. The prices you have mentioned for water bottles are wrong and it is priced at 150 LKR, which is about 60p and is cheaper than most other hotels and restaurants. I don’t think you can expect water bottle prices of shops to be given at any hotel. However, our hotel does not stop you from buying anything in a local shop and bringing it and consuming it at the hotel. Anyway, I hope you agree that you had ordered nothing extra during your stay. As I said before, our guests usually give very high ratings for cleanliness, comfort, quality of linen and service of our team. I noticed the pictures and we will immediately take measures to be extra careful as this may have been an unfortunate oversight on the part of our housekeeping staff. We take great pride in our level of hygiene and cleanliness and of course service. Again, if you read our past reviews, you will notice that this is the case. Finally, I wish you had brought this to my notice during your stay or as soon as you checked in and we could have attended to it immediately. Since you brought it up, yes, I was down with high fever for 5 days but my phone that you continuously communicated with me prior to your arrival was always on and attended to. I humbly request you not to assume that I am no more with Mangrove which is a misrepresentation of facts. I am for your information a co-owner of the business and take every criticism very seriously and constructively and will most definitely fix whatever issues immediately. Thank you, Fanny
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James H wrote a review Nov 2019
Brandon, Mississippi193 contributions64 helpful votes
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Gorgeous property, friendly staff, quiet neighborhood. Accommodated my 4am arrival. WhatsApp communication. Ask for the 3rd floor suite with the two balcony’s for outdoor seating. Wish I could have staid longer, will be back.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled on business
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Response from Fanny H, General Manager at The Mangrove
Responded Jan 22, 2020
Dear James, What a wonderful feedback! We too wish that you could have stayed longer and we certainly hope to welcome you again in a near future! Your positive comments about the design and ambiance of the property, our peaceful location and the friendliness of our team are all encouragements and will be forwarded to our team. Indeed, we favor WhatsApp communication with our guests, which allows us more flexibility and helps giving a personalized experience. We hope to welcoming you again the next time you come to Sri Lanka! Thank you, The Mangrove Team
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$75 - $138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Sri LankaWestern ProvinceColombo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Mangrove
Which popular attractions are close to The Mangrove?
Nearby attractions include Ganeshism Studio Gallery (0.5 miles), Absolute Sri Lanka (0.3 miles), and Rangit Lanka (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Mangrove?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The Mangrove?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Mangrove?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Mangrove?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Mangrove?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rocco's, Shanghai Terrace, and Michaelangelo Pizza.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Mangrove?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Mangrove have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Mangrove offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Mangrove?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to The Mangrove?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Colombo Fort (4.7 miles), Wolvendaal Church (4.2 miles), and Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (1.7 miles).
Is The Mangrove accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.