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Indra Regent Hotel - Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Indra Regent Hotel - Colombo, Sri Lanka
Ranked #46 of 54 Hotels in Colombo
Bern, Switzerland
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“Sleeping in a noisy shoebox”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights at the end of our holiday in Sri Lanka. We always stayed at simple hotels and guesthouses, so details like having a fan without blades on it we hardly even noticed. However, we will remember this hotel as we had a room without windows. From walking past other rooms and talking to other guests, we know that our room was not the only one without windows. Additionally, our room was located almost right on top of the night club next door - the music started around 11pm and continued until the early morning hours at a volume where we could almost sing along with the songs. Needless to say we did not sleep much that night.

The next morning we asked for a different room away from the night club (we considered having a window a second priority). Our new room had a window and a functioning fan, however the window could not be opened and we couldn't actually see through the glass - but it was nice to have some daylight.

Apart from the noise-and-window hick-ups, this hotel had a similar standard to the rest of the places where we had been staying. Free wifi was available in the lobby, and the showers had warm water.

The location of the hotel is quite good. When you would like to have breakfast at the hotel, it is better to pay for this on the spot than to pre-order it at the time of your online hotel booking, because the price on the spot is lower than what is charged online. There are also several bakeries near the hotel, so it is easy to have breakfast outside.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the night club when you hope to get some sleep.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Location is decent, and wifi is free, that's where positives end.
Staff is disinterested, rooms are very basic, our bathroom smelled like sewer.
For the money they charge, it's very poor value.
Didn't try the attached restaurant but it also looked overpriced with so many options nearby.

Room Tip: WiFi only available close to reception.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Colombo has many mid-range hotels, the Indra Regent is one of those but while in the lower half for quality it prices itself above that.

Price aside the hotel is clean and the rooms basic but presentable, on the positive side the Indra Regent is easy to find for tuk-tuk and taxi drivers (more of a challenge than you'd think) and well located for the sea front train stations and only a short trip to Fort train station.

The attached restaurant is excellent, specialising in India food it is both well priced and offers some wonderfully cooked dishes (tandori and byriani were very good).

In my opinion this makes an ideal overnight stop before moving on from Colombo but not somewhere to speand any more time.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the road are quieter, make sure you ask when booking. And very limited for twin r...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

Good location, good karoke, good massage centre and easy access 2
beach and good restaurant.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Reviewed December 24, 2011

We had trouble to find a hotel not full in colombo at this period, trying also not to be too far from the center. The location of the hotel is convenient
As for the rest, the hotel stays incredibly pricy (60 USD for a night, breakfast excl) compare to the standart they are trying to sell. The room was really simple, the clealiness of the bathroom was really limit and really close by you have a discotheque that believe it or not but on a monday is full on and playing loudy and crapy music. The staff was however nice but with an important number of rooms maybe keep this hotel as a back up plan.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Reviewed November 21, 2011

Compared to other tourist destinations, here again Colombo accommodation is expensive - Sri Lanka is just not competitive. Room was simple, single bed, ensuite, A/C, fan, quiet, clean, relatively dark with a view of an alley full of rubbish. No TV. Missed a minibar/fridge. Biggest disappointment was USD 4 an hour for slow Wifi (They could have had me as a repeat customer with free, strong Wifi.) Staff was friendly and helpful. Market across the street was handy. I saw no "arcade" and was not even aware that there was a night club in the building. About an hour's walk from the center of Colombo. After 2 days I moved around the corner to the Pearl City Hotel for slightly more (price negotiable) and much better facilities - even an ocean view!

Room Tip: My single room (on the back side) was a bit dark but had no noise issues (except for my snoring.)
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 20, 2011

We stayed at Indra Regent hotel. The service was quite amazing though the rooms were basic.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Indra Regent Hotel - Colombo, Sri Lanka
Address: 383 Duplication Rd | Colpetty, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #46 of 54 Hotels in Colombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Indra Regent Hotel - Colombo, Sri Lanka 2*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury full-service 3 star hotel in the heart of Colombo city, close to shopping, sightseeing, business districts. All rooms air condtioned with tv, telephone, mini-fridge, attached bathrooms. In-house restaurants, bars, Karaoke club. ... more   less 
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