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“Great Homestay”
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Garden Guest House
Ranked #17 of 133 Colombo B&B and Inns
Bengaluru, India
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Homestay”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

Amazing people.. were welcomed with a fruit drink... the rooms were pretty clean.. only the shower did not have hot water. Dint have the patience to wait until it heated up..
But Mr. Fonseka is an extremely helpful guy. He booked us tickets in the observation car, towards kandy as they get booked much in advance.
Also , when we arrived late in night, he drove us himself to a nice nearby chinese restaurant.
Really worth the money.

Room Tip: Stayed in Burgundy room... had a view over the garden.. its one of the best rooms there
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Janani G
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gardenguesthouse, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, March 30, 2013
Dear Sir / Madam,
Thank you very much for your kind review on TripAdvisor of your experience at Garden Guest House, Colombo. We appreciate very much for awarding us with “Five Stars” for our services and hospitality.
Thank you very much for choosing Garden Guest House, for your accommodation and we hope to see you again in the future.
Please convey our sincere greetings to your friends as well who came along with you.
Best Wishes
Chitrupa de Fonseka
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

Amazing service, very friendly family. Arranged airport pick up and even brought our train tickets for our journey onwards for us in advance. Only not great things were the shower - had to wait for it to heat and the beds pretty hard. Fantastic value for money and an amazing family.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sarahjm11
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gardenguesthouse, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, March 30, 2013
Dear Sir / Madam,
Thank you very much for choosing Garden Guest House for your accommodation in Colombo and for posting a review on TripAdvisor regarding our services.
We are thankful for pointing out regarding the bed. We would appreciate very much if you could mention the room you were occupying for us to attend to same.
Thanking you and hope to see you again in the future.
Best Wishes
Chitrupa
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Fife, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2013

I am writing this a bit late, but never mind. We were 2 couples travelling around Sri Lanka and we were most pleased and happy to have come across such a charming lady as Mrs Fonseka. It has been a long time since i had been in Sri Lanka and i was pleasantly surprised to find that Mrs Fonseka still holds the old world charm and decency. She was most helpfull and educated about her country and organised transport for us with the help of her son. Thank you again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank iskander29
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gardenguesthouse, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Dear Madam,
Thank you very much for your kind patronage and for taking your time to review us on TripAdvisor though late. My mother wants me to thank you for all the praise and credit you have given her in your review. Thank you very much for awarding “Five Stars” for our services. Hope you have happy memories of Garden Guest House and looking forward to see you again in the future.
Thanking you.
Best Wishes
Chitrupa.
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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113 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed February 20, 2013

This small guest house is run by the Fonseka family, a 74 year old mother and her son primarily. They prooved to be extremely helpfull, i.e. welcome drink and chat, driving us to a special restaurant and letting their cook serve us breakast at 6.30 in the morning prior to our departure. But do not book there, if you are allergic to knick-knacks, as they are all over the house in impressive amounts.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank CMSilfverberg
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gardenguesthouse, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Dear Sir / Madam,
Thank you very much for your kind patronage and for taking your time to review us on TripAdvisor . We are very sorry we didn’t know you were allergic to knick-knacks. That’s my mother’s hobby. Anyway we are thankful for awarding “Four Stars” for our services.
Hope you will stay with us in your next visit to Sri Lanka as well.
Thanking you.
Best Wishes
Chitrupa.
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Hong Kong
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58 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Based on reviews by Tripadvisor, we booked to stay for 1 night here, and we were not disappointed. Chitrupa is a joy to deal with through emails, and he was there in person to meet us at the airport - close to midnight! His Mum and the dog Bimbo were up too, to welcome us when we arrived, it felt like coming home. Lovely.

The Burgundy room provided was very comfortable, and the breakfast delicious. I wish that we could have stayed a night longer - maybe on our next visit, thats for sure. Thank you Chitrupa and team, you have done well!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank OMalleyHK
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gardenguesthouse, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Dear Sir / Madam,
Thank you very much for your kind patronage and for taking your time to review us on TripAdvisor and for awarding “Five Stars” for our services. We too would have wished if you stayed longer with us to enjoy your company. Hope to see both of you in the near future.
Your reviews help us in a big way to improve our business and for those who intend to visit Sri Lanka.
Thanking you.
Best Wishes
Chitrupa.
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Shanghai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 10, 2013

We stayed at Garden Guest House for one night only and thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of the hosts! The family took the trouble to arrange for a pick up at the airport at midnight. The driver had to wait almost 2 hours for us to get through the customs, do the money exchange and purchase the phone card etc. We were greeted by the host who stayed up to welcome us with a glas of refreshing Passion Fruit juice! We had a large a/c room with a clean, big bathroom on the second floor. When we got down for breakfast next day, the morning of the Full Moon Festival, we were served with the delicious festival food: rice cooked in coconut milk. We took a short rest after breakfast in the yard with lush greens and wi-fi access. In the meantime, the host helped us charge our Dialog card and purchase train tickets to Kandy. The guest house is located on a quiet street with easy access to the city center by a short Tuk Tuk ride. It was a short but memorable stay. We were touched when my husband got a call from the host when we arrived in Kandy to see how we were doing! We would recommend it to anyone who desire a full-service accommodation with a home-away-from-home experience in an exotic setting!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Thank crossgeofamily
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gardenguesthouse, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Dear Sir / Madam,
Thank you very much for your kind patronage and for your kind review on TripAdvisor and for awarding “Five Stars” for our services. It was our great pleasure, having you’ll at Garden Guest House and we are very happy for having the opportunity of meeting you and the rest.
We are looking forward to have you again with us next time when you are in Sri Lanka.
Thanking you.
Best Wishes
Chitrupa.
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Australia
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed February 7, 2013

After travelling on a group trip around Sri Lanka, this was a wonderful authentic homestay experience for one night in Colombo as a solo traveller. A very warm welcome from all the family, including the family pet, so I wish I had booked for longer. Nothing was too much trouble for the hosts. The breakfast was outstanding. I found the location convenient for a shopping mall with cafes nearby and it was easy to get a passing tuk tuk to explore the main tourist attractions.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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1 Thank TeresaAustralia
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Fonny28, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, February 8, 2013
Dear Sir / Madam,
Thank you very much for taking your valuable time to review your experience at Garden Guest House and for awarding “Five Stars” for our hospitality. Thank you very much for your kind patronage and looking forward to see you again.
Best Wishes for your future.
Thanking you once again.
Chitrupa.
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Property: Garden Guest House
Address: No 7, Karlshrue Gardens | Colombo 08, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 133 B&Bs / Inns in Colombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Garden Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Home-Stay is situated in Colombo in a very quiet residential area within close proximity to the City Center. The National Museum, Places of Worship, Park,Restaurants,Shopping Malls, Casinos, Golf Links and International Cricket Grounds,Central Bus Stand and the main Railway Station could be reached within quarter of an hour.We have WiFi which is free of charge accessible to the Bedroom. This is a Family Run business and we go out of our way for them to feel at home and experience the Sri Lankan Hospitality. As we are a Bed & Breakfast unit main meals could be ordered from Internationally Recognized chains such as McDonald's, KFC ,Burgher King or leading Italian, Indian, Chinese or Eastern and Western restaurants in Colombo. Thirty minutes drive to the International Airport on the Expressway. Airport Transfers and Tours and Excursions could be arranged for nominal fee with English Speaking / Driver Guide. ... more   less 
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