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“Amazing Sri Lankan hospitality” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Garden Guest House
Ranked #17 of 130 Colombo B&B and Inns
Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing Sri Lankan hospitality”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

We stayed her for two nights (15/12-17/12) and was taken care of the minute we arrived in Colombo. Chitrupa and Mrs de Fonseka was very hospitable and made our stay at their house very comfortable. Chitrupa was always helpful with our inquiries and gave us advise on interesting places to visit in terms of cost for the tuktuk, what to expect, when was the best time to visit and etc. He also recommended a good and safe driver to take us to Kandy with whom we had used again for our travel from Kandy to Kalpitiyah.

The room was good with clean ensuite. Breakfast was delightful with lovely servings of local fruit, omelet, toast and one of the best tea I have ever had.

I would highly recommend this place for its service, amazing hospitality and the warmth both Chitrupa and Mrs de Fonseka have shown us.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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gardenguesthouse, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Dear Madam,
Thank you very much for your kind feedback on TripAdvisor about our services and hospitality and for taking your time to review us.
We were honored to be of service to you and we look forward to welcome you once again to Garden Guest House, Colombo in your next visit to Sri Lanka.

Best Wishes
Chitrupa de Fonseka.
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London, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

We stayed just one night in Colombo at Garden Guest House, but even though Colombo isn't much to write home about, our accommodation and host were definitely the highlight. Chitrupa is the sweetest man, he patiently waited for us at the airport whilst we tried to sort of cash machine issues and then drove us to an alternative machine in town. He also leant us his iPad to do a skype interview with. The home is magical! So much of interest to see and even a water feature/fish pond in the house! They also have a lovely natured dog called Bimbo. The room was very comfortable with a big bathroom complete with bath, and although it had two single beds, Chitrupa kindly offered to push the beds together without is having to ask.

He also dropped us into town and recommended a restaurant for our first experience of Sri Lankan food.

Our stay was great, Chitrupa was the perfect host and his home is enchanting. Highly recommended. He also booked observation carriage train tickets to kandy for us as soon as they went on sale - so helpful.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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gardenguesthouse, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Dear Sir & Madam,
Thank you very much for your kind feedback and taking your time to review us on TripAdvisor about our hospitality & service.
We were honored to be of service to you and we look forward to welcome you once again.
Hope you had an enjoyable and a memorable holiday in Sri Lanka.
Thank you once again for choosing Garden Guest House, Colombo.
Best Wishes
Chitrupa de Fonseka.
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Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

Garden guest house is an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Colombo. Chitra and family make you feel welcome the moment you enter their house. The house is full of collections and memorabilia of travels. The rooms are clean and the breakfast sumptious

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Fonny28, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, November 29, 2013
Dear Sir,
Thank you very much for choosing Garden Guest House for your accommodation in Colombo and it was our pleasure to meet you and the rest. Thank you for taking your time to review us on TripAdvisor and giving your opinion about our services and our hospitality. Thank you for awarding "Four Stars" to Garden Guest House".

Our Best Wishes to all.

Chitrupa.
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Paris, France
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

We stayed at Garden Guest House for 3 nights. The place is really nice, very warming, very clean, the breakfast is very good. It was like visiting family. The owner was waiting for us at the aeroport, he nicely answered our questions, gived us helpful advice, always smiling.

He was also our guide for two day trips we made to Galle and Kandy. He drove us to the most important spots ,since we didn't have much time in Sri lanka.

We highly recommand this guest house and also the daytrips if you want to make your stay memorable!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Fonny28, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, November 29, 2013
Dear Madam,
Thank you very much for taking your time to review us on TripAdvisor and for awarding "Five Stars" for our service and hospitality. We were very happy to meet both of you and thank you very much for using me for your day excursions to Kandy and Galle and I'm glad it was up to your expectations. Looking forward to see you again in the future.
Thanking you and wishing you our Best Wishes.

Chitrupa.
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Bucharest, Romania
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

The owners are great people, the house is big, very nice, large room, large breakfast varied and distinguished .Lady of house ( an elder lady) is very distinguished, she teached me how can i eat a mango with a spoon. Very friendly atmosphere. They also have a very nice and friendly dog . Great atmosphere for our last day in Sri Lanka. Like a real home :)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Lumi77
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gardenguesthouse, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
Dear Sir,

Thank you very much for choosing Garden Guest House, for your accommodation in Colombo and taking your time to post a review on TripAdvisor regarding our services and hospitality.
We are so grateful for awarding us with "Four Stars".
We were too very Happy to meet you though it was a very short visit.
We look forward to have you with us if ever you visit Sri Lanka in the future.

Thanking you.
Best Wishes
Chitrupa de Fonseka.
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

I started my two week trip to Sri Lanka in Colombo and spent my first two nights at the Garden Guesthouse before moving onto Galle. A wonderful and warm beginning, felt like visiting old friends.

Chitrupa was very knowledgeable about where I should look to visit on my trip and offered useful tips on where to go, what to see and how best to plan my next steps.

Colombo can feel like a busy, noisy and fast paced city when you first arrive but the Garden Guesthouse is a pleasant retreat from the hustle and bustle while being central enough to make commuting around town easy.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Elliott B
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gardenguesthouse, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Dear Sir,

Thank you very much for your prompt review on TripAdvisor and for your recommendation regarding our services and hospitality and for awarding Garden Guest House with "Four Stars" for our performance.
Thank you very much for choosing Garden Guest House for your accommodation and we look forward to see you again in the future.

Our Best Wishes
Chitrupa de Fonseka
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Shanghai, China
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

This is our first stop in Sri Lanka. What a wonderful and warm beginning!
We arrived very late at about 1 a.m. in Colombo. The driver is ordered by the guest house in a reasonable price and he is also very on time with a comfortable car. The host is still waiting for us even we arrived in 2 a.m. He prepared the room; the welcome drink and also teach us how to use the bathroom. Until he confirmed we have no question before he left to bed.
The house and the room is tremendous. It's a beautiful house and dream room for every girl. When I post the picture on website, many friends feel interested in it. The room is pink, almost everything you want at the moment, you can find it just beside your hand. The bath room is also very clean.
The location is also very good, only 4km away to the Colombo Fort railway station.
The next morning, we enjoy the breakfast with the gracious hostess served by a British style.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Ji C
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gardenguesthouse, Manager at Garden Guest House, responded to this review, October 11, 2013
Thank you very much for your wonderful review on TripAdvisor about our services and hospitality and for the wonderful write up about our room.
We are so thankful for choosing Garden Guest House for your accommodation and it was our privilege to have both of you. Thank you once again for awarding "Five Stars" and we are looking forward to have you again in your next visit to Sri Lanka.
Best Wishes
Chitrupa de Fonseka.
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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 130 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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