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A/C Double Bed Room
Beautiful seaview from 5th floor balcony
Fifth Floor Patio
A/C Double Bedroom
Living room area
Living and Dining room
Dining Room
Fully Equipped Kitchen
Lounge area
A/C Double Bedroom
Attached bathroom
Attached bathroom
Surrounding view
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Colombo, Western Province

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Danno_99
Europe
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318 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Reasonable place to stay”
Reviewed April 19, 2012 for a stay in March 2012
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I stayed at the penthouse flat for 5 days and in the 2nd floor flat for one night, and it's a bit of a mixed bag.

Hotel rooms are ludicrously expensive in Colombo, which is why I opted for a short-term rental. If all you're looking for is a reasonable priced place to sleep with an ensuite, I would reccomend Palmyrah. However, you get what you pay for.

The penthouse room was quite clean, but old. There were two double beds which were quite new, and a sort of low dressing table/mirror with a stool. No desk or chair, which is a pity. Medium sized wardrobe. The ensuite bathroom was too small, old, not so clean and not too well maintained. If the shower curtain is closed, the shower space is barely 60cm wide. The room has an a/c which is not too quiet but keeps the room nicely cool.

There is also a kitchen nearby (connecting door between the kitchen and two adjoining rooms), but calling it a kitchen is a touch ambitious There is a small fridge, a sink, cutlery and crockery, a kettle and a hot plate. There is also a gas range but no gas. The problem with the kitchen is that it has large windows facing the sea, and soaks up all of the day's sunlight. You can barely sit in the kitchen during the very early hours of the morning, at other times the heat is completely unbearable, rendering the kitchen completely unusable.

On the plus side, the wifi connection worked fine most of the time, reaching speeds to up to 5 mbps. The flat opens out onto a large verandah with nice views - can be pleasant at night - there are some plastic chairs outside.

Booking was quite easy - Upeka was helpful with all my questions via mail. The regular owners were however away when I stayed, and left the running of the flats to a friend of theirs. While she was a very plesant lady, she seemed to be a bit overwhelmed by the day to day problem solving and routine running of a lodging operation.

I also stayed for one night in one of the downstairs bedrooms. The bedroom was quite clean and much newer, with a large wardrobe. The ensuite bathroom was fairly large and had a bathtub. The kitchen here was much better (had gas and a microwave if I remember correctly). There is a large living room as well, with a long dining table and a sofa set, as well as a small TV. (which like the kitchen is shared with the other 2 rooms in this flat). The common areas are cooled by fans only and can be a touch hot.

The place could be improved by cleaning up some of the dirt and mold in the penthouse shower, and by perhaps adding some amenities, such as providing hand towels instead of a single bath towel, and adding a table and chair in the penthouse apartment. Also, I would suggest bedside (reading) lamps in addition to wall mounted lights.

I would recommend staying in one of the lower floors rather than the penthouse rooms.

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Traveling group: Solo Traveler
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onon123
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“Wonderful!”
Reviewed April 9, 2012 for a stay in March 2012
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A very nice and big apartment and find very comfortable to stay there. The location is good as the shopping malls and restaurants are near the apartment. I shall stay here again if I visit Colombo in the near future.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: No television in the apartment.
Traveling group: With Friends
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Australia
Reviewed March 18, 2012 for a stay in February 2012

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Dinz006
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Excellent Choice”
Reviewed March 2, 2012 for a stay in February 2012

Last year when I visited Colombo for two days before taking off to Thailand I stayed in a decent 4 star hotel paying a reasonable rate however lately I have noticed the prices have escalated double the amount I paid 12 months ago.

This situation resulted me in looking for an alternative accommodation when I came across Palmyrah residence .

As mentioned on the subject excellent choice wonderful apartment close to the sea equipped with modern amenities.
The three bedroom apartment is on the third floor overlooking the sea
We stayed in the master bedroom which was very clean ,comfortable with a massive bathroom/tub equal to a star hotel .

The lovely owners live on the second floor and all correspondence was initiated by a very prompt lady named Upeka .
The cost was only around £28.00-£30.00 a night and we were lucky cause there was no other rooms booked that day so we had the entire apartment to ourselves.

The apartment is situated in the heart of Colombo which makes it very convenient to get around the city .

Me and my wife really enjoyed our stay in Palmyrah residence and will certainly return back next year .

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Liked best: The Hosts /Location and the Master Bed Room and of course the cost
Liked least: The beach on the side crossing the railway line is rough and not ideal for swimming
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
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Waialua Hawaii
Reviewed February 9, 2012 for a stay in October 2011

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D.C.
Reviewed January 27, 2012 for a stay in January 2012

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bangalore
Reviewed January 19, 2012 for a stay in December 2011

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