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Hotel Nippon
Ranked #59 of 130 Colombo B&B and Inns
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1 review
“good hotel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights in one of the corporate suites. It was huge, and very well appointed. There was a slight mix up with our rooms when we arrived at around 2.00 am, however this was handled very well by the hotel - always a test of a good hotel. The rooms are eclectic in their design but with a great attention to detail and a lot of style. I would generally class the feel of the hotel as on the chic side of shabby chic. The rooms don't have a view (at least the two that we had didn't) and the windows that do face outside are either frosted or coloured glass, with the result that the room is very inward feeling. Not necessarily a bad thing, given how beautiful the rooms are, but it might not suit everyone. The beds are huge and extremely comfortable. The pool is lovely partly because of a large tree around which it is built, however it is also rather cool (blame the tree I'm thinking). The service was very good. The manager, Willem, was great, as was our butler Arrun - both excellent. The hotel is off a busy road, but is quiet and peaceful. The breakfast is very good, as was dinner on the one night that we ate at the hotel (and very reasonably priced). Overall we thought that the hotel was good value for money and a fun place to stay. Minor quibbles: the room lighting is too dim, and there are some areas where the building maintenance could be improved. All in all a highly recommended hotel and we would stay there again if we come back to Colombo. BTW we had also considered Tintagel as a possible hotel, and are very pleased that we didn't stay there - we visited for lunch one day and there was no one in the restaurant and although it is an extremely beautiful building it would not appeal to those who like a little more activity in and around the hotel or who like a little more of the local Sri Lankan feel.
Room Tip: We chose room 4, because the bath is not in the bedroom but in a bathroom. It was lovely.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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tasmania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012

Large room/aircon/flat screen TV satellite many channels/fan/big bathroom/if this is the standard of budget hotels in Sri Lanka they can forget enticing the backpackers and budget travelers/bath room dirty /no hot water/room needed a good clean and airing to get rid of the stale cigarette smell/believe it or not this hotel did not even have internet for its own use .Could not recommend this hotel But in the right hands could be Colombo’s new backpacker central even a bar attached to the hotel we won’t be back till then or may be a cheap overnighter in Colombo

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2012

The hotel nippon is a good choice if you want to see the old influence the colonials had on the country. The rooms are spacious, however smelly. The room we had was extremely dark and good for a long sleep as it is kind of like a dungeon. There isnt any outside noise at all and the bathroom is good. As it is festive season prices were up but overall a good place.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Ljustero, Sweden
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

This hotel, which has a good location, is a pretty good stay for the money, but is a mix between a charming oldfashioned relict and a low hygiene standard backpacker stay. Its probably not to reccomend for unexperienced travellers, but for people who has stayed on hotels in Asia since the sixties and secenties, this place is a place you want to stay, just in order to support it, and see to that it doesnt disappear. Forget about WIFI.

Room Tip: Check that the windows has insect nets, so you can open them in the night, in case you are not a fre...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

If you need a cheap, well located bed for a night in Colombo - this is a good bet. If you are looking for a nice stay (for more than a day or two), I can't recommend it.

The hotel is very old, sad, crumbling, worn down and unloved, and I can believe all of the reports of dirty walls, cockroaches and smoke smells.

That said, it is a 20 minute walk from Fort, very affordable (3600/= for a double with A/C), and the staff are friendly and efficient. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012 via mobile

Hotel was filthy and stunk of cigarettes. Our friend was moved as the smell was so bad. Very dirty walls and bathrooms. Half of the ceiling was missing from the bathroom in one of the rooms.
Stay as a last resort, if you have to, but would not recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Sentosa Island, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

It is one of the cheapest place, that isn't a total hole in Colombo. It has a nice location, close to the train station, Cinnamon Hotel, the post office, the bus stop and the bank. So thats a plus. we stayed in two seperate rooms on two occasions. The first room was clean and the air con was strong - thats the most important thing. Walk in rates were Rs 3800 for a double air con. The first stay was no worries. Great for backpackers for the price you pay.

Having such a good experience, we came back here on our return leg. Got another air con double. The moment I went in. "Ok. It totally smells like Pee!". Requested for a new room, got bluntly refused saying "That's ok. we will spray air freshener in there' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Upon much insisting, we finally got another room which they cleaned and then it was fine. The room service was actually pretty decent with sizable portions and quite yummy.

Overall, if you aren't looking to spend much. Hotel Nippon would be a good place to stay. Just do what we did. If you are tired and want nice ambiance -- take a short walk over to Cinnamon Hotel, enjoy it, then walk back to Nippon and crash. Best of both worlds!

Room Tip: Ask for a room that doesnt smell like pee! (Which is the second floor, last room on the righ!)
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  • Stayed July 2012, 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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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Nippon
Address: 123 Kumaran Ratnam Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
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Ranked #59 of 130 B&Bs / Inns in Colombo
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Nippon 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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