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“Quiet place in Colombo”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Highbury Colombo

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Highbury Colombo
Ranked #16 of 134 Colombo B&B and Inns
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Zurich, Switzerland
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75 reviews
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“Quiet place in Colombo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

We started our trip in Sri Lanka at the Highbury Colombo and were greeted by the friendly owner with a nice cup of tea. Our room was located upstairs and very airy and well designed. It could have been cleaner, but we later found out that most of Sri Lanka's guesthouses in this price range lack cleanliness. The design of the hotel is quite special with a courtyard, lots of nice plants and a garden area that is home to lots of birds. The location of this place is okay. We usually walked about half an hour into town and took a tuktuk back. The tuktuks in Colombo are very tourist friendly, because they are metered.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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manojicolombo, Owner at Highbury Colombo, responded to this review, October 5, 2013
Thank you for taking time to write a review for us on Trip Advisor . It was a pleasure having you and we look forward to having you with us on your next return to Sri Lanka.

With Blessings

Manoji
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

We stayed in Highbury for only 1 night on our vacation in Srilanka as we wanted to travel more... but to be honest with you this is fantastic decorated and maintained bungalow... i wish i could have spent more time...

We have booked room by Agoda and got some discount.. we stayed in small room on ground floor for few hours and then shifted to first floor (We arrived early, so this happened).. Our room on first floor was fantastic.. well decorated... room had some wooden stairs which takes one to bed area.. which was giving superb look to room.. it was big enough room with basic things (no TV or fridge - It was told to us that room wont have such facility)...

Reception area of bunglow was very well decorated (Check profile picture of place.. it was same)..

I like the place.. it was fantastic value for money in Colombo and would love to go again...We dint had any food there, so no comments on that...

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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manojicolombo, Owner at Highbury Colombo, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Thank you for your descriptive review. We are delighted that you and your family enjoyed our food and hospitality and had a comfortable stay with us. We appreciate the sentiments expressed and your thorough recommendation of Highbury Colombo.
We would like to welcome you to Highbury Colombo for another memorable longer stay.

With Blessings,

Manoji
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

We paid 60usd in total from Agoda to have a room in highbury, first of all its location is not easy to find, we spent an amount on hiring taxi to reach that place, also local have no idea about this place so we reach there by Google GPS. Since we thought we will arrive in midnight at the beginning so our room was not prepared in advance, we waited for 20mins to get the room done. The lady owner is fine but annoyed my partner by telling him don't smoke in her place (which my partner later on decided will never stay in homestay), we were being told their main building is full so they put us to another room outside the building, room is very simple, no TV, no view, group of ants inside the toilet. The door lock was broken and we couldn't go out because no safebox there, so a guy was repairing that for another 2 hours. Another day we requested to check out for 1 hour late, however the place owner couldn't do us this favor but consider previous day we wasted our time on their lock. Anyway we checked out on time, this is a clean room in Colombo, but not much you can enjoy, with this price you almost can book a 3stars hotel inside the city.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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manojicolombo, Owner at Highbury Colombo, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thank you for sharing your feedback on our room rate and atmosphere. I agree that there are plenty of hotels cheaper than ours as they pay less tax as a hotel and 100% less on consumption of electricity.
Highbury Colombo is well known for its tranquil atmosphere and we are saddened by the fact that you could not enjoy it. We are committed to always providing the best stay experience thru out personalised service which has generated positive feedback from our guests. We do not intend having TV's in guestrooms as it takes away the tranquil atmosphere . Also it is clearly mentioned in our description that we have no TV's and have designated smoking areas.
This reservation came from Agoda with a special note on late night check in and a high floor room. Our earliest check in time is 2 pm and guest arrived at 12 noon instead of late night. I believe this is a review written on the dissappointment of not getting a high floor room. I would have been happy to give a high floor room if one was available. There were high floor rooms more expensive available at the time the booking was made. But a ground floor room was booked instead.
We are sorry that the lock broke at the time it was opened. At times things do happen which is beyond our control. It was unexpected as the lock was new but we tried our best to expedite replacement.
I totally deny that you were not granted extra hour for check out. Infact we gave you time till 12.30 when our check in time was 11 a.m. We asked for the room as the next guest has already arrived.

With Blessings

Manoji
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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

We arrived from Singapore in Colombo late at night and had arranged an airport pickup with the Highbury. Having travelled with our two teenagers from Australia, we were all pretty tired and after getting to the guesthouse, went to our seperate rooms and crashed. We had only booked the one night, thinking we'd want to move on from Colombo the following day, but on waking up in these serene surrounds, we asked if we could stay on for a second night. The room we stayed in was beautifully decorated, had a mezzanine kitchenette, ensuite and small balcony overlooking the garden.

We opted for the Sri Lankan breakfast both mornings and even after the 14 days following worth of rice and curry, still think these were amongst the best local food we enjoyed! Manoji is a sensational cook!!

On the second day, we made the mistake of walking away from an ATM without our card (warning...the money comes out first!). We didn't realise our mistake until after dinner that night and were reasonably stressed by the time we returned to the Highbury. The owners, Manoji and Manitha immediately contacted the local bank for us and allayed our fears...they couldn't have been more helpful!

The beauty of the guesthouse, the attention to detail, the sumptuous food and the good nature of the owners added up to an unparalleled five star experience for our family!!

Room Tip: We booked a standard double bed room for our children and the urban hideout apartment for ourselves...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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manojicolombo, Owner at Highbury Colombo, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Thank you for taking your time to write a review for us and also for awarding us with five stars. It was a pleasure having your family with us and I'm happy that you enjoyed your stay with us.
We look forward to having you with us again on your next return to Sri Lanka.

With Blessings,

Manoji
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is my second time to stay at Highbury Colombo. Great location, it is located in Bambalapitiya between the two Colombo's main roads, Galle Road and Harvelock Road. It is easy to travel around Colombo from here. Galle Face Green, Colombo Fort and Pettah, Gangaramaya Temple and Baira Lake (worth visit), Viharamahadevi Park and Cinnamon Garden, all great attractions are within 3-4 km. Even though, it is too hot to walk around. I suggest to use metre-taxi(three-wheelers) which is not exceed 300 rupees for each trip.

Breakfast is also great. A lot of local tropical fruits, homemade fresh fruit juice, and you can taste one of the Sri Lankan delights named "curd", which is Sri Lankan yogurt made by fresh buffalo milk. It is worth try during your stay in Sri Lanka!

Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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manojicolombo, Owner at Highbury Colombo, responded to this review, August 18, 2013
Thank you for taking your time to write a review for us and also for awarding us with five stars. It was a pleasure having you with us again and we hope you would continue to return to Sri Lanka each year.

With Blessings,

Manoji
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Dehra Dun, Uttarakhand, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

For a nice relaxing trip to Colombo, choose the Highbury. Close enough to see all the sights - only 300 rp from there to the Dutch Hospital area - but out of the way for a nice relaxing time to unwind. Need an airport pickup? They'll arrange it. Transport around town? They will call someone. Suggestions on sights? They know them.
The room we had was nice and large. A kitchen area, bedroom and bathroom. A nice surprise was the number of books they had. Fiction, travel, historical and more. Want to put your feet up and rest with a good book, they have them.
Most importantly, would we stay there again? Yes.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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manojicolombo, Owner at Highbury Colombo, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thank you for taking time to write a review for us . We are delighted that you enjoyed staying with us. We look forward to having you with us on your next visit to Sri Lanka.

With Blessings

Manoji
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

I recently had the pleasure of staying at highbury. It was a very enjoyable time. The room was very clean. The owners were very friendly and the breakfast was excellent. Sipping a cup of tea in the garden was lovely. Though within the city it was quiet without the hustle and bustle. I will certinly return on my next visit to Sri Lanka

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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manojicolombo, Owner at Highbury Colombo, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Thank you for taking your time to write a review for us. Your encouraging feedback is very much appreciated and provides us with what is important to our guests. It is always a pleasure when guests enjoy their stay and take time to share their experiences. We look forward to seeing you again on your next return to Sri Lanka.

With Blessings,

Manoji
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Property: Highbury Colombo
Address: 14 / 1, Skelton Road | Havelock Town, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
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Ranked #16 of 134 B&Bs / Inns in Colombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Highbury Colombo 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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