Superb indeed! We were at the Ceilao for three nights, and ended our wonderful Sri Lankan vacation on a high note. When we were arrived, we were informed that the smaller downstairs room we had booked was being painted, so they were upgrading us to a larger room upstairs for no extra charge.
And a lovely room it was! Hands down the most comfortable bed and pillows of our trip! Big fat mattress, big fat pillows and big fat smiles on our faces. The room was huge and airy with all the mod-cons (excellent WiFi, flat screen TV, bar fridge, hairdryer, safe, etc. Great A/C!) Also I was really pleased that they kept us constantly supplied with free bottles of water (four at a time!) I swear they came in twice a day to replace water bottles and empty trash cans. We lacked for nothing during out stay here.
We loved the huge bathroom hidden behind a closet door in the wall! Shower was good and hot, and there was even a bidet! Everything was immaculate.
Given that we were in Colombo, I would have expected some noise but this place was utterly dead quiet at night. These were the only nights of my trip that I did not use ear plugs to sleep. I live in the countryside a kilometre from the nearest house, so I know dead quiet when I hear it! You would not have known you were in the city.
The staff was terrific: doting but not "in-your-face". They kindly brought us pots of tea and coffee whenever we requested them, always with a smile. The breakfasts were great, and we particularly enjoyed the Sri Lankan breakfast on our last day.
Staff was super helpful with restaurant recommendations, arranging tuk-tuks, and so on. It seemed like nothing was too much trouble and they were so welcoming and kind. Clearly it is important to them that their guests be happy, and they go out of their way to achieve this.
Even the poor fellow on nighttime door-duty had a smile for us when we rolled in at 2 am one night after having an extended supper at a friend's place. Extra thanks to him for being there to let us in; we don't normally stay out that late and I was worried about whether or not someone would be awake when we got back, but of course everything was fine.
We availed ourselves of the small pool on the upper level and it was a great way to cool off in the afternoon. There is a full-size pool on the lower level, too. Both pools are clean and well looked-after.
I can't say enough good things about Ceilao Villas. Of all the places we stayed on our trip, this was our favourite. I will definitely stay here again on our next trip to Colombo. Truly excellent!
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- A fusion of minimalist design with vibrant and exotic features, this modern day boutique hotel offers you a blank canvas to paint your own, unique experience. Located in the very heart of Colombo, this 6-bedroom hotel provides an escape to a tranquil and peaceful environment that invites you to indulge in all that is refreshing and luxurious. ... more less
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