Havelock is the perfect rest place before heading to the airport. The original boutique hotel in Colombo, the two bungalows in one are quiet with a lovely open sitting room, dining room and outside eating. The swimming pool, though small, is good for quick laps and cooling off. The owner/ manager booked us a six hour taxi ride one afternoon so we were able to go to Barefoot for lunch, Paradise Road, Odels and then stroll on the Maidan before a G and T sunset at the Galle Face before returning for dinner at the bungalow. It may be a bit far out of the centre but really, that mattered little. The food is fine, nothing special, but that was okay with us. The two bedrooms were clean and cool and the bathrooms likewise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Governor, Hand-written Deed and Peppercorn The year was 1892 and what was known as "Ceylon" was under British rule. Governor Havelock transferred the title to the land (on which the bungalows are built), by a hand-written deed to the Havelock Building Company on the payment of Rs. 1307/- and a Peppercorn. The present owners purchased the properties in the mid 1980's and lived there. The Havelock Place Bungalow was first opened to guests in December 1999. In the city, yet miles away... If you've ever visited the Bungalow, you would have noticed how discreet we have been about our presence. To the casual passer-by, the Bungalow appears to be nothing more than an old colonial home. Only a plaque with the name 'Havelock Place Bungalow' engraved on it, indicates that we are open to guests. No wonder the Bungalow continues to be Colombo's best kept secret! We are conveniently located so if you are in the mood for a visit to the Museum, Independence Square, or Temples, or would like to go on a shopping spree, you can get to your destination in a matter of minutes. It's a jungle. But definitely not the concrete type... When you enter our gates and walk along the paved pathways, you realize you are in an oasis, away from the bustle of the city. Trees are an intrinsic part of the Havelock Place Bungalow experience. You can enjoy your breakfast while watching our garden come alive with a variety of birds and butterflies, or relax on a bench and gaze at the stars as night approaches. The surrounding foliage lends a quiet charm to every part of the Bungalow. Welcome to the Bungalow! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Havelock Place Bungalow Hotel Colombo