We stayed here on our first night in Sri Lanka and were initially very impressed with it. It is set in two colonial bungalows and has heaps of colonial charm - don't expect a plush, luxurious hotel, although you do get your own garden area. The location is not ideal - around 20 minutes to the centre of Columbo, but the garden is very peaceful. Swimming pool is rather small and freezing cold. We ate dinner here and it was tasty and good value for money.
However, the major downside was the beds - the mosquito nets were very poor (and there were plenty of mosquitoes about) and the mattresses rock solid. It is not a comfortable night's sleep! On balance, I would choose one of the other colonial places - I heard good things about Mount Lavinia hotel and the Galle Face. We stayed at the Cinammon Grand on our return, which for $50 more represented a totally different and much better experience.
- 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