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The Havelock Place Bungalow
Ranked #12 of 155 Colombo B&B and Inns
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Reviewed February 7, 2011

My wife and I stayed here for our first night in Sri Lanka and the Havelock Place Bungalow was the perfect place to start our Tour. The owners were warm and welcoming and let us check into our room early after a long flight.
After catching up on a few hours sleep on our four poster bed in the spacious and well appointed room, The owners helped us to plan the next leg of our trip and sorted out transport for the next leg of our trip.
We ate in the evening and the food and service again was lovely. nothing was to much trouble and the food was a great introduction to traditional sri lankan food, the whole ambience of the place only added to the experince. and was the perfect start to our sri lankan trip,

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2011

We spent 2 nights at the Havelock Bungalow at the beginning of our trip to Sri Lanka. A car was waiting for us at the airport arranged by the hotel ($16) and when we arrived at about 11am we were quickly shown to our room where we were able to get a bit of sleep after our overnight flight. The hotel is charming - a real oasis of calm away from the frantic pace of downtown Colombo yet it is only a short tuk tuk ride from the centre. It's about 300-400 LKR depending on your haggling skills! There are 6 rooms in a traditional colonial style house. We stayed in Room 5 about which I have read a negative post. Yes, it is a bit cramped but there's a comfy bed, A/C and fan, a massive outdoor bathroom with endless hot water and a tiny private seating area outside. It's a few steps away from the lounge where you can read, relax or have a drink. Personally we didn't spend much time in our room so its small size didn't matter. And yes, there is a lot of black polished concrete but that's a traditional finish in Sri Lanka which you see everywhere. The restaurant in the courtyard serves a range of delicious meals. There is also a small pool. The whole house is surrounded by lush greenery. The service is excellent, the staff are attentive, polite and friendly and the hotel is very well managed. It's very easy to make an email booking.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank heavenlyblu
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Reviewed January 15, 2011

My partner and I stayed at Havelock Place last August (2010). We stayed for only one night, at the start of our trip, but as soon as we arrived we wished we had booked to stay longer. It is an oasis in an ideal location for exploring the city. The rooms are lovely, boutique - if not slightly shabby (if I was going to be at all critical I would say the rooms could do with updating). The outdoor shower, was however very cool. I would very much recommend this hotel - for those at the start or at the end of their trip to Sri Lanka.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2011

Wonderful place with lovely staff and owners who couldn't be more helpful. Not in the centre of town but not far and that's no drawback in Colombo. Fantastic breakfasts and dinners home-cooked - don't miss the ice cream. Almost don't like to publicise the place.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled on business
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Thank Usshi
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Reviewed January 8, 2011

We stayed at Havelock for three different nights, and were able to stay in 4 of their 7 rooms. We were very pleased with both suites and one of the double rooms that we stayed in - lovely furniture, spacious bathrooms and nice little garden access from the rooms. Room 5 is a disaster -- it is set aside from the rest of the rooms, and is a different "concept" from the rest of the colonial style rooms. The entire room is cement and reminded us of a dank basement. It consists of a large mattress on a raised cement platform, with a lamp also on the floor and a television. It is much smaller than the other rooms, and the floor never quite seemed clean (although it was - it was just the feeling of cement). This room does have a lovely outdoor bathroom, but it was not worth the price of the hotel. Breakfast was lovely every morning. The hotel is on a peaceful street, but you can just walk down to get a three wheeler or taxi very easily. The wait staff and guards were very helpful and attentive. Keep in mind that as with other hotels in Sri Lanka, the price quoted does not include a hefty service charge and tax- this amounts to a lot! I noticed that Havelock has raised their rates - we enjoyed our stay, but now that we know about the tax, etc I'm not sure we would pay the new rates to stay there. Overall a nice place to stay - just request to not be put in room 5!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 8, 2011

A nice place to stay however the rooms could do with an overhaul to remove some of the poor wiring, curtains and greying towels. Not a bad spot, with nice attentive staff, although over priced for what it is, especially the price for a cup of tea! Location works for a nights stay in colombo.

  • Stayed: January 2011
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Reviewed January 6, 2011

Lovely place - small, stylish, beautifully furnished with traditional teak and mahogany furniture. Great cuisine, lovely small pool. Run by charming, sophisticated family. Highly recommended if you want somewhere small and personal in the city.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The Havelock Place Bungalow

Address: 6, Havelock Place | Colombo 5, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 155 B&Bs / Inns in Colombo
Price Range: $67 - $171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Havelock Place Bungalow 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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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