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Taru Villas - Lake Lodge
Ranked #1 of 157 Colombo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 31, 2012

We stayed at Lake Lodge Colombo for 4 days (17-21 December 2012) and it was marvellous. Initially, we felt it wasn't the best stay of accomodation along the trip, but as the couple days past, it certainly grew on us as one of the best accomodation we stayed at.

It is an English style lodge with approximately 12 rooms. The place is immaculately kept and the staff are very very friendly and quick to respond to requests and issues you may have. The lodge is staffed 24/7.

They have a fantastic set breaskfast menu for the mornings from which you may chose 1 of 3 options. (1 of the options you need to order the night before). They also have a broad menu for all day and night dining. We tried the menu for lunch on one day and the food was excellent.

The room is comfortable, although, be prepared for the entire room to be made of concrete, including wash basins, bed base and walls. To be quite honest, it didnt really effect our stay. It was still very comfortable. We were very satisfied witgh the room. Room cleaning does not occur at a set time throughout the day, so if you want your room cleaned and made up, it is best to advise the staff at the front entrance (don't think it will just happen). The entry to the room itself doesn't seem very private; you essentially walk a few steps into the eating area / lounge. Indeed, on a couple occasions, people in other rooms left their doors open and you could see into their rooms as you walked past. In this respect, privacy may be an issue for some stayers.

As for other reviews which discussed kitchen noise for down stair rooms, we didn't find the noise loud at all (remeber the walls are concrete) and we stayed in room 2 which was next to the kitchen.

A couple tips for getting to/from Lake Lodge -
> Some cabs / tuk tuks don't know where to go. The address is Alvis Terrance, Colombo 3. (I believe the suburb is pronounced "ku-llu-pittiya".
> A great cab company is Kangaroo Cabs. A trip with them includes 30 minutes of free wait time.
> It is very close to the main strip (Gaelle Road), beach and shops (including Paradise Road and Odel).

We would certainly return to Lake Lodge if we return to Colombo and reccomend it to you.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

A great place in a very central location in Colombo and a good place to start off your travels. The room was very comfortable and spacious, shower very good, service excellent, great tasty breakfasts, western and Sri Lankan. Close to Galle Road and Galle Face Green (best place to enjoy the sunset). Walking distance from South Beira Lake. Most importantly quiet and peaceful too.

Room Tip: Do not choose Room 10 upstairs, it's next to the staff room and above the kitchen so can be quit...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

After a long flight and the trip from CMB airport Lake Lodge was an oasis in the middle if busy Colombo. Friendly staff. Central location. Spotless bedrooms. Hot shower. Speedy wifi. All at a reasonable price. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

This hotel is located in a great area in Colombo, close to most amenities which can be easily reached by tuk tuk.

I didn't know what to expect from this hotel; the pictures are great, but there isn't an awful lot of information on their website. I have to say I was more than pleasantly surprised.

The rooms are clean and fitted with stylish, modern amenities. They are decorated with bright and fun designs and contain all facilities that you may require (the shower is amazing!).

I would highly recommend this hotel; it offers fantastic value for money and a comfortable stay. Oh and breakfast was delicious!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

We had a very large family gathering with everyone coming from all over the world in early/mid November. We chose to stay at the Lake Lodge for the first 3 days of our trip where we ended up taking up ~6 of their rooms. First, the staff is excellent. Very responsive and accommodating. We personally did stay on the ground floor and this was not much of a bother. One group in our family stayed in Room 5 where there was a problem from day 1 with the toilet (sewage like smell). The first day this was reported a plumber came and the hotel said issue was resolved, however a few hours later the smell persisted. We asked for another room but the hotel management said this was not possible given other reservations. After the first day the hotel management did nothing to resolve the problem and turned a nice visit to the hotel into a very bad impression. There was no apology and no refund (and we had given them quite a bit of business between rooms and food purchases). Hopefully others who stayed after us in Room 5 does not experience the same persistent problem. I really hope they fixed this before putting the room back on the market for renting out.

Would I stay here again. No.
Would I recommend this to another visitor. No (only because of management, not because of staff...only reason why I give 2 out of 5 instead of 1 out of 5)
Is the location nice? Yes, but it is a bit hard to find for the Tuk Tuk drivers.

Room Tip: Stay away from Room 5 or that side of the building given our problems with extreme sewage smells.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Jeremy K
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Hareez_Rizwan, General Manager at Taru Villas - Lake Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2012

We convey our thanks and appreciation for selecting Lake Lodge for your stay in Sri Lanka.

With regard to the sewage smell at the toilet in the room where your colleague occupied, would like to mention the following. “AGREED” there was a smell and we apologized. But it was not a sewage smell. Upon attending this complaint it was found the drain gully of the wash room was blocked with kids pampers and tissues. Mind that even your colleague occupying the room with 2 kids. However we rectified the same within half hours time.

But your request for a change of room is not denied by us. When you were offered an opportunity to change the room, your colleagues opted to continue their stay in the same room. As per your complain it is strange that room is occupied for two days with the smell. Having stayed for 3 nights, consequently, at the end of your stay demanding for refund is highly unreasonable, and it was not irresponsiveness shown towards your demand. When your demand was not met for refund you threatened that definitely the matter will be in Trip Advisor and other relevant Web Sites.

Management was very generous to provide transport to Cinnamon Grand Hotel with no cost involved when your group was idling handicapped by transport. You and your colleague were very happy about the atmosphere and service rendered. So friendly with the staff and also with the management staff until invoice is produced against the stay at the hotel.

Had we made the refund, the Management would have been really responsive, and comments to Trip Advisor and to the relevant Web Sites would be very much positive from you.

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Reviewed December 9, 2012

After a long flight we arrived in Colombo and wow Lake Lodge was a wonderful welcome! We had the garden suite which was lovely! Quite expensive but was a great boutique hotel and would recommend!

Breakfast was also v tasty! And wifi in the rooms was perfect!

Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 6, 2012 via mobile

Stunning hotel. Great decor.

Overly flash and expensive for budget backpacker but ideal for mid to upper range traveller.

Helpful staff. Good location. Tuck tuck to the fort, nearby restaurants and sea front is about 100 rupees (50 pence on a meter)

Near to train station for transport to kandy.

Great place to ease you into Sri lankan travel.

Recommended

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Thank Ratmandu
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Address: 20 Alvis Terrace, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 157 B&Bs / Inns in Colombo
Price Range: $110 - $137 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Taru Villas - Lake Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
'Taru Villas - Lake Lodge', Colombo, one of the city's first accredited hotels, was transformed into a stunning city break haven in 2009. Keen to respect the rich heritage of a building which had been in her family for four decades, Nayantara 'Taru' Fonseka embarked on a project which would crystallize into the gold standard for 'luxury-for-less' hotels in Colombo, Sri Lanka. With her creative emphasis on lines, light, and space, Taru's brainchild is the template for contemporary elegance and excellence. It is testament to the tranquility of this accommodation in Colombo that you could easily forget just how close you are to all the amenities that any thriving city has to offer. ... more   less 
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