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Taru Villas - Lake Lodge
Ranked #1 of 140 Colombo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Wish we had stayed longer”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

We only stayed one night before our flight home but wish it had been longer. We had the garden suite which has it own private entrance, little courtyard garden and outdoor sitting area.
The communal roof terrace is very nice and we had a delicious curry there in the evening. Our flight was very early the following morning so we didn't get to experience breakfast although they kindly made us a sandwich to take with us. Only down side was we didn't have hot water - but certainly not the only hotel in Sri Lanka without it !
If we return to Colombo we will be very happy to use lake lodge again

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

It's a great place in Colombo if you're looking for something that offers excellent value. After an intensive day in Colombo it was great to return to the oasis of Lake Lodge a relax for a few hours. It's situated in a very lush and calm part of Colombo (centrally though). The rooms and lobby are decorated in a very sober and minimalistic way. They serve great food (close to cross kitchen). Order well in time before, since the kitchen needs some time to prepare the meals.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 15, 2014

We stayed 2 nights at this cute, hidden, friendly hotel. It looks pretty new and is modern and immaculately clean. The staff are super friendly and very attentive during meal service and when helping with information. They organised drivers for us around the city and found us a driver to take us to Galle on a public holiday for a good price. We ate breakfast both days and a meal one evening. The breakfast was good (try the Sri Lankan breakfasts...I'm not totally convinced about the curry egg but the rotti and string hoppers were good, they also do fruit with toast and a cooked breakfast) and we had one evening meal. I must admit that I am not a fan of curries but the one we had at the hotel restaurant was very good. We had chicken curry but the highlight was all the extra side dishes it comes with. The dahl was delicious and the other dishes really complimented the curry. The staff were always very good with offering us more beers, filling up our glasses and warding off the mozzies with citronella candles.
Cons- as it is in a walled compound there aren't really any views from your room. The hot water wasn't great. Showers were barely warm which wasn't a big issue considering how hot it was when we stayed there.
I would definitely recommend the Lake Lodge!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Liverpool,England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed January 11, 2014

Located in a quiet side street, five minute tuk tuk ride into the heart of Colombo.
A warm welcome, staff very accomodating. Small hotel with only nine rooms. Room was tastefully decorated and spacious. Bathroom impressive.
Breakfast was very good. Choice between bacon and chicken sausages!
We would definitely stay there again if passing through Colombo.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Berlin
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

Situated close to the centre but still in a fairly quiet location. We only stayed here one night and had to get up at 3am to get to the airport, but would have liked to have stayed longer. The bathroom smelled rather musty but otherwise the hotel was very clean and impeccably decorated. The terrace bar was very nice, and the "caipilanka" cocktails (made with the local Arrack) definitely worth sampling. Our room was located right next to the bar and we were worried that it could be nosiy, but it turned out to be very quiet.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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leeds
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

Another place I regret having just passed through.
Friendly, helpful staff.
Good food at reasonable prices.
Clean, comfortable rooms.

As the name implies the lake is just around the corner, as is the President's house. We went for a wander a little before dusk and stopped off at the cricket ground to discuss the finer points of the game with the local youth before making a circuit of the lake.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

This place and Raj come with our highest recommendations! We stayed for one night after a lot of travelling around the south of Sri Lanka. After all the impressions of small and big cities, local food, and nature, this place was the perfect place to land and get our feed back on the ground. The place is clean, quiet, and the food is great. The service level was incredible. Shower was a much needed oasis of cleanliness. They were so calm and peaceful. Also there are nice places to eat around the area. Great indian food.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Taru Villas - Lake Lodge
Address: 20 Alvis Terrace, Colombo 01000, 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 140 B&Bs / Inns in Colombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Taru Villas - Lake Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
in March 2009, Nayantara Fonseka, also known as Taru, helms the re-opening of Lake Lodge, a 13-room Bed & Breakfast Budget Hotel that has been owned by her family for over 40 years. Down a quiet residential lane in the heart of commercial Colombo, Lake Lodge was one of the first accredited Tourist accommodations in Sri Lanka, which Taru has refurbished with her usual creative flair & inimitable style. Your ‘home away from home’ while in Sri Lanka, whether for a few days of holiday or a month on business, Lake Lodge will be run in the typically friendly yet professional manner that she successfully spearheaded for several years with her Taru Villas boutique hotels.•12 + 1 stylish ensuite Double Rooms with all modern conveniences (King sized beds, AC, H/C Showers, and Cable TV etc).•FREE – Wi-Fi •Spacious Lounge areas + 2 large terraces with view over park & lake. •Breakfast Bar•As well as providing our guests with a delightful lunch and dinner menu, our Chefs are also available to prepare any meal to your individual requirement•Licensed Bar. •Guest Laundry, Left Luggage, Safety Deposit, Fax, Airport Transfer, Taxi Service. ... more   less 
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