A frequent visitor to the beautiful island of Sri Lanka and to Mount Lavinia House its only fair to share my experience of a great place to stay .... Mount Lavinia House is simply stunning!
The first time I arrived in 2008 was a 'WOW'! moment ... such a stylish and individual 'Boutique Hotel'! This feeling has not gone away and on each visit I am reminded why I keep coming back!
I anticipate the warmest of welcomes as I get closer to my ‘home from home’ and look forward to the always delicious and refreshing 'welcome' drink (watermelon being my favourite) ... very appreciated after a long tiring journey by plane, train, tuk tuk or car!
The architecturally designed house has witty and quirky corners .. the atrium with its amazing staircase leading up to huge colonial and beautifully styled bedrooms .. the atrium's floor to roof mural wall, cushioned comfy corner area and more formal sitting area with its intriguing apothecary cupboard... the top floor chill out room is an ideal space to laze on the day beds with a good book, watch the sun disappear beneath the horizon or star gaze over the Indian Ocean at night-time .. The whole house is airy and open with lots of wood and marble floors to keep the bare toes cool even on the hottest of days.
I love the 'inside out' swimming pool .... for an early morning energy boost back stroke ... to idle away hours gliding through the water or just floating on my back in the tropical sunshine ... the pool is just perfect ... not huge granted but big enough for a leisurely swim or a float.
Tucked away in the residential district of Mount Lavinia its a walk along the beach to the grand old dame .. Mount Lavinia Hotel ... where it pleasant to indulge in ‘Tiffin’ or Afternoon tea ..The beach is a stones throw ... well a short walk down a narrow private drive actually. Its great to have a selection of beach restaurants on your doorstep all along the beach front..
The railway line is at the bottom of the garden. On my first visit I wondered if it would bother me .. hearing the trains clacking by, however this to my mind adds to the character of the place, its authenticity... It connects one to the rhythm of the island .. There is not a constant rattle but an occasional train passing by and since Sri Lankan railways have recently invested in upgraded quieter Chinese trains I find I miss the clickerty clack of the old days!.
I would really recommend a trip into Colombo which in recent years has developed into a modern city, albeit in parts it really is the old and the new sitting side by side. The old ‘Dutch Hospital’ has been given a make-over and now in home to smart shops and restaurants. A lunch in the faded splendour of the ‘Grand Oriental Hotel’ in the ‘Harbour Room’ overlooking Colombo Port has the added bonus of a panorama of ships navigating n and out the harbour. Heading back from Colombo along the Galle Road visit the Crescat Shopping Mall which has a food court located in the basement – try the Masala Dosa at the Indian Veggie Stall ... very tasty thin pancake rolled with spicy potato served with sambar and chutney- delish!! Also a visit to the Galle Face Hotel almost opposite to have a sundowner G ‘n T and watch the sunset into the Indian Ocean is a most memorable experience.
Mount Lavinia House also has some apartments next door that are let short or long term, I was shown around by the owner on one of my visits - as is the main house these were very individual, spacious, stylish and very comfortably furnished. I have have already planned my winter retreat in my retirement - 6 months at No 4!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lavinia House is a budget hotel which is great for the budget traveler as well as your purse. The most affordable prices and comfortable rooms to begin your holiday in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Please get in touch with us and we will give you our best services. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with TripOnline SA and Agoda so you can book your Mount Lavinia House reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Mount Lavinia House Hotel Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
- Mount Lavinia House Sri Lanka/Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia