Stayed here for 2 nights and found it to be exactly what we'd hoped for. Location is fairly central but at the same time it's situated down a quiet road and is off the beaten track. Colombo is a slightly hectic place (to say the least) so it was really nice to stay somewhere more chilled and away from it all.
Absolutely loved the outside restaurant area, particularly at night when they put candles on the tables. Menu was primarily international cuisine - slightly disappointing that there wasn't more authentic Sri Lankan food to choose from, but in fairness the food we had was pretty good.
Room was spacious, bed extremely comfortable and the shower was hot and powerful. One criticism however would be that the room wasn't as clean as we would have liked. This wasn't a major issue for us, after all this is Colombo so expectations need to be realistic; for the price we paid however we did feel that this was something that could have been improved.
Staff at Havelock Place were very friendly and made us feel really at ease. The manageress in particular was very welcoming; looking after us as though we were part of her family. When we wanted to go into town she walked us to the bus stop and made sure we got on ok and when we left for Kandy very early in the morning she made sure that we had sandwiches to take with us for the trip. Small touches like this mean a lot when you're far from home, and for that reason we'd definitely stay here again if we ever find ourselves back in Colombo
- 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