Asia Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 Tec*h SUPP0RT AOL mail CONTACT 1:800:681:7208 AOL Error Configuration
  2. 2 Is the Bennesse Naoshima Worth It?
  3. 3 Bali & Singapore in October
  4. 4 Go ahead...Eat the street food and buffets!
  5. 5 Many Questions for 1st Japan Trip
  6. 6 Singapore hotel for 3 days
  7. 7 Trip Report Bangkok travelogue with kids (ages 5 and 3)
  8. 8 Ferry from Selayar to Flores
  9. 9 Booking on the fly
  10. 10 Which Mumbai Hotel? Westin vs Marriott
  11. 11 Trip Report Tea estates of Munnar
  12. 12 Trip Report Nywoman single older woman goes to Japan
  13. 13 Southeast Asia 2 month itinerary
  14. 14 Trip Report Yogyakarta, Java. Indonesian Cuisine! - Travel Report
  15. 15 How many nights in Tokyo/Kyoto/Osaka? Organizing an itinerary?
  16. 16 India - remnants of the British Raj
  17. 17 Trip Report 6 weeks in Nepal, Bhutan, Borneo and more...
  18. 18 Bali Honeymoon - Rec. for Quieter Northern Town
  19. 19 Trip Report My Japan Travels - Follow-along with me
  20. 20 like my food
  21. 21 Laos or Kerala?
  22. 22 Hanoi, Vietnam 1 week
  23. 23 Portable wifi rental
  24. 24 21 Day Itinerary to Myanmar - Looking for Suggestions
  25. 25 Myanmar Itinerary -would like some help!
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Casa Colombo Hotel, Colombo review

First time in Colombo and we looked at Tripadvisor reviews before picking this hotel. The trip from airport to the hotel can be lengthy as traffic/roads are bad so arrange transport with a local driver. It is not in the downtown area, rather a bit of no-man’s-land between Wellawatte (beach, shops) and Bambalapitiya (shops) so walking out the door is not that interesting.

This is not your usual ‘tourist’ hotel – more an individual take on lodging. That said, the hotel itself is lovely – grand old style with great dining room, outdoor relaxing garden, pink-tiled pool with sunbaking out back and a chic outdoor bar (nightly). Our room was upstairs, first left, and a bit of noise carried through from below (noisy kids) but inside it was fine. Great tall ceilings with mezzanine lounge area, huge bed and lots of room. Not being able to open a window was a minus but fan/aircon was good and wifi worked fine everywhere. Service was attentive and smart and food quality was high. The local bus costs 20LKR to Fort/Pettah area so getting about is no problem. Go to Barefoot for local textiles, handicrafts and they have a nice outdoor cafe, too.

The city itself does not have much of interest compared to many other Asian cities - no wow factor monuments/temples/markets in my opinion but the friendliness of people makes up for it. Duck into a local eating house and you will probably be the only foreigner! I think 1 night is enough for Colombo, to be honest - many people just head out to the countryside straight-away but each to their own.

We hired a driver from Colombo - Millenium Elephant Foundation - Dambulla - Sigiriya - Nuwara Eliya - Tangalle - Colombo and it made for a hassle-free holiday. I sourced our driver from other Tripadvisor recommendations so thanks for people's feedback! I can recommend highly Sujith Liyanage - very friendly, good english, punctual and he shared insightful advice that made the trip have a more 'local' flavour. You can reach him on sujith.liyanage@gmail.com or +94 717252722 or you can contact me for more details.

No Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement