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Colombo Beach Hostel Reviews

30, De Saram Road, Mount Lavinia, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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86%

Rating
209 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 85%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 82%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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83%

Owner was very nice and helpful


89%

The hostel was great; laid back, cheap, with friendly staff and fellow travellers. Michael the owner was particularly friendly and helpful. The rooms are basic but clean and have everything you need. The roof terrace is particularly good, with a great chill out area, kitchen and outdoor tables, all with a great view out onto palm trees and the sea (and some ugly buildings, can't have it all). Ideal spot for the sunset. Nice vibe, and plenty of cheap restaurants nearby.


100%

Good place to stay, calm, good ambiance. i stay there a couple of days, there's a kitchen to cook with almost everything you need that's pretty nice. The train station is close to the hostel, nice to go in town I recommend it.

  • 30th Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


83%

Great escape from busy Colombo, close to the beach. Thenowner is great, very heplful and full of uselful tips for your trip around Sri Lanka


86%

Wifi is slow or not working.


83%

I stayed at this hostel 2 different time a while I was in Sri Lanka because I felt safe, the hostel is close to the mt.lavinia train station, close to the beach, and I found it easy to meet other travellers around the hostel or on the rooftop terrace :) reception is also really kind and easy to have a laugh with !!


74%

Fan only and no mosquito nets, the rooms are very hot so if you can't deal with heat try get an a/c room or at least a room with a fan directly on to you. The owner is really nice and helpful and you can prepare meals and hangout upstairs which is very nice. You can find places near by that ain't much more but with a/c but probably no kitchen use.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hey, thanks for the review. Mosquito nets are with Michael and is only given on request, as most prefer not to use one. Sorry about the heat, even us locals are having a time with it at the moment. We are glad to know that you enjoed the roof top and made good use of the kitchen Enjoy your travels, and do come back. Best rgds, Dinesh

97%

all very nice, but the roof kitchen is not very clear , i still ll go there if i go to mount lavinia again.


91%

Further away from Colombo than you would think but the train is very cheap to get there, just 15rupees and a tuktuk from the station to the hotel is just 200rupees. Very nice first place to stay, lots of information on things to do around Sri Lanka

  • 3rd Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hey Tom, thanks for your comments. Yes a bus ride would cost 30, and train 15. But from the Mount Station, the tuk should only charge Rs50, as its a 15 minute walk to the Hostel, for other travelers reading this review...do bargain! Thanks

100%

We were very satisfied with this Hostel. The rooms were big and clean with big lockers. The room had its own bathroom, so we only needed to share it with the others from the room. The location is great. Stuff was very friendly and helpfull. There is a big common area on the roof top which makes it easy to meet other travellers. We cannot come up with anything negativ.


77%

We stayed at Colombo Beach Hostel for 2 nights from Dec 29-30 and overall it's great VFM. Michael the manager is helpful. It has a terrace with a small kitchen where you can cook and a big sitting area which makes for a great hangout area. The hostel is 2 minutes away from the beach and a couple of decent restaurants and cafes. About 45 minutes away from Colombo.


71%

OK hostel in Mt. Lavinia. Nice rootop to chill, but not really a place to meet other travelers. Mt. Lavinia is convenient for Colombo (really no need to stay at Fort, Mt. Lavinia has some nice beach restaurants). Dorm room is clean, but could be in better shape, for instance the sheets are too short (don't cover the whole mattress), no sheet to cover, no mosquito net (had one everywhere else in sri lanka), and no soap in the bathroom. Would recommend to stay in Negombo as a base instead.


91%

Friendly staff, nice location.


91%

Staff at this hostel go above and beyond for travellers being extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Fantastic chilled atmosphere, dorms are of reasonable size (not cramped), the place is kept quite tidy although a shower curtain would be helpful to avoid getting the entire bathroom wet. The airport transfer was an absolute relief after a 1am arrival.


63%

Damp and dark rooms and at this price you would expect hot water facilities.

  • 12th Dec 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


86%

Rooms are very basic, but clean. Owner and his son are so sweet and will help you with anything you need. The rooftop area is awesome. Wifi works well.


94%

Our host Michael was outstanding! He provided friendly advice and was always willing to help. Booked a private room with a double bed which was very clean, room came equipped with a mosquito net which was a major plus. Will definitely stay again!


91%

Colombo Beach Hostel is a great hostel - Clean, great value for money, great hang out area on the roof (both covered and uncovered,) and friendly staff who are happy to advise you on how to get around via bus or train. Close to a supermarket, ATMs, restaurants and phone shops. Will stay again :)

  • 1st Dec 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


51%

I'm really surprised this hostel is ranked this high. It is oke but really nothing special. Our ladies dorm and wash room was very dirty. There was no water the first night and no hot water the second day. There are kitchen facilities but there is only one knife and far too less plates and cooking stuff. There is rubbisch everywhere on the roof terrace and everything is broken or old. This place could really use a clean-up in general.


80%

Not actually in Colombo. It about a 40 minute train to the city but still a great place to stay. Nice clean rooms and big bed!


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