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4/5

Colombo City Hostel

177, R. A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 03


The Colombo City Hostel has two brand-new, sparkling clean eight-bed dorms (another is on the way), eight downright posh shower-loo rooms and well thought out public spaces. This might be the best communal accommodation in the city.



The Colombo City Hostel has moved to Colombo 03. This is a review of the old premises in Kalubowila.

A hostel might not seem like the most exciting thing in the world but anyone whose made a visit to Thailand's Khao San road can vouch for the fact that communal accommodation can really liven up a neighborhood. More importantly hostels also help foster a more vibrant and diverse travel scene; you really can have too many 'boutique hotels'.

At the moment Colombo is more or less devoid of clean, inexpensive shared spaces where travelers can bed down for a night or two before they head off to see the wonders elsewhere on the island.

As a consequence it also lacks affordable spaces for single travelers. There are plenty of high-end hotel rooms, a few business hotels and lots of guest houses geared toward mid-range(ish) couples but single travelers are somewhat stuck. There are very few places where you can get a clean single bed in the capital for a budget-price and if you are traveling alone or in a small group there are also very few places specifically for travelers to meet and mingle - Colombo is an insiders city (that's why we have YAMU).

The Colombo City Hostel is an attempt to remedy this situation. With two brand-new, sparkling clean eight-bed dorms (another is on the way), eight downright posh shower-loo rooms and well thought out public spaces this might be the best communal accommodation in the city. It is out in Kalubovila which might be a bit of a problem. A tuk ride into town though costs just Rs 250 and the benefits of having a home away from home- with a huge kitchen, lounge space, oversize lockers and the company of lots of fellow travelers probably outweighs the disadvantage of a 20 minute ride to the center.

Crucially it's run by people with a real interest in delivering a good experience and creating a space where travelers can hang out meet like minded sojourners and plan the next leg of their journeys.

Lots of reading material, free wi-fi and a plunge pool (coming soon) mean you'll have all the amenities you need to get the most out of a few days in Colombo and at $20 a night youl be hard-pressed to find better value in the city.

The place really does fill a a gaping hole in Colombo's accommodation market and anyone needing a budget bed for a night (or two) should check them out.

TIP

You can <a href='http://www.colombocityhostel.com/index.php/rates'>book online</a>. If you have issues finding the place the first time they can send their trishaw to the nearest bus stand.

Address

177, R. A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 03

Directions

You need to get on Muhandiram Road (off Hudson Road or Alwis Place) and go towards Temple Trees. CCH is at the junction of R. A. De Mel Mw (Duplication Road, behind Temple Trees) and Muhandiram Road.

Contacts

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Open 24 hour reception

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
4
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