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Edinburgh
Reviewed 14 February 2015

We were meant to stay here the day we arrived in Sri Lanka but because we missed our connection we arrived a day late and had to go straight to Kandy. Our room here was already paid for and not refundable or changeable. When we got back to Colombo to fly home we asked if they could possibly let us...

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havelockplacebungalo, Manager at The Havelock Place Bungalow, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your experience. We appreciate your feedback! It gives us great pleasure to know that you thoroughly enjoyed your recent stay with us. We take great pride in our individually decorated bedrooms and surrounding areas to make your stay as comfortable as possible. As a boutique hotel, we...

Geneva
Reviewed 8 February 2015

Prior to visiting I'd read several reviews, most of which were favourable. One stuck out as being extremely negative, and I believe was for the room my partner and I stayed in, which has an outdoor bathroom in the courtyard behind. I'm sorry, but no-one can guarantee to keep an outdoor area bug free, and if you book that room...

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havelockplacebungalo, Manager at The Havelock Place Bungalow, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your lovely feedback about your recent stay with us. As much-valued guests, I am delighted that we have met your expectations. Our team does take genuine interest in our guests so that they can ensure their stay with us is pleasant and memorable. We appreciate your feedback on room 5...

New South Wales, Australia
Reviewed 25 January 2015

If you like beautiful peaceful surrounds, stepping back in time and being made to feel very special you will love staying at Havelock Place Bungalow. We stayed with our four daughters a few weeks ago and loved the beautiful old rooms full of lovely antique furniture and high ceilings and the smell of cinnamon all around. Lovely eating breakfast outside...

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havelockplacebungalo, Owner at The Havelock Place Bungalow, responded to this review

Dear Madam, Many thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback following your recent stay with us at The Havelock Bungalow! I was delighted to read that you enjoyed the service you received. Whilst we have a truly beautiful hotel to look after the most important aspect is the service we provide to our guests. Please do come and...

Kington, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 January 2015

Our Holiday tour of Sri Lanka began here, in its perfumed gardens and pools it gives a promise of what the island has to offer. We stayed at more august places but the warmth of the staff shines through together with good food we can recommend it after a long and tiring flight, not to mention the peace it affords...

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havelockplacebungalo, Manager at The Havelock Place Bungalow, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at the Havelock Place Bungalow! I am very pleased to read how much the experience exceeded your expectations and how much you enjoyed the atmosphere, the setting and food. I hope to have the chance to welcome you again, Best wishes, Shakeela

Beijing, China
Reviewed 13 January 2015

Not for those who want a cookie cutter chain hotel stay. If you appreciate a small boutique stay where a lot of thought and detail went into the rooms then you are going to be at the right place. Starting from hiding the TV in an antique cabinet to providing water in a nice carafe with glasses the rooms have...

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havelockplacebungalo, Manager at The Havelock Place Bungalow, responded to this review

What a wonderful review of our hotel, thank you! We are incredibly appreciative of your feedback and thank you for sharing your experience with others. Word of mouth is simply the truest form of referral, and to hear that your stay and food was beyond your expectations is fantastic to hear. We all hope to have the opportunity to welcome...

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 10 January 2015

Up to last minute in the car we were anxious : will the hotel be like the City ( busy and unorganized) how to find a charming place in the new district of Colombo 5 ? It was a great surprise when our driver turned left in the small street Havelock place after a gas station. The hotel is a...

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havelockplacebungalo, Manager at The Havelock Place Bungalow, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review following your recent visit and happy to note, that you had an extraordinary stay with us. I am very pleased to read how much the experience exceeded your expectations and how much you enjoyed the atmosphere, the setting and the food. We constantly endeavour to go beyond our guest’s expectations of service and it...

Brussels, Belgium
Reviewed 10 January 2015

It's a nice accommodation but in my opinion not worth the price tag. It's not luxurious just nice. The house and surrounding garden felt a bit tight and claustrophobic. Breakfasts are excellent though!

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havelockplacebungalo, Manager at The Havelock Place Bungalow, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post your review of The Havelock Bungalow. I was sorry to read that you felt our prices were not in line with the local offerings. We do conduct a quarterly price survey against our competitors of the same category and try to keep our prices competitive. I do hope this did not detract...

London
Reviewed 4 January 2015

We stayed here for two nights in December at the start of our Sri Lankan holiday. On arrival the 'good vibe' was immediately apparent. Welcoming staff got our room ready very quickly (we had arrived very early around 6am to check in after a night flight). Our room was superb - full of charm and atmosphere including an ingenious al-fresco...

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havelockplacebungalo, Manager at The Havelock Place Bungalow, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your lovely review following your recent visit. It is delightful to know that you had a pleasant stay and that you found the decor to be tasteful and the food delicious, this feedback is most appreciated. It is always pleasing to receive such kind comments as yours. We constantly endeavour to go beyond our guest’s expectations...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 January 2015

We had booked into this hotel for the last two nights of our Christmas break in Sri Lanka. We had had to pay in full for our stay in advance which we thought was a bit suspicious but went ahead in good faith despite the not inconsiderable cost for three rooms.. The bungalow was run down and not very clean....

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havelockplacebungalo, Owner at The Havelock Place Bungalow, responded to this review

I am sorry you were disappointed with your stay at The Bungalow. Firstly, charging in full upfront is a standard practice in many hotels world wide. Since we have only seven rooms no shows and change of plans can result in us losing so we had to adopt this policy to minimise our loss. Most of our rooms have both...

Reviewed 23 December 2014 via mobile

We had a wonderful time at havelock, the people are just amazing,from the owner to the waiters. The food is the best in colombo. A special thanks to Vanessa and shakeela,havelock bungalow is very lucky to have these two ladies.

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havelockplacebungalo, Manager at The Havelock Place Bungalow, responded to this review

I am delighted to read your review of The Havelock Place Bungalow and to hear how much you enjoyed the experience, especially the service from our team here who were able to help with organizing your stay to be a memorable one. Our very best wishes to Vanessa and the kids. I very much looked forward to welcoming you here...

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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 

Additional Information about The Havelock Place Bungalow

Address: 6, Havelock Place | Colombo 5, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Price Range: $116 - $257 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Havelock Place Bungalow 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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