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“Peaceful and secluded house.”
Review of Ranjit's Ambalama

Ranjit's Ambalama
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Ranjit's Ambalama
Ranked #75 of 156 Colombo B&B and Inns
Reviewed 6 December 2013

I needed a place to rest overnight on returning from the country before flying out the next day, and chose this as a fellow traveller had booked there.
The place is a little hard to find but if you follow the directions you're fine. The nearby mosque is a useful landmark (and the call to prayer isn't toooo early in the morning;-). We arrived about 7pm and Ranjit was there to greet us. The place basically feels like his home, which half of it is. 'His side' has its own secure street door and the 'guest side' is next door with another secure door. Prices quoted had not included 15% taxes and refundable Rs1000 key deposit, but were ok for what I got - I paid for a shared bathroom with no aircon but got a private en-suite bathroom by default as the other bedroom was not occupied:-) Room had 4 single beds all comfy enough (I tried them all :-) with good mosquito nets and adequate lighting, plus balcony (see pic). No problem with paying up front, and key deposit returned without hassle.
The place is nice and peaceful, but outside down Torrington Avenue if you turn left (South) it seems to be a night-time meeting point for the more disreputable tuk-tuk drivers - I wouldn't recommend walking there alone at night as a female, or frankly as a male! Turn right and you're ok though. The Colombo Cricket Ground is a 10 minute walk North.
Ranjit is a dignified and educated man who runs a respectable establishment - this is not the place for all night parties! The shower hose in the bathroom had split but he replaced it (with his own hose I suspect) in the hour or so I was out wandering, so top marks for attention to detail. He also arranged for my taxi to the airport which arrived on time. There are a couple of rather nervous dogs and a cat, but I'm sure if I'd stayed longer we would have got on fine.
Overall the place provided exactly what I wanted - peace and quiet, a comfortable bed, and nice fluffy towels! Can't comment on the provision of meals. Oh, and the wifi was free :-)

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 October 2013 via mobile

We had a lovely stay at Ranjit's in September. We felt a little overwhelmed by the heat and pace of the city- but walking through the gate, it felt like we were a million miles away. Comfortable big spacious airey rooms and a warm and wise host were the perfect combo for our stay. We plan to stay again before we leave Sri Lanka next week.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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1  Thank 124,789
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

The place is really quiet, after two weeks of journey through Sri Lanka it was pleasant to take rest in a place as this one. The immense garden gives the sensation to be right in the middle of the jungle while the guesthouse is situated in full Colombo.
The owner is pleasant and nice. He gave us indications to visit the city and addresses of good restaurants.
We had a room with the common bathroom. The room was big, clean and provided with a mosquito net.
If I had only a reproach to be made it is maybe on the price of the breakfast. A bit expensive but on the other hand excellent, especially if you like the Sri Lankan food. The Egghoppers was a delight.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Yvana F
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

Could you imagine a country house, with a huge garden, tables and sits under a porch, and an spacious living room? This is Ranjit's Ambalama, a pleasant guesthouse located in one of Colombo's best neighborhoods, Cinnamon Gardens.
Rooms are upstairs, and we had a big one, very clean and bright, with windows under the tree.
The owner, Ranjit, lives just beside the guesthouse. He was kind, helpful and very welcoming (as it was his dog!), and he gave us good suggestions
Be careful not to lose getting there, because Ranjit's place is kind of hidden and there is no sign. Any tuk tuk driver should know where it is.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Xxxav
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

wish I had done more research and read the reviews here on tripadvisor. The property was nice enough and with a little work it could be really nice. The door to our room was really dodgy and didn't shut well, there was a huge gap in the bathroom door that would leave little to the imagination of anyone that should chance by, (thankfully we were alone in that part of the house),
The price we found on the internet was not honored and in face about quadruple the price. Since we were only going to be there for one night and arrived after dark, we decided to just stay. The owner was pleasant enough I guess, but the bottom line was always money. 600 rupees for wifi???? Outrageous.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

This place is not that bad actually. It's clean. Beds are comfortable, rooms are airy. Also garden is fantastic. But the owner is amazing. I think he always wanted to be an army officer. But some how he is a guest house owner now. He has strict rules. And in irrational situations he is still trying to use that rules.

He is not exactly bad guy. Only he is not kind. He is rude. He is not smart enough. But he thinks he is smart and kind :)

Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
5  Thank MetinSolmaz
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

The position is in a nice and quiet area of the town. The owner is helpful and arranged some things for us. But he is very business-orientated. You pay for everything even the WiFi extra. One bath for 3 rooms is not enough, especially when children were staying in it. The entrance-gate is very loud. For the key you have to pay a refund. It is a good, perhaps not the best option. Forgot to wake us as promised.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Bluesboon
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Additional Information about Ranjit's Ambalama

Address: 53/19 Torrington Avenue, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Hotel Style:
Ranked #75 of 156 B&Bs / Inns in Colombo
Price Range: $55 - $88 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ranjit’s Ambalama in cinnamon gardens provides comfortable rooms in an eco friendly setting with a leafy courtyard, verandas and large garden with thick vegetation. A peaceful hideaway in a homey atmosphere with personalized service unique in the city of Colombo. It is very centrally situated in close proximity to all embassies, visa offices, shops and other places of interest in the city of Colombo with easy access to transport. Swimming pool nearby is available. ... more   less 
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