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 :-)
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Ranjit`s Ambalama Hotel Colombo