This is a very basic place and as such, considering the room rates, this may very well work for some, especially if you are traveling on a budget. However, no matter how affordable, this does not mean lack of cleanliness and poor maintenance are okay. My room was spacious with a large bed (at least for one person), an okay mattress (somewhat thin but not bad), and a hammock (perfect). However the sheets were not particularly clean and I found black pieces of something (dirt, ash, or perhaps something of a tree?) and sand in my bed. The bathroom is shared which was not a problem (nobody else staying in the room opposite so had it for myself). It was somewhat clean but very spartan though the shower is quite good. One of the windows in my room had a curtain missing because of which there was not much privacy. The owner apologized for this but apologies are just that right? There simply should be curtains and if they are not there you would expect to be offered a different room or the promise that it will be fixed asap. I moved out after one day as this was simply not a place I was comfortable in but like I said, it may certainly work for some. The place is indeed pleasantly secluded with a a nice garden and it is certainly away from busy traffic. If that's what you are looking for and you are not too bothered by the spartanness of the place or the somewhat lack of cleanliness and maintenance it is definitely an affordable place which oddly in a city like Colombo is actually somewhat difficult to find.
- 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