If you are wondering where did i put up during my stay in Colombo, it was in this small and cosy, bed and breakfast style resort, Ranveli Beach Resort, situated at Mount Lavinia beach. Take note that Mount Lavinia is an outskirt area off Colombo, but can be said "still within reach" from the city centre.
Though this property may not provide you all the lavishness and amenities of 5 stars accommodation, however it still gives you the sense of privacy as rooms are located in segregated areas and the reception and the dining area is the only open area in the property whereby you may see people hanging around and be seen in return.
In addition to the wonderful rate that we got, we booked ourselves in the biggest family room, for the rate of around RM 150 only per night, this hotel is located just a train track away from the scenic Mount Lavinia beach. Did i say a "train track away"? Yes i did and indeed there's a rail line next to the vicinity of this hotel but dont bother as the trains would passed by so rapidly that it wont cause you unnecessary disturbances or sleepless nights.
The owner of this hotel frequently greeted the hotel guests, asking how are they doing, whether the guests need any assistance, especially on travel tips in and around Colombo. You may also consult the staffs for any tour guides/driver which may take you for day tours around Colombo or to other places such as Kandy or Galle.The staffs are also the friendliest lot that you may find, making your stay here an uneventful one.
As this is a no-frill accommodation, the breakfast offerings were simple of toasts, coffee, teas and eggs which will be prepared at your desire, whether you want it scrambled, half-boiled or omelete. I do notice that Sri Lankan people consume little amount of meat from my observation of the dishes served here.
If you are looking for an affordable, comfortable stay in Colombo, Sri Lanka, which offers you wonderful sea view, do have Ranveli Beach Resort as one of your option. Cheers-Kay 2012
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