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    Nearest transport:
  • Mount Lavinia Bus Station (0.2 Km / 3 min walk)
    Area recommended for:
  • shopping
  • restaurants
  • beaches
    Distance to airport:
  • Ratmalana Airport (3.3 Km)
  • Bandaranaike International Airport (37.5 Km)
    Customer comments:
  • "Good breakfast", "Great staff", "Near the beach"
    Top nearby attractions:
  • Loon Tao Restaurant (0.4 Km / 5 min walk)
  • Mount Lavinia beach (0.7 Km / 9 min walk)
  • National Zoological Gardens (2.1 Km / 26 min walk)
  • Odel Colombo (3.2 Km)

Note: Distances are measured as a straight line.

House Of Arts

20, Beach Avenue, Mount Lavinia, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Features of House Of Arts


Hotel Facilities

  • 24-hour room service
  • airport transfer
  • coffee shop
  • concierge
  • family room
  • laundry service
  • meeting facilities
  • pets allowed
  • restaurant
  • room service
  • smoking area
  • tours

Sports and Recreation

  • garden
  • massage

Internet

  • free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Parking

  • car park

Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
  • Italian

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Guest House Description
Conveniently located in Colombo, House Of Arts is a great base from which to explore this vibrant ci...see more Conveniently located in Colombo, House Of Arts is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. The city center is merely 10. Km away and the airport can be reached within 60 minutes. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

House Of Arts also offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Colombo. To name a few of the hotel's facilities, there are free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, room service.

7 rooms spread over 2 floors provide a warm and pleasant home away from home. Modern comforts such as internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, wake-up service, desk can be found in selected rooms. The hotel's recreational facilities, which include massage, garden are designed for escape and relaxation. House Of Arts is an ideal place of stay for travelers seeking charm, comfort and convenience in Colombo.
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Business travelers (5)

Couples (36)

Solo travelers (27)

Families with older children (1)

Groups (4)

Very good
7.8
Value for Money
8.0
Location
8.1
Staff Performance
8.9
Hotel Condition/Cleanliness
7.2
Room Comfort/Standard
6.8
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Vinay V. Business travelers
India, June 08, 2015
This is a guest house not a hotel
3.3
It was painful stay in House of Arts because there was not air condition in the room and humidity was 80% at that time, there was bedbugs,mosquitoes, cockroaches and lizard hence could not sleep whole night. There was no staff except one old french man and his son Ali plus one dog. This was one of my worse stay in any hotel/motel in my life.
Zachary S. Couples
United States of America, February 11, 2015
Needs serious repairs and updates

Nice lobby, friendly owner, great location
4.3
Very overated. Worst place we stayed in all Sri Lanka and most expensive. Mosquitoe nets covered in blood. Rooms need serious attention. I would not recommend this hotel to any traveler. Its not really a hotel or a bnb. Its anhouse that is falling apart.
Trevor O. Couples
United Kingdom, February 17, 2015
Great location fot Mount Lavinia beaches

Artistic decor, Host and staff, accessabilty to beach.
7
Greatly enjoyed our stay. Very interesting host and great surroundings. Great location for beach, restaurants and trips to Colombo.
Richard M. Solo travelers
United Kingdom, January 24, 2015
Quiet pleasant hideaway

Location to beach, art collection, quirkiness
7.3
Very satisfied with the House of Arts. It's a quirky old building full of interesting ephemera, paintings and furniture. Sammy is a very laid back character and the staff and family who work here very polite and courteous. The rooms are a bit basic but good enough for me for a couple of nights. I had hot water, clean sheets and a good mozzie net. No a/c but that wasn't expected and two fans in the room were enough to keep me cool. Location wise, it's far away from the centre of Colombo, but that's what I wanted. Mount Lavinia beach is unspectacular but just a few minutes walk away and a breezy spot to cool down at the end of the day with a beer. It is a bit difficult to find the place first time round, with only a very faint sign next to an unassuming garage door. After a while though, this adds to the hideaway charm
Jay R. Solo travelers
United States of America, April 18, 2015
An Experience

Cool Colorful Vibrant
8.7
Had a wonderful time. Owners were great and friendly. I would recommend it highly.
EDMAR O. Business travelers
Philippines, November 11, 2014
unique hotel

Hotel design, near to the beach, price
8
I stayed one night in this hotel before going to Dubai. I was amazed by the designs and creative concepts of the hotel. The owner was hospitable and kind. The room was quite old and creepy but safe. I enjoyed playing with Bruce - the big dog in the hotel. No special attractions near the hotel. The near beach - it was dirty and not for swimming. You just go to Mt. Lavinia Hotel for swimming and good food.
David M. Couples
Australia, September 06, 2014
Mt Lavinia and Samy Pavel

Samy, breakfast and the decore.
7.7
We stayed at The House of Arts for 2 nights when we arrived in Sri Lanka. We decided to stay away from Colombo as we had stayed there before. Although a little way out of the capital it still enabled us to do a days sightseeing. Samy arranged our pick up at the airport and filled us in on were to go and what to see. The staff were very helpful and made us feel very welcome. Although the house has seen better days the rooms are comfortable. I would suggest replacing the mosquito nets as they are sadly in decline. We enjoyed our stay and found the discussions with Samy and his son enjoyable and stimulating. The near by beach has a selection of restaurants and Galle Rd, a walk away, has a supermarket and a variety of typical shops/eateries/banks. As budget accommodation goes this is OK.
Jacob K. Couples
United States of America, August 25, 2014
Nice place for a quick stay

The staff, old arcitecture, the breakfast
8.3
The hotels architecture was straight out of the jungle book. The place looked beautiful, we just wished it was a little cleaner and had hot water.
samaraweera N. Solo travelers
France, August 27, 2015
Owner of the hotel very kind and helpful

Very close to beach , many restaurant Around , walking distance ,hotel is very clean
9.3
It was very pleasant
Annette L. Couples
Australia, June 06, 2014
A lovely place to stay close to the city

Charming decor, charming staff, the ridgback dog called Bruce
9.3
The House of Arts was the perfect place to spend the first and last nights of my trip. Close to Colombo, short walk to the beach, plenty of shops and food close by. Our room was clean and comfortable. I loved the style, lots of art and books, and painted flourishes. The big ridgeback named Bruce keeps watch and barks to announce the arrival of visitors, no need to be afraid though he's gentle and eager to make friends. The owners were lovely and very generously allowed me to leave my bag for a few nights so I could travel by bus & train without too much hassle. They also let me check out late on the day I was flying out which was much appreciated.

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