Very good 7.8
Based on 73 reviews

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About House Of Arts

Description

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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Features

Internet access

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

Getting around

  • Car park
  • Airport transfer

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Massage(s)
  • Tours
  • Garden

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Room service [24-hour]
  • Room service
  • Restaurant(s)
  • Coffee shop

Access, services, and conveniences

  • Laundry service
  • Concierge
  • Pets allowed
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Family room

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Arabic
  • French
  • Italian
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Policies

Child and extra bed policy
Infant 0-1 year(s) Stay for free if using existing bedding. Note, if you need a cot there may be an extra charge.
Children 2-6 year(s) Stay for free if using existing bedding.
  • Guests over 6 years old are considered as adults.
  • Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room capacity for more details.
When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
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Useful info

Airport Transfer Fee: 26 USD
Breakfast Charge (when not included in room rate): 6 USD
Check-In From: :30 PM
Check-Out Until: 12:30 PM
Distance from City Center: 10. Km
Distance to Airport: 42. Km
Internet Usage Fee: 0 USD
Non-Smoking Rooms / Floors: Yes
Number of Floors: 2
Number of Rooms : 7
Parking Fee (per day): 0 USD
Reception Open Until: 12:00 AM
Room Voltage: 230
Time to Airport (Minutes): 60
Year Hotel Built: 1850
Year Hotel Last Renovated: 2001
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Recent customer comments

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Very good



  • Cleanliness 7.2
  • Location 8.1
  • Room Comfort/Standard 6.8
  • Service 8.9
  • Value for money 8.0
  • Food/Dining 7.9

samaraweera N. from France
Solo travelers
Stayed 8 nights in June 2014
Owner of the hotel very kind and helpful
Very close to beach , many restaurant Around , walking distance ,hotel is very clean
It was very pleasant
Reviewed August 27, 2015

Vinay V. from India
Business travelers
Stayed 6 nights in May 2015
This is a guest house not a hotel
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.
Reviewed June 08, 2015

Jay R. from United States
Solo travelers
Stayed one night in December 2014
An Experience
Cool Colorful Vibrant
Had a wonderful time. Owners were great and friendly. I would recommend it highly.
Reviewed April 18, 2015

Trevor O. from United Kingdom
Couples
Stayed 5 nights in January 2015
Great location fot Mount Lavinia beaches
Artistic decor, Host and staff, accessabilty to beach.
Greatly enjoyed our stay. Very interesting host and great surroundings. Great location for beach, restaurants and trips to Colombo.
Reviewed February 17, 2015

Zachary S. from United States
Couples
Stayed one night in February 2015
Needs serious repairs and updates
Nice lobby, friendly owner, great location
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.
Reviewed February 11, 2015

Richard M. from United Kingdom
Solo travelers
Stayed 2 nights in January 2015
Quiet pleasant hideaway
Location to beach, art collection, quirkiness
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
Reviewed January 24, 2015

EDMAR O. from Philippines
Business travelers
Stayed one night in October 2014
unique hotel
Hotel design, near to the beach, price
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.
Reviewed November 11, 2014

David M. from Australia
Couples
Stayed 2 nights in August 2014
Mt Lavinia and Samy Pavel
Samy, breakfast and the decore.
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.
Reviewed September 06, 2014

Jacob K. from United States
Couples
Stayed one night in August 2014
Nice place for a quick stay
The staff, old arcitecture, the breakfast
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.
Reviewed August 25, 2014

Johan A. from Norway
Couples
Stayed 2 nights in January 2014
Boheme hotel that needs maintainance
Friendly staff, relaxing atmosphere, quiet
The hotel has a nice garden and lounge area. The rooms could absolutely use some renovation and cleaning.
Reviewed June 16, 2014



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