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House Of Arts

20, Beach Avenue, Mount Lavinia, Colombo, Sri Lanka (Show on map)

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  • Vinay, India
  • June 6, 2015
  • Area: Mount Lavinia
  • Rooms : 7
  • Free Wi-Fi

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Features of House Of Arts
Facilities

24-hour room service

airport transfer

car park

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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Whether you're a tourist or traveling on business, House Of Arts is a great choice for accommodation when visiting Colombo. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. No less exceptional is the hotel's easy access to the city's myriad attractions and landmarks, such as Mount Lavinia beach, Concord Cinema, National Zoological Gardens.

Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at this Colombo hotel. Top features of the hotel include Wi-Fi in public areas, room service, 24-hour room service, concierge, car park.

House Of Arts is home to 7 bedrooms. All are tastefully furnished and many even provide such comforts as complimentary bottled water, internet access – wireless, executive lounge access, separate dining area, ironing facilities. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. With an ideal location and facilities to match, House Of Arts hits the spot in many ways.
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Children and extra beds:
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 policy for more details.

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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Very Good

7.9

from 69 reviews

Value for Money
8.2
Location
8.1
Staff Performance
9.0
Hotel Condition/Cleanliness
7.3
Room Comfort/Standard
7.0
Food/Dining
7.9
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Vinay K. Business travelers India, June 6, 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 10, 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 1, 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 20, 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, December 15, 2014
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, October 29, 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, August 31, 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 14, 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.
Annette L. Couples Australia, May 26, 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.
Fairuz R. Solo travelers Malaysia, May 12, 2014
Super fast check in

Very friendly owner, beautiful deco, very homey
9.7
It was really pleasant. Me and my travel buddy had to leave early to catch the train at Mount Lavinia station and the owner was very apologetic that we're not able to have breakfast as we're leaving too early, but made sure we had some tea before we leave. And the tea was really good! The place is about 10-20mins walk to Mount Lavinia Station.
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Customers like this guest house for:
Nearest transport:
  • Mount Lavinia Bus Station (0.2 Km / 3 min walk)
Area recommended for:
  • beaches
  • restaurants
  • shopping
Distance to airport:
  • Ratmalana Airport (3.3 Km)
  • Bandaranaike International Airport (37.5 Km)
Customer comments:
  • "Good breakfast" , "Great staff" , "Near the beach"
Top attractions in the area:
  • 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, calculated from a starting point to a destination point.

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