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Backpack Lanka
Backpack Lanka
Backpack Lanka
Backpack Lanka
Backpack Lanka
Backpack Lanka
Backpack Lanka
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7.4

Very good

363 reviews

363 reviews

Housekeeping9
Breakfast5
Kitchen1

Good location, neat and clean room, washrooms were also good.

Saveena
- 25 Feb 2020
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7.9

Very good

Location rating score

Very good location - 50 meters from city center
Popular landmarks
National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka 150 m
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple 980 m
Colombo National Museum 1.0 km
Viharamahadevi Park 1.3 km
Galle Face Green 1.4 km
Independence Square 1.8 km
Independence Memorial Hall 1.9 km
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct 2.6 km
Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque 2.8 km
Mount Lavinia Beach 7.7 km
Nearby landmarks
Lake House Bookshop 40 m
Keells 40 m
Hatton National Bank, Bambalapitiya 40 m
Liberty Plaza 80 m
Premasiri Supermarket 120 m
Liberty Cinema 120 m
General Hospital 130 m
Stone 'N' String 140 m
National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka 150 m
Chinese Lanka 170 m
Free Wi-Fi

Backpack Lanka

247D R.A. De Mel Mawatha, Colpetty, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 00300 - See map
  • 390 meters to public transportation

  • Airport transfer

  • 670 meters to the beach

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Daily housekeeping

Facilities

Front desk [24-hour]

Airport transfer

Bicycle rental

Pets allowed

Game room

Car park

Shuttle service

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Colombo every 22 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money7.4
Distance to city center0.5 km
Location rating7.9
Nearest airportRatmalana Airport (RML)
Distance to airport10.9 km

Rooms available at Backpack Lanka

Double Room with Shared Shower and Toilet
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  • Room size: 11 m²/118 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 queen bed
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Double with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 double bed
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Bed in 4-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 111 m²/1195 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory 105 - Mixed
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  • Room size: 111 m²/1195 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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DOUBLE ROOM SHARED ROOM
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      SINGLE ROOM SHARED ROOM
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        Twin Basic
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          Economic Single Room
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              Frequently asked questions

              What time is check-in and check-out at Backpack Lanka?

              Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

              How do I get to Backpack Lanka?

              Backpack Lanka is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want to book a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Backpack Lanka has a car park that's close to the hotel. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Colombo with private transportation, the hotel can arrange both taxis or car rental.

              Is breakfast offered at Backpack Lanka?

              Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 2 USD if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the hotel.

              What is the smoking policy at Backpack Lanka?

              Backpack Lanka does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

              What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Backpack Lanka?

              The closest train, metro, or bus station to Backpack Lanka is Kollupitiya Railway Station, 390 m away.

              What restaurants are nearby Backpack Lanka?

              Restaurants including Seasons, Chocolante and Oro 1889 are popular in Backpack Lanka’s neighborhood which is known as Colpetty.

              What popular shopping places are close to Backpack Lanka?

              Shopping options in Backpack Lanka’s Colpetty neighborhood include Marino Mall, Liberty Plaza and Stone 'N' String.

              What are popular attractions near Backpack Lanka?

              Guests at Backpack Lanka can easily visit National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, Number 11 and St Michael's Church Colpetty located in the Colpetty area.

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              What people love about Backpack Lanka

              • 8.4

                Excellent

                "Good location, neat and clean room, washrooms were also good."

                Saveena

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                25 February 2020

              • 8.4

                Excellent

                "Close to many attractions in colombo with good places to eat nearby."

                Sherin

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                27 August 2019

              • 8.4

                Excellent

                "Room is very basic but, clean."

                Sherin

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                27 August 2019

              Property ranking|Compared to 502 Colombo properties
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              Cheapest price score
              Room size
              68 sqm.
              Location score
              7.9/10
              Room comfort score
              6.9/10
              Better than
              99
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              of Colombo properties
              Bigger than
              91
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              Better than
              81
              %
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              Overall rating:

              7.4

              Very good
              363 reviews
              Cleanliness
              6.7
              Facilities
              6.3
              Location
              7.9
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              What travelers say they love:
              The location is also really good.
              Amelie from Germany
              Group
              More about Backpack Lanka

              More about Backpack Lanka

              Conveniently located in Colombo, Backpack Lanka is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. The city center is merely 0.5 km away and the airport can be reached within 40 minutes. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

              At Backpack Lanka, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. The hotel provides 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, taxi service, ticket service to ensure our guests the greatest comfort.

              Guests can choose from 40 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. The hotel offers wonderful recreational facilities such as billiards, games room to make your stay truly unforgettable. Backpack Lanka is your one-stop destination for quality hotel accommodations in Colombo.

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              Amenities and facilities
              Good
              Facilities

              6.3

              Most talked about facilities

              Breakfast

              8 mentions

              Housekeeping

              8 mentions

              Swimming Pool

              2 mentions

              Food & Dining

              1 mention

              Languages spoken

              • English
              • Sinhala
              • Tamil

              Internet access

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

              Things to do, ways to relax

              • Billiards
              • Dart board
              • Game room
              • Ticket services
              • Tours

              Dining, drinking, and snacking

              • Shared kitchen

              Services and conveniences

              • Cash withdrawal
              • Concierge
              • Daily housekeeping
              • Elevator
              • Laundry service
              • Library
              • Luggage storage
              • Smoke-free property
              • Smoking area

              Access

              • Front desk [24-hour]
              • Pets allowed
              • Security [24-hour]

              Getting around

              • Airport transfer
              • Car park [nearby]
              • Rental car
              • Shuttle service
              • Taxi service

              Sports equipment rental

              • Bicycle rental

              Available in all rooms

              • Fan
              • Free bottled water
              • Non-smoking
              • Shower
              Food and dining
              Breakfast options
              • Asian
              Location
              247D R.A. De Mel Mawatha, Colpetty, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 00300
              Very good
              Location

              7.9

              Airports

              • Ratmalana Airport (RML)
                10.9 km 38 min drive
              • Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
                30.1 km 57 min drive

              Public transportation

              • Kollupitiya Railway Station
                390 m
              • Slave Island Railway Station
                1.3 km

              Hospital or clinic

              • General Hospital
                130 m

              Shopping

              • Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
                2.6 km

              Cash withdrawal

              • ATM on-site
              What's nearby

              Popular landmarks

              • National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka
                150 m
              • Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
                980 m
              • Colombo National Museum
                1.0 km
              • Viharamahadevi Park
                1.3 km
              • Galle Face Green
                1.4 km
              • Independence Square
                1.8 km
              • Independence Memorial Hall
                1.9 km
              • Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
                2.6 km
              • Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque
                2.8 km
              • Mount Lavinia Beach
                7.7 km

              Nearby landmarks

              • Lake House Bookshop
                40 m
              • Keells
                40 m
              • Hatton National Bank, Bambalapitiya
                40 m
              • Liberty Plaza
                80 m
              • Premasiri Supermarket
                120 m
              • Liberty Cinema
                120 m
              • General Hospital
                130 m
              • Stone 'N' String
                140 m
              • National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka
                150 m
              • Chinese Lanka
                170 m
              Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
              Property policies
              Children and extra beds

              Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

              Minimum age of guests is: 18 year(s).

              Others
              • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
              Some helpful facts

              Check-in/Check-out

              • Check-in from14:00
              • Check-out until11:00
              • Reception open until00:00

              Getting around

              • Distance from city center0.5 km
              • Travel time to airport (minutes)40

              Extras

              • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)2 USD
              • Daily Internet/Wi-Fi fee0 USD

              The property

              • Non-smoking rooms/floorsYes
              • Number of bars/lounges0
              • Number of floors4
              • Number of restaurants0
              • Number of rooms 40
              • Room voltage240
              • Year property opened2014
              • Most recent renovation2014

              Reviews of Backpack Lanka from real guests

              Provided by verified guests of Agoda
              7.2
              /
              10
              Cleanliness6.7
              Facilities6.3
              Location7.9
              Room comfort and quality6.9
              Service7.9
              Value for money7.4
              High score for Colombo
              Rating
              9+ Exceptional (19)
              8-9 Excellent (16)
              7-8 Very Good (35)
              6-7 Good (10)
              <6 Below Expectation (31)
              Time of the year
              Mar - May (24)
              Jun - Aug (29)
              Sep - Nov (23)
              Dec - Feb (35)
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              10.0
              Exceptional
              Ashe
              Couple
              Double Room with Shared Shower and Toilet
              Stayed 1 night in March 2019

              Great service”

              Great stay, we got to check in after midnight as our flight was delayed and rooms are private, clean and quiet. Staff were lovely arranged a taxi for us, showed us the best way to get around and even offered to look after my suitcase for me until we come back in a couple of weeks! Recommended!

              Reviewed March 12, 2019

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              8.8
              Excellent
              Anthony from France
              Solo traveler
              Double with Shared Bathroom
              Stayed 2 nights in June 2016

              Nice backpacker hotel”

              Super hotel, room very simple but ok for the price. Not really close to the city center. Small problem like no light in the shower, or only 1 shower with hot water. Staff VERY friendly and HELPFUL, helped me to organize my trip, about buses and trains. Traditional breakfast very good, shared with others clients! I recommend this place for backpackers!

              Reviewed August 28, 2016

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              8.0
              Excellent
              Amelie from Germany
              Group
              Double with Shared Bathroom
              Stayed 1 night in March 2019

              The Personal is so kind and helpfull! ”

              They helped us to do calls with the airport and another hostel. The location is also really good. We would defintely recommend this place! :)

              Reviewed March 21, 2019

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              4.0
              Krzysztof from Poland
              Solo traveler
              Double with Shared Bathroom
              Stayed 2 nights in March 2019

              Too expensive for what you get”

              Basic room with holes in the ceiling, working shower but just.... is too much for what you get, not really recommending

              Reviewed April 03, 2019

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              6.4
              Good
              Gobinath from Sri Lanka
              Business traveler
              1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory 105 - Mixed
              Stayed 1 night in March 2018

              Good place but need improvement”

              I've stayed only for one night. I expected a locker to keep my things. But they told it's not available for some days. The facilities available are little less if the rate is considered. Located in the centre of the town. Breakfast was very good. I'll stay again.

              Reviewed March 18, 2018

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              9.6
              Exceptional
              nurul from Malaysia
              Couple
              Double with Shared Bathroom
              Stayed 1 night in August 2016

              Good place overall ”

              The staffs were really nice and helpful. Good location. I really like how clean the place is maintained (mainly by the uncle who did all the scrubbing and sweeping). Value for money, highly recommended for backpackers.

              Reviewed August 22, 2016

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              10.0
              Exceptional
              FASIL from India
              Couple
              Stayed 1 night in July 2016

              At the heart of the city”

              Best Location near by Galle face road , 2 to 3 Km walking distance to Galle Face green where all luxury hotels and colombo crowd gathers at evening for street food on the sea shore and Dutch Hospital now turned to restaurant . Staff is really friendly . Beira Lake is accessible by Tuk Tuk .Highly recommend for budget travellers like Back Packers. Breakfast is really cool .They prepare Sri Lankan String Hoppers with CocoNut curry, Hoppers etc.

              Reviewed August 01, 2016

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              8.0
              Excellent
              Myrthe from Netherlands
              Couple
              Double with Shared Bathroom
              Stayed 1 night in July 2016

              Good hotel good price”

              The staff is very friendly. The location was not very special, you have to take a tuktuk to the centre of Colombo. Breakfast is Sri Lankan food. Go to Plaza (restaurant) and eat chicken kottu, it's really tasteful!

              Reviewed July 18, 2016

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              9.7
              Exceptional
              Nathalie from Netherlands
              Couple
              Double with Shared Bathroom
              Stayed 2 nights in May 2015

              Super friendly staff, new and clean rooms”

              super friendly staff, clean rooms

              Backpack Lanka was the best place to start our trip in Sri Lanka. Both owner and staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The room was exactly right: closet, ac, big two persons bed and a big plus: a shared fridge to keep all my fruit fresh:). The shared bathrooms were also kept clean and always free. Great atmosphere with lots of fellow travelers.

              Reviewed May 08, 2015

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              8.0
              Excellent
              Arpit from India
              Couple
              Double with Shared Bathroom
              Stayed 1 night in March 2015

              Pleasing Experience for senior citizen couple”

              Clean, comfortable, right in the heart of Colombo

              I booked this hotel for my parents, who both are senior citizen from India. Booked the hotel for their stay in Colombo. The hotel is situated at a very comfortable location in Colombo. Good place to stay if you want to be in the center of Colombo, while being of tight budget.

              Reviewed March 30, 2015

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              7.7
              Very good
              Mohamed from United Kingdom
              Couple
              Double with Shared Bathroom
              Stayed 2 nights in February 2015

              Very basic rooms, decent service, good value ”

              Clean bedroom, staff, location

              The location is great, staff service was good and the room was clean. It's a very basic room., with a double bed, cupboard and bedside cabinet. There was a plug point with a UK plug socket to sue, and clean towels provided. We weren't expecting much as we knew it was for backpackers and it was very cheap. However the room we had didn't have a window, which made us feel very claustrophobic. Because of the design of the place it is understandable, although I do think this should have been mentioned in the description. The other issue is that there was no hot water in the shared bathrooms, which was quite annoying. The bathrooms, despite being shared were quite clean. The walls are quite thin, so if you're travelling as a couple, something to be conscious of..In terms of getting what you paid for, I can't complain too much though. When we asked the staff if it was possible to move to a room with a window they did find us one without any fuss, which was nice. The staff did all seem very friendly whenever we passed through. For backpackers I suppose it would be ideal.

              Reviewed February 26, 2015

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              8.0
              Excellent
              Osel from Mexico
              Solo traveler
              Double with Shared Bathroom
              Stayed 3 nights in December 2014

              Not the best but Great Location”

              Location, Location, Staff

              I stayed in a private room., for that price I would expected more, no hot water for that price???, on the agoda web appears that they have internet in the rooms and they only have in the common area, but Location is great for Colombo city. If you stay in a Dorm is good value for your money!! The staff very helpfull.

              Reviewed December 27, 2014

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              8.0
              Excellent
              Charles from United Kingdom
              Couple
              Double with Shared Bathroom
              Stayed 2 nights in December 2014

              Great hostel”

              Location, price and friendly staff

              We stayed for two nights and can't really fault the place. It's a very social hostel and the owners are just great always ready to answer any of your questions. If your looking for cheap and good location then it's a no brainier. I will definitely stay at this hostel the next time I am in Colombo.

              Reviewed December 18, 2014

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              8.7
              Excellent
              Greer from Australia
              Family with young children
              Stayed 2 nights in September 2014

              Excellent budget stay, fantastically helpful staff”

              Helpful friendly staff, cleanliness, price

              We stayed in the one bedroom unit in the top of the building, and found the stay very pleasant. The apartment was spotlessly clean, and very spacious, good value for money. One downside is the lack of restaurant in the premises, but it is well located on a busy street, so it's only a short walk to other food outlets (we enjoyed great tasty hoppers right next door!). The staff went far beyond the call of duty when we were attempting to apply for Indian visas and needed to book flights, photocopy documents and print the forms, they were incredibly helpful and generous with their time.

              Reviewed October 05, 2014

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              10.0
              Exceptional
              Darwin from Australia
              Solo traveler
              Stayed 1 night in July 2014

              Friendly staff and room in nice hostel”

              Friendly staff. Free upgrade. Ac room

              Good location - on main road, close to public transport, takeaway and grocery shop next door, maccas and dominos closeby. Staff were extremely friendly (naw Elvis the care taker!) and even gave me a free upgrade from dorm to a private room with AC. What a lovely thing for them to do! Only minor issue was that there weren't hooks in the shower (private room had shared bathroom only) otherwise it was fine. I'd stay there again

              Reviewed July 27, 2014

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              8.8
              Excellent
              Freonor from Philippines
              Family with teens
              Double with Shared Bathroom
              Stayed 3 nights in March 2019

              Excellent”

              It’s in the city area! Friendly staff. Very affordable, a good place to stay if your not that picky.

              Reviewed March 10, 2019

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              7.2
              Very good
              Yasuki from Japan
              Solo traveler
              Double with Shared Bathroom
              Stayed 1 night in January 2019

              3 min from Kolpitiya? rail st.”

              I think SriLankan rail is the easyest national rail for Englsh- only travellers in Asian nations. (While Thai is most friendly with it`s public bus) Enjoy!!

              Reviewed February 03, 2019

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              6.4
              Good
              BARRAQUE from Singapore
              Couple
              Double with Shared Bathroom
              Stayed 1 night in September 2018

              simple, small room, close to station”

              Not spent a lot of time here, had to take an early train for Hatton. It was ok.

              Reviewed October 06, 2018

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              8.8
              Excellent
              Yi-Lin
              Couple
              Double with Shared Bathroom
              Stayed 1 night in July 2018

              Basic room and bathroom, friendly staff, great location. ”

              The location was really central. Friendly staff. Room and shared bathroom was alright, basic and clean. There’s ac in the room. It’s ok for one night.

              Reviewed August 04, 2018

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              8.0
              Excellent
              Carl from United Kingdom
              Solo traveler
              Double with Shared Bathroom
              Stayed 3 nights in August 2015

              Nice place to stay and under rated”

              Location, friendliness of staff and value
              Reviewed August 16, 2015

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