Backpack Lanka

247D R.A. De Mel Mawatha, Colpetty, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 82, 00300
Backpack Lanka
HD Image
Double with Shared Bathroom - Bed Backpack Lanka
Lobby Backpack Lanka
Lobby Backpack Lanka
See all 31 photos
Removed from saved list
/>
7.4
Very good
/10
(452 reviews)See what guests said
See map
7.9
Very good
Location rating score
Very good location - 50 meters from city center
  • St Anthony s Church Kochikade Colombo580 m
  • Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple710 m
  • National Museum1.03 km
  • Viharamahadevi Park1.16 km
  • Galle Face Green1.88 km
  • Arcade Independence Square2.22 km
  • World Trade Center2.49 km
  • Dutch Museum2.78 km
  • Mount Lavinia beach7.98 km
  • Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya Temple9.07 km
  • Highlights and ratings

    1-star Guesthouse/bed and breakfast
    Free Wi-Fi

    This property is in high demand!

    Booked 15 times

    "Highlights are the wifi connection , excellent breakfast and nice little common room downstairs with a pool table."
    Sophie - 07 June 2016
    Exceptional reputation
    Recommended by 100% of guests
    Very good service
    7.9 rating for service
    Good comfort
    6.9 room quality and comfort
    Good cleanliness
    6.7 rating for cleanliness
    • 390 meters to public transportation

    • Airport transfer

    • 670 meters to the beach

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Breakfast [free]

    Cheaper than 99% of all properties in Colombo in the last 24 hoursCompared to 2,900 Colombo properties at Agoda for various dates
    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 with Shared Bathroom
    Double with Shared Bathroom
    ...
    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 double bed
    Enter dates to see prices
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory 105 - Mixed
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory 105 - Mixed
    ...
    • Room size: 111 m²/1195 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 bunk bed
    Enter dates to see prices
    Triple Room with Attached Bathroom
    Triple Room with Attached Bathroom
    ...
    • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 single bed and 1 double b...
    Enter dates to see prices
    Comfort Triple Room
    Comfort Triple Room
    ...
    • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
    • Shower
    • 1 single bed and 1 double b...
    Enter dates to see prices
    Bed in dormitory STANDARD
    Bed in dormitory STANDARD
    ...
      Enter dates to see prices
      Double or Twin
      Double or Twin
      ...
        Enter dates to see prices
        DOUBLE BED DOUBLE OR TWIN
        DOUBLE BED DOUBLE OR TWIN
        ...
          Enter dates to see prices
          Single room - Economy
          Single room - Economy
          ...
            Enter dates to see prices
            Shared Room
            Shared Room
            ...
              Enter dates to see prices
              4 Beds
              4 Beds
              ...
                Enter dates to see prices

                Frequently asked questions

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

                Check-in is from 2:00 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 property 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 property. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Colombo with private transportation, the hotel can arrange both taxis or car rental.

                What is the smoking policy at Backpack Lanka?

                Backpack Lanka does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

                SEE MAP
                Explore the neighborhood

                What people love about Backpack Lanka

                • 9.6
                  Exceptional
                  Staff 

                  "The staffs were really nice and helpful."

                  nurul A.

                  |

                  22 August 2016

                • 8.8
                  Excellent

                  "I recommend this place for backpackers!"

                  Anthony D.

                  |

                  28 August 2016

                • 7.2
                  Very good

                  "Overall it was a good transient stay :)"

                  katriz M.

                  |

                  12 July 2016

                Property ranking|Compared to 2,900 Colombo properties
                See all rankings
                Cheapest price score
                Room size
                55 sqm.
                Location score
                7.9/10
                Room comfort score
                6.9/10
                Better than
                99
                %
                of Colombo properties
                Bigger than
                98
                %
                of Colombo properties
                Better than
                97
                %
                of Colombo properties
                Better than
                97
                %
                of Colombo properties
                Up to 30% off with Agoda Insider Deals!

                Prices drop the moment you sign in!

                Sign in now
                More about Backpack Lanka

                More about Backpack Lanka

                10.0
                Exceptional

                "Highly recommend for budget travellers like Back Packers."

                FASIL

                |

                01 August 2016

                Description

                Show less

                Most talked about facilities

                Breakfast
                8 mentions
                Housekeeping
                8 mentions
                Swimming Pool
                2 mentions
                Food & Dining
                1 mention

                What they offer

                8.0
                Very good
                Staff 

                "I spent a night there, staff is nice and friendly."

                Evan

                |

                26 January 2018

                View all reviews
                Show less

                Nearest essentials

                Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
                Show less

                Food and dining

                Breakfast options

                Asian

                What's nearby

                Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
                Show less

                Property's guest policies

                Show less

                Some helpful facts

                Show less

                Reviews of Backpack Lanka from real guests

                Overall rating
                7.4
                Very good
                From 452 reviews
                Provided by verified guests of
                Agoda Reviews (145)Booking.com Reviews (307)
                Rating via Agoda7.2
                /
                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 (17)
                8-9 Excellent (15)
                7-8 Very Good (34)
                6-7 Good (10)
                <6 Below Expectation (31)
                Time of the year
                Mar - May (22)
                Jun - Aug (29)
                Sep - Nov (23)
                Dec - Feb (33)
                All guests (145)
                All room types
                All languages

                Show reviews that mention 

                Showing 107 verified guest comments
                12345
                10.0
                Exceptional
                Ashe
                Couple
                Double with Shared Bathroom
                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
                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
                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
                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
                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
                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
                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
                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
                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
                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
                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
                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
                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
                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
                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
                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
                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
                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
                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
                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
                12345
                This is a popular property. Don't miss out!

                Back to search results

                Back to room choices

                |

                Dismiss

                Backpack Lanka
                |Very good 7.2
                ×
                Check in. Step out.
                Experiences on Agoda. Because your room is just the beginning.

                • Very good location
                • St Anthony s Church Kochikade Colombo
                • Kollupitiya Railway Station is within 0.39 km