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7.1
Very good
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7.8
Very good
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Very good location - 50 meters from city center
  • Lake House Bookshop40 m
  • Liberty Plaza40 m
  • Keells40 m
  • Hatton National Bank, Bambalapitiya40 m
  • Liberty Cinema120 m
  • Asha Central Hospital130 m
  • Stone 'N' String140 m
  • Bally's Casino170 m
  • Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology180 m
  • St Michael's Church Colpetty190 m
  • Free Wi-Fi

    Backpack Lanka

    247D R.A. De Mel Mawatha, Colpetty, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 00300 - See map
    "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 87% of guests
    Very good service
    7.9 rating for service
    • 390 meters to public transportation

    • Airport transfer

    • 670 meters to the beach

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Daily housekeeping

    Cheaper than 99% of all properties in Colombo in the last 24 hours

    Compared to 2,728 Colombo properties at Agoda for various dates

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    Location score
    7.8/10
    Service score
    7.9/10
    Room comfort score
    6.9/10
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    Value for money7.3
    Distance to city center0.5 km
    Location rating7.8
    Nearest airportRatmalana Airport (RML)
    Distance to airport10.9 km

    Rooms available at Backpack Lanka

    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory 105 - Mixed
    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 with Shared Bathroom
    Double with Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 double bed
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    Triple Room with Attached Bathroom
    Triple Room with Attached Bathroom
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    • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 single bed and 1 double b...
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    Economy Room
    Economy Room
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      What people love about Backpack Lanka

      • 9.6
        Exceptional
        Staff 

        "The staffs were really nice and helpful."

        nurul A.

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        22 August 2016

      • 8.8
        Excellent

        "I recommend this place for backpackers!"

        Anthony D.

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        28 August 2016

      • 7.2
        Very good

        "Overall it was a good transient stay :)"

        katriz M.

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        12 July 2016

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      10.0
      Exceptional

      "Highly recommend for budget travellers like Back Packers."

      FASIL

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      01 August 2016

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      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

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      26 January 2018

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      Reviews of Backpack Lanka from real guests

      Overall rating
      7.3
      Very good
      From 541 reviews
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      Agoda Reviews (137)Booking.com Reviews (320)
      Rating via Agoda7.1
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      Cleanliness6.6
      Facilities6.3
      Location7.8
      Room comfort and quality6.9
      Service7.9
      Value for money7.3
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      9+ Exceptional (17)
      8-9 Excellent (15)
      7-8 Very Good (32)
      6-7 Good (10)
      <6 Below Expectation (31)
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      Mar - May (22)
      Jun - Aug (29)
      Sep - Nov (23)
      Dec - Feb (31)
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      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
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