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!
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!
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! :)
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Super friendly staff, new and 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.
Pleasing Experience for senior citizen couple”
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.
Very basic rooms, decent service, good value ”
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.
Not the best but Great Location”
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.
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.
Excellent budget stay, fantastically helpful staff”
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.
Friendly staff and room in nice hostel”
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
It’s in the city area! Friendly staff. Very affordable, a good place to stay if your not that picky.
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!!
simple, small room, close to station”
Not spent a lot of time here, had to take an early train for Hatton. It was ok.
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.
Nice place to stay and under rated”
Worst place we've been in our Round the World trip”
I think is the first time im making a bad review... but this experience unfortunately crossed all limits. The hostal is super strange and seems a bit abandoned specially the rooms. The toilets were worst than public toilets and with no hot water or even toilet paper. We needed to ask for cover sheets for the bed and no towels were included. We also asked them to arrange a driver that could know the island and take us around the main cities. First, the driver they arrange didnt know any place in Sri Lanka, not even the main tourist cities. Was frequently lost and either we were the ones checking in google maps the way to go or after driving some km he asked someone in the street the way and then needed to go back. Also, we agreed on the price for the driver in the hostal and at the end when the driver droped us at the airport he wanted more money than what we agreed. He called the hostel and the people of the hostel told us a different price than they said in the begining. Luckly we had a paper written by the hostel with the price, but we felt really unconfortable with all this situation. So overall the hostal and the experience was all very bad.
It was a good transient stay :)”
They have very simple rooms but perfect for backpackers. People are friendly and you can request for airport transfers. They can provide you basic information about the nearby places and suggestions on where to go. You will get your money's worth. It's a walking distance from food chains and other stores and getting transpo from there is easy. They also provide delicious sri lankan breakfast. Even though the comfort rooms are a bit old the caretakers maintain it's cleanliness. We didn't have any problems with it.The internet and aircon needs improvement though. Overall it was a good transient stay :)
Cheap and good breakfast ”
The place was cheap so you get what you pay for. Rooms are basic and clean enough , with no windows. Shared bathrooms are ok. Highlights are the wifi connection , excellent breakfast and nice little common room downstairs with a pool table.
The dorm was cramped and the bed shook. Mattress better than the last time I slept there.”
The front desk "manager" was not friendly nor helpful - when I fell on the slippery tiled step (practically in front of him) he didn't move to help me nor to ask how I was. Nor the young boy playing on the hostel computer. Luckily I only had superficial grazing and a bruise that still hasn't gone away. I am in my sixties and expected more empathy from the staff.
Cheap and cheerful!”
Staff were friendly. We liked that they had a chill out area downstairs with pool table and beers. Bedrooms are basic, cheap and cheerful, no windows but have AC. Overall cleanliness good. Shared bathrooms and showers which were kept clean.
Nothing flash but good location”
Certainly nothing flash. We stayed in the family room with private basic bathroom...only cold water which is not unusual in SL. Once we found the supermarket couple of doors down and a brilliant Indian restaurant about three minutes walk things looked up! Easy walk to Galle Face Green and tuk tuk to Fort etc. easy walk to Cinnamon Gardens area, etc. definitely seen better days but perfect for us for a quick Colombo stay.
the hostel is what you normally expect from a well, hostel but we enjoyed our stay. what initially was 1 day booking became 4 days. Hamesh? the owner is was very nice and accomodating and he organized a karaoke and partying at the lobby and invited all the guest! it was a fun night and i will be back
Great location, but bad staff and ambience”
Great location, but bad staff and ambience
You got what you paid for. Very standard, just spent a couple of hours there, enough to have a good sleep. Thats it, nothing else.
I spent a night there, staff is nice and friendly. Opposite is Liberty Plaza, where you can easily get food and grocery there, quick convenience. Recommend if you just need a bed and nice location.
A Wonderful Stay at Backpack Lanka”
I stayed at Backpack Lanka for one night and found the host to be very welcoming and accomadating. I had a great stay! Many thanks!
if you dont mind being woke up in mid-night because of your roommates' check -in, then this is a great choice.
good for packtripper”
Backpack Lanka provide cost-effective facilities, services and breakfirst.
In heart of the city.!!”
Good place to stay though. Budget friendly..
It was nice place Ive stayed ever in srilank for 1 month. As you know, normaly Srilanka is not too much clean condition but I was pretty satisfied enough.
Comfortable, friendly, good location. Very helpful”
It was in great location for accessing and seeing the entire city. Staff great help with info when organising potential SL itinerary
nice cosy stay”
Staff is absolutely awesome and helpful.”
Good value for Colombo”
Stayed twice. Although a couple of the staffs english seemed very little I think its just confidence as they understood us and were very helpful with directions, tuk tuks, washing etc.
Great place in colombo”
Great place to stay in Colombo! The dorm was nice, good air con, very friendly staff with a pool table and helpful service. I would recommend this to stay in Colombo, for sure.
Perfect location, pleasant stay in family room”
Friendli staff, good room with kitchen and balcony. Recommended!
.good place to stay”
I thought the location was great right by the ocean, far from the airport if your travelling early or late though. The staff were great, very helpful.
Friendly staff. Good location. Just essentials”
Very friendly and accommodating staff. Free breakfast is available for one hour only between 8:30-9:30am which we missed because we overslept. Room is very basic but, clean. Shared bathrooms are a bit rundown but clean. Close to many attractions in colombo with good places to eat nearby. Would recommend if you are in colombo for a day or two only.
value for money”
good. recommended for solo travelers..
Expensive, paper thin walls, uncomfortable bed/pillow. ”
Smelly shared toilet ”
The shared toilet was very smelly, no soap in the bathroom and the bed sheets was very very thin of some cheap material that doesn’t serve the purpose
budget but not clean enough
Shower and toilet dirty”
We spent one night with my friend at Back Pack Lanta and were disappointed about the dirtiness we found in the toilet and bathroom which are not cleaned everyday even tho everyone is sharing it
No more or less than I expected.
No Windows, bad facilities, the staff was great though
Consider before booking”
Pros - breakfast was great Cons - aircon unclear air which made me sick, no windows for fresh air, not close to main sights, had no water to buy, staff not attentative, a ripoff for cell-like room
Great location, friendly owner, nice Sri Lankan breakfast. It wasn't very clean. Only when the owner was around, the staff worked hard.
Left after one day!”
We had 2 days but neither Colombo or the hostel deserved more than 1 day
Good value for money - both low”
Really cheap but here you really only get what you paid for.
Thin walls, broken bits glass on bedroom floor, not value for money
not good not bad”
4 days but now we choose another place
I have no idea how this place got such good reviews, it is truly awful. Unclean, unpleasant, and I'm pretty sure the night manager had been drinking when we arrived. Not good.
This place is very unclean and unpleasant. We cannot believe the price we paid - we have since stayed in cheaper accommodation that has been of a much higher standard.
Not too bad. ”
Great, nice hostel in midt town
ok place for colombo”
not good. couldn't sleep - wafer-thin mattress - ok for young travelers under 50 kgs. not clean - bad maintenance.
great staff give me a hand do much”
great staff have knowledge so easy to ask any question .
Staff Doesn't Care Your Request!”
the floor very dirty. request staff to sweep the floor,but he dont care at all. i stay for 3 nights. ask 4th times then only move the damn ass to my room clean the floor.
Muy caro para lo que ofrece”
no tiene agua caliente por defecto y son duchas comunes. Asi q menuda gracia levantarse e ir a ducharse con agua helada! Lo que me fastidiò es que no lo ponen en ninguna parte...y ademas te dicen con todo el morro q en sri lanka no hay agua caliente en los hostales, lo cual es mentira.y por lo q cobran ya podria ser. Muy cutre en general, cerraduras forzadas....no me fiaria un pelo dejar mis cosas ahi. Habitaciones sin ventana. Hay opciones mejores.
Bien situé dans un quartier un peu plus calme et propre”
L'hôtel n'est pas très beau de l'extérieur mais les chambres sont propres de même que la salle de bain. Le personnel est très sympathique. Allez essayer le restaurant Curry pot, à 100m de l'hôtel, sur la gauche après le supermarché
sympa et convivial”
petites chambres simple avec air conditionné. On y est très accueilli, les sanitaires sont très propres, le petit déjeuné est typiquement Sri Lankais mais vous pouvez demander un café. Très bien située au coeur de la ville et assez proche de la gare.