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The Havelock Place Bungalow

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Governor, Hand-written Deed and Peppercorn The year was 1892 and what was known as "Ceylon" was under British rule. Governor Havelock transferred the title to the land (on which the bungalows are built), by a hand-written deed to the Havelock Building Company on the payment of Rs. 1307/- and a Peppercorn. The present owners purchased the properties in the mid 1980's and lived there. The Havelock Place Bungalow was first opened to guests in December 1999. In the city, yet miles away... If you've ever visited the Bungalow, you would have noticed how discreet we have been about our presence. To the casual passer-by, the Bungalow appears to be nothing more than an old colonial home. Only a plaque with the name 'Havelock Place Bungalow' engraved on it, indicates that we are open to guests. No wonder the Bungalow continues to be Colombo's best kept secret! We are conveniently located so if you are in the mood for a visit to the Museum, Independence Square, or Temples, or would like to go on a shopping spree, you can get to your destination in a matter of minutes. It's a jungle. But definitely not the concrete type... When you enter our gates and walk along the paved pathways, you realize you are in an oasis, away from the bustle of the city. Trees are an intrinsic part of the Havelock Place Bungalow experience. You can enjoy your breakfast while watching our garden come alive with a variety of birds and butterflies, or relax on a bench and gaze at the stars as night approaches. The surrounding foliage lends a quiet charm to every part of the Bungalow. Welcome to the Bungalow!
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful colonial building in a tranquil setting within Colombo. Seema and her staff catered for our every need. Breakfast taken in the beautiful gardens included fruit, fresh juice, a choice of main breakfast and tea / coffee. Evening meals are very good value...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for one night, on a week-long getaway to Colombo. We are just glad that we didn't stay here for the duration of our trip! The place was run-down, needing renovation and infested with mosquitoes. Our room was a major disappointment. The bed...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Expertly renovated old villas, with large shared lounge and foyer. Rooms large, ours had a separate second room with day bed. Pool is small more like a spa size and full view of some rooms. Very helpful staff . Breakfast menu western, but curry available...More

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Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

A hidden garden oasis. We would definetly stay again. A charming hostess. Tasteful rooms. Great breakfasts. The pool was a perfect spot to relax after a full day of sightseeing with a delicious scoop or two of home-made Havelock ice cream.

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Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

Beautiful place away from Colombo’s buzz but close enough to easily come and go and enjoy the city’s activities. Peaceful garden with a small pool, excellent breakfast & friendly staff. We used Uber to go to Colombo (about 300 LKR), tuk tuk was more expensive.

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Response from Mithun R | Reviewed this property |
Airport pick up facility is there, it's advisable to book a car for the entire day instead of only airport pick up. U can get in touch with this guy. Had hired him as "airport to airport". U have to negotiate hard. Senanath... More
8 February 2017|
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Dear PhyllPound, Please send us your name and check-in date to the email address on our website. We will check and respond to you. If you have not booked the room from Friday night, we will be unable to provide early... More
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Response from Tiagomiguelmiranda | Reviewed this property |
O Laura, I don't work there but I can tell you that the beauty way to get there is by taxi, it should cost you no more than 4000 rupees. About the mosquito net I don't know if they have them, but the rooms have Ca and... More
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"pick one away from the kitchen and restaurant!"
2 weeks ago
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"Ask for a room in front of the house. There are rooms at the back."
24 May 2018
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"Room near the pool is the best"
31 Mar. 2018
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"The suite is the best and most spacious"
8 Mar. 2018
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USD 80 - USD 153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
the havelock place bungalow hotel colombo
Sri LankaWestern ProvinceColombo
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