Last week when we arrived in Sri Lanka, our first port of call was Colombo. We spent two complimentary nights in a hotel/ hostel, Clock Inn Colombo, which has partner hotels in Kandy and Dehiwala.
When I originally booked my Standard Double Room for two nights, the total cost was $99. We visited in the low season, so be sure to check prices well in advance. There are also mixed-sex dormitories, where the cost to stay is cheaper than a private room. The hotel offers full bed and breakfast services, has a large communal area for socialising and a free to use Apple Mac, too. The hotel has 7.9 rating on Booking.com, which I think is a little less than what I would give it from my experience staying with them.
The hotel is minimalistic and modern, with a slight Sri Lankan influence. It occupies the top three floors of a relatively new building, with the reception and communal area consisting of an entire glass wall, the second floor hosting the private rooms and the top floor the dormitories. The reception is bright and modern, with a mixture of seating areas and colourful soft furnishings. The tiles staircase that takes you upstairs leads to more white walls frames with mirrors that allow plenty of natural light into the corridors. The room was spacious and had a beautiful blend of modernities with a television, modern bathroom and accessories and carved wood in the headboard and wardrobe.
The hotel is located on Galle Road, one of the busiest streets in Colombo, and has bus links to the city centre. It’s a 10 minute tuk tuk journey from the Dutch Hospital, Pettah Market, Independence Avenue and Fort Railway Station. There are plenty of shops and local eateries in the vicinity and the surrounding area is relatively quiet and clean compared to the inner city.
The Standard Double Room was a fair size, hosting a large double bed, vanity unit and chair, large double wardrobe and two bedside cabinets. The bathroom was extremely spacious with a large walk in shower. Air conditioning is included in the price and is really good compared to some of the other hotels we stayed in during our time in Sri Lanka.
The reception area, staircase between the entrance and rooms and rooms themselves were all kept to a very high standard of cleanliness. We were provided with fresh towels on the second day of our stay, which we thought was a nice touch.
The staff both before and during our trip were incredible. The person I liaised with to organise our stay, Mimi, was incredibly helpful and informative in telling us exactly how to get to the hotel and what we should pay to do so. On arrival we were greeted by a really friendly Austrian member of staff and the others who helped us check in and check out were very nice. When our air conditioning stopped working we were moved rooms no problem and we were able to check out very early in the morning.
We really enjoyed our stay at Clock Inn and are looking forward to staying with them again in Kandy. You can find them on Booking.com, HostelWorld and their official website.