Because Lonely Planet has no information about it, I continue my attempts to fill the gap.
The latest edition of Lonely Planet Sri Lanka is really terrible. My advice: don’t buy it.
I’ve bought it. I regret it. Really, really regret. Absolute waste of money. Previous editions were better.
In the section Where to stay in Colombo, Lonely Planet has Hilton and a couple of similar super-expensive hotels.
Honestly, you don’t need a guidebook to find Hilton.
Hilton and other hotels of the same rank have their booths in the arrival hall of the Bandaranaike International Airport.
If you really can’t find Hilton without a guidebook, then… then don’t come to Sri Lanka at all. Please.
Actually, if this is your case then please don’t go anywhere because your condition is very serious. You need a doctor. You need hospitalization. Right now.
So, where to stay in Colombo beside Hilton.
I wrote in this blog recently, that my favourite places are Bambalapitiya and Wellawatta.
I was in Mount Lavinia today, and checked a few hotels that were on my way. The prices are for a double non AC room.
Blue Seas Tourist Guest House Rs 2800. 9/6, De Saram Road, Off Beach Road, Mt. Lavinia. Tel: 011-2716298, 011-2717279
Ocean Blue It’s business card says:
your home from home
Sri Lankan English is like that. Get used to it. Rs 1800. 4/1, Barnes Avenue, Off Hotel Road, Mt. Lavinia. +94 772 334334 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mount Waves Rs 2500. 17, Off De Saram Road. Mt. Lavinia. Tel: 011-2717187, 011-5232301. Mobile: 07279940073, 0779994073.
The Red Lobster Hotel Rs 1980. 30/3, De Searm Road (this is how they wrote it on their business card. I guess it should be De Saram Road) Tel: 011-2717330.
Ratna Inn Rs 2000 but they are renovating it, so it will be more expensive soon. Tel: 0775856285.
Tropic Inn This is more fancy and more expensive, $45 but if this is your stile, you will be happier there than in all those backpacker’s cheap hotels that I list in my blog. 12, Hotel Road, Mt. Lavinia. 011-2738071, 0779758758. email@example.com
I also saw sign boards of many other hotels from the train on my way from Mount Lavinia back to Wellawatta. It looks like it shouldn’t be a problem to find a place to stay in those districts.
And it looks like the Lonely Planet authors didn’t do anything except browsing the Internet. Really, don’t buy it.