The backpacking scene has not completely hit Sri Lanka. Dorms are around, but the reviews and locations are a tad shady. Good thing that the capital, Colombo, still had good backpacking options.
My flight to Colombo landed almost midnight so I pre-booked a private taxi to get to the hostel. However, the driver did not know where the hostel was so we had to call the hotel (using my new local sim) to ask for instructions.
|Entire building, view from across the street|
A warning though, the dorm did not have an elevator but it does have a lift for your heavy luggage.
I stayed for a night in a 6-bed female dorm with an ensuite bathroom.
The beds are comfy and I had a restful sleep after a long journey. The room was spacious too that you could each had enough space to do your own packing. Lockers were spacious. Each bed has its own night light and socket.
The bathroom has 3 toilets and 2 showers. But that bathroom is also connected to another female dorm. So essentially, the bathroom is shared by 2 female dorm rooms. Water pressure and hot water were both very good.
The lobby was also chic and a good place to just hang-out. ATMs and banks are also plenty around the area.
Breakfast was quite plenty but tastes so-so: 2 pcs of toast, 2 pcs of hotcake, omelette, fruits, fresh juice and coffee. Good enough for its price.
The bed costs $23 (inclusive of tax) and the breakfast costs $4.
|Some of their tips|