Apart from the bigger establishments (Taj Samudra,Cinnamon Grand, Cinnamon Lakeside, Galadari, Hilton, Ramada, Galle Face Hotel) there are a few options of places to stay overnight in Colombo. Do add any you know of and can particularly recommend. There's a boutique hotel near Galle Face Hotel that supposed to be good, but I dont have the details.
Here are my favourites:
for a treat : casa colombo
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it is the nicest place in town, number one on trip advisor for Sri Lanka boutique hotels
Lake Lodge, Colombo
this is a great Bed and Breakfast. centrally located and good prices.
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Havelock Place Bungalow
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this is a nice place, with garden right off havelock road (near the havelock towers). word of warning, order your food and order the bill at the same time. food is excellent (fantastic curries and fusion sri lankan western food) but service needs some upgrade!
If you are just stopping over near the airport...
stay at Jetwing Blue (jetwing beach is just next door)
you can pay in cash at jetwing in colombo 2, to get resident rate. or book with credit card on agoda
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