Finding a descent guesthouse in Colombo is a bit of a hit and miss affair from all the pre-research Niki and I looked at. Eventually after being recommended Mount Lavinia Guest House through a few travel bloggers, we decided to stay here for two nights before heading north. We came to the Mount Lavinia Guest House from the airport by taxi, which we were told to provide the mobile number and address to the driver and he would find his way. It took just over and hour to get there from 8am in the morning. Our room was ready for us when we arrived.
The room we had was basic however clean and secure with a small bar fridge. Each room has a small ensuite with both a western toilet and the Asian bucket system, which was again clean and maintained well. The shower could do with a new head but was fine to bathe under. Only cold water was available, however not really an issue as it hot and humid here in Sri Lanka. Our room also had two ceiling fans.
The Mount Lavinia Guest House had a great kitchen, lounge room and outdoor area to read a book or play with the local turtle. You do have to pay 200 rupees to use the kitchen for cooking dinner only but wifi is available free!
Priyani, who is the guesthouse owner is lovely and greets guests with a great smile and is there to answer any questions. However you hardly notice she is around and just lets all her guests relax in this great little guesthouse. I paid $14AUD (about 1500 rupees) a night for a double (two good sized beds pushed together) which was good value. No breakfast included in this. Mount Lavinia Guest House is a 15min walk to the local station, 5mins to the beach and 2mins from local street vendors and supermarket. Overall I really enjoyed this place and would recommend it if your looking a good basic budget place that is safe, secure and clean.