The SpaceThe colonial house was the home and dance school of a famous Sri Lankan dancer in the 1950-70s. The house is airy, spacious and relaxing. The beautiful original features now sit side-by-side with modern art-deco and traditional fabrics. College House, surrounded by a beautiful tropical garden and high walls, is an oasis in the busy city.
Water Lily Room
The double room has a large, four-poster bed, complete with draped mosquito net. Situated on the ground floor, the room has a wooded-shuttered window bringing a welcome breeze.
Our housekeeper, Kala, is an outstanding local cook and makes delicious traditional Sri Lankan food. You can choose to join us on the day for breakfast, lunch or dinner for a nominal fee (i.e. $2). Currently, Kala's tour-de-force is pumpkin and coconut milk curry!
We do not have any strict rules about check in time and we can be flexible to your needs. If you have an early/late time of arrival please get in touch beforehand and we can make arrangements to accommodate you.
Linen & cleaning
We provide fresh linen and towels to all guests. We clean the bathrooms twice a day everyday and we change linen and towels every 3 days too for long term guests.
We can provide a laundry service at a nominal charge.
Excellent wifi is available throughout the house Guest AccessBedroom, bathroom, the verandah, living rooms (downstairs & upstairs), dining room, kitchen, the garden and balcony. Interaction with GuestsWe live at the house and are here to help. We can arrange airport pickups and provide maps and local recommendations. The definite highlight of being an airbnb host is chatting on the verdanha to our global guests over a pot of tea or cold beer! The NeighborhoodSituated in the friendly suburb of Kotahena, College House is on the north side of Colombo, easily assessable from the airport a further 25km north, yet only minutes away in a tuk-tuk from downtown Pettah and Fort (where you will find Fort Train Station and Central Bus Stand for transport to anywhere on the island).
Pettah is one of the most vibrant and colorful parts of Colombo, known for its bustling open air bazaars and markets. Each thoroughfare has its own speciality (for example, Gabo’s Lane and 5th Cross St specialize in Ayurvedic medicines).
Pettah and Kotahena are also the most ethnically mixed parts of the city. Literally minutes from the guesthouse you will find streets dotted with several interesting Buddhist Temples, Christian Churches, Hindu Kovils and Islamic Mosques.
Kotahena is a neighbourhood to give you an authentic local experience. The area is bustling, lively and colorful. The shops are open late into the night and everyone should sample the delicious street food (dosas, hoppers, kottu etc).
The house itself is on a residential street (College Street). The harbour lights are visible and the markets of Main Street are close-by. The Dutch Museum on Prince Street, The Shiva Temple, and one of the oldest Buddhist Temples in the city are all in walking distance. Getting AroundTuk-tuks are a cheap, convenient mode of transport and are always available on the road in front of the house. These will get you to Fort, Pettah and Galle Face Green for (less than) $1.
Trains and buses from Fort station to Galle and the South Coast are only 5 minutes away (plus all other destinations in Sri Lanka including Kandy and the hill country, the cultural centre and Jaffna (in the far north).
For longer journeys there are also taxis. The airport is only 20 minutes away costing approx $20. Other Things to NoteIf you have any questions or would like any advice about traveling in Colombo/Sri Lanka, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We can organise an airport taxi for you costing approx $20 / SL Rupee 3,000.