Although hostels are still pretty much new to the island, we are happy to see a rapid growth of backpackers’ hostels in the commercial capital. For solo and solo female travelers, backpackers and for someone who’s looking for a new experience, hostels are a great place to stay.
For solo female travelers, hostels indeed are the safest place. And people, they are not like the boarding school hostel you were at when you were 13. Today’s hostels are cheap, clean and not only that, some are incredibly beautifully designed.
Here is a list of hostels in Colombo where you can stay a night under Rs.3000.
P.S. Marked in pink are the hostels I’ve stayed.
A charming beautiful little hostel on Galle Road. Drift BnB’s named the best hostel in 2015 by Hostelworld. Albeit situated in the bustling city, Drift BnB has soundproof rooms so you’re here for a peaceful stay. The rooms and washrooms are always clean and carry a modern authentic design. The breakfast includes French toast, Srii Lankan pol roti, eggs, pancakes, fresh fruit, fruit juices, tea or coffee and costs you an additional Rs.600. The staff here are nice, friendly and will help you in everything. In a nutshell: My favorite hostel in the city.
Drift’s sister hostel. The newly opened boutique hostel is situated in Reid Avenue right in front of the VOC café by DBU. Nailed the location! I’ve not yet stayed here but have already paid a quick visit to this newbie in town. From what I’ve noticed, it’s all similar to Drift BnB, so expect a comfortable stay with all the amenities for an affordable price.
As much as I hate to say this (because Clock Inn Colombo is where it feels home to me), the hostel badly needs a refurbishment. Check out their super chillaxing colorful lounge area and the unlimited breakfast buffet.
Right in the middle of the enchanting Fort area, City Rest Fort serves you ice-cream 24/7. That too, delicious ones.
The sister hostel of the famous Hangover Hostels Mirissa (they have one in Katunayake, too), this beautiful hostel carries a charming minimalistic theme. The bunks are big, spacious and the mattresses are comfortable. They take good care in cleanliness and Hangover Hostels Colombo has a beautiful outdoor garden for BBQ nights and candlelight dinners. But what makes them stand among the rest is their kitchen. Yep, you can cook here and make friends from all over the world through culinary experiences. Say hi to Fernanda, their manager when you’re there. The friendliest manager one could ask for!
One of the oldies in town and a loved place by many, City Hostel carries a fun, party vibe but not entirely a ‘party’ hostel.
If you want to escape to beautiful Mount Lavinia for some beach vibes, this is the place. Evergreen Colombo is just a five minute walk away from the beach and situated close to all the famous kades and restaurants. The hostel has the BEST BUNKS in Colombo. The bunks are wooden, custom-made and have big, comfortable mattresses. The owner has a little nutter puppy called Thor who by all means, is, a nutter. Have some playtime with him.
There were a number of times I wanted to stay in Backpack Lanka but I wasn’t allowed because I made the crime of being local. 😢 Despite how sad and frustrating it is, locals aren’t allowed here. 😔
These guys are on Dickman’s road and have a superb rating on Boooking.com. The place looks like a beautiful little house with good amenities and welcoming hospitality.
Just a few meters away from Halcyon, hostel Thambili Island @ Stubbs is a good place to just crash in for a night. It’s probably the cheapest place in Colombo with air-conditioned bunks.
Secluded on the fifth lane (as the name suggests), the hostel seems like a perfect place to stay a night or two. Café on the 5th is a good place for lunch and dinner when you’re based in the hostel. Or check out Butter Boutique or The Cake Factory for some yummy cakes.
Sister Hostel by Clock Inn Colombo. It’s situated in the famous hill street and yes, expect to climb up the hill and shed some pounds. The hostel has separate female-only washrooms which we think is a smart addition. No smelly boys in the washroom, please!
There are a few more hostels in the city with some places that are opening up later this year, i.e. Bunkyard Hostels (check out their lovely Instagram for some Ceylonese vibes).
Have you stayed in any hostel? Do you have any suggestions to the list? Comment below and let us know!