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Featured Hostels in Colombo

Star Anise Boutique Capsule
2 out of 5
15-1/1, Mudalige Mawatha, Colombo 01, Colombo, Colombo
Rs2,088
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19

Located in Fort, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, Colombo World Trade Center and Pettah Market. Sambodhi Chaitiya ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (61 reviews)
Good stay!

"It was a perfect stay. Receptionist was nice and kind, room was clean, breakfast is good. Hot shower was nice also. Would recommend this."…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2019

Star Anise Boutique Capsule
Backpack Lanka - Central Colombo
2 out of 5
247 R.A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo
Rs1,298
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

Located in Kollupitiya, this hostel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Liberty Plaza, Galle Face Green and Galle Face Beach. Pettah Market is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

3.3/5 (34 reviews)

"Friendly and helpful staff and easy access to town area."…"

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2018

Backpack Lanka - Central Colombo
C1 Colombo Fort
2 out of 5
37 Mudalige Mawatha Road, Fort, Colombo, Western
Rs2,355
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

Located in Fort, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, Colombo World Trade Center and Pettah Market. Khan Clock Tower and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (78 reviews)

"pros: - centrally located; it is in an area which I find very peaceful even at night; very close to the Dutch Precinct too - the staff are very helpful, someone even guide me where to buy cheap souvenirs without asking any for exchange - strong wifi - nice breakfast with a nice view on the rooftop ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Nov 2019

C1 Colombo Fort
Backpackers Paradise Colombo
2 out of 5
3/2 A Kynsey Road, Colombo
Rs1,352
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20

Located in Colombo 10, this hostel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Nawaloka Hospital, Bally's Casino and Liberty Plaza. Bellagio Casino and Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
Very good!

"Amazing staff! Nothing to complain about that. Just keep in mind its a house, so sometimes it’s not easy to get in the bathroom at the time you might want to."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2019

Backpackers Paradise Colombo
My Little Island Hostel - Colombo
1.5 out of 5
594/1 Galle Road, Colombo, Western
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
Rs1,298
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

Located in Kollupitiya, this hostel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Marino Mall, Galle Face Green and Galle Face Beach. High Commission of Malaysia and German Embassy ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (17 reviews)

"Its was amazing and the staff were friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2019

My Little Island Hostel - Colombo
Island Hostels Colombo
2 out of 5
30 Sea View Ave, Colombo, WP
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Located in Kollupitiya, this hostel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Casino Marina Colombo, Galle Face Green and Galle Face Beach. Pettah Market is 2.5 mi (4 km) ...

4/5Very Good! (6 reviews)

"Rooms were ok, very basic. Toilets could do with extra cleaning. The main reason I wouldn’t stay here again is because I found every single staff memeber to be rude and unhelpful. I booked two nights but only stayed one."…"

Reviewed on 2 Feb 2019

Island Hostels Colombo
The Capsule Hotel - Hostel
2 out of 5
380 Galle Rd, Colombo, WP
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Located in Kollupitiya, this hostel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Casino Marina Colombo, Galle Face Green and Galle Face Beach. Pettah Market is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)

"Very comfortable stay and lady on reception was very helpful when booking taxis etc. The only minor negative was second night was really hot and it’s only a fan in the pod not air con"…"

Reviewed on 5 Sep 2019

The Capsule Hotel - Hostel
Colombo city jumbo hostel
2.5 out of 5
20 - 2/1 , Rea762 1/1, Maradana Road, Colombo, Western Province
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Located in Colombo 10, this hostel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Dewatagaha Mosque and within 3 miles (5 km) of Pettah Market and Galle Face Green. Galle Face Beach ...

Colombo city jumbo hostel
CityRest Fort
2 out of 5
46 Hospital Street, Colombo 01, Colombo
Rs2,067
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

Located in Fort, this hostel is steps away from Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct and Colombo World Trade Center. Old Parliament Building and Galle Face Beach ...

3.8/5Good! (95 reviews)
ok!

"Location is good, near the main train station and bus terminal but tuk tuk driver said far and ask for 300Rs. Dorm room is relatively small for 4 persons with luggages. Have enough toilets and shower cubicles. Have a rooftop but nothing to see. Free breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 3 Apr 2018

CityRest Fort
Thambili Island @ Stubbs
2 out of 5
No. 1A, Stubbs Place, Colombo
Rs1,299
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

Located in Havelock Town, this hostel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Raux Brothers and within 3 miles (5 km) of Galle Face Green and Galle Face Beach. Isipathanaramaya ...

3/5 (9 reviews)
DO NOT STAY HERE.

"DO NOT STAY HERE. First of all there is construction-constant loud banging and sawing starting at 8 AM. The bigger problem is the dishonest staff though. I booked the room rate for breakfast and asked for breakfast. They said it wasn't included in my room rate. I showed them on the hotels.com site ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 May 2017

Thambili Island @ Stubbs
City Motel
2 out of 5
128, Old Moor Street, Colombo
Rs957
per night
Dec 30 - Dec 31

Situated in the business district, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Grand Mosque of Colombo and Pettah Market. Galle Face Beach and Galle Face Green are ...

2.6/5 (10 reviews)
I dont recommend the place to others

"miserable"…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2016

City Motel
Miracle City Inn Hostel
2.5 out of 5
177 R.A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 03, Colombo, WP
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
Rs734
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

Located in Kollupitiya, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Crescat Shopping Mall, Galle Face Green and Galle Face Beach. Pettah Market is 2.1 mi (3.3 ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Great value, well-located, great staff

"Miracle City Inn Hostel is a great value for either a short or long stay in Colombo. It’s newly renovated, well-designed, and quiet. The rooftop is a nice spot to enjoy morning coffee or tea (or a beer at sunset), and they have lots of other amenities, as well, like a dartboard, fooseball table, ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2019

Miracle City Inn Hostel
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Other property types in Colombo

Mandarina Colombo
Mandarina Colombo
5 out of 5
433, Galle Road, Colombo
Rs4,593
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18
4.3/5Excellent! (454 reviews)

"Big room, clean, good location, close to restaurants, nice rooftop pool with a view of the ocean. Breakfast was good but wasn’t included and had to pay for it. The shower went cold after a few minutes, and the water pressure wasn’t good."…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2019

Mandarina Colombo
Mövenpick Hotel Colombo
Mövenpick Hotel Colombo
5 out of 5
24 Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo, Western
Rs8,101
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23
4.3/5Excellent! (270 reviews)

"Excellent hotel Clean Super customer service Will reuse it if needed"…"

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2019

Mövenpick Hotel Colombo
Galle Face Hotel
Galle Face Hotel
5 out of 5
2 Galle Road, Colombo
Rs7,082
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18
4.4/5Wonderful! (686 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel, excellent staff, managed to the highest standards. A brilliant introduction to Sri Lanka. The only drawback is the price."…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2019

Galle Face Hotel
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What Is a Hostel?

If you're in the market for an affordable place to stay in Colombo, one of its 18 hostels might be a great option for you. These dorm-style accommodation options come in lots of forms, but they all have a few qualities in common:

  • Budget-friendly prices
  • A social environment
  • Shared rooms (though many have private options too)

By choosing a hostel in Colombo, you can reduce your spending on accommodation and use more of your trip funds for exploring during your stay. You can check out this destination's cultural highlights, such as its museums, and the sea views create an appealing natural setting.

When Is the Best Time to Visit Colombo?

The weather can be a big factor when you want to venture out and explore, so here's some information about the local climate:

  • The hottest months are typically March and April, while January and February are the coldest months
  • January-March: Daytime temperatures average 32° C and night-time temperatures average 22° C
  • April-June: 32° C is the daytime average and 24° C is the night-time average
  • July-September: Daytime averages are around 30° C and night-time averages are around 24° C
  • October-December: The average temperatures are 31° C during the day and 23° C at night
  • Average rainfall is 93 inches in a year

What Can I Do in Colombo?

Depending on what you're interested in, you might enjoy these places to visit:

Natural Features
  • Viharamahadevi Park
  • Beira Lake
  • Galle Face Green
Cultural Attractions
  • National Art Gallery
  • Sri Lanka National Museum
  • Elphinstone Theatre
Landmarks
  • Dewatagaha Mosque
  • Gangaramaya Temple
  • Chabad of Sri Lanka

In general, Colombo is known for its:

  • Temples
  • Sports
  • Cafes
  • Cultural attractions
  • Festivals
  • Seafood
  • Museums
  • Art

How to Get to Colombo and Around the Area

You can search for flights to the closest airport in Colombo (CMB-Bandaranaike Intl.), 18.1 mi (29.1 km) from the city centre. When you're out and about, you might want to make use of public transport. Train stations like Colombo Fort Station and Wellawatta Railway Station make it easy to see more of the surrounding area.