Hangover Hostels Colombo.

Hangover Hostels has made a bit of a name for itself down in Mirissa, but their Signature Colombo branch is relatively new. We swung by for a mid-day staycation to pretend we were tourists in our own city – and it was actually rather fun.

Location

I snooped around on TripAdvisor and Booking.com to see what people liked/disliked about the place, and was surprised to see a few tourists unhappy with the location. To me, Bambalapitiya is very much within the heart of Colombo, and a mere hop, skip, and Rs. 200 ($1.3) tuk tuk jump away from pretty much all the main sites in the city. Hangover Colombo is down Kinross Avenue (right near OneUp and Taste of Asia), which means you can walk down to the Cargills, or Chillax, or OZO or Kinross Swimming Club (your hostel key gives you access to their pool and premises for a cheap Rs.200).

Rooms & Dorms

As a hostel, of course, the dorms are the main forms of accommodation. You get mixed dorms or all-female dorms, at about 9 to a room. Nice, large functioning lockers, and clean school-style bathrooms stalls await you at $10 a bed. We opted for a private ensuite room (because we're fancy like that, obviously), at about $20 a head double sharing (which ends up at Rs.5600 for two people). This is super economical if you're alone (who wouldn't spend $20 for a room to themselves?), but could rack up if you're a couple staying for a while.

The room was spacious enough, with clean lines and minimalist contrast decor. A comfy bed, well-functioning A/C and blinds, and concrete-finish bathrooms made for a comfortable stay.

The Wi-Fi was fast, the shower was warm, and the key-card system simple. Easy living. Our only issue? The ground floor room faced the lobby, and there was loud (albeit good) music seeping in until about 10 PM.

Ambience

Hangover appears to be located in a lovely old residence, with a cute garden with fairy lights and al fresco seating (perfect for an early evening beer you can pick up from the supermarket). There's a lot of uniform white going on, which is nice, supported by a few funky vintage Ceylon Tourism posters and lots of funky paraphernalia. 

We particularly enjoyed the sense of community the place tried to cultivate, with a shared kitchen and box for shared goods (like if you buy a box of pasta but leave without finishing it, you can leave it in the kitchen for someone to use after you), and also a "take one, leave one" table filled with random oddities like sunscreen or books. 

We do feel like there could have been a cosier communal area with mats and couches etc though, as the upstairs TV area was kind of bare.

Service

There isn't much service involved in a hostel, but we appreciated what we did experience. We were checked in within a matter of minutes by a friendly guy who was very happy to show us about, and give us tips on exploring Colombo (I was deep into my tourist character at this point). He explained to us the nearby bars, supermarkets, and activities (swimming, yoga, etc), and gave us accurate tips on what to do. As a general rule, you clean up after yourself, cook for yourself, and try and be respectful of other guests. Not too difficult.

Overall

Low prices, lots of cleanliness and comfort, and friendly service. Hangover Hostels in Colombo could do with a little bit more character, and may not be as funky as its Mirissa counterpart, but it's real value for money and we'd strongly recommend it to tourists.

We also just found out about this bicycle initiative – very cool!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp

Latest.

KAMU.

Spanish & French fusion restaurant – Hola Bonjour review

Our cloud kitchen revolves around our chef Lucas Francois, who has years of experience in

Kamu Slider

Your go-to restaurant in Chilaw – Clement’s Chilaw review

By Warsha Dissanayake We visited Clements brand new outlet based in Chilaw towards the evening

Kamu

Holy crepes at Crepe Runner – Bambalapitiya

By Maryam Rizwan No one does crepes as good as Crepe Runner does. Starting from

Kamu

Don’t chai this at home – Karak review

By Warsha Dissanayake Looking for some downtime?Is it time to take a break off of

Kamu

Nutella-filled goodness at Crepeholics

Crepeholics located in the middle of Mount Lavinia is packed with a variety of crepes

Kamu

Kailasa Street Food Cafe

This place is long overdue and something Colombo needed so bad. Kailasa street food, serving

Kamu

Trending.

70th anniversary Diplomatic Relations between Sri Lanka and Japan

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka

Trending

Suriya’s Jai Bhim wins five awards at Studioflicks Film Awards 2021

By MR The Tamil film industry has turned the global spotlights in 2021 for releasing

Trending

5 BlackBerry models we will miss

By Ruchika Seneviratne It truly is an end of an era as BlackBerry has announced

Slider Trending

Elephant House – Feel Good Range

We all grew up eating Elephant House ice cream, whether it was to wrap up

Trending

CINNAMON BENTOTA BEACH HOSTS CLASSIC CAR RUN

Cinnamon Bentota Beach added a vintage touch to its award-winning art and architecture during the ‘Classic Car Run’ recently.

Trending

Yamu Guide.

5 home appliances you should upgrade to in 2022 

It is the new year and the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be still lurking around,

Slider Yamu Guide

Style 2022 with these 5 items from Mimosa

By MI Welcoming 2022 with style and elegance Mimosa recently located to 20 Bagatalle Road,

Slider Yamu Guide

5 ways SLASH will help you make more out of 2022!

By Warsha Dissanayake Ever wanted to get the maximum use for the products you are

Yamu Guide

Ten of the Richest Men in the World

By Rahma Rifkhan Custom-designed suits, extravagant cars, luxurious mansions, global fame and a net-worth of

Slider Yamu Guide

9 NGOs and Youth Movements to join in 2022

By Hiruni Herath NGOs have somewhat of a bad reputation in Sri Lanka and Youth

Slider Yamu Guide

New shopping experience at the Keells on Lauries Road

Keells is reinventing your shopping experience in the best way possible. Because of the pandemic,

Yamu Guide

සිංහල.

ලොව බිහිසුනුම දාම ඝාතිකාවන් (Woman serial killers) 10 දෙනෙක්

By Yesha Fernando කාන්තාවන් කිව්වම හැමවෙලාවෙම වගේ අපේ ඔලුවේ මැවෙන්නේ හරි සංවේදී, ආදරණීය පිරිසක්. ලෝකයේ

Sinhala

2022 සැමරුම හොඳටම කරපු රටවල් 10 ක්  

By Yesha Fernando මරණය, කුසගින්න, විරැකියාව, ආර්ථික අවපාතය, දේශපාලන අර්බුද යනාදී ගෝලීය දුෂ්කරතා රැසක් මැදින්

Sinhala

හොරු අතරට අලුතින් එක් වූ “ජංගි හොරා”

By Yesha Fernando මෙරට සියලු ආකාර හොරු අතරට එක්වූ අලුත්ම හොරා "ජංගි හොරා" යි. මෙකී

Featured Sinhala

Squid Game අපට කියා දෙන ජීවිත පාඩම් 6 ක්

ත්‍රාසය, ශෝකය, කුතුහලය වගේම මෙයට වඩා තවත් බොහෝ ජීවිත පාඩමුත් Squid Game කථාංග නවයට ඇතුළත්.

Sinhala

පිස්සුම නව අවුරුදු සිරිත් විරිත් 6 ක්

එහෙනම් කට්ටියම තමන්ගේම ක්‍රමේකට 2022 පිළිගන්න ලේස්ති වෙමු.

Sinhala Trending