Colombo is an amazing city and the capital of the country of Sri Lanka. The country is an island, and Colombo is located in the western part of the island. It is Sri Lanka’s largest and most populated city, and it consists of several high-rise buildings, old colonial buildings with stunning architectural designs, and incredible markets along the streets with various vegetables and fruits for sale.

There are many churches, Buddhist temples, and Muslim mosques as well as museums and art galleries that can be seen while exploring the city. In addition, every person that travels to Colombo must check out the Viharamahadevi Park, which is one of the most astonishing places to see. It is a very large, beautiful park with statue monuments, a zoo, waterfalls, walking trails, and so much more.

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While Colombo sounds like a wonderful place to visit, deciding where to stay throughout the trip can be difficult and overwhelming. Hostels are a cheaper, convenient alternative to expensive hotels while visiting a foreign country on a budget. Below is a list of the 6 best hostels to lodge in when visiting Colombo, Sri Lanka; this will help visitors decide which hostel is suitable for their stay.

Bunkyard Hostels

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from $10 / 12-dorm 4.5/5 Map

The Bunkyard Hostels can be found in the central part of the city. The National Museum and the Viharamahadevi Park are walkable attractions from this hostel, which makes it very convenient. If guests are looking to check out a temple, the Gangarama Temple is also very close to the hostel. If interested in getting out for a bite to eat or a drink, there are more than 20 various restaurants and bars in close proximity to Bunkyard Hostels.

An interesting aspect of the Bunkyard Hostels is that everything is made out of local products as well as recycled and upcycled substances. The intention of the Bunkyard Hostels is to provide a true cultural experience to its guests, so they can be exposed to an authentic Sri Lanka environment. By looking at the reviews from past guests of this hostel, it has received excellent reviews mentioning the quietness, helpful staff, cheap price, the clean atmosphere, convenient location, and much more.

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Book Exchange
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Laundry Facilities on site
  • Postal Service
  • Café on site
  • Board Games

Colombo Beach Hostel by Nomadic

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from $8 / 8-dorm 4.1/5 Map

The Colombo Beach Hostel is located in a suburb of Colombo, which is Mount Lavinia. This hostel is perfect for those that are interested in being close to the ocean, restaurants along the beach, bars, and spending a relaxing day at the spa. Mount Lavinia Beach is considered Colombo’s top-rated beach, and the nightlife by the ocean is thriving.

While staying in Colombo Beach Hostel, guests will receive a peaceful and quiet environment. There is a beautiful garden of plants and flowers surrounding the hostel to spark individual creativity and bring calmness. For backpackers, this is an excellent hostel because the Mount Lavinia Railway Station is a short walk away to go explore other areas of Colombo. Additionally, the reviews written by recent guests of the Colombo Beach Hostel are great; they mention the convenient location to the beach, the wonderful staff, and how clean the place is.

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Rooftop
  • Luxurious Green Garden
  • Board Games
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Laundry Facilities on site

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Island Hostels Mount Lavinia

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from $8 / 10-dorm 4.6/5 Map

The Island Hostels Mount Lavinia is another hostel option situated in the suburb of Colombo, Mount Lavinia. This hostel is very close to the ocean as well as plenty of restaurant and bar selections for nightlife entertainment. The Island Hostels Mount Lavinia is perfect for escaping the bustling city of Colombo to relax close to the beach. It is also a beautiful hostel with a luxurious, large pool and rooftop.

The Island Hostels Mount Lavinia appears to be a higher-end hostel offering a high-quality stay to its guests. Recent visitors have left wonderful feedback on their stay at the hostel; they commended them for their awesome pool and rooftop, great location, amazing views, helpful staff, and clean environment.

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Swimming Pool
  • Game Room
  • Rooftop
  • Board Games
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Book Exchange
  • Postal Service
  • Cable Tv’s

Island Hostels Colombo

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from $12 / 10-dorm 4.0/5 Map

The Island Hostels Colombo is located in the center of the busy city of Colombo, yet it remains to be a quiet getaway from the city. This hostel is top-notch, and the staff go above and beyond to make sure each guest is comfortable and at ease during their stay. The designs of the inside of the hostel are sleek and modern, and it truly looks like one of Colombo’s most upscale hostels. The large swimming pool is an amazing amenity; it is refreshing after strolling through Colombo’s hot weather. The reviews left by former guests are all great; they praise the hostel for its calm vibe, quiet location, clean environment, lovely pool, fantastic staff, and much more.

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Swimming Pool

Clock Inn Colombo

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from $11 / 6-dorm 3.9/5 Map

The Clock Inn Colombo is within walking distance to the coast of the Indian Ocean. This hostel is a high-end boutique hostel. If looking for entertainment throughout the day or nightlife, it is close to the center of the hustle and bustle of Colombo.

Public transportation is nearby as well if looking to go explore another area of the city. Clock Inn Colombo is situated around so many amazing restaurants, which makes it a foody’s paradise. Several guests that have stayed at Clock Inn Colombo have left superb feedback, such as excellent dorms, clean facilities, friendly staff, and wonderful location.

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Workstation
  • DVD’s to rent
  • Board Games
  • Cable TV’s
  • Book Exchange

Drift BnB Colombo

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from $65 / 3-private 4.4/5 Map

The Drift BNB Colombo is another hostel that can be found in the center of the city. This is a very contemporary hostel that offers guests a luxurious stay. The restrooms feature amazing rain showers, and the rooms come with flat screen televisions equipped with cable. Guests also have access to a comfortable lounge where they can focus on any work demands during their stay.

The Drift BnB Colombo is very close to restaurants, shops, temples, galleries and museums, and even the beautiful ocean. If any guests wish to travel and see other areas of Colombo, there is public transportation located directly outside of the hostel that will take them to their destination. The reviews for this hostel are outstanding. It has been complimented on its great location, wonderful staff, cleanliness, and luxurious atmosphere. Some reviews even call it the best hostel in Colombo, and one reviewer even mentioned it reminded her more of a hotel than a hostel.

Highlights of the hostel: 

  • Cable TV’s
  • Lounge area
  • Workstations
  • Free coffee and tea all day at your convenience

All six of these hostels are terrific choices when choosing which hostel to stay at while vacationing in Colombo. Deciding which one to ultimately choose will depend on the individual’s unique tastes and needs as well as the attractions nearby that they plan to visit.

It is important to note that the temperatures in Colombo are warm year-round; they range between the 70’s and upper 80’s. Monsoon season is between May – August and October – January. Therefore, visitors should pack accordingly because heavy rainfall occurs during these months.

Colombo can be a friendly city and is generally not dangerous for any visitors or tourists. The population is approximately 752,993 in the city itself, but the overall area has more than 5 million residents. If you are someone who enjoys large cities, intriguing cityscapes, many attractions, amazing food and nightlife, and a beautiful ocean, then Colombo is a necessary place to see.