Review: Hangover Hostels Colombo

Zin used to live a few meters away from the limitless sea with a nutter Pomeranian called Lucky who apparently loved Nat more and waited all day long to play with him. The next lane to this little nutter’s house was the newly opened Hangover Hostels Colombo. In other words, the signature hostel of the oh-so-loved backpackers’ hostel nestled in Mirissa. So we headed to this newbie in town about four months back and here’s what we found!

The Atmosphere

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Two words: Super chillaxing!

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Hangover Hostels Colombo has a spacious outdoor garden with authentically designed seating area for BBQ nights and candlelight dinners. Yes, hostels are pretty romantic, too! Their lounge area is so simple, minimal yet effortlessly elegant. But the best thing to us was their kitchen in which you actually can get your hands dirty.

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The kitchen to us seems to be the perfect place for travelers from all over the world to meet each other. Oh please! Share your perfectly freshly cooked meal with a hungry-looking backpacker who’s only got a sad looking morning pastry from the kade next door. In exchange, you will make a friend for life.

The Room

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We stayed in an 8-bed mixed dorm. The room was spacious. The bunks were big and had thick, comfortable mattresses. Each bunk featured a bed lamp and sockets to charge your phone or laptop. Each guest is provided a spacious (hands down the biggest in the island) locker to fit their valuables. You can easily fit your backpack here and lock it with the keycard. Our room had an ensuite washroom which was neatly designed and spotlessly clean. You have a common washroom outside the room with a few shower cubicles and toilets if the one inside gets a bit crowded. Bunks can only be accessible to guests with a keycard and that we think is, pretty awesome.

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The Staff

When you’re there, say hi to Fernanda. She is easily the best manager one could ask for and she would help you in anything you need. Everyone else is pretty nice, too. They stick to their work but if you need to clarify anything, feel free to ask them.

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Facilities

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There’s a TV in the common area upstairs with a few bean bags to sit back and enjoy a sports match or a movie. Hangover Hostels feature 24/7 free Wi-Fi all throughout the property. There’s a guest computer, too, if you don’t carry a laptop around. The kitchen where you CAN actually cook has all the amenities needed and a guest fridge. Make sure you label your belongings before you put them inside the refrigerator. All the rooms are air-conditioned to beat the island heat. The common areas have fans so it doesn’t get all sticky with Colombo’s hot weather.

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The Price

The dorms are priced at 14$ -16$ and the private rooms start from 50$ now. And now is country’s peak season (November – March). When we went there it was the off season and since they were new to the town, the dorms were priced at 10$ while private double rooms cost only 35$. Anyhow, you wouldn’t get this much facilities for this much little money anywhere else aka TOTALLY WORTH IT.

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The Location

Hangover Hostels is situated at the end of Bambalapitiya (Colombo 04). If you’re heading from Pettah and are taking a public bus, hop over to 100 or 101, get down at Savoy Cinema Theater and walk back about 150m towards Bambalapitiya. On your left you’ll find an intersection called ‘Kinross Avenue’ towards the sea. Walk along the road and you will come across Hangover Hostels on your right side. It will cost you Rs.20. If you’re taking a tuk, make sure to get on to a metered tuk and it should cost you around Rs.400/450.

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Hangover Hostels Colombo is close to many tourist attractions (stay tuned for a list of ‘things to do in Colombo’) and can be easily accessible by bus or tuk-tuks. The nearby restaurants include Perera & Sons, Taste of Asia (Zin wouldn’t recommend this but Nat says the milk hoppers here are a must try), Kandoori, KFC, Al-Maas Indian Restaurant. If you fancy pricey but good coffee, head over to Java Lounge and Tom Yum for some pricey Thai street food.

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The folks at the hostel are going to introduce some fun nights including Sri Lankan culinary sessions and tuk-tuk trips. So stay tuned for more details. Follow them on Instagram and say hi to them on Facebook!

See what we think are the Colombo’s six best hostels here.


We would like to thank Hangover Hostels Colombo for organizing our stay with them, but as always opinions are honest and entirely our own.

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We are Nathan and Zinara, documenting our experiences and stories for a lifestyle full of love and adventure. Currently based in Sri Lanka.

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