Bed & Bicycle Hostel: A Quirky Modern Backpack Hostel in Mount Lavinia
Our experience and things to know about Bed & Bicycle Hostel
The twinkle lights downstairs add a little magical touch to the hostel premises. Having just had two beef samosas and chicken rolls from a roadside shop nearby, we are back in Bed & Bicycle Hostel — our home for the weekend. Tucked in a quiet corner in Mount Lavinia, a suburb, 13km south of Colombo, the hostel offers quality and comfort at affordable prices. The walls are decorated with beautiful artwork. A few houseplants in the reception area add a lively touch to the building. (Also read: Arthur’s Pizzeria and Pub)
Our dorm room is on the second floor. It’s a four-bed dormitory, spacious, spotlessly clean and has a sharing washroom. The washroom floors are kept clean and dry throughout the day. This small house-turned-hostel has a lovely communal area with a cozy couch on the second floor. In the kitchen, one can prepare small meals. They have a refrigerator, an oven, a kettle and cutlery for guests’ use. Guests can have tea and coffee, water refills throughout the day, for free (yay). Downstairs, there’s a big kitchen where guests can prepare their own meals. There’s a market next door to buy fresh fish and vegetables. Sri Lankan breakfast with tropical fruits is included in your room rates. We had Sri Lankan pol roti and vadai when we were there which was a good breakfast and kept us full until lunch.
The hostel, however, turns their AC off from 8 AM to 5 PM. They offer free bicycles and one can go explore the surrounding areas. It would be a bit uncomfortable if you want to sleep during the day, especially after a flight. They have ceiling fans but, Colombo being a hot, humid city, it gets a little sticky. The rooftop is lit up at night — the perfect place to relax on a sunbed with a drink.
If you are coming to Colombo and plan to stay for a few days, Bed & Bicycle Hostel is a great place to be. The rates remain cheaper compared to most other backpack hostels in Colombo and Mount Lavinia, and you get everything you need. The hostel only has dorm rooms, and one of the rooms can be accommodated as a female only dormitory.
What we loved the most: The wall art! It’s such a quirky space. They also have a big adorable doggo who easily becomes fond of the hostel guests.
We would like to thank Bed & Bicycle Hostel for organizing our stay with them, but as always opinions are honest and entirely our own.