Best Budget Hotels and Rest Houses for Your Holiday in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a resplendent island for wide-eyed travel enthusiasts. With our sweeping beaches and breathtaking mountain peaks, thousands of tourists flock to the country every year for the ultimate holiday in Sri Lanka.
However, given that these sorts of adventures can often prove to be quite costly, budget travel and accommodation are all the rage these days.
If you’re travelling to Sri Lanka and are looking to keep costs low, budget hotels are the best choice for you. Without compromising comfort and standard amenities, enjoy your sun-soaked vacation in these top-rated hotels and rest houses!
Ozo – Colombo and Kandy
Ozo has fast become a top choice for budget travellers in Colombo and Kandy.
In Colombo, guests can enjoy sweeping views of the sea and the city. Rooms here are modern and comfortable, giving guests the perfect respite after a long day of sightseeing. With standard amenities and facilities, the establishment allows guests to lounge in the cool waters of the rooftop pool, unwind with a few drinks at its lush bar, and dine on delicious western and local fare at its EAT restaurant.
In Kandy, enjoy being cocooned in the heart of this historic city during your stay at Ozo. Sweat it out at the hotel’s spacious and well-equipped gym or make a splash in the sun-dappled water of its rooftop swimming pool. The hotel also houses a number of restaurants from which guests can enjoy a range of satiating meals and snacks.
Cinnamon Red – Colombo
The latest establishment in the range of Cinnamon hotels, Cinnamon Red is the budget-friendly counterpart to its five-star parent hotels in Colombo.
Here, guests will be stunned at the experience and service that can be enjoyed, alongside the hotel’s stunning infinity pool, ultra-hip bar, and its blessedly central location within the city. The hotel also contains two other restaurants, where you can either meet with friends or enjoy all of your meals. The Powered Gym is also great for those keen on keeping the calories at bay during your otherwise indulgent holiday in Sri Lanka.
Queen’s Hotel – Kandy
The Queen’s Hotel in Kandy is one of the oldest establishments in the city. With its charming colonial style architecture and design, the hotel is the perfect respite for budget travellers after the finer things in life.
The hotel offers its guests standard facilities including swimming pool access, multiple restaurants, and cafes, on-site stores, a gift shop, as well as currency exchange services. Guests who take to touring the breathtaking Kandy city and hill country area will find the Queen’s Hotel to be the perfect place to stay, with its central location and budget-friendly prices.
Bastille – Galle
Despite its somewhat confusing reference to the (in)famous political prison in olden day France, the Bastille in Galle is anything but a torturous experience.
Located within the historic Galle Fort, the resthouse is a two-minute walk away from the idyllic Indian Ocean. While the property only hosts a few en-suite bedrooms, it is the perfect spot for a private and relaxing getaway. Given the numerous stores and restaurants located within the Fort itself, guests here can enjoy the best of down south dining and shopping – all while soothing your soul to the lulling sounds of the sea.
Le Jardin Du Fort – Galle
Despite its mildly tongue-twisting (if you’re not French or fluent in the language) name, Le Jardin Du Fort is a lush escape from more commercial rest houses in Galle.
With its quaint bedrooms, antique furniture, and cosy dining nooks, the rest house is perfect for those after a novel experience down south. Located mere minutes away from the picturesque Dutch Fort, guests wake up to the aroma of freshly baked Croissants – a true Frenchman’s delight.
Given its central location, guest can enjoy any number of activities, indulging in the sun-soaked attractions littered along the breathtaking coastal belt.
Nippon Villa Beach Resort – Hikkaduwa
Located in the tourist-friendly region of Hikkaduwa, the Nippon Villa Beach Resort is perfect for those who prefer to spend ample time basking at the beach.
Located just a hair’s breadth from the sea, the resort even hosts a range of quality facilities for anyone who might like to spend some time indoors. With its large pool and quaint bar, this budget hotel is a top choice if you’re heading down to Hikkaduwa and prefer to save your money for novel seaside activities and experiences!