Mount Lodge

Mt Lavinia, Colombo, Sri Lanka Book from

Reviewed by Emma Taylor
A quiet and friendly retreat close to the beach at Mount Lavinia, 45 mins from Colombo city centre
Mount Lodge is a neat little hideaway in the quiet, leafy area of Mount Lavinia. It’s very laid-back, peaceful and spacious, with just 3 rooms and plenty of communal areas. It's not luxurious but pleasingly stylish, having been designed by award-winning Sri Lankan architect Chelvadurai Anjalendran and built around an existing mango tree, with an interesting use of light and foliage. Small indoor courtyards create mini-rainforests within the building and a central stairwell allows the breeze to flow through, along with the delicious aromas of home cooking.

An open-plan feel runs throughout the house. Downstairs, there’s a relaxed communal dining area decorated with white walls and contemporary Sri Lankan art, flanked on one side by an indoor garden. Here, a light shaft rises up through the house to the sky (you can look up to the stars at night). Wander around inside and you’ll find Buddhist icons, flourishing ferns, the odd stone wall and antique wood furniture. Alternatively, follow your nose outside and stroll down to the beach along Mount Lavinia’s pretty, residential streets.


  • This is a spacious, architect-designed house
  • The quiet location is away from the hustle and bustle of central Colombo
  • A great place to unwind before or after a long flight
  • The food is wonderful; the Chilli Crab Curry is a speciality


  • Since our last visit the hotel has changed hands so we cannot vouch for it personally; however feedback is good
  • There’s no pool on the premises, though guests can use a local hotel's pool and private beach for a small charge (2 minutes' walk)
  • It can take an hour to get into the centre of the city at busy times

Best time to go

Mount Lodge is open all year round and a stay here is not weather dependent, though November to April are generally the driest months in Sri Lanka. February’s Perahera festival is a great draw - you may need to book well in advance to stay during this.

Our top tips

Head down to one of the beachside restaurants in Mount Lavinia for great seafood. Locals and tourists cram in, the world passes by outside and at night the seafront sparkles with light.

Great for...

  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Guesthouse
  • 3
  • Breakfast (+ other meals on request)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


The house is split over 3 floors and rooms are simple but elegantly furnished. Expect wooden beds, bamboo blinds, white linen and ceiling fans and air-conditioning.

On the first floor you’ll find the Standard and Deluxe guest rooms, which can be taken separately but are also good for families or friends travelling together. There’s also a communal living room on this floor which opens onto a garden facing balcony. The Standard room is a double with a private, but not ensuite, bathroom; the Deluxe is a twin with private balcony and ensuite.

The second floor Mount Lodge Suite is open to the rafters, with an antique four-poster bed. Here, you have a private sitting room with access to a small, lush roof garden, with ocean views.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Phone
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


Mealtimes are a definite highlight here. The food can come from east or west, and can be taken at the communal table or upstairs, outside your room. After very formal Sri Lankan service in other hotels, the jovial attitude of the staff is refreshing. And their cooking skills aren’t bad either.

For breakfast, stay local and try egg hoppers (pancakes with a whole egg cooked in the middle), kiri bath-milk rice or Sri Lankan omelettes. For those who can’t resist, there are also eggs, bacon, toast, cereal, pancakes and loads of fresh fruit to dig into.

Lunch and dinner can be arranged each day, and if you like you can even help with the preparation (we did, and we learned a lot). The Lodge's repetoire of Sri Lankan dishes is widely renowned, and staff have worked for many dignitaries in previous jobs. Aubergine curry, fried banana leaves and spicy chicken are all available, but if you fancy apple pie and custard, this can also be arranged. There's no menu - simply discuss what you'd like in the morning.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Children meals
  • Communal dining
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Vegetarian menu


  • Take a taxi into central Colombo and head for Sri Lanka’s most famous bazaar (known as Pettah), where you’ll find just about anything you can dream of
  • Visit the stores along Paradise Road, which are packed with stylish home furnishings and gifts
  • Explore the many sights of Colombo; like any capital city it has galleries, museums, theatres and concerts halls. There are also many temples, churches and mosques, revealing its diverse religions
  • Stay local and walk down to the beach, have a dip in the Indian ocean, then grab a lounger and order a drink
  • If you prefer to swim in a pool, you can arrange to drop into the Mount Lavinia Hotel for a small charge (grand and long-standing but full of tourists on package holidays)

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Museums / galleries
    • Shopping / markets
    • Swimming
    • Traditional cultures
  • Kids

    Children of all ages are welcome. Those under 5 stay free if sharing their parents' bed; baby cots and extra beds are available on request.

    Best for:

    Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

    Family friendly accommodation:

    The Standard and Deluxe rooms on the first floor are perfect for families as they share access to the sitting room.

    Baby equipment:

    Baby cots are available on request.

    Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

    Children's meals:

    There's no set children's menu, but staff can tailor meals on request.

    Kid Friendly:

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