The best backpacker hostel in Colombo is BED…hands down
If you are a backpacker you’ll know that a good hostel in Asia is not too hard to come by, but a great hostel…now they are indeed a rare thing. For me a great hostel is defined by the following things:
- Great location
- Friendly, staff – usually a mix of western and locals
- Likeminded backpacker guests
- Free breakfast (this goes a long way!)
- GOOD Wifi that preferably reaches the bedrooms
- The hostel layout helps people socialise (ie, isn’t too disjointed and means lots of small groups of people – you want everyone to ultimately end up drinking or eating in the same place so they talk to each other!)
- To that point the common areas should be spacious, inviting and equipped with comfy chairs, bean bags, games and preferably a bar!
- The hostel should put on evening socials and maybe even day trips to help the guests bond 🙂
- A pool is a massive bonus and would take a hostel from great to never-wanna-leave amazing!
There are only a few top notch hostels in Southeast Asia in my opinion, Mad Monkey in Cambodia, Hanoi Backpackers in Vietnam, Gili Backpackers in Indonesia and now I can add one more to the list; BED Hostel in Colombo Sri Lanka.
If you are looking for a great hostel for your first stop in this amazing country, to meet new friends, party and generally chill out then look no further. I stayed at BED for 3 nights and honestly didn’t want to leave (but the beach was calling so whatcha gonna do!). I met some awesome peeps, played beer pong, watched movies on the bean bags and there was a party on my last night!
So here at the deets:
- It’s $10 for the 10 bed dorm per night and $12 for the 6 bed dorm
- Located just off Park Road in Colombo district 5
- Check in is at 3pm which is a little late but not too bad if you plan for this
- Check out is 11am
- There is kitchen where you can make breakfast (Toast & Tea/coffee included in price!)
- There are only around 30 beds which means not too many people. This is great because you get to know everyone and really start to feel like a little family whilst you’re staying there! well I did anyway 😉
- There are 2 common rooms – one with comfy sofas & games and the other with bean bags, TV and DVD player and a Ping Pong table…score!!!
- The staff often organise nights out like a pub quiz or a party!
- Book ahead as it gets booked up
So there you go, no need to spend hours working out which hostel to stay at and hoping it turns out alright…I’ve saved you all the hassle!
Do you know of an awesome hostel in Southeast Asia that I have missed? Let me know!
Many thanks to BED Hostels for hosting me so far. As always, you receive my honest opinions regardless of who is footing the bill and this was an absolute pleasure!