This air conditioned, one bedroom studio apartment is located in the heart of Colombo's city center. Most tourist attractions are within walking distance. Two comfortable double beds, well- equipped kitchenette, cable TV and free Wi-Fi await you!
Located on the second floor, the apartment offers guests a range of modern amenities and services designed to provide comfort and convenience. The interior is spacious and can accommodate 4 persons. The apartment is cooled by high capacity air conditioning, helping you to relax after a busy day out in the sun.
The two large double beds fitted with luxury spring mattresses ensure a good night's sleep. The en suite WC and hot and cold shower are fitted with the latest sanitary ware. The spacious wardrobe provides ample space for your luggage while a workstation and free stationery is at your service. The entire apartment is Wi-Fi enabled and is free of charge. Cable TV beaming foreign channels and a bedside radio cum alarm clock are also provided for your entertainment. The apartment's kitchenette is equipped with a microwave oven and a mini fridge for the convenience of guests who wish to prepare their own meals. Cutlery and crockery, as well as an electric jug kettle are also provided. Bottled drinking water, tea/coffee, milk and sugar are free.
Interaction with Guests
I am always available to help my guests and to guide them if needed. All information is provided free. I am at the apartment premises from 9 am to 8 pm from Monday to Saturday. However, if guests' flights are scheduled to arrive outside these times I ensure that I am personally present to hand over the keys. No extra fees are charged but I need to be informed about the likely time of arrival at the time of booking. Guests can also contact me 24/7 via the 'phone.
The Beira Lake is just a five minutes' walk from the apartment and is a great place to relax in the evening. At the center of the Beira Lake is a Buddhist shrine belonging to the famous Gangaramaya Temple. The main temple is situated just across the lake, on the opposite side of the road. There is also another island on the lake designed for relaxation which is accessible by a bridge. If you wish, you can even take a trip around the lake in a paddle boat.
For those who wish to workout at a gym or enjoy a local or foreign cuisine buffet, the JAIC Hilton's facilities are just 3 blocks away from the apartments.
The legendary Galle Face Hotel and the adjacent Galle Face Green promenade with a breath-taking view of the Indian Ocean are within walking distance from the apartments. The Cinnamon Grand Hotel and the Crescat Boulevard shopping mall as well as the Cinnamon Lake Hotel are all within walking distance as well.
Sri Lanka's largest department store, ODEL is a 15 minutes' walk down the road. There are several supermarkets stocking both local and foreign food ingredients within a 5 minutes' walk.Cafes dot the road.
In case of medical emergencies or if you have a health condition needing regular monitoring, the ultra-modern Nawaloka Hospital is literally around the corner.
Public transport is easily accessible from the apartment's location. The historic Slave Island Railway Station is within walking distance. Trishaw taxis (tuktuks) with meters are available no sooner you step out of the apartment's entrance. The rates are very cheap - not more than 2 US Dollars to main attractions in the city centre. The closest bus stop is just a few blocks away from the apartment building. The central bus station at Pettah can be reached in under 15 minutes by bus or taxi. Luxury inter-city buses to different areas of Sri Lanka can be boarded from the central bus station.
Other Things to Note
This is the ideal place for people on a budget since the apartment is within walking distance from most of Colombo's tourist attractions.
Also available Sri Lanka Tour comprising the following:UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, visit to tea plantation in Ella, Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, wild life safari to Yala, blue whale watching at Mirissa, UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle Fort, sun and surf at Unwatuna, scuba diving and coral reef viewing from glass-bottom boat at Hikkaduwa. Entire tour by air conditioned private vehicle with an English-speaking chauffeur. Rate:Sri Lankan Rupees 10,000 per day for 4 persons including fuel costs (meals, accommodation and entrance tickets to sites not included).
Decent behaviour, no drugs, no smoking inside the apartments.
The room was bigger than expected. Very clean. Arrived very early and Zakir was on the street waiting. We didn't see Zakir much but I am sure that if we needed assistance with anything he would have been happy to assist. Very central location.
Zaks residences are a great choice. The rooms are spacious, clean, cool, well situated and good value. Zak himself and his workmate are welcoming, helpful and go to great length for the service of their airbnb friends. He will help you with any quieries, so just message him and he'll get straight back to you.
He is situated on the ground floor of the building you stay in so keys and everything like that is super easy to get hold of. Once again thank you so much Zac and friends i had a great time. Take care x
Zakir is a great host, and his son is a champion. Very friendly and willing to help with anything. They were genuinely concerned when I was sick enough to stay inside for two days. The apartment I stayed in was very clean and spacious, had great air-con and a really cool bathroom. The WiFi was very hit and miss.
The area where it is (Colombo 2) is very safe, and filled with fantastic people. There are two supermarkets within a five minute walk. Also a bottle shop with the funniest guys working in it. Cheap arrak and really cold beers. The alley next door is where you want to buy your breakfast. Delicious and very cheap.
I extended my stay, as I was having such a great time. Highly recommended.
I will return!
I enjoyed my stay here. Getting the key was a simple process as the apartment is above a travel agency office so no need to wait for anyone or go to a different address.
The apartment was spacious and had a big, comfortable bed. Reliable hot water and internet was ok.
The location was ideal for exploring historic areas of Colombo. I arrived in the afternoon so I walked down to Galle Face Green to watch the sunset. The next day I walked to the Fort area which is easy enough to walk to.
I arrived after 1:00 a.m. and Zak gave me my key without complaints. He is obviously very busy in his shop on the ground floor; however, always found time to assist us. His son was also very pleasant and helpful. They both speak excellent English. As for the room, it was large and spacious with a small kitchen for making tea, etc. The bathroom was adequate. There were only two problems. The first was the sleeping arrangement. We had assumed from the photo that there would be two beds; however, it turned out there was only one. Fortunately, it was a king size and there was plenty of room for sharing with my friend. (Neither of us moves much when we sleep!) The other problem was the wi-fi system which had to be repaired while we were there. Inconvenient but not Zak's fault. Otherwise, the location was central and there was a great supermarket minutes away for snacks and souvenirs. The locals were super friendly (everyone seems to be in Sri Lanka) and I would definitely consider staying there again.
Thank you Don for your lovely comment regarding the bed if its more than 2 people I put extra bed where i charge 10 dollars one extra person but if you had asked me i would have done it free for you :) . anyway i am happy you enjoyed your stay next time i make sure to arrange two beds for you.
We stayed at Zaki's apartment 3 nights and Zaki has been very helpful with everything, even things that he didn't have to help with. He even found us two drivers, one to take us around in Colombo and another to other cities. He was very easy to reach at any time. The apartment has what you need including a small tea kitchen, tv and a warm shower. Bring ear plugs as the street is very noisy. We can definitely recommend Zaki.
Memorable stay at Zak Residence, food available nearby, quite & clean as we needed. Surely will stay again.
Zakir is a wonderful host.
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Hi! I am Zak from Sri Lanka. I have made 3 studio apartments for the convenience of travelers at affordable prices with all facilities. Since I have been a traveler from the age of 18 I have used all my experience and made the apartments to feel like your second home. :)
Thanks to AirBNB I have met nice good people from around the world and I would like to help more with all the information I have collected from the tourists.
When you book hotels, always use AirBNB since they help us to get best rates and good locations. Also, when you book a hotel don't book one which costs less than US$40 if you want to stay at a clean, good place. There is a cost for everything involved in running a hotel;cleaning the place, laundering the linen etc. At low cost lodgings the linen and other facilities are not cleaned after each guest leaves. The incoming guests are given the same linen. This is what travelers who had stayed at such places told me.
You can use the public bus or train service to visit most places in Sri Lanka. To travel to some places however, you will have to take a taxi. If you are on a tour for 7 /10 days it is better to hire a vehicle for the entire tour period. This way, you can visit more places while traveling more comfortably and more quickly at a cheaper cost.
I have made a tour plan including the cost of transport for the benefit of tourists who need guidance on places to visit in Sri Lanka. You are advised to book the hotels through AIRBNB for reasons mentioned above.
Zak's Tour Package**
Colombo – Cultural Triangle (180kms/5hrs)
Sigiriya - Dambulla - sightseeing and old city tours
(night in Sigiriya)
Ancient city - Cultural places (90kms/ 3.5hrs)
Polonnaruwa - sightseeing and old city tours and back to Sigiriya
(night in Sigiriya)
Cultural Triangle – Kandy (80kms/3.hrs)
Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha and later witness a cultural show. Check in to your hotel in Kandy for your overnight stay.
Kandy – Kandy city tour, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Peradeniya Botanical
(night in Kandy)
Kandy - Ella (145kms/5hrs)
Visit Ella, via visiting a tea factory and a plantation on the way. The region is popular for the lush tea plantations which blanket the mountain ranges which offers one of the best panoramic views in Sri Lanka.
(overnight stay in Ella)
The region is popular for the lush tea plantations which blanket the mountain ranges which offers one of the best panoramic views in Sri Lanka.
(overnight in Ella)
Ella - Unawathuna Beach (210kms/6hrs)
Travel to Unawatuna Beach, via costal area. Visit a Buddhist temple on the way and check into your hotel for your overnight stay in Unawatuna.
Morning:visit Galle Fort; afternoon:leisure on the beach. Overnight at the resort in Unawatuna.
Morning:leisure on the beach. Overnight at the resort in Unawatuna.
Unawatuna - Colombo Drop to your apartment (130kms/3.5hr)
(night at your apartment)
**Full Tour cost (transport only):US$ 750 - 5 people can travel
The price includes:
- Ground transfers and transportation in a private air conditioned vehicle with
adjustable seats (fuel and English-speaking chauffeur supplied)
- Start Tour and Tour End in Colombo
- Driver's meals + bata + driver's accommodation
- All the sightseeing tours
(If you have any tour plans lasting more than 10 days, you can hire the vehicle on a daily basis @ US$75.) 5 people can travel
Write to me if you need more details about the above tour plans or if you need a customized package. I will give you practical advice based on personal experience and ensure that you have a unique and memorable trip!