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I didn't get the chance to meet div during our stay as he was out of town. We stayed in Laurel apartment which is spacious, clean and has a pleasant view from the living room with sea glimpses. It is approx 5 km tuk tuk ride to colombo fort train station and the main areas such as Galle Face. There are metered taxis everywhere for this. There is a nice bakery next door and his caretaker is a lovely helpful man.
Div was very helpful throughout our time in Sri Lanka. We actually stayed at Laurel, but it was a very clean place and the studio layout was very nice. The caretaker guy doesn't speak any English but the experience was quite enjoyable during our very brief one night stay.
Tea Picker's Cottage was a very unique experience. If you are looking to relax and do absolutely nothing for a few days, this is a great spot for you. We were hoping for a little more of an actual tea picking experience and expected several tea pickers around showing us how they do it and such but that was not the case. The place is also quite a ways from the traditional tea areas and a hearty drive to Adam's Peak. Overall, the place is quite basic as described and the caretaker is very friendly. The stream in the back of the property is quite lovely as well. However, do not come expecting a vast tea plantation or experience. Instead, come for a very quiet time, in a very remote area, amongst various fruits and vegetables. Div was a very helpful host and we appreciated his prompt replies and assistance in helping to sort out our transportation issues.
Div was a great host. He organised a middle of the night pick up from the airport, and was always available for any questions you might have. I would definitely recommend his apartment.
Div's place is well located in Colombo 4 - you're central yet you get to experience local culture rather than stayong in a tourist-trap hotel in Colombo 1 or 2. It's a nice condo that actually comes with unadulterated access to a wonderful terrace with a kitchen. The bedroom is beautiful and roomy with ocean view! All amenities are close by and the 'Taste of Asia' next door is divine!
The highlight is actually Div himself, who is a terrific host that is available 24/7 for advice. He makes sure that any issues are fixed ASAP and always asks how he can improve.
I definitely recommend anybody visiting Colombo to stay here.
Very nice stay! A clean, first floor condo located on Colombo's south side between the Fort & Mount Lavinia. Bed was comfy, clean/modern bathroom with lots of room. Picture doesn't show it, but there is now a table & two chairs which is quite handy. Div was friendly and helpful with organizing a ride from the airport since we got in late.
The ground floor location leaves a little to be desired with the street noise on weekday mornings, but otherwise we have no complaints.
I'd definitely recommend this place without hesitation, good value for sure.
What we didn't like:
1. Wifi signal was weak
2. Shower was really short for taller people
3. Door was transparent
4. We heard noises all night from the attic, not sure if it was pipe or something else.
Location was good though.
Div was incredibly helpful and prompt with his replies. He even suggested places to visit and allowed us to check out anytime throughout the day. . In his own words "take your time, no rush" which was really nice compared to usually being rushing out of hotels to meet the check out time. When we stayed there was construction work going on a few doors down, when we informed Div of this he sent someone over the same night to have a word. The apartment itself is very nice although if I stayed again I'd probably choose one of his apartments on higher floors as it would have been nice to have a view. The shower is very, very nice and has a great design.The wifi was excellent and was very easy to connect to as the password was left on the table right next to the router. The location is in the middle of a busy Colombo high street so there is plenty of access to transport and shops too. The housekeeper doesn't speak very good English however Div was very quick with his replies and always passed on messages to him yo reach a resolution. Overall a very pleasant stay with a host happy to go out of his way. Would definitely recommend.
Our stay at Div's condo has just been the icing on the cake. The apartment is located in the heart of the city extremely accessible to transportation and food. Silva the care taker is just one of a kind he is the sweetest and most helpful person I have met and if I could I would take him to Toronto with me haha. He helped us with laundry, with transportation, and anything else you could ask for he truly did go above and beyond to make sure our trip was one of a kind. We did not get a chance to meet Div but he was always in touch with us and gave us some great tips on where to go and what do in the city. I am totally in love with this place and I can say hands down I will recommend this place to anyone and my family and I will definitely only be booking Div's condo's from here on out. Thank you for making out trip so special and memorable.
Ashanti & Richard
I needed a place to stay for the week that had a great Internet connection and was quiet in order to work when not out exploring Colombo and this place fit those needs perfectly!
I like running so staying between Viharamahadevi Park and Mount Lavinia was perfect. I ran to the park one day and to the beach in the other direction the next day.
Overall, I greatly enjoyed my stay. Only caveat is that although there is a fridge, there is no kitchen so if you like to cook this probably isn't the place for you.
Div and his wife stayed at my place for two night. Both of them are very nice ,clean and repect the place like his own. Im really glad to have them as my first guests. This is my first time hosting on airbnb. He shared his experience and give me some tips with me. Over all you wont be disappointed to have Div as your guest.
Div stayed for us for three nights and during his stay he was extremely polite, friendly, respectful and thoughtful. We would strongly recommend him as a guest.
Div and his son were lovely and were easy to get along with. They were respectful of other guests in the house and were very clean and tidy. I would definitely recommend them as guests