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Grand Oriental Hotel
Ranked #36 of 54 Hotels in Colombo
Reviewed 6 January 2015

It sure looks like the oldest hotel in all of colombo. Built in 1837, it still has a lot of the old
world charm, combined with modernity here and there.
Rooms are pretty spacious but spartan, bed is super comfortable. It is frequented by a lot of
locals too. The restaurants and pubs are very good, all the staff is very helpful and ready for
any kind of assistance. the look outside the windows is not that great but you can see the sea
at a distance.
Tariffs are alright compared to the facilities offered.
Good place to stay all in all

Room Tip: Rooms further from the lift are quiet
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  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 January 2015

Right next to the docks and adjacent to the Police ststion, the hotel is ideally located for tourist. The grandeur of the building is more evident in the reception area with antique pieces spread all around that draw a lot of attention. The rooms have period furniture and the entire woodwork kept in its original form. The bed is comfortable and linen clean. Toilets however are way to small to even move around for a bigger built person. No tea/coffee service provided in the rooms but on asking we were given an electric kettle and two cups which was very much appreciated. He restaurant on her fourth floor faces fhe Dockyard and interestingly the waiters are dressed like sailors giving the feeling of being on a ship. We were on bed and breakfast and the breakfast soread was reasonably good. Staff extremely polite and courteous. Not Ok for prolonged stay.

Room Tip: Irooms on the upper floor with a view of the sea. We were given a room facing the bus stand so the...
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  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank puchka
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Reviewed 2 January 2015

The hotel has a quite good location, at a walking distance to the beach and to the raíl way station and the bus stop to the airport, and there are also some shops close by. However, it is clear they need a little bit of investment. The service was not the best and the room was not very clean.
The room was very big but the view to the backyard showed that some painting in the beautiful colonial façades is required.
They offered us some juice when we arrived, and that was very nice, but then there were like eight guys in the reception and it took them a while to give us the key to our room.
We paid 68$ and I think that, in Sri Lanka, for the quality of the services, the price was very high.

Stayed: January 2015, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Laura85sg
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Reviewed 31 December 2014 via mobile

Comfortable and neat rooms. Well maintained though it is a very old hotel. Washrooms not spotlessly clean but can be forgiven. Wi fi connectivity weak in the rooms. Excellent and prompt room service. Food was average. Good location close to the port and to nearby restaurants and shops.

  • Stayed: December 2014
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1  Thank Elizabeth C
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Reviewed 28 December 2014 via mobile

Our family of six attended the Christmas Eve Dinner at Harbour Room. The view is fabulous. Food is great. We loved the salad counter. Pork Ribs and Turkey were great. We loved Pink Salmon.Soup and the Buns are fresh.

Stayed: December 2014, travelled with family
3  Thank Sanjeewa A
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Additional Information about Grand Oriental Hotel

Address: 2, York Street, Colombo 1, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 54 Hotels in Colombo
Price Range: RM224 - RM363 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Grand Oriental Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An iconic building at the heart of Colombo, located overlooking the busy harbour; gifted with history, it is where comfort blends with affordability for the most discerning traveler. This fine piece of architecture speaks of the country's colonial times and with a spectacular view of Colombo Harbour. The splendidly decorated 80 rooms are fully air-conditioned while Anton Chekhov and Joze Rizal, are the luxury suites overlooking the Colombo harbour, offering a fantastic view for their guests. It is more than just a hotel. It is home away from home. ... more   less 
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