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Grand Oriental Hotel

Colombo, Sri Lanka (CMB)

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  • One Double Bed
  • Two Single Beds
Conveniences include air conditioning.

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Grand Oriental Hotel
York Street Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka 00700

Hotel Features.
Grand Oriental Hotel features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. This hotel has a business center and offers secretarial services. Additional property amenities include self parking.

Guestrooms.
All guestrooms at Grand Oriental Hotel feature air conditioning.


Based on 466 reviews
from Mumbai (Bombay), India
Submitted on 16-05-2016
Stayed here for 4 nights in May 2016. Very nice hotel. Staff was friendly and always helpful. Hotel was an easy walk from the docyard Tons of restaurants near the hotel. Staff was very helpful with recommendations and getting reservations for us.
from Perth, Australia
Submitted on 17-05-2016
My son and I stayed at this hotel before catching the train down to Galle for a Test Match. The first impression was of a grand, colonial hotel that had spent the last thirty years quietly fading away, preserving its dignity as best it could. But this was a false impression. Our room was huge with a wonderful polished wooden floor like a ballroom. The beds with their splendid wooden headboards were huge and very comfortable. The wood of which there is a lot is very dark and can give the room a h... Read more
from Kathmandu, Nepal
Submitted on 18-05-2016
centrally located, but very old building, rooms and very very old... service is good, food it ok. its good only for 1 or 2 night stay not good for family, as there is nothing for children and old aged people. Building is very very old.
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 21-05-2016
This would have been a beautiful hotel once, and with some revamping I can imagine it being restored to its original former glory. Rooms are dated but large clean and comfortable. It's not what I consider budget accommodation, but cheaper compared to the multi national chains popping up around the area. And in its heyday this would have been beautiful
from Gurgaon, India
Submitted on 30-05-2016
This is a nice hotel with spacious rooms decorated in colonial style. The view of the harbour from the Harbour room restaurant is spectacular. Very cooperative nice staff and great location. Galle Face beach and markets are in walking distance.
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Submitted on 07-06-2016
I was there for a week on business trip. My first room was good in size compared to other hotel with same room tariff. But it was not well maintained, I discuss it with hotel's customer satisfaction head. She immediately upgraded to suite room. Very big room, excellent view but still same old hotel room. This hotel has excellent location and nereby to pettah market. Value for money.
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Submitted on 07-06-2016
I have checked into many Hotel properties around the world from Grosvenor House in Dubai to Blue waters in Sri Lanka. When call to inquire of a delivery of just a simple boquet of flower,that I had send across to be delivered I was spoken rudely to & was questioned as if I'm convicted of a crime by Guest Service Agent Purnima.Aprently she is in charge of the front office & there is no Duty Manager on shift.Just wanted to make it a point to inform that first impression even over the phone counts ... Read more
from Goole
Submitted on 10-06-2016
I stayed at this hotel in June 2016 for 2 nights. This cost £44 pounds a night for the room plus local Colombo taxes that are quite high about 30%. Some of the reviews are variable but I enjoyed my stay very much. We stayed in off season so the place was virtually empty. In the evening we got tables in the restaurant right at the window with excellent views over the port. I have stayed at 3 star hotels in different parts of the world and in the UK. The service from the staff left any UK hotel ... Read more
from Kandy, Sri Lanka
Submitted on 25-06-2016
Located in the heart of Colombo (Colombo 01 , aka Fort), the Grand Oriental Hotel (or GOH as it's best known) is one of the oldest hotels (probably the oldest) hotels in sri Lanka. The harbor view restaurant is the best place.
from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Submitted on 02-07-2016
Went for the Saturday Night Buffet at the Harbour Room and had a good time with a choice of food, excellent live music (mainly 70's) and coupled with courteous staff. Good value for money. As the name suggests the night time view of the Colombo port was excellent.
from Karachi, Pakistan
Submitted on 07-07-2016
The Grand Oriental Hotel has always been amazing - it is a fantastic budget property set right on the harbor so the views are fantastic. The first time I came here was in 2008 and I fell in love with it - the property has good wifi and is centrally located to do your thing around Colombo - the staff is friendly and even though you can see Colombo in two hours the hotel is centrally located yet away from the noise of the city. this is a great venue for business and pleasure both as well as bein... Read more
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Submitted on 08-07-2016
Being located near the port, the architects have capitalized upon the setting and the restaurant offers a beautiful view of the port..food too is good...the buffet offers a wide range of delectable cuisines.I would recommend it to friends for its ambience..service is average.But it certainly has an old world charm about it and will therefore be suitable for those who like to soak up the history of a place.Rooms are comfortable and despite being in the heart of the city there is surprisingly no n... Read more
from Colombo, Sri Lanka
Submitted on 10-07-2016
Great hotel which is located in the heart of Colombo with a great view of the port. Food is very good and the prices are very reasonable. Friendly staff members and its one of the oldest hotels in Colombo which still has the ancient look.
from Edmonton, Canada
Submitted on 14-07-2016
Grand Oriental goes back to the 1870's (or so); replete with doorman and cool drink as you check in; 10-minute walk from Fort train station or Galle Face Green; excellent dining room overlooking Port of Colombo, offering both Sri Lankan and western food (old-style piano player/singer on some nights); some minor water in hallways due to early monsoon; helpful tour and transportation desk.
from Perth, Australia
Submitted on 15-07-2016
A little bit tired about 150 years old hotel grand hotel but still comfortable and interesting. Great location, professional staff don't expect too much from the standard room, but the toilet and shower works! Breakfast a little bit expensive for what it is.
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Submitted on 17-07-2016
If you want spotless modern hotel, this is not the hotel to stay in. This hotel is in the "classical" category. The ceilings are high, the bed squeeks, tge bathroom is functional. The highlight for us was the view while eating a Ceylonese breakfast in the restaurant. I am glad I stayed for historical reasons
from Manipal, India
Submitted on 21-07-2016
I stayed in a room , the huge window of which was facing the harbour. Enjoyed my stay at this hotel. Morning breakfast spred was awesome. The ambiaance too is very appropriate. Dinner spread was also too good with plenty of cousines.
from Mumbai
Submitted on 30-07-2016
The hotel is located in Fort area of Colombo, very close to the heritage area of the city. Heritage area means old colonial buildings made by Europeans more than hundred years back and therw are lot of such old and beautiful buildings located nearby. Almost half of sites worth visiting are situated nearby. The hotel building is itself a historical structure. It is almost 180 years old. Rooms with view of harbour are the best. It has a bar and a night club. It has two dine-in restaurestaurants. R... Read more
from Perth, Australia
Submitted on 06-08-2016
The hotel was clearly a classic choice years ago but is now resting on the laurels of years gone by. The rooms were spacious and clean but in need of maintenance. The central location was handy but with more attention to detail and a bit of renovation this place could regain its former glory.
from Houston, Texas
Submitted on 08-08-2016
There is nothing grande about this hotel. Most of the staff is very cold and unfriendly, rooms are outdated, dusty, bathrooms are small and smelly. We asked for a nonsmoking room, but the room had a horrible smoking smell. Needless to say, I will not book this hotel again.
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Submitted on 13-08-2016
This made me feel like I was on the set of a scary movie. Classical music played in the halls until late and rattling trolleys could be heard constantly up and down the halls all night. The view from my window was a falling down building with air conditioners that had fallen off lying on the ground below. I later learned that this was actually the same building. Staff were lovely and very helpful. Bar has a good view of the harbours if you're into ships. Apparently Queen Elizabeth used to stay t... Read more
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Submitted on 13-08-2016
The hotel which is the Oldest Hotel and one of the busiest hotel years long ago.... We as 8 people in four rooms had a great time there... Need some maintenance here and there.... Food is good a good spread catering all... On the whole I could say stay was not bad...
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Submitted on 16-08-2016
Its a Dracula Mansion; kilometer long empty corridors, some places horrifying dark in night, rooms with ill-kept furniture and fittings, name-sake mini fridge useful to keep your shoes or used cloths, silent intercom, floor dusty that leaves your lasting black footprints on the wet floors of bathroom, just warm 'hot water' which will sure get you fever if a bath taken for the early morning flight, two restaurants always keeping buffet and cant serve your specific light dinner, no shops or restau... Read more
from UK
Submitted on 21-08-2016
I was desperate to stay here after staying for a long time at other Colombo hotels. This is the original Colonial hotel and it still feels like it is 1950. Sure it is not The Kingsbury or The Galidari but it has an old world charm of its own. The rooms are huge with wood panelling and archaic furnishings but that is part of the charm. If you want a slick hotel then go somewhere else. If you want evocative charm, a great restaurant overlooking the harbour and the real 1950s feel then this is for ... Read more
from Nottingham, United Kingdom
Submitted on 02-09-2016
The hotel is an easy walk or inexpensive tuk tuk from either the bus or train station (Colombo fort stn). A refreshing juice on arrival is a nice touch (something you can used to in Sri Lanka). Our room was relatively large, clean, good bathroom. Would stay again.
from york,UK
Submitted on 12-09-2016
Not bad for the price, rooms are looking somewhat in need of updating. The harbour view bar has decent food and an amazing view. Staff in the restaurant were lovely but the staff at reception a tad frosty.
from Halesowen
Submitted on 15-09-2016
We arrived at the hotel as a coach load to stay for the night before traveling to the airport at 2am. Half the party were given welcome drinks and the other half had already checked in so missed out. When we got to our room it was a smoking room and two single beds (we don't smoke and are married), we called down to reception who said to come back down and they would swap our room. On the way down one of our party was standing in the corridor as they had been given a key to a room that already h... Read more
from Melbourne, Australia
Submitted on 24-09-2016
We stayed just for one night before our flight the next day, in a standard room. The hotel is centrally located, but in a run down block next to the port, which also describes the hotel. It is a beautiful Victorian era building which requires lots of work, like new lighting, new plumbing, new floorboard....etc. We made the mistake when booking on the web, not reading further down in smaller print, that a 30% tax went on top of the price that we thought we were paying. Definitely not worth 10,400... Read more
from Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Submitted on 03-10-2016
On a Group Tour so we arrived late in this hotel... but didn't stay long as our flight is at midnight but for a hotel, they have dark hallways and cleaners sort of lurking in the dark. An old design for a hotel and a bit rundown but it was beside a police station so you feel somewhat safe! lol
from Rancho Cucamonga, California
Submitted on 12-10-2016
This is not Grand hotel. The hotel is in a Victorian building almost 200 years old. They could renovate this and make a magnificent hotel but it is right now an average hotel. Rooms are spacious but the space is not effectively used. Furniture are falling part, towels smell and fans do not work. I still give an average rating because it is not horrible and the staff is friendly, and it costed me under $50 a night.
from Chennai (Madras), India
Submitted on 16-10-2016
We chose this because of the location. It is very close by to the railway station and bus stand. Even when you arrive late hours in the night because of the location its easy and takes less than Rs.200 to reach by Tuk Tuk. Staffs are friendly, the entire hotel and the rooms are dark and smelly. The towels and curtains seems dirty and bathroom too bit stinky. We order room service for dinner and the food was delicious. Big spread of breakfast and the dining hall has an excellent view of the port.... Read more
from Dumaguete City, Philippines
Submitted on 18-10-2016
Everything from the musty smelling lobby, tiny wood panelled elevators and slightly shabby four poster bed could be seen as negatives, but we found it all charming. We stayed in a deluxe room which was huge and had a fantastic view of the harbour, especially good at night. Although the 4th floor restaurant has great views, it is too big and formal to be welcoming for a meal. However there is a small outdoor balcony, which is good for a cold beer while watching the activity in the port.
from Brooklyn, New York
Submitted on 20-10-2016
To be fair, this is by no means a four star hotel, and is not a luxurious experience, but I am giving it extra credit for feeling like a delightful old world cruise ship crossed with a Wes Anderson movie. It is full of strange nooks and oddly (but charmingly) decorated rooms and feels like a slice of history. Plus, the breakfast room at the top overlooking the harbor is legit fabulous. If you prefer your hotels futuristic/need a lot of creature comforts it will not be for you but if you like you... Read more
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Submitted on 21-10-2016
The staff and management was absolutely pathetic. Some of them should be taught not to flirt with girls half their age. The food was average. The rooms weren't maintained very well. But, the hotel by itself was manageable. The only thing that really disturbed me (to say the least) was the behaviour of the management. Never stepping foot into that hotel again.
from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Submitted on 24-10-2016
Hotel was introduced to us by a travel agent as not quite up to par, but in a nice neighborhood. Historical building, that has seen better days, no doubt. Location indeed is fine, near the Dutch hospital area with some fine restaurants. We stayed here twice, the first time in a spacious room with a canopy bed. Second visit we had a small standard room, including a large skylight, making sure that the room is illuminated all night long, even when you would like to go to sleep. Bathrooms are very ... Read more
from Xville
Submitted on 27-10-2016
This hotel is living on past memories, albeit good ones. The room was a bit tired and not a true reflection of the website photos. However, the buffet restaurant on the top floor is well worth a night time visit, even if you don't stay there - great views of the port. I would give the hotel 2.5/5 if allowed under the TripAdvisor ratings. This is a 3-star hotel at best, and moderate value only.
from Colombo, Sri Lanka
Submitted on 31-10-2016
Old needs a real work over, sad would not stay here agin, every run down. Nice view of port, food just ok, has no bar to speak of. Stay up the street at the Hilton or others hotels just a couple of blocks away
from Vadodara, India
Submitted on 07-11-2016
Hotel is good. AND in a good location of fort.area. Room prices are a bit higher Near from rail station and bus stand Needs some painting and remodeling Buffett breakfast is good. Lot of variety to select from Staff are ok
from Mumbai (Bombay), India
Submitted on 14-11-2016
A scary place. I wouldn't call it a hotel. Though it's located in d heart of Colombo, I wouldn't stay here ever again. I was here for just a day n I thank God for it. Each and everything is so old it stinks wood and its very dark there is absolutely no view from any of the rooms except you see the backside with AC outflows. Breakfast is Ok
from San Francisco
Submitted on 16-11-2016
Not sure why so many people have given The Grand Oriental such bad ratings. It's fantastically quaint, full of history and beautifully designed. It's certainly not modern and if that's what you're looking for then this isn't the hotel for you, but the rooms are large, clean and extremely quiet. Not to mention the buffet lunch for 1500 rupees was one of the best meals we've had in Sri Lanka, while the view of the shipping yard was really incredible. Additionally, the service was prompt and don... Read more
from North Wales
Submitted on 17-11-2016
We booked a night at the GOH at the end of our two weeks back packing in Sri Lanka to taste a bit of style and history before leaving this sunny land. .They didn't reply to 2 or 3 emails requesting a quiet room so we weren't unduly surprised to be shown into one on the 3rd floor rather too close to a busy road. I asked Reception for a room change but was flatly refused- not a good start . However, to be fair the room was clean, cool and spacious with the very high ceiling favoured by Victorian ... Read more
from Canberra, Australia
Submitted on 17-11-2016
The Grand Oriental Colombo is indeed a fading relic of a bygone age, but still radiates a certain charm. The deluxe rooms are spacious and the A/C works well, and the staff are nothing but polite and very helpful. Bathrooms could do with a little loving care, and the minibar remains an unknown quantity - mine remained locked the entire time I was there, despite a couple of requests to please open it for me. Plenty of transport options around (if you like tuk-tuks), and close to train and bus st... Read more
from Tromso, Norway
Submitted on 22-11-2016
I was traveling from Jaffna to Colorado by night bus and called this hotel and booked a room for early check in as they've promised from 6:00 and check out 5:00 but I was arrived too early like 4:30 and i explained to the reception staff that it will be great if he let me get in to the room and rest instead waiting until 6 am but he simply refused !around 6 am i get the key to the 327 room , the room was really in poor condition noisy and some machine vibrating above , bathroom was broken and wa... Read more
from Vijaipur, Madhya Pradesh, India
Submitted on 29-11-2016
As the name describes, It is really a Grand Hotel. The rooms were well decorated with cozy comfort mattresses and clean bed sheets. The staff was very nice & full of hospitality. The morning breakfast was delicious for both veg & non veg liking. The most amazing thing was the " View of Harbuor outside the dining hall ".
from Hamburg, Germany
Submitted on 02-12-2016
I had to stay for a night and that was good. When you hear Grand Oriental and British colonial style you have certain expectations but from unorganised receptions staff to a smelly room the stay wasn't worth it. 2 points only because of the dinner buffet which was actually good. And because of a comfortable mattress. The bathroom was in urgent need of attention, the AC was waiting for the visit of a technician as well. The look out the small windows was rather scary. Most of the hotel is worn of... Read more
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