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“Wounderfull experience from SEA facing room at Taj Sumudra”

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Taj Samudra Colombo
Ranked #7 of 51 Hotels in Colombo
Certificate of Excellence
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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“Wounderfull experience from SEA facing room at Taj Sumudra”
Reviewed 18 December 2013

The Hotel is located near Indian Ocean & you can sea thel charming view of Sea from their sea Facing room. There are lot of coconut trees with Coconuts ( Golden Colour ) nicely placed in the garden. The rooms are all decorated. You can see the big various sea fishes moving at the fountain near the lobby. Poolside area is also good. The complimentary break fast is also Superb. Only thing which to be remodeled is entertaiment egTelevisions sets are old & the variety of programme to be upgraded.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

OK: On the whole Sri Lankans are eager to please visitors, truly welcoming in their nature.

Food and service is excellent throughout and always a pleasure to have dinner at the Indian restaurant, bar is quick to comply and breakfast is nothing short of lovely. Staff is everywhere and eager to do whatever (just tell them what you want).

The facility is old and just completed a major renovation. Unfortunately, this did not include all floors. Some floors received a touch up, new desk/chair, flat screen TV. Rooms were initially built well, but have suffered under the wear n' tear, dinged up. Yellowing plastics, chipping plaster on single pane windows (which don't open). The A/C struggles to keep up with the constant humidity and a damp feeling to the linens. Bathrooms are nicely illuminated in relative good working order (my shower drain was dead slow).

The hotel is now a mere 25 minutes from the hotel using the new airport toll road (yippee) and I suggest ordering a hotel car to pick you up.

With periodic economic issues, hotels in this country often don't receive the investment they need. New hotels are looming and time will put competitive pressure on the Taj.

But for now the Taj is a fine and convenient choice.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2013

The hotel is centrally located overlooking the Ocean. There are lovely coconut trees providing a beautiful setting to the garden. The check in was fast and efficiently done. I requested and was allotted an ocean view room. The room was large with a double bed and had a great view of the sea. A complimentary platter of fruits was placed in the room.
There is a small bar near the lobby serving drinks and various types of snacks and cakes. There are a number of restaurants in the hotel and I went to the Steak & Grill Restaurant for dinner and had a most memorable dinner.
The sumptuous buffet Breakfast is served from 7.30 am.

Room Tip: Choose a sea facing room for an excellant view
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Jaipur, India
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

Pathetic experience stayed for three days. Ist & IInd floor ancient deluxe room with old type of TV. Vth floor Luxury Floor with no phone directory, in room service takes 50/60 minutes. Obsolete lifts in which I got stuck for 15 minutes no rescue plan, saying "sorry" and finish. I could have been suffocated in that lift. Only good part in hotel is "NAVRATNA" a Indian Restaurant specially for Mr.Chauhan (Head chef) who takes care for every guest.
Tough time will be 2014 onward if this type of service and facilities continue, all people will have alternate place to stay in newly built hotels with better value for money.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

We stayed in this lovely property and were very impressed with the facilities on offer, here is a point by point noting of the merits of this property;
1.Amazing Location, right next to the beach, large, well spread out, extremely appealing
2. Superbly done up, well lit and bright lobby
3. Great service personnel at the Front office, Restaurants (Latitude, Navratna, Pebbles, Golden Dragon), Travel Desk
4. Special mention for the Housekeeping team, they were excellent in rendering timely services
5. Special mention for their banquet team (especially Onella). She was a perfect host and helped us set up an amazing corporate event
6. Breakfast spread was exhaustive, food quality was nice and up to the mark
7. The in house fleet of taxis were well maintained
8. The banquet hall we hosted our event was perfect, although could do with better lighting and up to date furnishings
9. The room we stayed in was spacious and had all modern amenities. However the furnishes could be replaced as they were jaded and worn out a bit
10. The gymnasium was nice, so was the swimming pool, the staff in there were helpful too

All in all we had an amazing stay at Taj Samudra, would highly recommend for Business and Personal stay alike!

Room Tip: Chose a sea facing room on the higher floors for best views!
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2013

Stayed there for 3 nights on a business trip. Overall a great hotel and a good experience. The hotel keeps the reputation of the Taj brand. The breakfast was always good and sumptuous with a wide variety on offer. Staff very friendly and courteous. Tight security at all points of time. Overall highly recommended for all travelers to Colombo.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled on business
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

We stayed in one of the renovated rooms and were upgraded to a sea view room. The room was spacious with all amenities and a very good view of the ocean. But for the upgrade I felt that the pricing was on the high side.
What struck me most was the excellent staff who were all very courteous and helpful.
However, would like to try another hotel on the next visit.

Room Tip: Go for the sea view rooms
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Taj Samudra Colombo
Address: 25 Galle Face Center Road, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Colombo
#4 Family Hotel in Colombo
#6 Luxury Hotel in Colombo
#7 Romantic Hotel in Colombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Taj Samudra Colombo 5*
Number of rooms: 300
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Taj Samudra Colombo is located in the heart of the Colombo city, overlooking the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. The most stylish Executive category rooms are by far the best in design and comfort in the city of Colombo. Taj Samudra offers the following choice of food & beverage outlets - Latitude - all day dining restaurant serving Buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a a choice of la carte specialties Navratna - Specialty Indian Restaurant catering to North Indian flavors Golden Dragon - Authentic Chinese Cuisine with a specialty in Sichuan Cuisine, YUMI - Japanese resto bar with live entertainment from Thursday through Saturday,live sports and best of live entertainment over weekends, Lobby Lounge - Unwind over a snack, dessert or a quiet drink. In Room Dining - 24 hour room service Keeping in line with the changing times, Taj Samudra retains the colonial charm, heritage value, sense of space, privacy and luxuries for our esteemed guest. ... more   less 
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