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Grand Oriental Hotel
Ranked #37 of 51 Hotels in Colombo
Branxton, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Charming”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

We stayed at the GOH on two occasions during our month long stay in Sri Lanka. We stayed for two nights on arrival and for one night with extended checkout on departure.
We stay at the GOH every year and we're not disappointed at all with the service, cleanliness or the food.
The staff are so obliging, they will go out of their way to help and give you any info you need about places to visit etc.
The breakfast is awesome! It is the one thing I look forward to every year...the beds are really comfortable and the bathrooms really clean.
The old world charm of this hotel is rarely found these days. I have been staying in this hotel every year for the last 14 years and my family have been staying in this hotel for the last 60 years. It is very close to everything you need in Colombo and it is very easy to organise a Taxi or transport for any excursions you might want to do.
All in all a great stay...we will definitely stay again.

Room Tip: Stay in a room overlooking the harbour...very interesting
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Karachi, Pakistan
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Furniture was in worst condition. TV troley and almirah were found damaged. Room sevice was poor. No tea making facilities were in room. No place for hanging clothes in wash room. Door of bathroom was opening outside disturbing entrance door.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

Eaten at their bar/restaurant a few times. Good location with a great view over the harbour. Buffets for breakfast lunch and dinner, plus a limited a la carte menu. Quality and value not great and very western-oriented, so definitely give it a miss if you're after local food, but if you're less fussed then a meal here is well worth it for the view.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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New Delhi, India
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

Stayed in this hotel twice for two nights in each stay. The hotel is located in the Colombo fort area, within 7 minutes walking distance from the Galle Face. An old colonial military property has been made into this hotel. This is one of the oldest hotels of Colombo. Presently, not all rooms are equally comfortable. However, the service is very good from the reception to the restaurant. The food is good and affordable. Breakfast is good with a decent variety. Overall, a decent stay in a nice location of Colombo within your budget.

Room Tip: Take a room that opens to the port.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Coimbatore
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36 reviews
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

We, a family of four stayed in this hotel for one night. It is located in the colombo fort area. It has been started more than a century ago. This building is one of the big british colonial buildings in Colombo. Superb service from the reception to the restaurant everywhere. Rooms are good. Very small and narrow toilets. Having breakfast in their restaurant is an experience. From the restaurant we can have a glimpse of Indian Ocean, backwatwers. Overall an excellent experience.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Solid but unspectacular. Rooms are basic and overpriced, but also clean. They do not look as cosy as those pictured on the website.

Fourth flour bar/restaurant has a good view of the industrial port, if you like that sort of thing. Food and drinks are pricey, however, and I ate better meals in the city.

We opted for the Grand Oriental because we arrived in Colombo very early in the morning, without having been able to properly assess our options. The stay was fine, but I would consider choosing somewhere else next time.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Subic, Philippines
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

Probably it had been a very nice hotel in the past, but we don't live in the past in year 2014.
Rooms very low standard, and it is the minus, and the service was very nice so that was the +.
Buffet okay in restaurant but you need to like this kind of food. Nice view from the outdoor veranda, special when I just see that Susan Maersk leave the port as I just sign off here

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Property: Grand Oriental Hotel
Address: 2, York Street, Colombo 1, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
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Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #37 of 51 Hotels in Colombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Grand Oriental Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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