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“Continues to be excellent” 5 of 5 stars
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Taj Samudra Colombo
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   25, Galle Face Center Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #12 of 36 Hotels in Colombo
Singapore, Singapore
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18 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Continues to be excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Stayed at this property again from 21 to 24 February. Yet again, The Taj has proven to be the place to stay. My reservations were again perfectly handled by the Assistant Reservations Manager and every request was delivered with ease.
Check in was fast and efficient and the room on the Executive Club floor was awesome. It had a balcony where one could relax with a stunning view of the Indian Ocean and the sunset. Housekeeping was excellent and paid attention to all the details.
Breakfast at the Cafe was incredible as always, Good combination and variety of Western and Sri Lankan items. Service was very good as with that in the Lobby Lounge.
My couple of coments would be: 1) Free wi fi instead of the various plans they have. I am sure they can afford it. 2) Wake up calls must be on time and not late, especially when guest have appointments or flights.
I gahter the Hotel will undergo a major renovation beginning in a couple of months and yes, that is well needed, especially when a major competitor is building next door. Perhaps we will then get free wi fi!!
Still an awesome porperty, great serive and Will return.

Room Tip: Get an Ocean view room versus the city view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Only stayed one night here at the begining of a tour of Sri Lanka, but the welcome and service from all departments was almost overwhelming. we were treated like Royalty throughout our stay'
We chose to eat in the Chinese restaurant as a treat for the first night of our holiday but were dissapointed and should have eaten in the buffet restaurant. Nevertheless we would definatly stay here again and recomend it highly.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

This is a classic Taj hotel with top notch service and genuinely friendly and caring staff. The ocean front location and views are unbeatable. The gym and pool area is in class of its own and easily beats most five star offerings. The food is really nice too. The buffet restaurant has a nice selection for all meals. The local Indian restaurant offers some of the best food you will find anywhere in Colombo. The Internet connection is pretty crappy and not free. Rooms are also average and not super clean. Make sure to get a room with sea view!

Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Taj scores over all others with the friendliness of their staff rightfrom the chaffeur who picks you up at the airport onwards.. Located on the beach front, it is blessed with an excellent view. Well appointed rooms, good variety at the complimentary breakfast add to the pleasure of the stay!
It would be good if they could offer complimentary internet for all

Room Tip: Choose a room facing the beach, even if it means paying a little more.. worth every penny!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

First stay = 1993 (beginning and end of a tour)....... we mentioned this when booking for October 2012 - we were greeted (and treated) as old, valued friends by the OUTSTANDING staff.
We plan to return again in October 2013....it is a superb hotel, with lovely rooms, super food and intelligent staff who manage to combine efficiency with a sense of humour... and that's a very rare combination ANYWHERE these days!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Great location in front of Galle Face Green and the ocean. Friendly staff and good service. The breakfast is amazing! Rooms are dated and need a big makeover but so do most places in Sri Lanka [hopefully that is changeing!].

Would definitely stay here again fo a night or two despite the uninspiring rooms.

Room Tip: high floor facing ocean
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Amazing Hotel. Staff were fantastic they couldn't be more friendly or helpful. Breakfast was great with a wide range of options, room and the service were out of this world. Would recommend to anybody wanting a luxury hotel stay in Colombo. Also recommend the steak house restaurant located in the hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Taj Samudra Colombo

Address: 25, Galle Face Center Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Colombo
#8 Family Hotel in Colombo
#9 Luxury Hotel in Colombo
#11 Romantic Hotel in Colombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Taj Samudra Colombo 4*
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 Steak & Grill House – Fine Dining Restaurant that offers the best Steaks in town MIX Bar – A game of pool, live sports and best of live entertainment over weekends Barbeque Terrace – an open air barbeque restaurant 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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