my wife and I booked a 3 night stay at the Grand Oriental as it was in the center of downtown Colombo, handy to see the local sights and also to exchange currency. On entering the hotel lobby we were quite impressed as the Grand together with the Galle Face hotel close by, are the only hotels left in Sri Lanka of days gone by. There were pictures scattered around the hotel of the then important passenger ships which ran from England to Australia with Colombo as a midway stop over.
We were allocated a double room on the 3rd floor which was quite stunning once again the bed and furniture was of days gone by and looked antique! The bathroom was large and spacious, there was a good shower, also toiletries and bath robes.
The lobby doubled as a lounge and there was also a coffee shop in the verandah which was located at the harbour side of the hotel, a very pleasant place to watch the world go by.
The following morning we attended breakfast on the top floor and here were staggering views of the harbour. The breakfast was buffet style and there was a good selection to choose from.
Room and other services were extremely good and all the staff were very polite and helpful.
I would recommend the Grand as a 2 day stay as there is no swimming pool and limited sight seeing in Colombo. All in all a well run hotel with limited facilities.
A good place to visit and pass some of the time is the Mission to Seamen which is only 2 minutes walk around the corner as you exit the hotel to the left. Here everyone is very welcome and one can enjoy a cool beer, tea, coffee or soft drinks and snacks at very moderate prices.
The staff are brilliant and there is also a small shop by the lounge which sells souvenirs gold & silver trinkets and a variety of other useful items. There is also a travel agent who would arrange tours at reasonable prices which covers trips in private cars all over the Island.
The Seamen Mission is a must on your itinerary. In keeping with days gone by, the Mission is equally old as is the Grand Oriental. Just as you near the Mission there is a beautiful church which still runs service on Sundays. Check it out as the architecture its magnificent.
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