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“Breakfast like a King!” 5 of 5 stars
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Grand Oriental Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2, York Street, Colombo 1, Colombo, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #30 of 36 Hotels in Colombo
Birmingham, UK
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Breakfast like a King!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2007

We arrived in Sri Lanka after a month backpacking round Japan on a budget. After a month in youth hostels, any hotel was going to be good, but the Grand Oriental was something else!!
Porters opened the doors for us and ushered us into the grand lobby, the staff were lovely, everything was beautiful.
Our room was big and airy, high cielings, comfortable beds.
The hotel is wonderfully located in the heart of Colombo, in a great area to just wander around, very close to markets.
The breakfast was absolutely fabulous - a buffet affair with so much to choose from! There was English type cooked breakfast (sausages, bacon etc) as well as Sri Lankan curries, chapatis etc. Cold buffet of meats and cheeses, fruit platters, various breads and pastries, and of course plenty of Ceylon tea. The breakfast room looks out on Colombo harbour, and the friendly staff, relaxing music and fine food make for a great start to a great day wandering around the delights of Colombo.

  • Liked — the breakfast
  • Disliked — the bathroom
  • Tips/Secrets — Explore the markets nearby
  • Stayed September 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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THAMES VALLEY, UK
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2006

What was once a Grand hotel is now a faded lady. Excellent service and food and the hotel has a top floor restaurant giving a wonderful overview of the harbour and ships coming and going. The ground floor Sri Lankan restaurant served a near lukewarm buffet on the night we ate there. The bedroom, whilst large, had a bedspread that was stained and grubby looking, and both the curtains around the bed and at the windows looked as though they hadn't been cleaned in years. Rather bizarrely, the bottom bed sheet didn't cover all the mattress so you had to rest on the bare mattress. The ensuite bathroom looked as though it was last updated in the 60's. With the advent of air travel and demise of passenger ships, the hotel is now out on a limb and right next to the high security zone.

  • Liked — THE RESTAURENT OVERLOOKING THE HARBOUR
  • Disliked — THE BATHROOM
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2006

Stayed here for 10 days in March/April 2006. Booking through a travel agent got the rate down to $45 per night, but the room was very small, without a bath, and hot water and a/c were erratic. The views from the harbour restaurant are good (and the sailors uniforms for the staff are amusing) but you're not supposed to take photos as the port is a high security area. Roads are cordoned off at night (10 p.m to 5 a.m, when the barriers are removed which can be very noisy!), so it's a bit like being in a war zone. The staff are generally quite friendly, and it could be a really great hotel, but sadly it isn't.

  • Stayed April 2006, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2006

We stayed with a party of friends at the Grand Oriental which is locally-owned, situated overlooking the harbour, near to the city centre. Great views from the restaurant over the city and the busy docks. Food was international and uninspiring. All the waiting staff wore what seemed to be Navy uniforms. Views were not so great from many of the rooms, but ours had a four-poster bed with drapes like gypsy caravan. Finding a bar to have a few relaxing drinks proved elusive. There were only high bar stools and no comfortable chairs.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Grand Oriental Hotel

Address: 2, York Street, Colombo 1, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 36 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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