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“Good base for train travel the next day”
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Shalimar Hotel
Ranked #35 of 140 Colombo B&B and Inns
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Good base for train travel the next day”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

I stayed here for one night after a late night arrival at Colombo airport. The accommodation was ok with our 1am arrival. We chose to stay here as it seemed like the best budget option that was close to Fort Railway station for us to head to the hill country early the next morning. The accommodation was fine - clean and comfortable enough, albeit with a slightly Hitchcockian feel. Would recommend for a one night stay due to the location, but for a few days I would find somewhere else with a more inviting feel to it. We also ordered room service and were slightly unsettled by the waiter who kept walking into our room (rather than waiting at the doorway) and ogling us as he delivered and collected the food.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

This hotel was fairly central although the hotel itself was fairly quite with not so many other guests. We ate in the hotel restaurant and the food was of average quality i.e. nothing really wrong with it, but not outstanding either. It was fairly expensive compared to other places in Sri Lanka. Not really sure how it compares to other places for price in Colombo as this was our only experience of a Colombo hotel.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Vincennes, France
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

Good place for 2-3 days stay, not far to the center (200 lkr tuktuk). Pleasant rooms, could be better for the price. Nice local bar inside the hotel. Free wifi, and restaurant correct. We started our SriLanka tour by this place, good prepartion berore taking the train to the north.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Doha, Qatar
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Been here last May just for a day on transit on my way to Singapore. When I arrived i noticed the place is really quiet and a bit dark. They had me waiting for almost an hour to prepare the room, though they let me use the bigger room for the mean time just to let me have my breakfast, have a shower and begin my tour. The staff and manager are really informative, friendly and informative.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Kolkata
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

Hotel is 5 mins walking distance from Maradana Railway Station in Colombo. You can get trains to most destinations in Sri Lanka from here. Rooms are well furnished but AC takes along time to cool the room. Staff are very rude. Restaurant has no Air Conditioning so very hot and uncomfortable.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Hyderabad, India
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14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

This is a budget accommodation and reasonably priced. Hotel is old but well maintained. No complimentary breakfast. You can get connected to all the prominent places of the city. Tuk Tuks are readily available at the hotel entrance. Room size is ok and neat.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Göteborg
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We spent one night here because of the location close to the fort station. Our train left the station early in the morning. It is 5 minutes from the fort station by tuk tuk, which was perfect for us. (However, the near surroundings were not of particular interest to us) We had no breakfast but the restaurant was good. It was the best hotel in this price range that we could find online. The room was clean and we appreciated the AC.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Shalimar Hotel
Address: 46, Panchikawatte Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka (Formerly Shalimar Holidays)
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Colombo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 140 B&Bs / Inns in Colombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Shalimar Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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