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Taj Samudra Colombo
Ranked #7 of 51 Hotels in Colombo
Certificate of Excellence
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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65 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“traveller's delight”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Taj samudra was a preferred hotel when i booked it as it is on the sea shore and of course the taj hospitality. The hotel rooms are a bit dated, seemed similar even after 5 yrs when i last stayed. The best part being the food, and the proximity to the sea. hotel staff is very courteous and i like the way they make you feel welcome. vast landscaping in the hotel premises is a delight to roam around. Best Indian food i could find in colombo and being a vegetarian i liked the preparations as well.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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Anahat, General Manager at Taj Samudra Colombo, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Taj Samudra!

Thank you for your feedback of the overall experience you had with us at Taj Samudra Colombo. I am pleased to note that you enjoyed your stay and I am delighted to note that you really enjoyed the view, location of our property and the dining experience at our Indian Restaurant, ‘Navaratna’ during your stay.

I have noted your feedback with regard to our product and happy to inform you that we are embarking on a large scale renovation in this month and I am confident that the new look of the rooms, bathrooms, corridors and enhanced services would elevate the hotel to World Class Luxury Standards. I would like to invite you to come and stay with us post renovations to experience more of the true TAJ Hospitality.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Taj Samudra Colombo during your next visit to the Emerald Isle.


Warm regards,
Rohit Khosla
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here the first 2 nights of our honeymoon and were very happy with the service. All of the staff were polite and very helpful - we had some issues with our booking due to the fault of our travel agent and they did what they could to help us - the operator even helped patch us through to our next hotel to check our booking, and called us back to make sure everything was ok. The operator even gave us tips on what to see on the way to our next 3 destinations! The food was amazing - a big selection for breakfast, and the freshly made hoppers and masala dosas were awesome!!

Only thing is, is that the rooms are a bit outdated and definitely in need of refurbishment (especially the bathroom). The bathroom smelt constantly of mildew. We also noted that every time we entered our hotel room it smelt of cigarette smoke!

Another little thing to remember is to always make sure you shut your door properly. I know this sounds really stupid and obvious but since the hotel room doors are not the heavy doors that automatically swing shut behind you like most hotel doors, they don't always close properly. This happened to us but luckily nothing was taken from our room. We noted that at least one other person on our floor had made this mistake as well since their door was wide open, their lights were off, but their suitcases and belongings were all visible from the doorway. It was obvious that the room was not in the process of being cleaned as there was no one in sight, the lights were off and there was no hotel cart around. The door was still open 3 hours after we first saw it - we decided to close it for them, since we would hate it if anyone's stuff got taken

  • Stayed March 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2013

I have stayed in this hotel many times. The location is amazing, right opposite to the beach. This hotel is frequented by the cricketers during the cricket matches in Colombo. I have seen Sanath Jayasurya so many times in this hotel. The rooms are good, property is big but overall it is getting a bit old, needs an overhaul or a renovation.

I took a Taj membership since I stay in this hotel so many times. Its been more than 4 months but the points have not been credited.

In terms of food, you will find Navratna a really good place to eat out in Taj. The bar is a bit let down. The club doesn't allow stags, strange as I have seen atleast the residents are allowed in other hotels.

Overall a recommended hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Our final overnight hotel before we flew to the Maldives. Location is very nice overlooking the beachfront, but a very busy road to cross to get to it. The entrance lobby, cafe, restaurant and pool areas are superb and kept to a very high standard. The staff couldn't be more welcoming or helpful. We arrived late morning having travelled up from Bentota, myself dressed in shorts, t-shirt, flip-flops and rucksack looking slightly out of place compared with all the business people in suits! However, I was treated with the same courtesy and priority as anybody else, we were upgraded to the executive floor without asking and escorted to the tea room while they finished preparing our room. Superb tea was served with individual timers - nice touch. Our room faced out the back towards the city centre, overlooking the car-park. Can't have it all. Trees were full of hundreds of very noisy crows and birds scarers were constantly going off to keep them on the move, unsuccessfully. A bit annoying, but what can you do. Rooms were a good size, bathroom well equipped. The flooring needed some TLC, some of the planks were lifting in places and the furniture was looking tired. However, we were presented with chocolates, fruit and a bottle of wine to celebrate our anniversary. Pool area was lovely and we were shown around the excellent gym facilities, shame we didn't have time to use them. Restaurant was spacious,looking out towards the pool, buffet was excellent quality with large range of choices to suit all tastes. There is a chinese restaurant there as well, menu looked very good but no time to try it out, but prices looked reasonable to us. We had to be up at 2.30 in the morning to catch an early flight to the Maldives, but they prepared breakfast boxes for us and our check-out was quick and easy. Location looked like a good place to be able to explore Colombo and we would stay again. A very good experience.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2013

I recently stayed here for three weeks, on business.

Breakfast was included and while it remained the same each day, the selection is huge, as well as being able to request the chefs to cook additional items (e.g. freshly poached eggs, omelette and the traditional egg hoppers went down a treat!

In general the service was outstanding. The pool and gym areas totally modern and really friendly staff.

The room was very well maintained by staff and they included fresh fruit, chocolates and wine, which amazingly was replenished without cost! Fresh flowers and arrangements each day were great too.

Overall, the hotel looks great but the rooms are showing signs of wear and tear. Apparently they are going through an upgrade process, which will be needed in order to compete with all the other hotels currently being built nearby.

I would recommend the Taj Samudra as a good value for money hotel, in a great location and very secure.

Room Tip: The sea view rooms on the higher levels are great!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at this hotel as 2 families stopping over on our way to the south coast and we couldn't complain about anything. The staff: there is obvious investment going into training the staff. They were all very good, especially the pool attendant.
The rooms were comfortable and had all the facilities you'd expect from a hotel in this category.
The food was good. Breakfast was the best we had in Sri Lanka. Huge buffet selection of western and Sri Lankan ( good dosas). We ate all meals there in the 2 days we were stayed and they were all excellent.
This place caters for children and are very welcoming towards them.
I would recommend this hotel to anybody coming to Colombo for business or as a lay over on the way to somewhere else in Sri Lanka.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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mumbai
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2013

It is always a special stay in any of the Taj properties and no difference in Taj samudra also. Taj knows how to give comgort to their guests. Our stay was for 3nights in a sea facing with a small balcony room in 5th floor. All the staffs were courteous and very helpful. My special attraction was 6th floor cosy comfortable lounge.Lavish Breakfast,beautiful srilankan dishes in sunday brunch. Everyday room was decorated with different towel arts n small things.Taj has a class.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Taj Samudra Colombo
Address: 25 Galle Face Center Road, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
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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 Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Colombo
#4 Family Hotel in Colombo
#6 Luxury Hotel in Colombo
#7 Romantic Hotel in Colombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Taj Samudra Colombo 5*
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, YUMI - Japanese resto bar with live entertainment from Thursday through Saturday,live sports and best of live entertainment over weekends, 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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