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Taj Samudra Colombo
Ranked #9 of 55 Hotels in Colombo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 3, 2009

I frequently visit Colombo on official matters and the first time I visited I had also taken my family alongwith me. We put up at the Taj Samudra, Colombo and the experience was very beyond my expectation. We stayed for a week in the Hotel. I had to go for my official meetings for the first two days and my pregnant wife & daughter spent time in the hotel. The staff was extremely courteous and very accomodative. Everybody from the reception to the bellboys and the room cleaners had a smile on their face and very prompt in their responses.
We were staying in one of the Sea Facing Executive Suites on the sixth floor and the view from the open balcony was one of the best postcard views ever. We were offered flowers and a wine bottle on arriving at the hotel. The Taj Samudra is parallel to the shoreline (walking path) unlike the other Galle Face Road hotels. Its got the BEST VIEW. Opt for the sea facing balcony suites. Having tea/ coffee in the gallery while u hear the waves splash and staring into the horizon gives you a sense of tranquility and much needed calm. Also the Taj is placed in a high security zone with the army check posts positioned every 500 mts, so also makes it one of the most guarded places in the war stricken nation.
The Hotel Lobby is also tastefully done and there is an array of wine n alcohol bottles very smartly arranged.
The rooms also seemed to have been recently done up what with the wooden flooring and the glass panelled bathrooms. We had a 32" LCD, an electric kettle, a fridge and internet facility in the room. Room service is prompt and all the toiletries provided were of the Forest Essentials premium range.
The breakfast spread would be exhaustive with food to cater to all your taste buds. The restaurants in the hotel were also class apart and the quantity of the food provided was quiet ample in sharp contrast to other Indian Five star hotels. I would recommend the Prawns Biryani at Navratna and also the Chinese Fares at the Golden Dragon. Also the steaks at the grill house are mouth watering and you need to really build an appetite before placing your order. The pricing isnt too high considering the quantity offered.There are happy hours in the lounge and there is a band playing on certain days of the week. The gym is also well equipped and the swimming pool is also well maintained, except that it was very hectic trip for me to indulge in the gym or the swimming pool. Also on every friday night, one of the restaurants host a Sea Food night wherein you can pick the fish of your choice and will be prepared right in front of your eyes. Also the whole decoration of the Sea Food fest is very beautiful complete with fishing nets and Sea Shells.
I must make a special mention of the maitre d' at the breakfast tables. The lady was kind enough to offer to on her own and even did pack some bananas and apples and also some muffins for my wife and child on knowing that they were going out shopping advising not to eat much of oil fried snacks. Such personal touchs made our stay at the Taj Samudra a very memorable one.
While in Colombo, shopping at Odel makes sense. Its a department store. Clothing is priced very resonably and accessories, etc are worth a look. As tourists, its advisable not to roam around freely and the army are entiltled to stop your vehicle for enquiries. We were advised to always carry our passports for identification all the time but at the Taj they had also provided us with an electronic safe in our room; so we had kept our passports in the safe and would carry the Hotel card with all the neccessary information details lest somebody asked.
All in all the trip was quiet successful, enjoyable and very memorable.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 26, 2009

Phenomenal ocean views from the sea facing rooms. Renovated executive floor with upgraded amenities and new furnishing and fixtures including comfortable office chair with glass desk, rain shower, 32 inch LCD TVs and DVD players. Some benefits have been downgraded like the happy hour for Executive floor has now become only one drink at the bar. Another glaring defect was that during the author's five day stay, any sugar substitute like equal, sugar-free or calendra had run out and remaiend out of stock. Good value for money though with reduced pricing now in effect.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 10, 2009

The hotel is the best for Businessmen to stay there as it provides, along with the basic amenities, a feel your own home. The bands playing, the restaurants, pool..everything is gr8.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 5, 2009

We directly contacted the hotel for booking. We had stated that we are interested for a sea facing room only and the reservation desk informed they will reserve one for us. However when we arrived they stated all the sea facing rooms are full. Not thrilled with the response, we asked for our rooms and it was not ready.

The TAJ property is beautiful. You can spend most of the day roaming around the property. Rating 4 out of 5. however the service is not satisfactory to the level of a 5 star hotel.

Food is repetative and boring. There is a Dragon Chinese restaurant. Food I would rate 2 out of 5. Service 2out of 5 and please visit it when you have a lot of time to yourself coz the wait time after you order is very long. Moreover,in case a celebrity arrives just cancel your order and move out coz, all staff will entertain the personality. There is an Indian Restaurant Navratna- rating 4 out of 5.


Overall 3.5 out of 5

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 4, 2009

My stay began with a wonderful view of the Colombo seaface.. Wake up in the morning to the hustle of a city which is surprisingly modern.. Breakfast was great and 1 of the better ones Ive had for sometime.. Hotel is very modern and spacious and gives a homely feel the Taj & the Sri Lankans are famous for.. Decently large pool and other facilities though there was so much to do that I didnt realy get time to try them

  • Stayed: May 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 1, 2009

An imposing, beautiful entrance, and your mind is made up already: I am gonna love this vacation! It's done up in a grand Sri Lankan style, complete with ivory and gold for effect and breath takingly done-up, beautiful indoors.

If you like the feel of luxury, frills, fancy stuff, be assured you've arrived at the correct place.

I must admit I was worried that the food there may not suit my palate. You see, I am not much of a fan of coconut curries, pastes, milk in all m food. I like coastal food only once in a while. But I was pleasantly surprised that they did have sufficient choice- not extravagant variety, but sufficient. Both the Indian restaurant as well as the Chinese one were great! The buffet was splendid, too!

One tip though: please do insist on mineral water when visiting such countries, no matter where you choose to stay.

The room service is prompt, and takes care of minor variations in food if requested.

The view is good too, but I would suggest you leave the hotel for a walk in the beach- it will completely mesmerize you!

While in Sri Lanka, do not miss on the shopping bit. Odel is a shopper's paradise, at a fraction of the normal price!

One last piece of advice: leave ample margin if you a flight to cath/ an appointment. It's Sri Lanka: you may be held back for some unexpected reason for some time. Even though we didn't have to use this piece of advice ourselves, we felt better every time that we did have enough time on our hands.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 30, 2009

Well, I have been regularly going to Colombo and have stayed in various hotels, But I find this as one of the best.

Its well located just across the sea. the hotel is a fantastic building with both old and new style. Has good india restaurants. Very nice staff.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled on business
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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
#2 Family Hotel in Colombo
#7 Romantic Hotel in Colombo
#8 Luxury Hotel in Colombo
Price Range: $186 - $1,316 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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