I stayed here only because I was stuck at the airport and this was the cheapest option I could find through the hotel reservation booth at the airport. I knew the hotel already since I passed by once while visiting the fort area, and went to the harbor-view restaurant to have a drink. It''s such a pity that an old hotel like this one, with such a great past is now a derelict place, with rooms that were possibly last refurbished in the 70s' with cheap plywood furniture, terrible decor and awful tiles. The furniture in the room don't even match with each other, it seems they bought them randomly at a flea market.
Someone says it's still a good deal because it's a cheap place, but for 60-70$ you can definitely find better places in Colombo! There are actually cheaper places that are much better than this one.
The breakfast is ok though, and I would recommend paying a visit to their run-down restaurant on the fourth floor for a drink and to enjoy the view (but don't use the toilets there, they are disgusting!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An iconic building at the heart of Colombo, located overlooking the busy harbor; gifted with history, it is where comfort blends with affordability for the most discerning traveler. This fine piece of architecture speaks of the country's colonial times and with a spectacular view of Colombo Harbour. The splendidly decorated 80 rooms are fully air-conditioned while Anton Chekhov and Joze Rizal, are the luxury suites overlooking the Colombo harbor, offering a fantastic view for their guests. It is more than just a hotel. It is home away from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Oriental Colombo