Grand Oriental Hotel

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#49 of 86 hotels in Colombo
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.3 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.1 of 5 bubbles
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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 Queen Elizabeth (2) , 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.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Billiards
Evening entertainment
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Wifi
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Snack bar
Nightclub / DJ
Car hire
Taxi service
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Newspaper
Shops
Doorperson
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Harbour View
Classic
Languages Spoken
English, Arabic, German, Hindi and 1 more
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Imaya De Alwis wrote a review Feb 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka16 contributions22 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Food was quiet normal not extravagant, we went to a buffet lunch which was Rs.1880/- per head without the beverages .Calm place with a good pianist providing music. set up with normal tables and chairs. friendly staff. Have to give an appreciation to Ms. Wasana in the Harbor restaurant , she was so friendly. View of the harbor was fantastic. everything was antique.
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Corinne G wrote a review Jan 2020
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Although this old hotel is rather worn, we had an excellent stay. The staff were lovely and the location safe and accessible. We loved the Harbour Restaurant on the fourth floor with its panoramic view of the harbour. Good food and reasonably priced wine.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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LornaWatson wrote a review Mar 2020
Hastings, United Kingdom41 contributions35 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I was a bit dubious about this hotel having read some of the reviews, but went ahead as was only one night and it was very reasonable, in fact cheap. I was pleasantly surprised. The room was clean and comfortable, the staff were all helpful and pleasant. I had an enjoyable drink and very nice dinner with superb views in the rooftop bar and restaurant. What more do you need for a stopover in a very convenient central location? I would have no hesitation staying here again.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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jessica912 wrote a review Mar 2022
Canton of Geneva, Switzerland19 contributions33 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I booked the Grand Oriental for 3 nights for me and my family (partner, 1 year old toddler). I booked this place because I was intrigued by a 19th century hotel that was still/again running as a hotel, but as a kind of budget, 3 star accommodation. Honestly, it was like staying in the Titanic as it has so much old furniture, old grandeur feeling, fascinating twists and turns, and grittiness of a place that needs a good scrub 😬. If only the walls could talk! There were problems with the hot water, mini fridge and there was even a small flood in our room. But, honestly, because the staff were so lovely and our expectations were aligned with the 3-star stay, all of this was part of the charm. Because of the small inconveniences mentioned above, the staff also went above and beyond to make sure the problems were solved and we were comfortable. They did this all with a smile and high level of service. I would recommend my family and friends to stay here. Also, the location was good (near the train station, near the Dutch Hospital restaurants, not too far from Galle Face Green). Thank you, Grand Oriental staff and management for a charming stay!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Grand Oriental Hotel, General Manager at Grand Oriental Hotel
Responded Mar 18, 2022
Dear Valuable Guest First & Foremost thanking you for taking the time to share your experience with GOH. Your comments are very well taken, and near future we are planning to upgrade the hotel. We hope your next stay at grand Oriental Hotel will be a pleasant one and looking forward to welcome you in the near future. thanks
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Kevin Randal R wrote a review May 2023
1 contribution3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
OK Folks once upon time this used to be one of the best hotels in Sri Lanka. That was decades ago, this is one of the very few Sri lankan government owned hotel today. This is not so luxurious to match a five star, but a pretty good hotel which fits in well for a three star. There are glitches here and there, it's an old building, you might find the hot water not working or a broken switch, pardon that, the hotel is working very hard to fix those with the little financial resources they have. The staff of the hotel are very kind and hard working. If you request them for something, they will not hesitate to try there best to satisfy your needs. The hotel has undergone a renovation recently and working hard to maintain a good menu of food. Again people are good and hard working but with the financial resources they have, there are limitations. Overall its a good 3 star hotel with a decent menu of food and really polite people. Help them by reserving your rooms with this little place which has a big history, the more guest who visit this place, the more money they get, so they can serve you better the next time your arrive. Be kind when making your reviews, try to look through the eyes of good people here who are trying to make your stay the best ever. Let encourage more people to use thus hotel so they can soon start to cater you with five star perfection.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Paul M wrote a review Mar 2022
London, United Kingdom26 contributions11 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
What a mess.

The lovely entrance hall to this hotel is highly deceptive – broken electricity socket in the room that had clearly burned out years ago, no hot water, no toilet paper. There was a breakfast menu, but when we went to the restaurant, they told us that none of the items were available. One of the managers told me I should write to them with a formal complaint, which I did, but never got a reply. I’m sure this place was nice once, but not anymore.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Tracy W wrote a review Feb 2024
Brisbane, Australia79 contributions25 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 3 nights in this hotel which overlooks the port area and a soon to be built expressway ! The location is easily accessible to shopping, markets and sightseeing.

We had a large and comfortable air conditioned room although climbing in and out of the deep bath tub for a shower required care and the shower curtain could be replaced.

The hotel itself has the quirky charm of the grand old days including some original crockery. If you are a history buff or an admirer of old world grandeur then this is the place. The hotel has aged but staff are the hotel’s greatest assets.

Staff provided excellent service and were attentive to our every need. We would stay here again before some big hotel chain gobbles it up.
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Date of stay: February 2024
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Gerry B wrote a review Feb 2020
Brisbane, Australia545 contributions158 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Its heyday was the 1930s, and not much has been changed since then. I love the history and faded colonialism. Many of the fittings were fabulously retro or broken and patched. Antique lifts. The view from the window to the internal courtyard is not pretty. The view at breakfast is wonderful, Into the port. The breakfast is fine. The staff were fine. It is clean And good value for money, I paid AU$62 for bed only. It is in need of a major renovation by somebody like Raffles Singapore
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Robert H wrote a review Feb 2022
Wiltshire, United Kingdom10 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely old hotel building opposite the old port buildings. The main foyer is been recently re-furnished and is an ideal place to grab a coffee if you are in the area and want to take in the sites. Has the potential to be a really lovely venue.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mahesh Priyamal wrote a review Sep 2020
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A true sample of excellent hospitality!

Fantastic customer service. I traveled with my partner and front office Receptionist Praneeth Kulathunga went above and beyond to try to accommodate us and showed us what's Hospitality means.
He was helpful and kind, created a fantastic first impression of the hotel. Thank you again, Praneeth.

Point to improve-Small welcome drink would be great.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: 3rd Floor Rooms much better
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planetwine asked a question Jul 2016
New York City, New York1 contribution
does goh have a pool?
Answer from 88travelbug88
London, United Kingdom55 contributions56 helpful votes
No it doesn't
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Answer from Rafflesia
Worldwide615 contributions255 helpful votes
Hi ! Hm....well, that's quite difficult to tell you... the exact number of rooms but nothing less than 150 rooms. And I tell you by our experience, we stayed in several rooms, different floors:-) And, by the way, the Answer n.2 from someone from Australia is not really true, as the hotel yes it's old but IT'S NOT OUT OF THE STANDARDS !!!! On the contrary, ths is the perfect hotel to sty when in Colombo, no matter if you are for work or holidays, alone or with your family....and the rooms are pretty large!!!! READ MY REVIEW AND MAYBE your questions will find answers :-) Highly recommended :-) A pearl of Colombo ! Also, I tell you after staying in other high standard hotels in Colombo, I still recommend GOH very very much! A TOP Hotel! In a TOP location!
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AliceinBlunderland wrote a tip May 2023
Gateshead, United Kingdom293 contributions9 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"the bar ran out of the beer we liked, but rang our room to say that they had a delivery -ask for what you want!"
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Mahesh Priyamal wrote a tip Sep 2020
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"3rd Floor Rooms much better"
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sksandeep wrote a tip Oct 2019
Bengaluru, India123 contributions52 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"choose a room with sea or port view"
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Tony K wrote a tip Sep 2019
London, United Kingdom122 contributions18 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"try to avoid main road side of the hotel. Traffic noise...."
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Damidu S wrote a tip Jul 2019
Sri Lanka44 contributions56 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Request a room with the view of the Harbor"
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PRICE RANGE
C$34 - C$47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
grand oriental colombo
LOCATION
Sri LankaWestern ProvinceColombo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
80
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Frequently Asked Questions about Grand Oriental Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Grand Oriental Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Sri Lanka Jason’s Private Drivers (0.2 km), Colombo Fort (0.4 km), and Laksala (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Grand Oriental Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Grand Oriental Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Grand Oriental Hotel?
Yes, secured parking, street parking, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Grand Oriental Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ceylon Curry Club, Ministry of Crab, and &Co Pub and Kitchen.
Does Grand Oriental Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Grand Oriental Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Grand Oriental Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Colombo.
Are any cleaning services offered at Grand Oriental Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Grand Oriental Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Grand Oriental Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Hindi, Japanese, and Arabic.
Are there any historical sites close to Grand Oriental Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Colombo Fort (0.4 km), Wolvendaal Church (1.4 km), and Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (5.0 km).