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About Grand Oriental Hotel


Centrally located in the bustling metropolis, this property captures an expedient location, offering easy access to the World Trade Center, Government Offices, banks, airline offices, and top tourist destinations. Take an easy stroll away and you’ll find York Street, the thriving business district, and Fort and Pettah Bazaar. Although a short drive away, your trip will not be complete without stopping at the Viharamaha Devi Park and the Cinnamon Gardens. Apart from being well located, this 1936 building is a landmark since it emanates historical atmosphere and reflects Srilanka’s architectural style from the 1930s. Grand Oriental Hotel is a great choice for both business and leisure tourists looking for a reasonably priced option located in the heart of the city.
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Hotel Facilities

  • 24-hour check-in
  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • airport transfer
  • ATM/cash machine on site
  • bar
  • business center
  • car hire
  • coffee shop
  • concierge
  • convenience store
  • currency exchange
  • daily housekeeping
  • doorman
  • dry cleaning
  • elevator
  • express check-in/check-out
  • family room
  • gift/souvenir shop
  • halal restaurant
  • laundry service
  • lockers
  • luggage storage
  • meeting facilities
  • newspapers
  • nightclub
  • restaurant
  • room service
  • safety deposit boxes
  • salon
  • shared lounge/TV area
  • shops
  • smoking area
  • taxi service
  • tours

Sports and Recreation

  • billiards
  • massage
  • spa


  • free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi in public areas


  • car park
  • valet parking

Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • English
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
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Child and extra bed policy
Infant 0-1 year(s) Stay for free if using existing bedding. Note, if you need a cot there may be an extra charge.
Children 2-3 year(s) Must use an extra bed
  • Guests over 3 years old are considered as adults.
  • Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room policy for more details.
When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
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Useful info

Airport Transfer Fee: 45 USD
Check-In From: 02:00 PM
Check-Out Until: 12:00 PM
Distance from City Center: 0.5km
Distance to Airport: 25km
Non-Smoking Rooms / Floors: yes
Number of Bars: 4
Number of Floors: 4
Number of Restaurants: 2
Number of Rooms : 80
Room Voltage: 220
Time to Airport (Minutes): 30
Year Hotel Built: 1837
Year Hotel Last Renovated: 2010
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Food, drink and entertainment

Harbour Room

Harbour Room

Restaurant with a view of the Colombo Harbour

Coffee Shop

Coffee Shop

Coffee Shop

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Room Comfort/Standard
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Value for Money

8.8 Robert R.
April 09, 2016
Grand Old Lady
Well worth staying in this relic from the old colonial times. All other hotels in the area are soulless glass and chromium without caracter. The breakfast room with the fantastic view over the harbour! And the breakfast itself was outstanding. Very accomodating staff. The location is perfect.

8 Madalina P.
April 07, 2016
Fantastic colonial building
Fantastic colonial building, close to harbor...

March 29, 2016
No hot water for shower
Lobby, 100 year reputation
Stayed two nights. The first night was in 352, no hot water for shower. Called reception they sent a technician. He said 15-20 mins later there would be hot water. However, later the water is only warmer a little but doesn't support a shower. Tried to do it in the morning, water is even colder. Switched to another room in other wing then settled th hot water issue.

6 brendan H.
March 28, 2016
good location
good location,hotel needs a refurb,comfortable bed ,very basic outdated facilities

7.7 Ping C.
United States of America
February 15, 2016
historical, close to beach OK place for short stay
Historical feature of the building, close to beach and harbor area. Close to the best restaurants in town!
It is a good hotel for a short stay. It is no luxury but oK for the price paid.

5 Stephen M.
United States of America
January 09, 2016
An old hotel that needs improvement
This is only a 3 star hotel if you take into account its storied history. It is a hotel from the 1800's, and sadly, it shows in many areas. The room was very small. The TV was an old tube type (maybe 15 years old?). The tile floors were not clean. Bathroom was cramped, but the shower was decent sized. No cold water from the tap - hot only, but only when you turned on the switch to get hot water. The cold water tap didn't work at all. The floor in restaurant flexed every time waiter walked by - it disturbed my chair seriously - trying to figure out which shaker was pepper - on my table they were both salt! Shows Lack of attention to detail. - TV remote doesn't work well; an an old tube TV Hotel was built in 1800's - really showing its age. Room was small, plain and stark - not visually appealing at all - wood stairs were nice and well maintained elevators old and in need of some TLC - restaurant had a nautical motif - view of the harbor was interesting ; wait staff wore sailor uniforms - made to order omelette was tasty, but only choices for ingredients were chopped onions, tomatoes spicy green chiles and shredded cheese - decent selection of veggie and non-veggie entrees - buffet breakfast cost 1250 rupees - towels were thin by western standards - towels only - nothing remotely resembling a wash cloth sized option I would rate the room at 1.5 stars. This is a hotel in need of some work by the owners and managed. Overpriced for what it delivers.

6.3 jasmine T.
December 07, 2015
Architectural history.

7.7 Ah L.
December 10, 2015
Good but basic facilities. Staff is very good.
Food, staff and location
No problem.

7.7 John F.
United States of America
September 07, 2015
Faded glory
Staff was highly responsive, terrific breakfast with stunning view, you can feel the pride of its history
I hope I look this good at 180! Yes it's worn- but it's well worn and the staff is sincere and seem to have a genuine pride. Maybe it's just their natural Sri Lankan pleasantness? If your budget allows, definitely splurge on a deluxe room. They are exponentially better.

10 Uruj P.
United States of America
August 21, 2015
Beautiful historic landmark
History, service, location
We had an absolutely lovely stay here. We were in the Anton Chekhov suite. There's so much history and beauty in the hotel furniture, building, and neighborhood. It's a gorgeous place. The breakfast was delicious with a view of the harbor.