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7.2
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8.1
Excellent
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Excellent location - 540 meters from city center
Parking
FREE
  • Blue Leopard Harbour Room10 m
  • Standard Chartered Bank40 m
  • St Peter's Church50 m
  • Cargills HSBC180 m
  • Cargills Indian Bank190 m
  • The General Post Office240 m
  • Colombo Harbour250 m
  • Cargills Department Store250 m
  • Cargills Building270 m
  • Laksala280 m
  • Free Wi-Fi

    Grand Oriental Hotel

    2 York Street, Colombo World Trade Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka - See map
    "The breakfasts are incredible and the view from the dining room is stunning - if you like ports, big boats, harbor life."
    Kayti - December 22, 2016
    Exceptional reputation
    Recommended by 85% of guests
    Very good service
    7.4 rating for service
    • 800 meters to public transportation

    • Airport transfer

    • Currency exchange

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Sauna

    This property is in high demand!

    Booked 17 times

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    Cheapest price score
    Location score
    8.1/10
    Room size
    106 sqm.
    Room comfort score
    6.9/10
    Better than
    98
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    Better than
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    Bigger than
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    Better than
    96
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    Value for money7.2
    Distance to city center0.5km
    Location rating8.1
    Nearest airportRatmalana Airport (RML)
    Distance to airport13.9 km

    Rooms available at Grand Oriental Hotel

    Deluxe
    Deluxe
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    • Room size: 49 m²/527 ft²
    • Ocean view
    • 1 double bed
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    Standard Room
    Standard Room
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    • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
    • City view
    • 2 single beds
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    Standard Room - Breakfast included
    Standard Room - Breakfast included
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    • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
    • City view
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    Suite
    Suite
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    • Room size: 38 m²/409 ft²
    • Separate shower/bathtub
    • 1 double bed
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    Standard Quadruple Room
    Standard Quadruple Room
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    • Room size: 36 m²/388 ft²
    • Shower
    • 4 single beds
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    Budget Twin Room
    Budget Twin Room
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Shower
    • 2 single beds
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    Budget Twin Room
    Budget Twin Room
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    • Room size: 240 m²/2583 ft²
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    Run of House
    Run of House
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    • Separate shower/bathtub
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    Run of House [Half board]
    Run of House [Half board]
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      Budget Double Room
      Budget Double Room
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        What people love about Grand Oriental Hotel

        • 9.2
          Exceptional

          "The room had the most gorgeous view of the port."

          monika

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          December 24, 2018

        • 9.6
          Exceptional

          "I was upgraded to a suite and it was fantastic."

          Janet

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          August 13, 2018

        • 9.2
          Exceptional

          "The hotel is old world and that is its charm."

          monika

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          December 24, 2018

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        8.8
        Excellent

        "A decent spread on buffet overlooking the Colombo harbour."

        Krishna

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        December 21, 2017

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        What they offer

        8.4
        Excellent
        Breakfast

        "Breakfast was also fantastic with great range of choices."

        GE D.

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        February 26, 2018

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        Food and dining

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        Asian
        Continental
        Halal
        Vegetarian

        Restaurants on site

        Restaurant
        Cuisine:Asian, Italian, Local
        Menu:Buffet, A-la-carte

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        Reviews of Grand Oriental Hotel from real guests

        Overall rating
        6.9
        Good
        From 1704 reviews
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        Rating via Agoda7.2
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        Cleanliness6.9
        Facilities6.9
        Location8.1
        Room comfort and quality6.8
        Service7.4
        Value for money7.2
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        9+ Exceptional (72)
        8-9 Excellent (57)
        7-8 Very Good (100)
        6-7 Good (70)
        <6 Below Expectation (126)
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        8.8
        Excellent
        Rachel from Vietnam
        Family with teens
        Stayed 2 nights in June, 2018

        Grand old hotel”

        We loved the history of this place, very interesting place to stay and the location next to the port is excellent. Great breakfast every day and very attentive staff. Room was clear and the room service was very good. The only thing that surprised us was the other people checking in for a few hours in the night with their lady friends. Only saw this once as we checked in, but it was a bit of a surprise!

        Reviewed April 09, 2019
        9.2
        Exceptional
        Tessa from United Kingdom
        Solo traveler
        Standard Room
        Stayed 7 nights in March, 2019

        Home Away From Home”

        The GOH has gone from strength to strength it has become my home! I love everything about it most of all the authentic Sri Lankan food hard to find in some of the hotels with foreign chefs. Keep up the great customer care and service. TD from UK.

        Reviewed March 25, 2019
        8.4
        Excellent
        michael from Australia
        Solo traveler
        Standard Room
        Stayed 1 night in March, 2019

        Step back in time”

        This hotel is a wonderfully unspoilt piece of colonial history located in an area full of similar gems.Although a little shabby and run down in parts it is the ONLY place to stay in Colombo if you want character and atmosphere. The staff are great too allowing me to check in very early having come off the night train from Trincomalee.

        Reviewed March 21, 2019
        6.8
        Good
        michael from Australia
        Couple
        Budget Twin Room
        Stayed 2 nights in June, 2019

        No hot water and worst room on the floor”

        We had to run the hot water for 10mins each time we wanted a shower; also why, if the entire floor of the hotel was nearly empty, we were placed in the crummiest and most cramped standard double on the entire third floor, with a horrible view of the grey and mouldy buildings opposite, when there were plenty Of other vacant and nicer rooms? I don't get that, why can't you take care of the guests who have chosen to stay at your hotel? And what's the point of pushing two single beds together, sheeted individually? It's not like a double bed...quite disappointed really!

        Reviewed June 26, 2019
        4.0
        Padmajothi from Malaysia
        Couple
        Deluxe
        Stayed 1 night in April, 2019

        Won't recommend unless you have no other choice”

        Pros is the location, otherwise mostly cons, old building with only basic upkeep. Room air-conditioning is poor, bathroom conditions more 1-2 stars instead of 3-4 stars Staff mostly unfriendly except for one or two.

        Reviewed April 25, 2019
        9.2
        Exceptional
        Martin
        Couple
        Standard Room
        Stayed 1 night in March, 2019

        Exceptional”

        Located in the heart of Colombo Fort, the grand dame recalls a previous era which is its charm. In room 341, the hot water takes awhile but eventually gets there. The AC unit's condensation leaks in the corner of the room., be sure not to put anything underneath that must not get wet. The Saturday and Sunday buffets in the 4th floor restaurant were excellent with a wide variety to choose from. There is a Spa facility, also on the 4th floor but didn't see any mention of it in the room

        Reviewed March 26, 2019
        6.0
        Timothy from Australia
        Solo traveler
        Standard Room
        Stayed 1 night in March, 2019

        Very dated and tired but comfortable”

        Wanted to stay in this historical hotel and comfortable enough but it is very dated and worn though clean. Personally I found it a bit depressing and the room did not have a balcony as advertised. Convenient for trains out of Fort station.

        Reviewed March 26, 2019
        7.2
        Very good
        Soma from United Kingdom
        Couple
        Standard Room
        Stayed 1 night in March, 2019

        It’s ok for a night”

        We needed somewhere close to the station with a private room and bathroom. Not much to do around in the evening, we also found a pair of boxers hanging on the shower curtain. A/C is really loud and there was quite a loud engine noise from outside. It did the job but it’s really old the place.

        Reviewed March 17, 2019
        9.2
        Exceptional
        Ranjith from Sri Lanka
        Couple
        Budget Twin Room
        Stayed 1 night in May, 2019

        good stay”

        staff was very helpful

        Reviewed June 02, 2019
        8.8
        Excellent
        Frederick from Singapore
        Couple
        Budget Twin Room
        Stayed 1 night in May, 2019

        Excellent”

        Worth the money. Only problem is many tuktuk Drivers hanging around nearby to scam tourists even though Police HQ is just beside hotel.

        Reviewed May 30, 2019
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Nadia from Philippines
        Solo traveler
        Standard Room
        Stayed 2 nights in June, 2018

        Great history, great place to stay and value for money”

        This place is a legendary hotel and being part of it is a great experience for me... great location in central colombo overlooking the harbour. Buffet food is well served, linens smells good and crisp. I had the honor to visit the room of our national hero Dr Jose Rizal, it was like a time travel experience for me and im glad that the hotel had restored Its past history. Kudos to all and keep it up

        Reviewed June 21, 2018
        8.4
        Excellent
        Chris from Canada
        Couple
        Standard Room
        Stayed 2 nights in February, 2018

        Step back in time at the GOH”

        Hotels such as the GOH are either being completely overhauled (go to the Galle Face Hotel to see this in action) so it is a real step back in time to stay in Colombo at the GOH- enjoy the Harber view from the fourth floor dining room- pro tip- look for the tiny balcony to the right-- enjoy at short eat at the lobby snack bar and envision the faded glory of the Raj in the old commercial district- good fun!

        Reviewed February 22, 2018
        9.2
        Exceptional
        Lydia from Indonesia
        Couple
        Deluxe
        Stayed 1 night in February, 2018

        Colombo Fawlty Towers”

        This was definitely a grand dame of a hotel and perhaps could be again, but now she is a bit of a tattered frump with a glorious past and many stories to tell. WE LOVED HER. Staff were great, our room was huge with spectacular views across the working port and all its modern equipment. Location was in the heart of part of the old town and within walking of yhe Dutch Hospital where we went for a lovely dinner. Breakfast was very good with lots of options.

        Reviewed February 15, 2018
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Roshini from Sri Lanka
        Business traveler
        Stayed 1 night in December, 2017

        Hallways staff was going around been loud”

        I stayed at 333. Reception staff room was good . Value for money. Staff is quite loud discussing there business in hallways when guest expect peace and quiet. Oppositemy room there was managers office. I heard his conversations with wife and between staff. The rest was v good.

        Reviewed December 08, 2017

        Dear Valuable Guest Thank you very much for your stay with Grand Oriental Hotel, we appreciate your valuable feed back and review about us, will try our level best to keep developing our service level in future Thanks

        Responded December 13, 2017
        Grand Oriental Hotel
        8.4
        Excellent
        Konrad from Thailand
        Solo traveler
        Stayed 3 nights in January, 2017

        Grand old historical hotel in fantastic location”

        Anton Chekhov and Jose Rizal were among the famous guests who stayed here over 100 years ago. Showing it's age but still great value. If it was ever renovated it would cost double or even triple the amount. Can walk to Fort railway station, Pettah and the Dutch Hospital area.

        Reviewed January 15, 2017
        10.0
        Exceptional
        EDLIN from Philippines
        Group
        Stayed 1 night in November, 2011

        very nice hotel”

        location, food, and friendly staff

        we had a pleasant stay, the staff are very friendly and warm, the room with antique fixtures are very spacious and clean. We enjoyed the buffet lunch at Lanka restaurant and the very fabulous italian buffet dinner at the harbour restaurant with a very beautiful view of the colombo port. shopping is nearby and sites, too.

        Reviewed November 08, 2011
        9.2
        Exceptional
        arnd from Germany
        Couple
        Budget Twin Room
        Stayed 8 nights in June, 2019

        Top service”

        It should be a 4 star hotel! Service is absolutely fantastic! The breakfast in the harbor room is a must to start the day !

        Reviewed July 07, 2019
        8.8
        Excellent
        CRAIG from United States
        Solo traveler
        Standard Room
        Stayed 3 nights in February, 2019

        A Colonial Gem ”

        First time I have stayed at GOH and it is a time capsule and grand dame of the older hotels that fortunately are still left standing and in service. As would be expected for the time it was established (1837 I believe) it is adjacent to what would have been the port, wharves and Customs House. Thus is right in the heart of old Colombo. It is a little dog eared around the edges, but still retains it's majesty from it's former glory days. Staff is helpful and considering it is a government run hotel they are surprisingly helpful and enthusiastic. While I'm not a buffet person this one actually does standout as given a very tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner and the view of the port cannot be beat. The value for the money is superb as is the location. The rooms are of course dated, but quite spacious. It can get a bit noisy, but small price to pay for staying in such a gem. I personally love these older establishments as they have so much color. All in all a wonderful stay!

        Reviewed February 25, 2019
        9.6
        Exceptional
        debbie from United Kingdom
        Couple
        Standard Room
        Stayed 2 nights in February, 2019

        A majestic jewel in Colombo ”

        We stayed here for 2 nights. It has an olde world charm that is wonderful & in its day it would have been ‘the place to stay’. This just added to its appeal. It’s a beautiful building with courteous staff.

        Reviewed February 21, 2019
        9.2
        Exceptional
        monika from India
        Couple
        Stayed 1 night in December, 2018

        Lesiure travel in class”

        The hotel is old world and that is its charm. Wonderful hospitality, the staff was courteous, prompt and extremely helpful. We had specified a wheelchair accessible room within the most basic room on offer. But since the toilet was too small we were upgraded to a deluxe room at no extra cost. the room had the most gorgeous view of the port. Loved the breakfast buffet. the location was excellent and we just walked over to Dutch hospital, smooth going on the wheelchair too. The night club was a little loud but not enough to leave us sleepless. Overall a very happy experience at the hotel.

        Reviewed December 24, 2018
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        • Excellent location
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        • Fort Railway Station is within 0.81 km