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About this property


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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Internet access

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

Getting around

  • Airport transfer
  • Car park
  • Rental car
  • Taxi service
  • Valet parking

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Massage(s)
  • Nightclub
  • Spa
  • Tours

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Convenience store
  • Restaurant(s)
  • Restaurant [halal]
  • Room service
  • Room service [24-hour]

Services and conveniences

  • ATM
  • Concierge
  • Currency exchange
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Doorman
  • Dry cleaning
  • Gift/souvenir shop
  • Laundry service
  • Lockers
  • Luggage storage
  • Newspapers
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Salon
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Shop(s)
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Family room


  • Check-in/check-out [express]
  • Check-in [24-hour]
  • Elevator
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Pets allowed
  • Security [24-hour]

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Arabic
  • 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 capacity 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: 46 USD
Breakfast Charge (when not included in room rate): 9 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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Recent customer comments

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based on 259 reviews
  • Cleanliness 6.2
  • Facilities 6.5
  • Location 7.6
  • Room Comfort/Standard 6.8
  • Service 6.5
  • Value for money 6.3
  • Food/Dining 6.7
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Elion from Sri Lanka
Standard Room - Breakfast included
Stayed 1 night in February 2016
A nice Hotel, conveniently located.
We enjoyed our stay very much, we will be back
Reviewed September 28, 2016

Hilary from United Kingdom
Stayed 1 night in September 2016
Has colonial history but needs refurbishment
This venerable old establishment has clearly stood the test of time in Colombo as a well-known hotel but I think it needs to do a bit more if it wants to compete with other hotels in the city. Walking into the lobby, the first thing that hits you is a rather odd, musty, damp smell which is a bit off-putting. The decor is, as expected, quite oldfashioned, white painted walls would be more appealing than the dark yellowy cream painted walls that run through out the hotel, which makes it long very dull and uninspiring. Our deluxe room was very spacious, again, a rather musty smell in it but it was clean. The bed was a good size and comfortable but the aircon was noisy. Kettle and refreshments were provided. The bathroom, again, very large but old-fashioned with a shower over the bath, sadly the shower was pretty useless. All the staff were very friendly and we had dinner (buffet ) in the Harbour room, plenty of choice at a reasonable price, same place for breakfast and a large Sri Lankan breakfast choice with reasonable Western options. We stayed here as our last night and for that purpose it was ok. If staying in Colombo longer I would pick a more modern hotel. We are in our early-sixties but it felt old, even to us so don't think it would attract younger visitors. I really think it would do a lot of good to repaint it, that will still allow its Colonial past to show but it needs to keep pace with the times and the huge number of hotels available in the city. It would be a shame if it closed but I wouldn't stay here again.
Reviewed September 18, 2016

Ahmed from Maldives
Solo traveler
Standard Room Only
Stayed 1 night in September 2016
Nice place
Reviewed September 10, 2016

Anthony from Philippines
Business traveler
Standard Room Only
Stayed 4 nights in July 2016
The hotel needs to upgrade its facilities and improve guest / customer services.
Reviewed August 11, 2016

Cathy from Kuwait
Standard Room - Breakfast included
Stayed 1 night in July 2016
Interesting Colonial Building
Lovely old colonial building, worth staying in for the history. Harbour Restaurant good. Dinner Buffet on Friday night was varied and good, as was breakfast buffet the following morning. Very friendly and helpful staff.
Reviewed July 10, 2016

brendan from Fiji
Solo traveler
Standard Room - Breakfast included
Stayed 2 nights in March 2016
nice old hotel
nice hotel.food very standard ,nice view
Reviewed July 09, 2016

Ranjith from Sri Lanka
Standard Room Only
Stayed 1 night in December 2015
nice colonial hotel
Reviewed July 06, 2016

Laura from United States
Standard Room - Breakfast included
Stayed 1 night in May 2016
Old - needs update
Really large rooms. Aircon works but Windows old so lots of noise from street and light filters into room. Old bathrooms with smells from piping. Location is near some great restaurants and shops. Long walks to the room and old elevators. Hotel did box breakfast when we left early for airport. Nothing to write home about.
Reviewed May 22, 2016

Robert from Sweden
Standard Room - Breakfast included
Stayed 2 nights in April 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.
Reviewed April 09, 2016

Madalina from Romania
Standard Room Only
Stayed 1 night in April 2016
Fantastic colonial building
Fantastic colonial building, close to harbor...
Reviewed April 07, 2016


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