Grand Oriental Hotel
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Grand Oriental Hotel

2 York Street, Colombo World Trade Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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    Grand Oriental Hotel Reviews

    7.2
    Very good
    /10
    (551 reviews)See what guests said
    9.2
    Exceptional

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

    monika

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    December 24, 2018

    7.3
    Very good service
    Recommended by 83% of guests

    Things you’ll love about Grand Oriental Hotel

    Things you'll love

    • 810 meters to public transportation

    • Airport transfer

    • Currency exchange

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    Excellent
    Location
    8.1
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    Excellent location - 540 meters from city center
    Nearby
    Popular
  • 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
  • Value for money7.1
    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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    Suite
    Suite
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    • Room size: 38 m²/409 ft²
    • Separate shower/bathtub
    • 1 double bed
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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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    Standard Quadruple Room
    Standard Quadruple Room
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    • Room size: 36 m²/388 ft²
    • Bathtub
    • 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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    Standard Quadruple Room for 4 People - Non-Smoking
    Standard Quadruple Room for 4 People - Non-Smoking
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      Run of House [Half board]
      Run of House [Half board]
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        DOUBLE DELUXE - HALF BOARD
        DOUBLE DELUXE - HALF BOARD
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          What people love about Grand Oriental Hotel

          • 7.2
            Very good

            "The breakfasts are incredible and the view from the dining room is stunning - if you like ports, big boats, harbor life."

            Kayti

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            December 22, 2016

          • 8.4
            Excellent

            "Really liked everything of this hotel."

            GE D.

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            February 26, 2018

          • 8.4
            Excellent

            "The staffs are all very friendly and helpful."

            GE D.

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            February 26, 2018

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          More about Grand Oriental Hotel

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          5.2
          Review score

          "Rooms are decent."

          Yvonne

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          March 21, 2018

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          What they offer

          9.2
          Exceptional

          "Perfect for overnight stay."

          Roshini

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          April 13, 2018

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          Agoda Reviews (551)Booking.com Reviews (737)
          7.2
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          10
          Cleanliness6.9
          Facilities6.9
          Location8.1
          Room comfort and quality6.8
          Service7.3
          Value for money7.1
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          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
          arnd from Germany
          Couple
          Stayed 3 nights in February 2019

          Super Service ”

          Of course an older hotel but if you like the good old days it is a must for you to stay there. Traditional Sri Lankan lunch for an unbeatable price. Go in the night to the restaurant on 4th floor

          Reviewed March 01, 2019
          6.8
          Good
          Izumi from Japan
          Solo traveler
          Stayed 1 night in February 2019

          Good classic style hotel”

          It's nice classic hotel clean & quietly good location also nice buffet breakfast

          Reviewed February 22, 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
          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
          7.6
          Very good
          Colin from United Kingdom
          Couple
          Standard Room
          Stayed 1 night in February 2019

          It’s a listed building by the Port”

          It’s a good place to spend the night if you arrive at Colombo airport late afternoon and are heading south by train or road. It’s a short tuk tuk ride to fort station . We took a taxi to Wadduwa for 6000 rupees from here. The hotel is old colonial , worn at the qedges but a great experience for a very reasonable price. Excellent breakfast and a good evening meal. It has a restaurant on the 4 th floor overlooking the port. A very memorable great view. It’s not 5 star, but a great value for money hotel in the colonial old town area. It was clean comfortable , 4 poster bed, international TV and a kettle and tea / coffee. would we stay again? . Yes for sure. It is great value and memorable. We enjoyed the stay.

          Reviewed February 09, 2019
          9.2
          Exceptional
          arnd from Germany
          Couple
          Stayed 1 night in February 2019

          Very good service good location! Of course a very old hotel but with the charme of the time ”

          Super Sri Lankan lunch and breakfast

          Reviewed February 28, 2019
          8.4
          Excellent
          James from Australia
          Solo traveler
          Standard Room
          Stayed 2 nights in January 2019

          Nice Hotel with Old School Charm”

          well located, large room, friendly helpful staff, excellent restaurants on site, and best smelling elevator i've ever been in! the only downside was that the water pressure was lacking in the shower.

          Reviewed February 03, 2019
          9.6
          Exceptional
          Colin from United Kingdom
          Couple
          Deluxe
          Stayed 1 night in February 2018

          Back in time”

          A great place in good location. Very good value for money. A little dated in part but balanced by a great history. Great breakfast in 4th floor restaurant. Our room was enormous. Staff friendly, helpful and efficient.

          Reviewed February 27, 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
          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
          9.0
          Exceptional
          RUAIRIDH from United Kingdom
          Couple
          Stayed 2 nights in April 2011

          Stepping into the past, yet with modern comforts”

          Location, old world charm, the Harbour Room, style

          we arrived at 3.00 a.m. from the airport - check-in was quick and efficient. the room was very comfortable. the view over the harbour during breakfast and dinner was excellent, as was the quality of the dining. location is great - easy access to the rest of the city, either walking or bu tuk-tuk. the aged splendour of the building is a joy to be part of. a fine base to stay at.

          Reviewed May 04, 2011
          8.0
          Excellent
          Nathan from Australia
          Couple
          Stayed 2 nights in February 2010

          old but good”

          good value and service for a central Colombo hotel
          a bit old, needs a little upkeep.

          This hotel is good value for money. The staff are friendly and helpful. The hotel is very old and hasn't had much upkeep over the years but the rooms were comfortable enough. You can walk to the Hilton hotel nearby and you are right in the city centre.

          Reviewed March 01, 2010
          6.0
          Pramit
          Couple
          Stayed 1 night in January 2019

          Nice location but more facilities required”

          I liked location of the hotel in York Street. Construction is bit old but facilities inside every room varies. Some deluxe rooms have sofa, some don't. Some standard rooms have all toiletries some don't. Staff needs to be quick and prompt. One staff member even mocked my surname which is quite offensive.

          Reviewed January 09, 2019
          6.8
          Good
          Ebadullah from Bangladesh
          Business traveler
          Stayed 14 nights in November 2018

          Cheated by the hotel's travel team for airport drop”

          The hotel is very old, but still reasonable for the stay, value for money, cleanliness ok. Rook aircon was dipping water, after complaint, someone came and promised to fix, but till my last day issue was not resolved. The most horrible part of my stay was arranging an airport drop-off. When I asked the hotel, the hotel introduced their travel desk and I fixed a drop off at USD30 which supposed to include all expenses include the highway toll. They told price is 4000+ LKR but when I wanted to pay by credit card, they said it will be LKR6000+. Then I fixed my trip at USD30 inclusive of Highway toll. On the departure date, no car was there and when asked the hotel the car arrived at 8:45 am. Then when the car was not taking the highway, the driver told me that he is from 'PickMe' (equiv to UBER/Grab) and he is paid only LKR2500, the toll is not included. I felt that I've been seriously cheated by them which hotel management is also aware of. So, better don't use their pickup/dropoff.

          Reviewed December 11, 2018
          9.6
          Exceptional
          Janet from Australia
          Solo traveler
          Standard Room
          Stayed 1 night in July 2018

          Delightful room”

          I was upgraded to a suite and it was fantastic. Beautiful spacious room, lovely linens on the bed and an awesome 4 poster bed. Breakfast and lunch were perfect. Wonderful staff. I would definitely make this my go to hotel on my next visit.

          Reviewed August 13, 2018
          5.2
          Charles from Australia
          Solo traveler
          Standard Room
          Stayed 1 night in July 2018

          Colonial relic”

          May have been opulent 80 years ago but now a faded, jaded relic of a long-passed era. No pool, ancient Tv's, borderline grotty bathroom and not as well situated as it may appear on the map. Four poster bed was grand but little else about this place was. none of the standard toiletries available bar soap, no view from most rooms and just an overall sense of trying to wring every last rupee from the shriveled corpse of a once proud institution. one night absolute max and only because on the right side of Colombo for the airport.

          Reviewed July 31, 2018
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