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"Room service was fast and good, AC and shower were fantastic..."
January 16, 2016
130 meters to public transportation
Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
Last booked a few minutes ago
|Value for money||7.3|
|Distance to city center||0.2 Km|
|Nearest airport||Ratmalana Airport (RML)|
|Distance to airport||12.5 km|
Just over 1 mile from Odel Shopping Mall, Shalimar Hotel in Colombo features air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. In addition to a 24-hour front desk, it also has a restaurant and bar. Rooms feature wood furnishings and tile floors. All come equipped with a cable TV. Private bathrooms have hot shower facilities. Shalimar Hotel is 12 miles from Colombo International Airport and just over 1 mile from the main bus terminal and train station. Free on-site parking is available. Day trips and car rentals can be arranged at the tour desk. For guest convenience, laundry and dry cleaning services are also provided. The hotel's restaurant serves local and international dishes, as well as a daily breakfast. Drinks can be enjoyed at the bar.
"Staff friendly and helpful"
February 3, 2018
Children and extra beds
Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.
Minimum age of guests is: 0 year(s).
|Guest's age||Extra bed|
Infant 0-1 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
Children 2-3 year(s)
Must use an extra bed
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 4 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
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Good sized rooms, but ask to chose your room”
The first room I was given was a fair size, but there was a gas odor coming from the bathroom which scared me. Also, in this room, there would be no fire escape if the main door was blocked (there were no windows to open or alternate door). I was moved to a room across the hall which was a little bigger, had no odor, but the alternate door overlooking the street was locked with a padlock. There is great air conditioning, a lovely breakfast area, and the staff are fantastic!
Value for money and Clean&Convenient but bit noisy”
we needed to stay just one night in columbo as we reached mid-night from other country and depart early morning to hill country by train. it is reasonable hotel, clean and good location but we could not sleep well due to noise from road as well as from a/c. room was spacious and shower had good water pressure
Heritage hotel but big room”
This hotel need to be refurbished as soon as possible. The room is clean but the Hotel compound need to be swept clean everyday bacause of heavy traffic on the ground floor bar. Rate is not that cheap but thats the best in this Colombo area!
Wow - I guess it could be worse”
What a funny hotel - it's a curious leftover from colonial days - the staff don't seem to care very much. The rooms have character and basic needs. My room on the street was quite noisy. The breakfast was impressively bad. If you have a good sense of humor you might enjoy.
Just exactly the hotel we needed for one night”
We stayed only one night at the Shalimar, but it felt luxurious that night between a train trip into Colombo from Galle and out again by train to Anuradhapura the next day. Mr Gopi was especially generous in helping us obtain intercity train tickets, in that the first two trains we tried were fully booked. Room service was fast and good, AC and shower were fantastic. Also, gave good exchange rate on $100US.
nice quaint hotel, main street , ”
we stayed at this hotel as it was on the main road leading to all the tourist and shopping areas we needed to visit, Public transport was at the front door as was restaurants, and supermarkets. the main market / shopping area was a 5 minute trip, the hotel was old and worn but quaint
Clean rooms and good restaurant”
We checked in to the hotel very late at night around midnight. The lights in the lobby were very dim, but there was a sleepy fellow who checked us in. The lobby is pretty empty, worn and uninviting so we were a bit worried. But when we entered the room, we were relieved, as it was very clean and spacious for the 2 of us. Staff were very friendly throughout our stay, with great service and good food for breakfast!
big basic rooms. hotel is on a busy road.”
Given the late landing in Colombo at 02:00, it doesn't really make sense to pay for an expensive hotel so I chose this one. The room was big, the shower was fine. The a/c and the fans worked. The hotel didn't arrange for pick up at the airport as they said they would.There are no amenities nearby - seemed to be car workshops in the street and I did not eat here.
Value for money”
We arrived at this hotel very late night after 1.5 hrs taxi drive from airport. Check-in process was fast and we got a room on 3rd level. Room facilities were okay, bathroom was clean, they provided electric kettle with some free instant coffees and a bottled drinking water. Very basic facilities good enough for transit hotel like. The only bad experience we had at this hotel was power off, it happened three times, that made us feel so spooky. But, when we moved to other place in srilanka we also had the same experience.
Great value for Colombo”
I found the hotel clean and very convenient for access to the Colombo rail network. The staff were helpful and friendly. The room was spacious, almost suit like. Clean with all the basics included. Night life in the area is sparse, but with easy access to the centre of town this should not be a problem for most.
good location and nice rooms”
The room was clean, big, nice and quite. we like the bed, it was comfortable and good size. the bathroom was clean.The staff was helpfull. The restaurant had a good food and good service. The hotel as an excellent location, we were able to walk to downtown and not to take a taxi to return.
Lovely old Colonial style hotel.”
This hotel is close to rail and buses. The Sri Lankan breakfast is amazing and the meals served at the hotel are huge. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the rooms are large with a very comfortable bed.
Convenient and reasonably priced hotel ”
I stayed at the hotel for only a couple of hours before catching my flight early in the morning. The hotel is located close to the city centre (only 3-5 mins ride on a tuk tuk) and I was able to do some last minute sightseeing. The cost of tuk tuk from the Colombo Fort Railway Station is 400LKR. I also had lunch and dinner in the hotel and was very impressed with the portion and quality of food. Room is clean and spacious. Would recommend this hotel!
Good staff, clean rooms, cockroaches and ants.”
Hotel was good, rooms were clean, staff is excellent, but I faed two negative things: I checked in late, 1) the liquor smell was filling the reception place since the pub is open to the public areas of the hotel. 2) A big black cockroach was waiting us inside the room, the accompanying staff was ready to remove it immediately. drunk a cup of Nescafe at night and in the morning I found a huge amount of tiny ants in and around the cup. Overall the hotel is very good but there's a certain need for some pest control and a separator for the pub form the rest of the hotel.
Good for price ”
The hotel is cheap, the rooms are clean, and you can book it online. That's about as far as the good points go. Its in a part of Colombo with no attractions. The attached restaurant is decent. My room had windows that had to be constantly curtained as they looked right into the restaurant! This place is fine for one night but you don't want to stay longer than you have to. The staff are competent at giving directions.
Standard and Old Room”
It is a pity that this hotel not well maintain. Or else it could be a hotel with good location and with nice ambience. The room is very standard and but furniture and bath/toilet a bit run down. Cannot complain too much since the price at the reasonable range and if you are the one looking for convenience and do not mind it is a bit run down, this hotel would be quite a good option to stay. Refurbish is needed but i am not sure will the affordable price stay put. The hotel stuffs are old and not that pro-active in welcoming and giving tour information.
Nice rooms, fantastic food, excellent service”
location - the hotel is located 20 km from the airport and within access to the city, we rented the tuk tuk for few hours to see the sights and then walk back from the last place we visit. room- clean, spacious, hot water only thing about our room is the tv is very far from the bed. our 2 night stay was comfortable and were well taken care of, the staff even helped look for the converter plugs so we could charge our phones and cameras. food - as recommended on hotel reviews, the food was fantastic. as soon as we checked in we went to the courtyard and ordered rice and chicken curry. we also stayed in that night and ordered room service.
Good location, nice rooms”
We stayed only one night at this hotel, but had good a stay. The location is great, walking distance (5 min.) from the train station. The tuktuk- drivers said it's far from the station, but don't believe them! You can also walk to the fort, or take a tuktuk. The hotel had good, clean and spacious rooms with a good air-con. They also have a restaurant, the food was average. The breakfast was ok and they also served it to the room. I would recommend this hotel.
Not a bad budget option”
Not a bad budget option, nice size rooms. Though serious body odour problem coming from the front desk. Also, be prepared for long rickshaw rides from the hotel to most of the main places to see in Colombo.
We spent one night at colombo and it was mainly for shopping at Odel and House of fashion. Both places were easily accessible by tuk tuk and most of the drivers know the location of the hotel. Althought the hotel is quite old, the rooms are clean and neat. Good value for money compared to the other hotels in colombo
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