Grand Oriental Hotel

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Average rate: $80 - Hotel class: 2 stars
2 York Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Grand Oriental Hotel Colombo Reviews

edregin edregin
20 reviews
Weird Stay Jan 30, 2011
We were actually thinking of staying in a nice hotel to chill nicely...like lazing under the sun by the pool, & etc when we reach Colombo after our Nuwara Eliya & Kandy Trips. Besides, there will be the three of us (Me, my cousin and friend) who will be sharing for the room charges, but since we all were thinking to do a last minute shopping and we only have few hours left before our flights, we thought it would be wiser to book for a cheaper hotel as we would only be staying for a Day Use.

Wow! The hotel looked pretty nice however when we headed to our room, there's something that I feel and I didn't like it at all. I don't know if it has something to do with the hotel's history. I really could tell it was one of the best hotels way back then but now? Oh! When we were inside our room, I didn't like the bed linen (it seemed to me it wasn't changed for a long time), although the room was neatly arranged I didn't feel comfortable.

It has something to do with the colonial feel (or probably I have taken much of what Yvonne has told about the place and I was thinking of ghosts, gah! Is it the impairment of mental function!?) I am sorry but that's how it felt! Everything seemed to be old, the AC (with sound) and just the whole set up. I hope it wasn't just me!?

The location was good (this is one of the reasons we booked it), and then of course we want to experience historically inclined hotel, aside from its cheap rates. Well, there's another good point here though. The room service was good and as well as the food. As we didn't stay longer here this could be the reason why these are the only positive things we could tell (I am afraid if we stay longer too I would have more negative things to say). Hmmmm....I don't know. I don't want to stay with that strange feeling plus the impression on the staff who delivers a smile and yet you don't feel it!?

And oh! The exchange rate at this hotel is pretty much upsetting. So please ensure you have enough rupees with you if you really want to try out this hotel.
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The room (sorry it's messed up) :D
The bed with plastic bags...
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Grand Oriental Hotel Overview

Dating back to 1875, the colonial-style building houses a comfortable hotel with considerable renown; its reputation is similar to that enjoyed by Raffles in Singapore or the Taj Mahal in Mumbai. The air-conditioned building with a terrace has long been popular with those arriving by ship as well as with the natives of Colombo, as the hotel had acquired an excellent reputation for ballroom dancing. Old crockery and furniture have been adopted for fashionable use in the hotel of today. Completely renovated in 2004, this establishment has been appointed to the benefit of business travellers and features a lobby area, a reception desk manned around the clock, a hire safe, a currency exchange facility, lift access, a gastronomy area with a bar, pub, nightclub, and restaurant, three conference rooms, and a public Internet connection. All guests in the 104 rooms and five suites may also take advantage of the room and laundry services, and parking is available for those arriving by car. This hotel is conveniently located in the busy metropolis of Colombo, the economic centre of Sri Lanka. It lies on popular York Street, where banks and businesses indicate the high level of commercial activity, and is near the beach, shops, and bars. Colombo international airport is approximately 45 minutes from the hotel.

Grand Oriental Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Concierge
  • Tour Desk
  • Elevator / Lift
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Currency Exchange
  • Medical Assistance Available
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Mini Bar
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Shops
  • Excursions
  • Nightclubs
  • Dancing
  • Ballroom
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Shower
  • Games Available
  • Shops in Hotel

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