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Grand Oriental Hotel

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Good location. Paid 45 Euros via airbandb; This has been a nice place historic landmark. Nice staff but services overpriced (ex. offer for taxi to airport at more than 40 USD, real price is 17/20). Room on courtyard is quiet although view on dirty walls and garbage quite sad. bathroom orpeational but super small and moldy, and bedcovers and curtains probably date back form the 70;s. We ate at the restaurant upstairs and the food was OK (no need to eat at buffet) but ambiance there also sad and gloomy. Nice view on harbour.

Had booked this hotel as a treat following 14 days backpacking around Sri Lanka, to rest before a 6am flight. It was a great location - 10 minute walk to the bus station which had a service to the airport every half an hour. However, the hotel was being used for a party which was next to my room. I rang reception to express my concern at the loud noise caused by the party, their response was that it was not their fault as it was a private function. After debate, they agreed to let me move rooms. With no help to move my luggage, the staff watched me pack and marched me to another room whilst I was barefoot, in my pyjamas. This next room was a double when I had requested a twin room but more annoying than that was the cockroaches scuttling over the floor. The staff laughed and stamped on one repeatedly, then kicked it out the room. This room was smaller than my original room, overlooking the road and the windows let a lot of traffic noise in. The TV did not work properly, nor the wifi connection and the shower was not fully warm, with little power... Should have stuck to hostels! The buffet breakfast had a lot of choice and the harbor room it was served in had nice views but you can find better quality for less elsewhere.

This hotel is a little faded but still has lots of old world charm. Highly recommended for anyone with a sense of history. The buffet breakfast up on the 4th floor overlooking the harbor is not to be missed.

Stayed for two nights which were on a weekend. Both nights they had locals partying in areas right next to my room (which was on the fourth floor) and sound insulation is very poor. I hardly slept at all, earplugs did not help - especially when they rolled food trolleys up and down the corridor. Avoid this place, especially considering their quite high prices - there are much better hotels in the city. On the plus side... history maybe, and food was decent (for extra charge).

Stay in this property if you want to catch a glimpse of colonial era. The rooms are big and are donned with high ceiling and traditional/antique furniture, however the maintenance of the rooms isn’t that great. The restaurant on 4th floor has great views of the harbor and there are quite a few things worth exploring in the neighborhood. The staff was courteous, however I had a rough experience checking out, apparently a big group was checking out at the same time, hence the support staff was busy attending them, after waiting for 15 mins, I got the bags downstairs by myself, it wouldn’t have been a deal at all if they didn’t have a restriction on carrying baggage in the antique passenger lift, just keep little time in hand while checking out. Overall it was a good value for money, the hotel surely is past its heydays, keep moderate expectations and you wont be disappointed.

Location: Hotel is located in the heart of the city and a short distance from the Marine Drive. Since we were there just after Christmas the lighting and decorations done on this area was really good, almost dreamlike. Reception and Lobby: The entire area was lit with lights and decorations. The whole Hotel oozes of the old world charms with great wood work and photos from the past. The wooden panelled lift gives the feel of bygone era. The staff were courteous and helped us to identify the places to see in Colombo and the best times to visit the place. Room: The room has a high cot and with the mattress makes to climb on to it. The bathroom though with modern looking gadget appeared to have the old charm. Staff: All the staff were very courteous, helpful and explained to us the history of the place. Restraurant: The best part of the hotel is the restaurant on the fourth floor facing the port where you can see the ships loading and unloading. The food (both breakfast and dinner) were excellent with a variety of dishes to suit all palettes. We thoroughly enjoyed the food. Having said that, let me put the minor irritants. 1. Because of its location, the hotel does not have any parking space for vehicles. The car has to be parked well off the hotel and we have to call the driver on phone at all times. Well, I understand that they cannot help it. 2. In the particular room I stayed (Room 350), the WC is placed next to the shower stall in a way that it is really cramping to sit there. I wonder how people with better build or taller than me would manage it.

Key location- walkable distance to railway station, Pettah market, Main Street, Dutch hospital, 30mints drive to Airport. Smooth checkin and checkout. Classy and neat rooms and facilities. Buffet meals, 24hours room service and bar available. There is also a srilankan restaurant, snack bar(closes at 5), tap bar and a club right at the ground floor. There is a billiard table(free for residents, but old table) on 4th floor for recreation. WiFi in rooms and all areas. Other positives: laundry facility available, hairdryer available on request, Negatives: no pool 🏊🏼‍♀️ , poor WiFi during peak hours.

Stayed only one day. Exellent view of Colombo Port but the hotel situated in crowded area at the middle of the city. No parking facility. Food is very tasty and has a lot of variety in the buffet. Room condition is average.

Great location, a bit dated but warm staff and totally worth the $35 a night I paid for this. Best to stay here for the night if you have a day or two planned for the Ministry of Crab, Dutch Fort and Galle Face Green which are walking distance.

I stayed here for one night in November and it was in a great location to get around the city. The rooms were a bit outdated but provide a cool antique feel. If you stay here you need to make sure you get breakfast on the top floor and sit near the window! The harbor views are pretty awesome!!

02, York Street Colombo

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Nightclub

Located in Fort, Grand Oriental Hotel is within a 10-minute stroll of sights such as Khan Clock Tower and Pettah Market. This 3.5-star hotel welcomes guests with 80 rooms and conveniences like free in-room WiFi, free valet parking, and a nightclub. Centrally located in Colombo, the hotel is also a short walk from Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct and Colombo World Trade Center.


There are multiple options for onsite dining with 3 restaurants, including Harbour Room, which has ocean views. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room. Start each morning with buffet breakfast, available for a fee from 6 AM to 10 AM.


Grand Oriental Hotel's 80 air-conditioned rooms provide free bottled water, phones, and desks. TVs come with satellite channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Free toiletries are also available.

Property features

At Grand Oriental Hotel, guests enjoy a nightclub, karaoke, and a rooftop terrace. You can take advantage of free valet parking, along with a shuttle from the airport to the hotel (available 24 hours) for USD 46 per vehicle. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, 3 meeting rooms, and a 24-hour business center.

Room options

Deluxe Double Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2


Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

34% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 568 reviews