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Grand Oriental Hotel

3.5 out of 5.0

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I did not enter the hotel but i stopped to see a statue of a man pulling a rickshaw with someone in it. I looked around for a plaque but found nothing except for the letters G.O.R.. A few minutes later i realised that this belonged to the Grand Oriental Hotel as it was by the entrance. The statue is well worth having a look at if you are passing by.

The hotel has a touch of colonial past in the furnishing of the rooms. On the top floor is a modern restaurant with great views of Colombo port. It is in a relatively central position and has friendly staff.

From the pictures of this hotel we thought it would be a beautiful taste of a quaint hotel, giving us a taste of what was once was one of the first hotels to be made in Colombo. The only taste we got was terrible food and a horrendous view. The hotel is not in a great location, the area is very much run down. However the restaurant does have a lovely view of the the trading port. There is a lot of potential to make this into an amazing classic hotel, however they really need to invest into renovation. Overall the rooms were adequate for a short stay, I do recommend people book directly with the hotel to get best value for money and avoid exchanging money in the hotel as you will get a poor rate. Also the elevators were pretty cool...

Expected an old world charm experience here but just a very pedestrian one. Room adequate but plain, bathroom OK. View from 4th floor restaurant/bar pretty ugly - of docks, so not very attractive. Food & service very average too. As we had to leave early for airport was promised a breakfast box to be picked up from reception upon leaving. Was not there! Not recommended for the price.

A dozen of us had a party night, which was memorable. It was the birthday do for a senior member of family that we celebrated and we were delighted to have other diners joining on the celebration! The staff in sailor suits were courteous and very helpful. The dinner spread was sizable, appealing and value for money. The view of the Colombo Harbour, was a nice sight at night though limited to the area with container terminal and the old jetty. The hotel is located in the former capital of the island in an area of town where the former majestic appearance is gradually being lost to decay and some construction activity.

Dated in every way. Place where tourgroups go to, you are warned ! While we were there multiple groups with stickers on their chest, > 100 people. 30 min. After they arrive at the breakfast bar there is nothing left. Staff is not quick regarding filling up the empty bowls. Nice view on the harbour from the 4th floor. Terrace on the 4th floor nothing special. It smells badly in the elevators ... Outdated rooms / beds / bathrooms Lots of noice during the evening. Lots of newer hotels nearby, chains like Marriot are building on walking distance Hilton is already open ! Toilet and shower both didn’t work ... grrrr😡 I think, One a place to remember in a good way. Running a hotel means renovating in time and maintenance when something is broken. They live in the past! For me, never going back!

Straight out of a Wes Anderson movie. We stayed here for 1 night and it was a pretty interesting experience (probably would not have liked staying here alone). The hotel is in a part of town that theoretically should be really nice (President's House is a block away) but some abandoned buildings separate this oasis from the increasingly starbuxed world Western tourists are familiar with. I liked the random knobs on the wall in the room allowing access to 4 or 5 radio channels; couldn't believe they worked. Lots of other quirks to indulge.

You have to know that this is a historic 19th century hotel. They have kept it up with the times, but it's no luxury experience. It's old and rough around the edges, but that can be a part of the charm. The room is quite large and the facilities work as expected. Interesting artifacts and paintings dot the hallways. I found the service to be excellent. The staff are all friendly and helpful and took care of all my needs from handing us fresh juice while we were checking in to providing boxed breakfasts because we needed to check out very early. This continued on to the restaurant staff as well. The buffet dinners and breakfasts were quite complete, varied and tasty although we didn't try the ground floor restaurant which has a good reputation. The nights were relatively quiet but the air conditioning is loud and the buzz of activity can start up early in the morning. The area is nothing special although it faces the port so there is a view from the 4th floor restaurant. Area seems safe and you can walk to the train station, market and waterfront. Just make sure to bring along the two free bottles of water that's provided every day!

I did not stay at this hotel, but I went up to the restaurant on the 4th floor to have a look at the harbour. The lunch buffet was reasonably priced at 1680 rupees and I decided to give it a try. It was a good decision. There were all the usual offerings, enhanced by a nice variety of curries with all the condiments. Tea or coffee was included in the price, and the staff were friendly and well-trained. I had a stunning view of the harbour, and a pelican settled on a nearby roof.

The Grand Oriental hotel is, I suppose, a "heritage property" , dating back to the time of the British, but without the TLC one might hope for in such a place. The lobby has character, but the rooms are somewhat shabby. The pluses are the low price, given that Sri Lanka is very expensive, the excellent location, and the lovely service provided by a friendly staff. As well, the breakfast buffet is good, and the dining room overlooks the Port Authority, and the commercial part of the port. t's a well priced hotel very near the train station.

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 free WiFi in public areas. 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 3 meeting rooms, a 24-hour business center, and coffee/tea in a common area.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

34.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 608 reviews