Shalimar Hotel is located at 46, Panchikawatte Road, Colombo – 10. This area is also known as Maradan, a railway station by that name is close by making Shalimar an ideal transit hotel if one is catching an early train to a destination in Sri Lanka. Actually it would be fair to call Shalimar a Transit Hotel because it would be difficult to stay here for any longer than two days.
I was attracted to this hotel not only for its low tariff, but also for the reason that I would get to see another area of Colombo, away from the Galle Raod, etc. The hotel experience turned out to be OK but the location and the surroundings did not have much except that the Fort area of Colombo was close by.
The road outside only has motor parts shops. I could not locate a single restaurant around. There is a wide balcony attached to the rooms and the view outside is nice particularly on a Sunday when the traffic is less. There is a beautiful old colonial style building called “Town Hall” on the other side of the road.
The rooms are decent sized, have effective aircon, comfortable beds, clean bathroom, sofa chairs, TV, and free wifi, etc. Sleep quality is good. The hotel has a bar-cum-restaurant in the lobby. Room service for food and alcoholic drinks is available at reasonable prices but the food is mostly non-vegetarian. The room tariff itself is very reasonable. The only available type of rooms is Deluxe and it costs approximately 40 USD per night without breakfast. Options for booking with breakfast are also available.
Overall. if one has a reason to stay in this area, or is on a low budget, Shalimar is alright.
This hotel group has another transit sort of hotel called Silvikris Villa in Colombo that is also ok for a one night stay.