We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hotel Elephant Bay

Hotel Elephant Bay Road, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
Hotel amenities
Best prices for: 1 room 1 guest
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 2 more sites!
Hotel Elephant Bay
Professional photos View all
Hotel Elephant Bay
Hotel Elephant Bay
Hotel Elephant Bay
Write a Review

129 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    23
    44
    32
    18
    12
See reviews for
40
51
6
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (33)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Russian first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
  • All months
    (129)
  • Mar-May only
    (42)
  • Jun-Aug only
    (28)
  • Sep-Nov only
    (18)
  • Dec-Feb only
    (41)
All months
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
25 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The room was nothing special except for the marvelous view from the balcony! Worth the price alone. The food was ok (lunch/dinner were better than breakfast), but again, you can't beat mingling with elephants right from your hotel. There are a few grassy areas for the kids to explore, but you have to watch out for the drop-offs to the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We were demanded to pay upfront which made us feel unconfortable. The staff was slow and not helpful. The rooms were clean but small (considering the price) We went to the dining area for food the first evening as just reached after a 4 hour travel. We were made to wait for 2 hours and still did not get our... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers are raving about these Pinnawala hotels

SHEFFIELD
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We had a good time at this place. Don't bother with the elephant orphanage. It's very overpriced and it's not very nice being hustled for money every time you look at an elephant. Pinnawala itself is a one horse town at best. However it was such a treat to relax on the hotel verandah and watch the beautiful elephants bathing... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Prague, Czech Republic
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

Dirty and worn-out hotel. I cannt recommend to sleep here. Only reason to visit is a nice terrace to see elephant´s morning bath. This is only reason (40 minutes turistic show) to go to Pinnawala village.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

*We came here for 2 nights, but after first night we wanted to change hotel. Our room was dirty, there was one used towel in the bathroom, insect everywhere and not hot water in the bathroom. * We asked at the reception to quit our stay, because we wanted to go to another hotel, but the "manager" told us, it... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

This hotels main attribute is its position on the river , our room on the top floor gave us wonderful views of the river and elephants . The hotel can be very busy at lunch times , because of coach loads of tourists who call for lunch prior to visiting the elephant orphanage . But evening dinner is much more... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Grenzach-Wyhlen, Germany
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The good thing about this hotel is the elephants - and that's pretty much it. Rooms and overall hotel were not clean (hair in beed, dust everywhere - must have been ages that soneone cleaned...) we did not feel comfortable at all. I can not recommend staying here. Maybe better come for a day trip?

Was this review helpful? Yes
Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
165 reviews 165 reviews
25 hotel reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Too many people at the same time ..... obviously staged for the elephant times to the river but , what a shame! There are signs around saying don't feed the elephants , then the keepers are taking back handers from the visitors to have photos taken with or feeding the elephants. Sad to see..... the hotel has limited WC toilet... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rome, Italy
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

nice hotel,very big,clean,cosy,calm atmosphere,you can see elephants many times a day,they come to the hotel°s restaurant,you can see them also from the balcony of your room but a little bit far...some nice terraces,very beautiful views... too expensive,there is another one and in a better position just 100metres from this hotel and costs much less and it gives you a chance... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
bengaluru
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
23 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The hotel is situated in nice green surroundings with a sounding beautiful river flowing at its back yards. The rooms are pretty clean. The restaurant facing the flowing river and green forest where the elephants can be seen is an added attraction. The minus point is that the main entrance of the hotel is at the end of a small... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

107 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (88)
Viewed
View from room (10)
Viewed
Room/suite (7)
Viewed
Dining (15)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (18)
Viewed
Family/play areas (1)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (2)
Viewed
Bathroom (2)
Viewed
Other (33)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (19)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (10)
Viewed
Room/suite (3)
Viewed
Dining (1)
Viewed
Other (5)
Check In Check Out
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Hotels you might also like...
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities