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Hotel Elephant Bay

Hotel Elephant Bay Road, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #2 of 7 Pinnawala B&B and Inns
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Elephant Bay hotel is the perfect location to see elephants up close. It is located on a river which is used by the elephants at the nearby orphanage (ie zoo) to wash and bathe twice a day. Sat on the terrace at the hotel you can see the elephants enjoying a bath and they even wander over to hunt... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Seeing the elephant and feeding them was the only joy, where my children very much enjoyed watching and interacting with the elephant. Poor and unclean catering, non working tv, and no comfort beds and pillows. It was the first hotel i stayed in when I arrived to Srilanka, however when I went to different places and hotels I get to... More

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56 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At face value, this hotel doesn't have a lot going for it. In fact if you plopped it down in a city you would probably pick somewhere else to stay. Our room was dark and shade by lots of trees, the bed wasn't that comfortable and the fan didn't work. Everywhere is covered in insects and the shower is only... More

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Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka
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19 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are travellers and decided to blow our budget and book in to this hotel, and it was well worth it, breakfast with the elephants, all day the elephant were bathing in the river. Wonderful. Decided not to visit the "ZOO", as we felt our experience here was well worth it.

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Manama, Bahrain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is the best hotel to watch elephants. I was there with my son for 01 night. Although the place is best to watch elephants, I wasn’t happy with the room facilities. We were at deluxe room with the nice balcony overlooking river and it was one of the best room to watch elephant bathing. It was a spacious room... More

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Aalborg, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

There are three hotels of importants in Pinnawalla. One of them is Elephant Bay Hotel. It is an old hotel without lift overlooking the river where the elephants bath twice a day. You can see it all first in line and it is a marvellous show they are putting on for all the tourists. Unfortunately it is all a moneymachine... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I stayed here with friends and my husband for one night and it was easily the best spot to see the elephants bathe in the river. The hotel is located right by the river so you can see them even from your seat while you're having lunch in the dining area. We wanted to get closer to them so that... More

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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

the Hotel has seen better times and check in was very slow. The Restaurant caters more to tour Groups. Food was nice and breakfast the standart. BUT it is the best place to see the Elephants bathing. 14:00 -16:00 in the afternoon. Therefore we would go again. You can sit in the garden, sip a tea and watch the Elephants... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

We selected that hotel for one night stay. We were not sure about that place because it is so cheap in price. But the welcome to the hotel was so nice. They sent a porter to carry our bags. Room was clean. All the necessary things were included. The greatest thing was the amazing view from our room itself. We... More

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Mo i Rana, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Try to arrive Hotel Elephant Bay befor the afternoon bathing time for the elephants. You will have a fantastic view together with a lot fewer guest than the other Elephant Hotel. Stay over night and sit the same place next morning for the elephants morning bath. You will have a much better experience than in a visit to the orphanage,... More

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Address: Hotel Elephant Bay Road, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Sabaragamuwa Province > Pinnawala
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Located in the heart of Pinnawala, Hotel Elephant Bay is right across from the famous elephant orphanage. It provides rooms with large private balconies and spectacular views of Ma Oya River.Rooms are bright and airy, with simple decor and furnishings. They feature a flat-screen cable TV, a tea/coffee maker and private bathroom facilities.Guests can enjoy leisurely strolls in the tropical garden or make use of the hotel’s sun terrace. The Elephant Bay Hotel offers bike rental facilities for guests’ convenience. Various activities like hiking and fishing are available.Ivory Inn Restaurant serves international dishes. Room service is provided.The Elephant Bay Hotel is a 70-minute drive from Bandaranaike International Airport and a 2-hour drive from Colombo. It is an easy drive to cities like Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. ... more   less 
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