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
Book on
TripAdvisor
in partnership with
Trusted partner. We work with Tingo to make your booking as easy as possible.
1 room 1 adult
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Check Availability
Book on
or compare prices from up to 200 sites including:
Professional photos
Hotel Elephant Bay
Add a photo
Add Photo Write a Review

162 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Prague, Czech Republic
Level Contributor
34 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel is right by the river, where every day at 10 AM and 4PM to come to bathe group of elephants from the nearby Elephant Orphanage. The hotel features a nice garden with seating and rooms where you will find everything you need for 1 night. A long time in the hotel I would not recommend it. During our... More 

Helpful?
Thank Autographstars
Antibes, France
Level Contributor
38 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Half of the restaurant was smoked because of a fish barbecue they did inside! In addition the tablecloth was very dirty. When we ask to change it, they did it. But they just set one less dirty! Obviously already used. The chairs were brackish as well, with food on them.

Helpful?
Thank Lolo0606

Travelers are raving about these Pinnawala hotels

Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
38 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Reminiscent of marigold hotel with spectacular view of the river . It really needs a good clean. I don't mind basic as Long as they clean . This is not a clean hotel. The other hotels appear to be no better. This is the best one of the lot. I personally would make it to the next town

Helpful?
Thank jaanausa
Level Contributor
3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I been in srilanka for a 12 days and today was the worst day ever i spent in here since we reach late and after check in " our homestay had no restaurant " we decide to have dinner at nearby so we be advised to try it there is only one person as staff and as a waiters and... More 

Helpful?
Thank Moe I
Level Contributor
30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This hotels is amazing, the views of the elephants bathing and being able to feed them was out this world, the staff were very friendly especially Priyantha from the services department who assisted on arrival and managed to move us to a room (119) with the best views ever of the elephants feeding, a night at this hotel needs to... More 

Helpful?
Thank Markgale173
Fullerton, California
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

The hotel was hospitable and the brakefast was good. But the following should be taken into consideration. 1. The room key could open both rooms. This is a safety and privacy issue. 2. The wi fi sucks and the connection process was very difficult. Thank you.

Helpful?
Thank Anthony G
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

We had our breakfast here during our group tour and I must say the view is perfect. Watching the elephants taking a bath is what i enjoyed the most. The food is served late so we have to take all of it fast. And the crows that is taking advantage of the leftovers on the next table is quite annoying... More 

Helpful?
Thank jeka b
Debniki, Krakow, Poland
Level Contributor
14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

Ugly and icky place. Dont stay there! Only one thing you can enjoy is chance to look at elephants passing by the river. Room was dirty, full of mosquitos. Breakfast we had was the worst I have ever had in Sri Lanka. 60$ price for room is taking out of space. WiFi barely works. Stay away form this hotel!

Helpful?
Thank Tomek Z
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

I came with my family.my son like this place very much.nice river view with elephant in live. Friendly staff.thank for the manager at the front desk at night.we enjoy the tasty dinner. We recommend this place for locals and foreigners boath.

Helpful?
Thank mirissa beach w
Suffolk, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

Absolutely wonderful stay. We arrived mid afternoon and were greeted with smiles and a refreshing fruit juice. Staff were very welcoming from the start. We were shown to our room which had a beautiful view of the river. Dinner here was delicious.. sri lankan chicken curry with rice and so many different accompaniments. Me and my partner slept very well,... More 

Helpful?
Thank Alexandra T
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

135 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (128)
Viewed
Room/suite (12)
Viewed
Bathroom (3)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (23)
Viewed
View from room (16)
Viewed
Dining (15)
Viewed
Family/play areas (1)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (2)
Viewed
Other (56)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (7)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (6)
Viewed
Other (1)
Check In Check Out
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Pinnawala
0.0 mi away
Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge
0.0 mi away
Elephant Stables
Elephant Stables
#2 of 56 in Kandy
4.5 of 5 stars 339 reviews
0.0 mi away
Jetwing Lagoon
Jetwing Lagoon
#3 of 32 in Negombo
4.5 of 5 stars 667 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.0 mi away
Hotel Elephant Park
Hotel Elephant Park
#1 of 9 in Pinnawala
3.5 of 5 stars 123 reviews
0.0 mi away
Hotel Pinnalanda
Hotel Pinnalanda
#2 of 9 in Pinnawala
3.5 of 5 stars 32 reviews
0.0 mi away
Villa Pinnawala Homestay
Villa Pinnawala Homestay
#3 of 9 in Pinnawala
4.5 of 5 stars 6 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities

Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay