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Hotel Elephant Bay

Hotel Elephant Bay Road, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
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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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27 reviews 27 reviews
25 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for one night as we wanted to visit the Millennium Elephant Foundation and also see the elephants wash in the river. the hotel was a little run down but the staff was friendly but for the price you cannot complain. the staff was friendly and the hotel was very quite so we literally had the entire garden... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The hotel is situated on the river and a view of the elephants is possible...BUT not from all the rooms. Better view are from the open fronted eating area..... OR from a bit along the river side. Hotel is clean & tidy although lighting is a bit hit & miss. Staff are friendly, if a bit slow, Food was OK... More 

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Surat, India
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The hotel is on Best Location. But Not so clean. They really need to give attention on cleaning of rooms as well as other areas. What one should really go to pinnawala. Food quality is average. We can view elephants in the morning from this hotel.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This larger hotel appears to cater mainly for larger parties, wedding receptions etc. It took them quite a while to let us into our room and even longer (10 pm) for the second room we had booked in advance. The hotel's terrace, which admittedly allows a nice view over the river and the elephant bathing area, was blasted with pretty... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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 August 12, 2014

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

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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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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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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Address: Hotel Elephant Bay Road, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Sabaragamuwa Province > Pinnawala
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Number of rooms: 14
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