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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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3 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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63 hotel reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
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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22 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Aalborg, Denmark
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26 hotel reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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56 reviews 56 reviews
38 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Address: Hotel Elephant Bay Road, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Sabaragamuwa Province > Pinnawala
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