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“Couldn't ask for much more!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Elephant Corridor Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Pothana Road | Kimbissa, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Sigiriya
brighton
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Couldn't ask for much more!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2008

Spent a few nights here in Dec 2007 before moving on to Galle for the Cricket. My boyfriend had booked this hotel as a surprise so had not read any reviews.

We stayed in a Romantic Suite which was brilliant. It had everything you would expect for the price and the room(s) were very spacious with wonderful views. The plunge pool at the end on the bed was magical. The location was perfect, a quiet retreat with extensive grounds to explore.

Trips from the hotel were not cheap in Sri Lankan money, but still good value and if you made a small effort you could arrange things from outside the hotel at a reduced rate. But as we are all aware, thats the same what ever hotel you stay in the world.

The food was good, and its pretty clear that people don't read up before they go to a place, tax is relatively new thing in Sri Lanka so is quoted after the cost ( just like america). We opted to have the local dishes ( very nice and cheaper), because i don't personally fly half way round the world to eat what i could eat at home. The food/drink is priced fairly in relation to cost of hotel per night. We didn't do full board but there isn't anywhere else to get to to eat so only ate there.

It seems the heath and safety police get everywhere now, the stairs are not a death trap, no more than a English pub with wet/icy stones at the entrance. ( however we did stumble across a snake, harmless, entwined around the stairs sheltering from the rain) We used a bath mat to make sure we didn't slip in the wet rooms.

This hotel is clearly lost on people who think animals are only here for our viewing and should appear on demand. We saw monkeys, frogs, bats, lizards, snakes, butterflies and birds. We had great fun in the early evening walking around with the torch provided, animal and bug spotting.( the rains meant the Frogs where particularly loud which only added to the experience)

Every morning there was clear evidence that the elephants had indeed used the hotel as a "corridor". Knowing that over the nights elephants had passed so close to our room was special, far more special than having a poor elephant dragged out for tourist to take pictures of.

The staff where eager to please, which is understandable, 'do not disturb' are provided and needed!

It is clear that hotel is not for those on a tight budget, it was a great treat and i would recommend it to most.

ps

This hotel does sit close to the border of where the FCO recommends not to go due to the civil unrest.

  • Liked — Location, views where amazing
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Toronto Canada
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2007

The hotel is situated in probably one of the most scenic places in the cultural triangle of sri lanka. The moment you enter the hotel you are offered refreshment towels so that you feel fresh and alive and ready enough to experience what EC really is. The car park is situated quite a distance away so that the tranquility of the hotel enviornment is never disturbed; but nevertheless the hotel has a golf cart to escort you into your suites.
Upon reading other reviews i was disapointed to find out that some individuals complained that the landscaping you find around the hotel is no different to the enviornment around Sigiriya. But that criticism totally misses the point that the hotel tries to make by keeping as much of the natural flaura and fauna intact so that the visitors gets to experience THE BEST ECO-TOURISM there is.
The rooms were expensive (probably the most expensive in the island) but once you see the rooms you will never be dissapointed. Starting from the floors with it's unique granite lusture to the roof with its TEAK ceilings; everything will obviously surpass your expectations.
The food there was BRILLIANT!!!! I have no clue as to why a few people complained about the food. They served the best sirloin steak ive ever ate!

They had variety of entertainment activites...varying from horseback rides to elephant rides. From cricket practise nets to archery, from playing pool to star watching! There is always something to do at elephant Corridor!!!!

Anyways i advice everyone who seeks a relaxing getaway from the urban living; or a fantastic honeymoon trip to visit Elephant Corridor, because every second you spend on it will be a kodak Picture worthy moment.

  • Liked — The rooms and the location
  • Disliked — traveling time
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2007

Had a terrible experience here. For the hefty price you pay for the concept of ecotourism, this hotel has serious flaws. What you get is a room (we got a little hut called Super Deluxe Suite) and 3 set menu meals (assuming you paid extra for full board). Everything else is extra, even a bottle of water. All tours/excursions are extra and extremely expensive ($270 for an elephant ride?!). The outdoor environment is nothing special, this is the environment you see all around Sigiriya. We never saw any elephants or any wildlife for that matter except some wild buffalos at a distance. From what I know the hotel was built on an elephant corridor, maybe this has displaced the elephants? So much for ecotourism.

Food: The worst food in Sri Lanka. The meat and seafood tasted stale, very bland, probably been in the freezer for months. They couldn't even prepare rice and curry properly. The western dishes were even worse.

Service: Very inexperienced staff, the worst service we received of all the Sri Lankan hotels we stayed in.

If you are considering elephant corridor, make sure you check out Kandalama hotel which is around the same area, an absolutely fabulous hotel built with a similar concept which is many times cheaper.

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Disliked everything considering the price we paid
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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wales
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2007

we arrived at this hotel to get married on boxing day! with our daughters (16) & (13)on the 22nd dec 06 & what an experience, we had never been away for chritmas before & it was our first visit to Sri Lanka, the journey from colombo was quite long(4hrs) but it was well worth it when we arrived, it was quite late when we arrived & we were very tired but as soon as we were shown our room our spirits lifted, the rooms ( we had Two) were out of this world, the bed was big enough for 4!! they were spotlessly clean, we had our food brought to the room as it was late & what a feast!! the staff were excellent, hotel is out of this world & the staff will do anything for you, the grounds are well kept, the pool is huge with loungers the size of double beds!! the food was 5*, be aware of the prices they are expensive & there`s a 15% charge on top, we paid the extra for half board & it was well worth or we could have ended up with a hefty bill at the end.... also pick a few bottles of wine up in the airport as the wine was aprox £30 a bottle which if like me i love wine ..it worked out expensive being there a week... as for our wedding on boxing day.. we couldn`t have wished for a better day, the setting, weather, food, staff, ceremony were all out of this world... the elephant ride is a must...but please please make sure you have your own favorate make up & know exactly what your doing with your hair as the hair & beauty are a little bit behind with the times (to Say the least)!!!!!!! but apart from that everything is top class...we will definately be returning some day soon...

  • Liked — the setting,
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2007

Ideal base for sightseeing in central Sri lanka. Near to Sigiriya Rock, Kandy, Polorunnuwa and Dambulla.

As for the resort itself total luxury! Rooms are huge and each one has it's own plunge pool. The swimming pool is ideal for relaxing after a day's sightseeing and food in the restaurant is of a very high standard.

Out of 21 rooms at this property, only 2 were occupied so it was like having my own rural retreat.

  • Liked — The rooms
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Pothana Road | Kimbissa, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Sigiriya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Sigiriya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Elephant Corridor Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxurious accommodation options await you at Elephant Corridor, with 22 individual cabin suites, each with its own private entrance, veranda and plunge pool. Escape from the rest of the world and find your oasis in a private suite or villa, each featuring exquisite architecture, inspiring design elements and modern amenities to ensure an experience of absolute comfort. In the vicinity of the fifth century Sigiriya Rock Fortress, also named the 8th Wonder of the World. Amidst thousands of acres of undisturbed jungle, teak forest, and wildlife of many species, includes elephants who occasionally visit to drink from the 1500-year-old lake. ... more   less 
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