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.
This hotel does sit close to the border of where the FCO recommends not to go due to the civil unrest.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Elephant Corridor Sigiriya