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“Wonderful place to see leopards” 4 of 5 stars
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“Wonderful place to see leopards”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We stayed at the Yala Wild and had 3 safaris. It is important to get a good driver. We changed after 2 trips with no leopards. The final trip we were rewarded with 2 leopards. Also plenty of elephants, water buffalo and smaller animals. This place is a must for anyone interested in wildlife.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

I stayed 2 nights arrived from the beautiful Lavanga at hikkaduwa to here. It was very very hot and humid but had a nice curry lunch . The hotel was a little run down but nice staff made my stay pleasurable. They organize the jeeps for safari and was very helpful.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Arrived at lunchtime, sticky & hot after a five hour drive. Pool looked incredibly enticing, but only had time for quick lunch before our afternoon safari at Yala. Opted for the lunch buffet which was good, in particular the Sri Lankan curry. There was lots of choice & if you were hungry & took full advantage of all on offer it was pretty good value.

The first thing you see from reception as you arrive back after a 3+hr safari is the pool. It was 7:10pm and I asked at reception about pool towels only to be told the pool was closed, with no swimming after 7pm. What!? I was SO disappointed. The heat during the safari was intense, & all I'd thought about on the drive back was a cooling swim. What a ridiculous rule, with no clear explanation as to why?

We returned to our room to freshen up. Great walk in shower & toiletries. Room was big, lovely bed, crisp cotton, soft pillows. Plus a nice balcony, which overlooked the pool and lake. Quite poor lighting over the bed, pretty dim so not great for reading at night, only a minor point but worth noting. You definitely need the air-conditioning as it was really humid, something you realise as you open the door to leave & the heat hits you smack in the face.

We opted to eat outside, despite the heat (well, when you live in the UK...!) Service was pretty slow but they did make an excellent cosmopolitan. Lighting wasn't really geared up for eating outside, as it was also quite dim.

The A la carte dinner, in comparison with the lunchtime buffet, was disappointing. Mixed seafood which said lobster, prawns, seer fish & calamari. I now think the 'lobster' was jumbo king prawn as I had that elsewhere the following day & it was identical. Also the 'lobster' was not fresh as I had a real job to get the meat out of the shell, seer fish was overcooked & dry & calamari tough & chewy. The Monkeyboy had 'seer fish steak' but the portion he got was tiny & also overcooked and dry. As a result we opted for dessert, English Bread & butter pudding, which the menu said had a 20minute wait. However it came in minutes, & had obviously been microwaved as it was hot in bits & cold in others. Tasted okay, but just generally disappointing in respect of food & slow service, plus in relative terms the food was expensive, & not worth it so I'd struggle to recommend from a food point of view. Can't comment on breakfast as we had a packed one due to early morning safari, this was bog-standard, hard boiled egg, cold hot dog, yoghurt, dried up cheese sandwich, fruit & a bottle of water. Not great, but it filled a gap at 6:00am (NB we ate ours en-route to safari park, not realizing the driver stops mid-safari in a shaded spot by the river for you to eat it! I did notice some people looked very civilized sat at a table and chairs which their driver had set up. Not sure where they were staying, but had a pang of envy!)

I made absolutely sure to use the pool after our morning safari, albeit we were limited re time as had to checkout by midday. I have to say it was fabulous. The heat was so intense it was necessary to keep dipping in and out to cool off. I could happily have stayed here all day & would have loved to stay an extra night just to take advantage of the pool & lake view. All in all, not a bad stay bar the fact that the service could be a bit better, & the food was slightly lacking.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

We had a great time at Yala Safari Game Lodge. We went on Safari which was really exciting and then stayed the night at the lodge. Each room is a separate little house. You can sit on your porch at night and watch the wild life. The pool is really nice. The food in the dining room there was Okay. There was a large variety of different types of food, but average in taste. Overall it was a wonderful experience.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

Well this place was a bit different from your average hotel in Sri Lanka. Very much big game Africa themed to the long drive in, the 'game lodge' main building with the rooftop scenic viewing, the beautifully presented detached ‘huts’ for sleeping dotted about the enclosure, the odd chance of running into a cow or two in the night! Very atmospheric and authentic, unique and an excellent place to stay within Yala Park. It has to be said that Yala it self is only OK I would say in terms of a game reserve for viewing. Sri Lanka does not have the big five of Africa although there are still some great experiences to be had. Having said that some of guests had regular sightings of the elusive leopard which would certainly make the long journey worthwhile.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012 via mobile

This is a tricky one. The rooms were beautifully presented and the communal areas stunning (the observation deck at sunset was one of our favourite spots). There's also a lovely pool for the hours you're not racing around on safari. However, the service was really terrible and the staff were not at all joined up which made our stay rather frustrating. There's not much choice in the area and it feels like a great hotel blueprint has been dropped into a stunning location and the staff just aren't able to carry it off. Not one to avoid but not worth the hefty price tag in our view.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

The location of this hotel is ideal for safaris. Beach chalet was lovely. Twisted my ankle on the stairs in the restaurant and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. Prishanti bandaged it then applied ointment etc. the next day- thanks to swift treatment, I could put weight on it in a couple of days. Food was bland which is unfortunate as there are no other restaurants within easy distance. Would definitely recommend this hotel as a great place to stay to see the Park.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Yala National Park
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Yala National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 108
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