Hotel Pinnalanda

Hotel Pinnalanda

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4.0
#1 of 1 inn in Rambukkana
Location
4.5
Cleanliness
4.0
Service
3.8
Value
4.0

See why so many travelers make Cafe Pinnalanda their inn of choice when visiting Pinnawala. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a family-friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travelers like you.

As your “home away from home,” the inn rooms offer air conditioning, and getting online is easy, with free wifi available.

Guests have access to a 24 hour front desk, 24 hour check-in, and room service while staying at Cafe Pinnalanda. In addition, Cafe Pinnalanda offers an on-site restaurant, which will help make your Pinnawala trip additionally gratifying. And, as an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.

Travelers looking for Asian restaurants can head to Pinnalanda Hotel Restaurant.

If you’re looking for something to do, Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium (0.1 mi) is a nice way to spend some time, and it is within walking distance of Cafe Pinnalanda.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Cafe Pinnalanda as you experience all of the things Pinnawala has to offer.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Currency exchange
Gift shop
24-hour check-in
Internet
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast in the room
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Taxi service
Non-smoking hotel
Shops
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Room features
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Telephone
Clothes rack
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
River View
Languages Spoken
English, Sinhala, Tamil

Location

Rambukkana 70130 Sri Lanka
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Brett wrote a review Aug 2023
Papamoa, New Zealand2,042 contributions965 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The view of numerous elephants bathing in the palm-fringed Maya Ora River in front of the Pinnalanda Hotel is an iconic promotional image of Sri Lanka that looks as good in real life as it does on the tourist brochures. And the location in Pinnawala is half way from Colombo to Kandy or Sigiriya.
On our arrival, management confided to us that their deluxe rooms were actually basic with a communal balcony. They upgraded us to a private balcony room overlooking the river in the next door hotel. The room was great, bed comfortable, and view over the river and elephant bathing in the morning was excellent. There will be elephants bathing in the river from about 8.30am until 12 noon, although the biggest number will be between 10-11am.
The hotel pool overlooking the river was great, (although you had to walk through the restaurant to get to it) and the hotel staff were friendly and helpful.
Unfortunately, their restaurant food was poor quality. Dinner in the restaurant was a selection of badly cooked western food. Breakfast buffet was not much better. Unfortunately you have no other options for eating.
If you arrive at the hotel before 4pm, you will be required to pay the Elephant Orphanage entry fee, even if you don't visit it.
The hotel has many flights ofstairs and no elevator. This was difficult for my wife as she has some mobility issues.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Request a private balcony room overlooking the river.
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Vera G wrote a review Aug 2023
United Kingdom40 contributions
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a lovely time at Grand Hotel Pinnalanda, this was our 2nd time at theirs. Such lovely and helpful staff, always goes above to help their guests. “Ela” and Miraj both were very attentive to all the guests and helpful at their best. There was some issues with the electricity in our room, but Mahesh (electrician) and Miraj took care of it during our stay, going above and beyond to ensure we are not disturbed with the power issues. A huge thank to Shantha, the manager who is a people pleaser and always tries to make every guest returns to them again. He even helped us buying tickets for the elephant bathing session. The two lovely ladies at the reception (sorry we couldn’t take their names) were welcoming, polite and friendly. We are definitely going there again next time we visit Sri Lanka.

To the owners of this property - Your strength is your lovely staff, take good care of them! There’s a lot of room for you to improve things in this property for more guests to return to you on their next visit to Pinnawala. Try and invest some money on improvements in the property and your guests will pay happily to enjoy as your hotel has the best view of the river. Also we believe that you don’t need to keep the minibar filled in all rooms, not even 5 star hotels do that nowadays. Instead, invest some money on improvements and maintenance of the property. It’s a lovely property that needs a bit of love from the owners.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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Les O wrote a review Mar 2020
Calgary, Canada13 contributions20 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Good location and very inexpensive. Bring your own shampoo however as they only provide basic bars of soap. Room has air-con and small balconies. Bathroom was neat and modern-ish. Comfortable and reasonable. The Sri Lankan breakfast is a must. I'd stay here again if I need a basic but clean well appointed room for 1-2 nights.
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Date of stay: March 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled on business
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Yana G wrote a review Feb 2022
4 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Yes you see lot of elephants in the property- if you looking for a safari kind of experience this is the place for you. The elephant being brought every morning on 8:30 just in time for your breakfast to "enjoy " the view. The keepers will suggest you to take photos with them and will give you fruits to feed them and of course your money for that after.

Not wild in the nature, not a "shelter" only one big tourist trap.
The hotel even suggested a "free" tour in a ayrovidic farm- off course nothing comes for free
And the "guide" will ask you kindly for your money and to buy their very poorly products....
NOT OUR CUP OF TEA
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Sanath Kaushalya wrote a review Jan 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka19 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It is very clean and nice room, washrooms also very clean. Well maintained. Foods are also ok.

This is situated in front of pinnawala elephant orphanage. Staff also friendly. You will have a buffet at ground flow resturant, with few varieties.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Ljc2933 wrote a review Jul 2022
Farington, United Kingdom13 contributions7 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We (family of four) stayed at the Hotel Pinnalanda for one night after our arrival into Sri Lanka.

The hotel is basic but has everything you need for a short stay. The staff are very welcoming and friendly. The view and the close proximity to elephants is what makes this place. It is truly amazing to experience the elephants so close, even whilst having breakfast in the morning. We didn’t see or witness any bad treatment towards the elephants at all (some reviews suggest this takes place) and we also didn’t get pressured into feeding them or having pictures with them.

The food was good and the staff very helpful and willing to change certain things for my fussy daughter. There was limited options but that was understandable and not the hotels fault, due to the current crisis.

Overall this is a good base for a very short stay (1-2 nights max as nothing else to do in the area) if wanting to see elephants close up.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Isuru_din wrote a review Mar 2024
Colombo, Sri Lanka96 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Hotel with a grate view & very friendly staff. Rooms are good. well cleaned. It was heavy rain when we visit there. They warmly welcome us. Food was Ok. but can improve. unfortunately there was no elephant to see in the river due to high water level. the elephant orphanage is within the walking distance. will visit again surely.
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Date of stay: November 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Road is close when elephants are at the river. need buy a ticket to enter at that time. check in...
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AnneBeth wrote a review Sep 2019
Bergen, Norway10 contributions24 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazing stay. The room was very nice, clean, with aircon, modern bathroom and a big balcony with a nice view. Good wifi. The restaurant was open when we arrived at 20.00 in the evening, and had good food. We got a huge breakfast in the morning with toast, coffe, muffins, egg, fruit, sri lankan breakfast with rice, and fresh juice. We could see a couple of elephants bathing at 08.30 in the morning when we were eating breakfast. All the elephants came down to bathe in the river at 10.00. A fantastic sight.
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Date of stay: July 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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r g wrote a review Dec 2016
51 contributions49 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed one night, dont bother showing up before 4pm, they wont let you check in. Finally got a room, was very clean and modern. The food is over priced, but tasted good. The view from the balcony is amazing, you can see the elephants bathing. But, HUGE WARNING FOR WOMEN, I caught a peeping tom, looking thru the room window at night! By the time I opened the door, he ran away! Beyond freaky!
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Date of stay: November 2016Trip type: Traveled with family
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StephandBill wrote a review Sep 2018
Cramlington, United Kingdom76 contributions80 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently returned from this lovely country. Doing a day trip to Kandy our first stop was at this hotel for lunch, we came to watch the elephants bathe. Although we only had a plate of chips and a drink I thought the hotel was ideal for watching the goings on with the elephants. I used the ladies whilst there and as it is situated at the far end of the restaurant I could see the buffet meal being served, it looked nice and clean in that area. The toilets were as expected, clean but very old fashioned for English standards. They are extending the front of the restaurant so there can be more seating to see the elephants. The service was quite quick and the chips delicious. I would definitely recommend this hotel either just to eat or stay.
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Date of stay: August 2018
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Isuru_din wrote a tip Mar 2024
Colombo, Sri Lanka96 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Road is close when elephants are at the river. need buy a ticket to enter at that time. check in time is at 4.00pm so contact them early."
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Brett wrote a tip Aug 2023
Papamoa, New Zealand2,042 contributions965 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Request a private balcony room overlooking the river. "
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ishara u wrote a tip Jan 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"easy access"
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Tracey wrote a tip Feb 2019
Wellington, New Zealand8 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"request a room downstairs with balcony"
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Ranjith K wrote a tip Jul 2018
Ganemulla, Sri Lanka4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Actually I didn't stay in the hotel this time. Just visited it for a lunch and really enjoyed the place and activities."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Pinnalanda
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Pinnalanda?
Nearby attractions include Elephant Freedom Project (2.3 miles), Millennium Elephant Foundation (1.7 miles), and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (1.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Pinnalanda?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Pinnalanda?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Pinnalanda?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Pinnalanda?
Conveniently located restaurants include Channa, Hotel Elephant View Restaurant, and Yummy Burger Restaurant.
Does Hotel Pinnalanda have airport transportation?
Yes, Hotel Pinnalanda offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Pinnalanda?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Tamil, and Sinhala.
Does Hotel Pinnalanda have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
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