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 with comfy beds but linen was pretty old (as rooms and the TV) and there were some stains on it! Bath towels were clean but again OLD and one with small patch! Closet doors were very noisy and someone has to put little oil to make them use. Lots of red ants were waiting in corners and since there was no minibar, we had to do some old day techniques to keep my child’s sweets away from them.
Despite all, the Manager (who was waiting for us until 10.30pm) and the Steward who served us during our stay was very friendly, cooperative and I must say thank to them for their great service! If I would ever think to stay again in this hotel, it’s because of the service.
But I certainly stop for lunch while watching elephants bathing which is a unique experience that you will not get from any other nearby hotels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Pinnawala, Hotel Elephant Bay is right across from the famous elephant orphanage. It provides rooms with large private balconies and spectacular views of Ma Oya River.Rooms are bright and airy, with simple decor and furnishings. They feature a flat-screen cable TV, a tea/coffee maker and private bathroom facilities.Guests can enjoy leisurely strolls in the tropical garden or make use of the hotel’s sun terrace. The Elephant Bay Hotel offers bike rental facilities for guests’ convenience. Various activities like hiking and fishing are available.Ivory Inn Restaurant serves international dishes. Room service is provided.The Elephant Bay Hotel is a 70-minute drive from Bandaranaike International Airport and a 2-hour drive from Colombo. It is an easy drive to cities like Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. ... more less
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