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Elephant Corridor Hotel
Ranked #16 of 20 Hotels in Sigiriya
Kinsbridge
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“Amazing Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

This hotel was amazing we were met with flowers and cool drinks,friendly staff that couldn't do enough for us.Set in the most beautiful park with the occasional elephant wandering through(we didn't see any but did see the evidence on our nature walk) we couldn't have wished for more. First class rooms with the wow factor and the biggest shower I have ever seen all beautifully kept and clean.
Excellent food with wonderful service,we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary here and were thoroughly spoilt by the staff that went the extra mile by surprising us with wine a cake and decorating our table.All in all an amazing place to stay.

Room Tip: Every room was superb
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

The original concept of this hotel was probably as a 'world hotel'. A lot of effort has gone into its design and setup and it really delivers something quite different in terms of a travel experience and in a good way!

The staff are amazing.... nothing to fault here. The bungalows too are amazing and offer all you could want. They are incredibly clean and well maintained as is all of the property.

We particularly enjoyed our breakfasts in the elevated dining room. The naturalist walk was a pleasure and we saw lots of birds and heard elephant stories. My only feint comment is the strange way of pricing things in US dollars?

Anyway, a wonderful experience and the highlight of our trip! YMMV

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

From the moment we entered the grounds to when we left the staff could not do enough to make our stay relaxing and enjoyable. We were greeted with cool drinks, flowers and chilled towels to recover from our travels.

Our room was huge with a plunge pool in our bedroom. The bathroom had a double head shower, separate bath and good sized dressing room.

The pool area is quite peaceful although it is a bit of a distance from the accommodation. The staff do provide buggies to take you to and from the pool area and therapy rooms.

We took advantage of the nature walk lead by their very knowledgeable guide. We did not see and elephants, however there was evidence that they are around.

The only downside was the food. The set menu was certainly overpriced for what we received. One of my main meals consisted on a large mound of rice, 4 small pieces of meat and 2 cremated, unrecognizable pieces of sea food.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

We moved here from a nearby, very busy Hotel and were very pleased by the reception. Staff bearing flowers, chilled hand towels, a welcome drink and valet parking all within five minutes of arriving. We'd climbed Sigiriya very early and got to the hotel by 11.00, a little early. We were upgraded to the Royal Suite which was beautifully furnished with an eight foot bed, outside pool and floor to ceiling glass wall overlooking the bunduh and lake. Tranquility , peace and quiet, opulence reminiscent of the old colonial days. What a treat. We had the pool area to ourselves all afternoon and indulged in a long massage each after the complimentary one. The swimming pool attendant needs to be able to supply drinks from his bar and not have to cycle back to the hotel.
We had dinner on the balcony and treated ourselves to a bottle of wine, my advice is to get the wine list sorted out urgently. $65 for a Blanc de Blanc!!
Many thanks to the Duty Manager and all his staff, keep on doing the necessary maintenance and you will be the jewel in the crown once again.

  • Stayed February 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

It is a very nice place.FOod was good and the service was excellent.
The swimming pool was away form the chalets but I thought it was a good thing ad was a very different experience.i loved every bit of it .It's made in a way that you can feel close to the nature..I would go again for sure.
My husband proposed to me there. I wouldn't have ever imagines a better place than that..awesome and memorable.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

Stayed 2 nights in this special place.Very scenic place, full of nature and animals (like everywhere in Sri Lanka).
Great architecture and hotel infrastructure.
Nice walks.

I would recommend here for anyone to stay.

I felt the rooms are little bit too closer to each other.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Surrey
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

Overun with disruptive international students, driving around in the hotel buggies, loud music, grabbed all the bikes, rude, disrespectful.
The swimming pool is a long way away for the chalets. No poolside bar open, leaves in the pool. We were dropped off at the pool, asked if we had a mobile phone to call them if we wanted to be picked up, and left. You could not relax as all the students had overrun the gym area behind the pool.
The main bar area looked cheap and tacky.
The gardens were not maintained.
The plunge pool was more like a bath and dirty.
We didn't eat here as the other guests were saying how awful the food was
This is a has been hotel. The reminents of a once classy hotel are visible, but have not been maintained and the management are relying on an old reputation to capture customers.

My advice, is to avoid at all costs. This is the only hotel that did not live up to our expectations during our two week stay in Sri Lanka.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Elephant Corridor Hotel
Address: Pothana Road | Kimbissa, Sigiriya 21120, 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:
#4 Family Hotel in Sigiriya
#8 Luxury Hotel in Sigiriya
#12 Spa Hotel 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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