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Elephant Corridor Hotel
Ranked #15 of 21 Hotels in Sigiriya
Reviewed July 30, 2010

Had a totally disappointing experience. When you pay $400 per night, you expect good food, service and great experience. We had two little kids, so we wanted dinner around 7.00. Menu was not ready till 6.30pm, dinner was served at 7.45pm. By then we had to feed them other munchies. For the hefty price you pay, this hotel does not deliver.

Out kids still have cuts in their skin from sharp/damaged pool tiles. Finding frogs daily in your bathroom is part of your echo holiday itinerary, elephant corridor is the place to go. DVD player did not work. Food was just not up to the boutique hotel mark. This is just a fake hyped up, rip off!

If you are considering elephant corridor, make sure you check out Vil Uyana hotel which is around the same area, an absolutely fabulous villa hotel for half the price, they deliver value for money. Vil Uyana sometimes charge more than $200, which I do not think its worth more than that, if that’s the case check out Kandalama.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 22, 2010

We stayed at the Elephant Corridor during our first two days of our honeymoon trip in Sri Lanka. We loved it and wished we booked one night or two longer. We liked the quiet natural surroundings, our large well equiped bungalow, the service and the privacy they gave you. The restaurant is very good and served the best Sri Lankan food we had during our trip. Staff is professional, resort/park nicely maintained, the pool is beautiful. Perfect place for couples who want to relax and also see some culture and nature.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 18, 2010

This special hotel is perfect for private time, in a totally luxurious setting. The honeymoon suite has all the amenities of the individual bungalows, plus a mirrored four poster and a bathing pool in the bedroom, which is strewn with floating candles and flower petals! In your private garden you can be waited on hand and foot by a team of chefs and waiters, who will arrange a spectacular BBQ , with silver and crystal, fairy lights and food and wine of your choice. The grounds are full of wild life. The pool is luxurious . There are no meal times- you can eat what you like when and where you choose. You can sun bathe in the buff on your daybed in your garden. All the bungalows and amenities are fabulous, but it can be overly quiet after a while, so three or four nights is about right for us. Quite expensive, but worth it for a special treat An elephant can be arranged for your wedding in the Presidential suite.No cars are allowed near the hotel. They will collect you from the gates by golf buggy.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank JinxSouthEastEngland
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Reviewed March 7, 2010

My husband and I travelled to Sigiriya on our honeymoon having prebooked the Elephant Corridor from the UK. It is most unlike anywhere I have ever stayed before - a truly unique experience.

We'd booked a Romantic Suite which overlooked the lake, was secluded and uniquely furnished with a private plunge pool and large four poster with (slightly disconcerting!) mirrors above it.

The grounds are simply wonderful - just the walk to the swimming pool is like a trail through a butterfly farm or bird sanctuary - there's lots of space to explore and it's spacious enough that I imagine that even at full capacity a guest may enjoy plenty of seclusion. Nearby tanks (manmade lakes) serve many birds and occasionally elephants - although we didn't see any, it was fun to walk through the jungle in the late afternoons in the hope we may spot some. We booked a nature walk with the hotels naturalist – highly recommended – who pointed out many of the area’s indigenous and migratory birds that we would not previously have noticed.

The hotel offers all the usual facilities of a five star - room service, gym, swimming pool, spa treatments, minibar etc. But aside from location, the real character of Elephant Corridor is found in the staff who, whilst being extremely efficient and polite, manage not to adopt the lifeless subservience of some five star hotels and were fun and conversational - if you liked. Many an evening we enjoyed talking with the hotel manager Wije, whilst the head chef Clarence went out of his way to prepare us different Sri Lankan dishes every night – and they were fantastic.

Someone on Trip Advisor had previously commented on the stale bread (!) – I didn’t notice the bread being stale – tasted fine to me - but I wouldn’t travel to Sri Lanka for good bread anyway. We didn’t eat international cuisine whilst we were there – purely because of that old adage; when in Rome. Sri Lankans cook fantastic Sri Lankan food. Even in a five star hotel – if you want good bread, go to France. And in response to the other comment about frogs in the plunge pool – Elephant Corridor invites you to “breathe the spirit of wilderness” which may occasionally mean frogs and other ‘wild’ animals. Although we didn’t see any snakes (or experience frogs in the plunge pool) if you’ve an aversion to “breathing the spirit of wilderness” then this isn’t the place for you!

It’s hard to find fault with Elephant Corridor, but to make it a fair review; if I return, the only improvements I’d like to see would be maintenance to the pool – it’s lovely but the tiles are worn and sharp in places – and perhaps the plunge pools are a bit too cold! (daft considering I swim in the sea off the Cornish coast year round!). Also, I think that hotel of this calibre should provide free drinking water (the bottles in the minibar were chargeable) and free internet access.

But, overall, Elephant Corridor is full of character and simply beautiful.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 30, 2010

Heard about Elephant Corridor from friends and then went to stay there. It was truly a rewarding experience. Not everyone can afford to stay there as it is a bit expensive but worth staying. This boutique hotel is located inside the real bush. Apart from the hotel area, the rest are real jungle. From the restaurant, it has a panoramic view of the Sigiriya, Kandalama hills and vast nature.
Though we were an elderly couple but were given the Romantique suite. The room had a plunge pool inside. Very nice suite with sitting place, verandah and a lovely view. The bathroom is a wonderful place. Very cosy room. I enjoyed having very cold plunge in the pool in my privacy.
We don;t know how we passed two wonderful days together. Time just flew. There were complimentary foot massage at the spa centre which was Ok. A nice pool area where we enjoyed some drinks while a family was having nice time in the pool. Away from all crowds, we could relax in the wild nature and walked on the walkways.
The hotel is eco friendly and does not allow any vehicle to come inside. From the parking lot, a golf vehicle brings the guests inside the hotel. The reception area is in a wide open place and the way they welcomed us is truly memorable. The Manager took great care of us, the staff were very friendly and was always ready to help us. Truly a great place to relax. But those who want to see crowds, loud music, menicured gardens throughout the hotel, this is not for them. It is for those people who want to stay in very quiet place away from all city life amenities.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2010

We have never forgotten our three night stay at the Elephant Corridor! Our room took our breath away and the staff could not have been more professional or solicitous. We felt pampered and cared for while breathing in the wonders of the Sigirya! Don't miss this in your lifetime!!!

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Travelingduo5
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Reviewed November 6, 2009

Its really a fanatastic resort for couples, specially for honey mooners,

Stayed: October 2009, traveled on business
Thank MohamedMeeran
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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:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Sigiriya
#11 Spa Hotel in Sigiriya
Price Range: $128 - $306 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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