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Le Grand Meaulnes - Family Hotel
Reviewed November 14, 2011

Wow! What a place! It was hard to find a reasonable accommodation in Habarana and I got very few replies to my emails from the guesthouse owners in Habarana. But one of the replies came from the owner of Le Grand Meaulnes, a very pleasant person living in Colombo, who called me twice just for asking if we are feeling well treated and telling us that everything we need can be arranged. But the administrator of the guesthouse was the person who made our stay so nice- he cooked a very good food for us and told us a lot of stories about Sri Lanka.
We've also arranged our safari trip through the guesthouse and it was a very good choice.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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dishant, Owner at Le Grand Meaulnes - Family Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2011

Hi,
Thank you very much for your review about our bungalow. Hope that you returned safely and enjoyed in Sri Lanka.

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Reviewed October 13, 2011

We had a great stay here for 2 nights. Although the owner wasn't there for the days we were, we very expertly looked after by Peter. And between the two of them they organised trips for us very successfully. They have a car and driver for people staying to use and it is a great place for being close to all the Cultural Triangle sites.
The food was really yummy here, and you should definitely try some of their squeezed lime juice!!
The room was fantastic, really large, smart and quite modern - looked really classy.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 13, 2011

We stayed at the Habarana Holiday Resort for 3 nights in August and really enjoyed it. Habarana is a good basis for visiting the cultural triangle, located not further than 1 hour-drive from all sites.
Our room was spacious and clean, with mosquito net plus coils provided by the staff.
We had dinner there for the 3 nights, and the staff got us to try a variety of Sri Lankan food, which we all enjoyed: it was much and it was good. So was the breakfast. All meals are served outdoor, right in front of the garden. DIshant and the other staffs are extremely friendly and wam (sometimes even too much!).
Be aware, though, that if you are travelling with a driver, he will be most likely asked to pay for his accommodation, which, according to ours (who was aked 500 Rs per night) is not a common practice at all.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

the town of Habarana is a crossroads with a few houses and the great advantage of being close to Minneraya National Park, Sigiriya and on the road to Trincomalee.
Le Grand Meaulnes is a beautiful and hidden realities in this small town.
The guesthouse offers spacious rooms, comfortable, bright and very clean. A comfortable sitting area outside the room. An excellent restaurant where guests can enjoy fine local foods.
The owner, his wife and staff all have a disarming kindness.
It 'been a pleasure to stay at this property.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

If you stay at "Le Grand" you can feel like home: you will be welcome and provided with any sort of information you need. And if you are a reader of Alain Fournier you can have the chance to share nice talks (in a very good French!) with the nice owner. It is located out Habarana in a nice garden with different kind of trees, and from here you can visit the cultural triangle. Maybe some more efforts for the "customer satisfaction" can be made. The dinners are nice but the dishes are always exactly the same.. and it seems the family is very stressed about the dinner and breakfast time: but tourists are in holiday and prefer not too be bothered so much on this aspect.. Also, it is not perfectly understandable why we had to pay for the "service", beside the room fee. Another item that tourists do not like in general.. But our stay was anyway great and we recommend this very nice guesthouse.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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dishant, Owner at Le Grand Meaulnes - Family Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 31, 2011

Dear Roberto,
Thank you very much for your review about our bungalow.
We normally add 10% to the total cost for foods and beverages as the 'service charge' but we couldn't add that to the final bill we gave you. It was our mistake as we normally add 10% to the total cost for food and beverages as most places do.
We recruited a new cook now and food recipes have been changed .
Anyway, we thank you again for the comment you made.
Hope you enjoyed well and saw much of Sri Lanka during your visit in Sri Lanka.

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Reviewed August 24, 2011

In August 2011 we stayed at Le Grand Mealnes while on a self organized tour of the island. My wife and I travelled with our two children aged 10 and 11. We had a very enjoyable stay in the family bungalow. The room was bigger than expected, considering the price we paid. The owner and his family showed great hospitality and the food was very nice. The beds were good, the room was clean. Considering these and other aspects I would dare recommend this place to others.

Donald Bliek
Eindhoven
The Netherlands

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 13, 2011

It is indeed a very pleasant and happy time we spent at your beautiful bungalow, with this large member of my family we had a good time for the last two days.
Most noticing, your hospitality was unbeatable; you had organized and made all arrangement to us.
Thank you very much, we wish you a happy time in your business and progress well and successful.
Thank You,
Joseph Family (Joseph S - [---])

11, Digby Cresent
Markham, ont
L3R 7HY
Canada

Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
Thank J0sephS
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Address: Green Path | Trincomalee Road, Habarana 50150, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Habarana
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Habarana
Price Range: $22 - $42 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Le Grand Meaulnes - Family Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Make your dreams a reality while holidaying with your family and friends at Habarana in Sri Lanka. Le Grand Meaulnes Holiday Bungalow is situated in a 2 acre land with coconut and fruit cultivation. Besides, full of trees and brushes you may feel the cool and windy climate though it belongs to the dry climatic area. Habarana is probably the best destination for safari, wildlife, bird watching, nature lovers and situated in the centre of Sri Lankan cultural triangle. ... more   less 
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