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“Do not hesitate, stay at Le Grand Meaulnes”

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Le Grand Meaulnes - Family Hotel
Bengaluru, India
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“Do not hesitate, stay at Le Grand Meaulnes”
Reviewed January 13, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at Le Grand Meaulnes.
We arrived quite tired from our day, walking all the stairs up to Dambulla caves and Sigiriya.
Just the time to take a shower and our dinner was ready, so the kids could be in bed not too late.
The dinner was excellent. People are really helpful, the dad speaks french.
Enjoy your stay at Le Grand Meaulnes as much as we did.
Marie

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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dishant, Manager at Le Grand Meaulnes - Family Hotel, responded to this review, January 14, 2012
Thank you for your review on our bungalow located in the Cultural Triangle , it was a pleasure to host your family at our property. We appreciate your feedback on the place and the foods.
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Ghent, Belgium
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Reviewed November 30, 2011

We stayed one night and had a very good stay. The rooms are very big, clean. It is very nice to sit on the porch and have a drink after a long day of travelling. Paul is very helpful and good to talk to. They can arrange anything you ask.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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dishant, Owner at Le Grand Meaulnes - Family Hotel, responded to this review, December 1, 2011
Thank you for your review, it was a pleasure to have you stay at Le Grand Meaulnes Holiday bungalow, we hope that you will return for a second visit.
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Bucharest, Romania
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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 review, 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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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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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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Rome, Italy
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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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Milan, Italy
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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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Bologna
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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 review, 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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Property: Le Grand Meaulnes - Family Hotel
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 #4 of 50 Specialty Lodging in Habarana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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