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Le Grand Meaulnes - Family Hotel
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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15 reviews
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“Perfect to visit cultural triangle!”
Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

This family hotel is very clean. The rooms are spacious and comfy. Though being on the main road, the dense trees in front block outside road noise completely, so it's very calm and feels like in the middle of the jungle. Also perfectly located close to a crossroad if you want to visit Polonuwara, Sigiriya and Anuradhapura, like we did during our 3 days there. The staff is very kind and helpful. And the price of it all very much worth it compared to all the other options around! Amazing value really. We paid 35$ per room at the time of our visit (jan 2014), including breakfast. Rice and curry was really good. Would definitely recommend staying in this hotel if visiting the cultural triangle, it's was just perfect! Good job to the whole staff and keep it up as it is!

Stayed January 2014
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

Habarana was the first stop oon our two week holiday and this accommodation was in hindsight one of our favourites. Habarana itself is a dusty crossroads with few charms but it was a great base to visit Polonnaruwa, Kaudulla National Park and Sigiriya. The property is located 5 minutes from the crossroads up a driveway which feels secluded and private and the rooms are spacious and clean with AC. It was the hospitality shown to us by the manager that was particularly special. We enjoyed two incredible dinners cooked by him and I came home disappointed that I didn't ask for his chutney recipe! Unfortunately we didn't catch his name (our driver called him "Uncle") but we enjoyed some interesting conversations with him. I would definitely recommend staying here.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Barcelona, Spain
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

Large, spacious rooms with mosquito nets over windows and big bathroom with hot shower.

What really made us love the place was Abey, our host. A really lovely man, who looked after us during our stay in addition to cooking delicious traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. Thanks Abey!

Extra entertainment in the form of lots of wildlife in the garden, including monitor lizards and some amazing birds.

If you do stay, and are looking for transport we'd recommend "Gune Tours" - Tuk Tuk, Car/Van, and 4x4 if you're doing a Safari - 077 611 5205

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights on a family holiday with 6 adults and 2 children. Jaya and his staff couldn't do enough to make our trip any more special. The rooms were very clean and the food was excellent. Jaya helped us to organise excursions and activities so we really made the most of our time here. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Just for two nights,in its clean and spacious rooms and very friendly people...we also found our drive guide there,Sarath and we call him anytime we needed a driver..very carefull and he never stop once in a winkel for pushing us buy things,like in Kandy ,tuk-tuk drivers do...The food was very nice but dont expect ala cart,usually is fried rice with chiken or fish ,and vegetables with fruit from the villaga...perfect place just 30 min from Sigiria and 10 min for "the gathering " in minneriya national park.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

We stayed there for 2 nights. Our room was really spacious, incredibly clean as for Sri Lanka's conditions and equipped with air con. We checked, I think, about 4 hotels before we arrived in this one - all of them were a disaster. And last but not least - great location - near sigiyria, in the walking distance from Habarana.
I also would like to say that were also very impressed with the friendly staff and the food there (the cook has even shown us how he cooks sri-lankan food).
Best regards to the owner :)
Francois and Cathy

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

The gates to Le Grand are on the left, about a km down the Trincomalee road from the Habarana junction. It is a very convenient base from which to explore the cultural triangle. The owner is French educated but unlike like the hero in Alain-Fournier’s novel there is nothing impulsive or reckless about this project.

Set off the main road in a large plantation of fruit and coconut trees this motel style accommodation has being operating for two years and consists of six large air conditioned rooms each with its own large modern bathroom with excellent hot water and a front verandah on which to lounge.

The room rate of around £35 per night for a triple included breakfast. The motel kitchen provides lunch and dinner at cost if required. The menu was limited but what was available came in large servings and the quality excellent. Driver accommodation and wifi, only available in the dining area, are included in the tariff.

Elegant in its simplicity the Le Grand Meaulnes is clean and comfortable and value for money. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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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 47 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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