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Le Grand Meaulnes - Family Hotel
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Bratislava Region, Slovakia
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300 reviews
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“Nice place for reasonable prices for room.”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

I choose this hotel for it's situation - it's in the middle of the cultural triangle. I like the huge room and the veranda, but the bathroom is Sri Lankan standard, like the garden, which is messy and the management don't care about it. The hotel is superb for 1-2 nights, but because is there nothing (no pool, playgroud for children, or bar), than going to be bored only sit at the veranda and watching to the trees in the garden. The dinner costs 7 dollars, plus taxes and service, with is a reasonable price, but the drinks (papaya juice) are overpriced - 300 rupies for a glass plus taxes and service (in more luxorious hotels or restaurants not costs that price). My tip is, ask for the prices at first.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

This place is a little gem.

The room was big and spacious, the staff were so attentive and lovely and kind. Dinner was very reasonably priced and all cooked fresh.. The chicken tried rice was lovely!

The free breakfast is delicious.

Gorgeous garden. Tranquil surroundings.

Perfect location for safari just 10 minutes to the Minneriya national park.. Let them organise the safari for you and they collect from outside your room.

Great place! Will stay again xxx

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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dishant, Manager at Le Grand Meaulnes - Family Hotel, responded to this review, June 29, 2014
Thank you for your great review of your stay at Le Grand Meaulnes - Family Hotel, Habarana. We are delighted that you had a good stay with us.
We look forward to welcoming you back!
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Sligo, Ireland
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Reviewed May 11, 2014

We stayed here for 5 nights in December. The bungalow, with it's lovely veranda is situated well off the road in a lush garden. The room (in the new wing) was very spacious and opened directly on to the veranda - perfect for sipping a beer in the sub tropical evening. The highlight was the hospitatilaty and attention to detail provided by the charming Jeffrey and his team. Jeffrey is a manager that any 5 star hotel would love to have. He is also a terribly nice man and a mine of local and international information. We loved our stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 9, 2014 via mobile

We planned our trip from Spain and as we were going to spend 5 days of our 2 weeks trip in Sri Lanka in the so called "cultural triangle" we arranged just one night at this lovely place in Habarana, 2 nights in Anuradhapura and 1 in Polonnaruwa. Once we have done this part of our trip we do think it would have been much better to spend more nights in Le Grand meaulnes. The reasons are several. The location of Habarana is great to do one day trips to all the interesting places like Sigiriya, the cities I mentioned before, Dambulla, safaris at the national Park of Minneriya or koudulla park, etc. Also this little place worths the money; it is cheaper than others, the rooms are huge and clean, big bathroom too, all new, hight cealings, great porche to sit down and enjoy the peaceful enviorament, and all surrounded by a nice garden with plantation of many types of local trees and tropical plants. Then you have the owner and staff who are really friendly and always willing to atend you. Great meals as well. So we do recommend this place.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 22, 2014

We spent here 5 days with our 2 small children, since Habarana is a good starting point for 1-day excursions (national parks, Polonnaruwa, Trinco, Anuradhapura).
The place is out of the city, but easy to reach with tuk-tuk. Rooms are big and comfortable. Staff was extremely friendly. We especially valued their efforts to cook always something different for us every dinner. Dinner was delicious!
We miss Habarana!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed March 21, 2014

We were picked up from the train station - a nice surprice - and welcomed with a lemon juice. The owner was absent but phoned us regularily to see that everything is ok. Nice, clean and big room with fridge for 35 US $ including nice breakfast. Nice dinner for 7 $. We met other guest who had booked a taxi and when we joined them, the price increased from 90 to 110 $ to go to Polunnaruwa and Anaradpura the same day. That was relatively expensive compared to 100 $ we paid to go from Anuradpura to Nuwera Eliya with another taxi. But the driver was nice, explained a lot (even though his english was basic) and he brought us to the nicest lunch place in sri lanka with absolute delicious rice and curry. Thanks for that.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

Grand Meaulnes is a nice hotel with a few rooms with nice veranda on the ground floor. It is a quiet area. The staff is friendly an helpfull.
We visited different places when we stayed in Habarane. We had a nice tuk tuk driver, Buta, tel no 0766841919. He showed us Elephants, domestic and wild from his tuk tuk. We also visted Sygaria and Ritigale with him. We als went to the full moon ceremony in the temple with his family and it was very nice.

Henk and Agnes,
Holland

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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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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