We spent 3 nights in this place and I have to say that it wasn't too impressed! The rooms are big but dirty especially the bathroom, the food is expensive considering the Sri Lanka average and not fresh, only one of the waiters was really nice the rest of the staff was unfriendly and unhelpful. Pinnawala is a very small village and it is far away from everything. If you need to move around don't ask for assistance to the staff at the hotel! They will find for you only extremely expensive drivers! Outside the hotel there are always tuk tuk available to take you everywhere you like including Kandy which is about one an a half hour away for very small money compare to the hotel staff! The plus point for this place is the location! You can see the elephants every day coming for a bath in the river right outside the hotel! The elephant orphanage is just across the road from the hotel and it is a must to see! There are other hotels around but I cannot say anything because I did not stay in them! Overall you can stay in this place but just don't expect too much!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Pinnawala, Hotel Elephant Bay is right across from the famous elephant orphanage. It provides rooms with large private balconies and spectacular views of Ma Oya River.Rooms are bright and airy, with simple decor and furnishings. They feature a flat-screen cable TV, a tea/coffee maker and private bathroom facilities.Guests can enjoy leisurely strolls in the tropical garden or make use of the hotel’s sun terrace. The Elephant Bay Hotel offers bike rental facilities for guests’ convenience. Various activities like hiking and fishing are available.Ivory Inn Restaurant serves international dishes. Room service is provided.The Elephant Bay Hotel is a 70-minute drive from Bandaranaike International Airport and a 2-hour drive from Colombo. It is an easy drive to cities like Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Elephant Bay Sri Lanka/Pinnawala