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“the best in Habarana” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Le Grand Meaulnes - Family Hotel

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Le Grand Meaulnes - Family Hotel
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Warsaw, Poland
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“the best in Habarana”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 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, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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186 reviews
42 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 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, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Antwerp, Belgium
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2013

We stayed for 3 nights in " Le Grand Meaulnes" ,with our family ( 2 adults and 3 children) it was great !! The rooms are very big and very clean. There is also a good working airco. The staff is very helpful and always friendly. Also the food is excelent. Al the places to visit are nearby.


a fine place to stay !!

we highly recommend it .

Family " De Weerdt" Belgium

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

Stopped here for one night and were very happy we chose to stay here! Friendly and helpful staff, clean and comfortable rooms, good food. The hotel had a lovely relaxed atmosphere, perfect after a busy day of sightseeing. Great location also - near sigiyria, and minneryia national park. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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85 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2013

We arrived here on a Sunday afternoon - our second guest house in Sri Lanka to find the gate shut: obviously not expecting guests - even although I had a booking from booking.com. Our driver, knowing the place well, went through and talked with the staff and the gates were finally opened. The owner, apparently, lives in Colombo and an elderly man is either the caretaker or manager. He seemed a little put out by our appearance - phoned his son and then said, yes, his son confirmed we had a booking!
The individual bungalows are lovely and comprises two rooms - bedroom at the front and wet room at the rear. Very good shower with lots of hot water. The rooms, as other guests have said, are very big. The property is set back from the main road so I'm unsure what the noise is like in the high season with the increase of traffic. We stayed one night and appeared to be the only guests. Because the guest house is not within walking distance of Habarana we ate on site. Had a chicken curry but we weren't overly impressed with the food nor breakfast the following morning. The property is a good stopping off place from Colombo and we reached it in about three and a half hours on good roads with one or two short unmade surfaces. You can easily access the national parks and the cultural areas from here.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ScrabbleAustralia
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dishant, Manager at Le Grand Meaulnes - Family Hotel, responded to this review, 4 July 2013
Thanks for your comments. We booked your reservation writing that your are Australians but you said that you are British on your arrival. The room was ready for you but the country was the reason for the confusion.
Our place is a quite private property and we accept guests only on online reservation basis. We don't accept clients at the gate but only through online bookings. That's why we close the gate when there are no clients but never lock it. Just shut it for security reasons of the property. We informed your driver well regarding that matter that the gate is just close but never locked. You were the only guest that day and we kept the gate just closed but not locked but we feel sorry for the inconvenience you faced.
We wish you good luck!
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Newcastle, Australia
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93 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here one night as it was recommended by our driver when we were passing through from sigiriya to polonnaruwa. We were with another driver at this time and it was dark as we passed through town, white entrance on left with small sign on fence but worth the third pass to find it. Friendly staff welcomed us and helped with bags as it was raining then brought us fresh lime drink made from fruit in the orchard which surrounds the accommodation. Air cond room and massive room at that! Dinner was great however we asked for medium heat and was not hot enough but still very tasty. Breakfast was all that we have come to expect in Sri Lanka, however enough to get you through til lunch. Again when leaving staff were extremely friendly. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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dishant, Manager at Le Grand Meaulnes - Family Hotel, responded to this review, 8 May 2013
Thanks for your good comments about our place. We always try to do our best to keep our guests satisfied. We wish you good luck . Thanks again.
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48 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2013

This was one of biggest room we have on our stay in Sri Lanka. However please note there is no AC just fan in ceiling. (But there was not so hot, so we sleep well) Its off the road and very calm place. We loved to sit on veranda and food was definitely delicious (both dinner and breakfast). Also there is plenty of birds, monkeys, butterflies around you just when you sit on veranda. They arranged for us trip to Huluru eco park, which was definitely worthy. We was lucky and see from elephants, over lizards, falcon to wild peacock. Our intention was to visit Mineriya park which is more expensive, but they told us that whole park was underwater in March, and that only Huluru is open. There was plenty of water anyway also, so maybe it was right. The cost was 35USD for jeep with driver and cca 2000RS for entrance fee to ecopark (car,persons etc). Visit takes cca 3 hours and take a cap and water with you, sun is really shining there. Definitely nice pension on nice place with nice staff.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Le Grand Meaulnes - Family Hotel
Address: Green Path | Trincomalee Road, Habarana 50150, Sri Lanka
Region: 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 45 Speciality 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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