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The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort
Reviewed 19 April 2014

Very comfortable modern hotel. The rooms were clean and tidy, service all round excellent. Buffet meals were of a good standard with a good selection of western and sri lankan dished. Ideal location to visit Udewalawe national Park and the Elephant Orphanage. Would recommend this hotel

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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Family of four (children 7 & 9). WE spent two nights here in order to do a couple of game drives in the national park. The room was clean and fir for purpose (shower curtains worked fine). Noisey AC but provided you cool the room during the day then you can switch it off at night and rely on the ceiling fan.
The staff at the hotel were very pleasant and helped where they were able to.
The hotel has a large and child-friendly swimming pool with life guard. Lots of bats, bugs and monkeys to keep small boys and girls occupied.
The catering is a a large buffet-style dining room, however the food was very good. Of particular note was the excellent Sri Lankan food which was truly delicious and is highly recommended for any foodie.

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Reviewed 7 April 2014

We stayed here for one night and enjoyed our stay. The room was large and spotless, Wifi was a bit dodgy in the room but that didn't really bother us. Another minor point was the shower curtains were hopeless which meant the bathroom flooded everytime we had a shower. The food was pretty good and the location is very convienent for safari's in the national park. We found the staff, esepcially in the restaurant to be very friendly and polite. We would definitely come here again if visiting Uda Walawe national park.

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2  Thank LPolwin
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

The hotel was modern and stylish. The room was the best we had in Sri Lanka. A king size bed with a clean room and a clean bathroom. We really liked this hotel. We had dinner here and although it was a buffet we were offered of only having the mains and dessert at a reduced price as there was no a la carte. The mutton stew if the lamb had been tender was delicious. The food on the buffet was of a good standard but I do not approve of hotels only offering a buffet to their guests. The value is extremely good but I do prefer a choice from a menu. The staff were very good and we ended up in the lovely little bar for a drink at the end of the meal. We had an Arrak cocktail, our first introduction to this locally made brandy. The cocktail was a mixture of Arrak , grenadine, Ginger ale and pineapple juice. It was delightful as was this hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank the_clerk
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

As you can see from the website this is a fairly ‘soulless’ large modern hotel. However, our (deluxe) room was clean and comfortable and the hotel is fantastically located for the Udawalawe safari drives and the elephant transit centre. Where the hotel exceeded our expectations was the delightful staff and the brilliant Sri Lankan breakfast (probably the second best of our 2 week trip!). We didn’t have the evening meal so can’t comment on that. My only complaint would be that the air conditioning was very noisy but earplugs can solve that!

Room Tip: We paid a little extra for the deluxe room and it was a very good size.
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

Me and my wife spent two nights in the hotel. The rooms were spacious and clean. Bathroom was bit small but accepatable. Pool area was excellent and the staff in the pool was also very helpful.However the rest of the staff was very unfriendly. May be this was due to the reason that we were locals. Most of them were helping out the forigners almost all the time, but when we ask for something had to wait a long time to get the service in the restaurant. Food was slightly ok, but lacked variation.

Also internet faciluty was available inside the rooms, and wifi was only available in pool side and in the lobby area

Don't recommend locals to go there based on their service. Need to improve a lot on how to properly treat their visitors.

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11  Thank Chathuranga86
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

We stayed one night as we were visiting the National Park. The hotel is very convenient and close to the National Park which is a plus. The room was a good size and had efficient air con. The bathroom was small and that's not a problem, my only gripe is that if the hotel provides a shower curtain it should be long enough to stop water! We found the restaurant to be soulless, dark, and I don't like a TV in the dining room. We didn't dine late but at 9pm there was only one other couple in there. The food was ok with a fair amount of choice, but the restaurant lacked soul, the staff in the restaurant were also joyless. This was in stark comparison to other staff who couldn't have been more helpful. My wife used the pool and the facilities there were very good. As a stop over the hotel provided exactly that type of service, good enough to be ok but nothing to make you want to come back.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
8  Thank Stuart J
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Additional Information about The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

Address: No. 912 Thanamalwila Road | (1 km from Thibolketiya (Barrier) Junction), Uda Walawe National Park 70190, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Uda Walawe National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Uda Walawe National Park
Price Range: £82 - £117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort, offering 4-star facilities. We have 53 Deluxe and Superior rooms and 4 suite rooms.The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort, situated on 7 acres of land, is located 163 kilometers away from Colombo, We are only 500 meters from the Ath Athuru Sevana (Elephant Orphernage), five minutes drive from the Uda Walawe National Park. It is very conveniently located with easy access to places such as the Mahinda Rajapaksa Cricket Stadium, the Ruhunu Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port and the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport.One of the most significant feature of the Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort is its’ picturesque swimming pool. Ingeniously fashioned from the Malabotu Ara, a natural waterway bordering three sides of the property, it preserves the natural ambience and the awe-inspiring quality of the jungle atmosphere with the shade of the stately Kumbuk trees, which were preserved in order to allow the guests of the hotel the coolness and to maintain the healthy quality of the air and water.The other significant feature of the Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort is its’ open air theater named ‘Wala”.The hotel is equipped with a Banquet Hall seating 400 pax and a Restaurant seating 250 pax, a fully equipped Conference Hall and a state-of-the-art Business Centre, a complete Gymnasium, a Mini-Theatre, the Main Kitchen catering to the Restaurant, and a satellite kitchen catering to the Pool Bar and a Banquet Kitchen in the upper floor catering to the Banquet Hall, located so as not to disturb the idyllic existence of the guests, who venture into the jungle to escape the humdrum day-to-day life in the City braving the rat race. The hotel has 24 hour room service and extensive laundry facilities. ... more   less 
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