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Hotel Elephant Bay

Pinnawala, Pinnawala, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka (Show on map)

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Good 7.3
based on 188 reviews

"The view from the delux room and the location ..."

  • Naadira, South Africa
  • February 15, 2015
  • Area: Pinnawala
  • Rooms : 20
  • Free Wi-Fi

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Room Types
Standard- Breakfast
Deluxe Double Room with Lake View
Deluxe Double Room with Lake View- Breakfast
Family (4 Adults)
Family (4 Adults)- Breakfast


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Features of Hotel Elephant Bay

airport transfer


car park

coffee shop

executive floor

family room

laundry service

meeting facilities


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free Wi-Fi in all rooms

Wi-Fi in public areas


car park


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Built in 2000, Hotel Elephant Bay is a distinct addition to Pinnawala and a smart choice for travelers. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. Also within easy reach are Pinnawala Zoo.

The facilities and services provided by Hotel Elephant Bay ensure a pleasant stay for guests. A selection of top-class facilities such as free Wi-Fi in all rooms, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, room service, airport transfer can be enjoyed at the hotel.

The ambiance of Hotel Elephant Bay is reflected in every guestroom. non smoking rooms, air conditioning, wake-up service, desk, mini bar are just some of the facilities that can be found throughout the property. The hotel offers wonderful recreational facilities such as massage, garden to make your stay truly unforgettable. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Hotel Elephant Bay the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Pinnawala.
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Children and extra beds:
Infant 0-1 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding. Note, if you need a cot there may be an extra charge.
Children 2-5 year(s)
Must use an extra bed

Guests over 5 years old are considered as adults.

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room policy for more details.

When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Airport Transfer Fee
65 USD

Check-In From
16:00 PM

Check-Out Until
12:00 PM

Distance from City Center
16 km

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Mohamed A. Families with young children United Arab Emirates, July 31, 2015
View is the ONLY wonderful thing about this hotel

The view, the elephants, location
Arrived at the hotel after checking our booking before getting into the alley!! arriving at the hotel the view was thrilling by the wonderful river!! we talked to The staff, who do not speak good English, we have booked for 3 rooms, we asked for extra beds and breakfast for 8 and they asked for payment immediately!!and were given a hand written bill!!! after payment 2 rooms had the river view, one had the parking view!!!asked for another room, they refused and were very rude to us including the reception manager, spoke in their language and ironically laughing with glances. the real boss was the luggage man, who was interfering with the issue. they finally gave us a near (NO VIEW AT ALL) room NOT EVEN A WINDOW FOR AIR!!! we took it! we could hear the other rooms noise from everywhere, there was NO privacy at all. bathrooms were awful, need renovating, no curtains for shower and towels were dirty. the bathroom door was broken, hose was leaking. the breakfast could be better than that. pillows and mattresses were uncomfortable. curtains were broken, no blankets only a thin sheet like thing to use like a blanket.took us half an hour to discover that the light switch is behind the small extra bed which is available in all the rooms at this hotel!! I do not recommend this particular hotel for those seeking comfort and luxurious stay. maybe other hotels in the area are better than that one.
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Andrew H. Families with young children United Arab Emirates, April 10, 2015
Ideal location only

The restaurant was terrible at this hotel. We tried 3 times to eat there and each time the restaurant failed to deliver the food or it arrived with flies swarming. Breakfast was extremely basic and again swarmed by flies
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Naadira K. Couples South Africa, February 15, 2015
Great value for money

The view from the delux room and the location
The room was clean and the workers very helpful although they did not always understand English. It was great value for money and we were quite impressed coming from Centara Ceysands which was double the price and not much more great. The delux room is 50 percent glass and the view is breathtaking. Breakfast was not great, flies everywhere and not very hygienic. Perfect for a one night elephant experience
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Robert H. Families with young children United States of America, January 29, 2015
Planned to stay 3 days, left after just 6 hours

location, elephants, low cost
Arrived at night and we were concerned about security. There is one staff member on duty. He is the front desk, operator, bellman, security guard, room service, cook, and maintenance. Understaffing at night is a problem. The entire hotel just barely meets the minimum requirements to be considered a hotel. All furniture is very old and in poor condition. In the rooms, only a bedsheet is provided, blankets not available. In the bathrooms, a few regular towels, no toothpaste, shampoo etc, no hand towels. The locks on the doors are every old and not secure, we moved furniture and luggage in front of the door for added security. There is no elevator. Hot water was only available after we ran the tap open for about 25 minutes. We used a major tour company as our driver, so they know nearly every hotel in Kandy. They did not know this hotel and had never been to it. They did know every other hotel on our trip. Breakfast- given 3 options only, food is OK. Glasses were not washed after use, but just rinsed. We were concerned about cleanliness after seeing that. The hotel manager let us check out early and refunded our payment for 2 more nights, which we are very thankful for. Overall, this is a very budget hotel- the price is low but you get very little other than a bare basic room with no amenities.
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Wijitha A. Families with young children Sri Lanka, January 23, 2015
Room for improvements

Location, staff, view
Our stay was good. There is are room for improvement. The hotel rooms show a little bit wear ant tear. This needs to be attended. Entrance and the parking area too need attention.
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Wijitha A. Families with older children Sri Lanka, January 22, 2015
Good - need some improvements

location, staff view
Our stay was good. There is a room for improvement. The hotel rooms show a little bit wear and tear. This needs to be addressed urgently to maintain your star rating TV set need replacement with LCD This needs to be attended.
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Denny L. Couples Italy, January 5, 2015
Good hotel

Very good breakfast and elephants coming at 10am
Perfect position to see elephant (they come to you after breakfast), good food and good choice.
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Linda V. Families with young children Australia, December 25, 2014
Not 3 Star!!

This alleged 3 star hotel does not rate at all! The staff are not able to communicate effectively, rooms were old and shabby and the restaurant's food, service and quality was awful!! For the cost, this place was not value for money!
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Meghan R. Couples Canada, October 3, 2014
Great hotel!

Great stay; comfortable rooms, great location and awesome view of te river and elephants bathing!
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Zhijun C. Groups China, September 30, 2014
Wonderful location to see elephant bath

Price location
The location should be the best for elephant bath, you can close to see they have a bath and the experience is too difficult to forget! But the hotel should make a smart and clear guidance in the street so we can find it easilier, and I need to complained that why there is no hair dryer in the room but agoda show that they have
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