Hotel Elephant Park
 Hotel Elephant Park
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7.9
Very good
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9.4
Exceptional
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Exceptional location
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Hotel Elephant Park

pinnawela,rambukkana,, Pinnawala, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka - See map
"The rooms are very clean with great service and perfect morning views of the elephants"
Rebecca - January 21, 2018
Exceptional reputation
Recommended by 96% of guests
Very good facilities on premise
7.9 facilities on premise
  • Airport transfer

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Air conditioning

  • Bar

  • Garden

Value for money8.0
Location rating9.4

Rooms available at Hotel Elephant Park

Superior Double Room Garden View
Superior Double Room Garden View
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  • Room size: 300 m²/3229 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed
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Superior Double Room with River View and balcony
Superior Double Room with River View and balcony
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  • Room size: 37 m²/398 ft²
  • River view
  • 1 super king bed
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Deluxe Double Balcony River View
Deluxe Double Balcony River View
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  • Room size: 140 m²/1507 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 double bed and 1 queen be...
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Deluxe Triple Room
Deluxe Triple Room
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 single bed and 1 double b...
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Deluxe Family Room with Balcony - River View
Deluxe Family Room with Balcony - River View
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  • Room size: 33 m²/355 ft²
  • Shower
  • 2 queen beds
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Deluxe - Deluxe Garden View Room
Deluxe - Deluxe Garden View Room
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  • Room size: 200 m²/2153 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 super king bed
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Family  Room with Lake View
Family Room with Lake View
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  • River view
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 super king bed
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Superior Double Room with Garden View and Balcony
Superior Double Room with Garden View and Balcony
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  • Room size: 37 m²/398 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
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Deluxe Single Room
Deluxe Single Room
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  • Room size: 19 m²/205 ft²
  • Garden view
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Deluxe Double Room
Deluxe Double Room
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  • Room size: 19 m²/205 ft²
  • Shower
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What people love about Hotel Elephant Park

  • 10.0
    Exceptional

    "Good service and very convenient to watch the elephant bathing."

    jingyu

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    October 7, 2017

  • 6.4
    Good

    "Basic Western Style Buffet Breakfast WiFi good signal."

    Bruno X.

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    February 5, 2018

  • 10.0
    Exceptional
    Location

    "The location is perfect and the food is tasty"

    Rebecca

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    June 2, 2018

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10.0
Exceptional

"Nice hotel if you come to see elephants!"

ARVIDS

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December 15, 2018

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8.4
Excellent

"Really recommend staying."

Caroline

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April 19, 2016

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7.9
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10
Cleanliness7.5
Facilities7.9
Location9.4
Room comfort and quality7.3
Service7.8
Value for money8.0
Rating
9+ Exceptional (47)
8-9 Excellent (30)
7-8 Very Good (39)
6-7 Good (27)
<6 Below Expectation (29)
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Mar - May (40)
Jun - Aug (45)
Sep - Nov (25)
Dec - Feb (62)
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4.8
Broji from Singapore
Family with young children
Deluxe Family Room with Balcony - River View
Stayed 1 night in July 2019

Room was lodge motel quality.”

Room was below average quality. Good location. Breakfast was average. No pool.

Reviewed July 10, 2019
6.8
Good
fiona from Australia
Group
Deluxe Double Balcony River View
Stayed 1 night in March 2019

Great location ”

We stayed a night as it worked out cheaper to stay than just a day trip The hotel was in a great location looking out over the river .. we spent many hours sitting on the balcony watching the elephants bathing in the river The room itself was average could do with a good clean the bathroom was fairly newly renovated One big advantage of staying is that the elephants are brought down to the river early in the morning and late in the afternoon when all the day trippers have gone The place doesn’t have a pool but they are building one now but we wandered next door and paid to use the pool Breakfast was your normal buffet Asian and western and we found it satisfying

Reviewed March 27, 2019
9.0
Exceptional
choo from Malaysia
Family with teens
Deluxe Triple Room
Stayed 1 night in November 2012

Lovely hotel next to an elephant sanctuary”

Close encounter with dozens of elephant

We were very glad to have started our tour of Sri Lanka by first visiting this hotel which is near to Kandy, instead of wasting time in traffic jam travelling south to Colombo. We arranged with the hotel to pick us at the airport. Very friendly driver, who also acted as tourist guide! We are so pleased with him that we also engaged him to drive us to Kandy the next day. The hotel is strategically located next to the river whereby dozens of elephant come to bath twice a day, from 10-12 noon, and again from 2-4pm. This is the best site to view the cute elephants in action.

Reviewed November 11, 2012
8.0
Excellent
kuhandran from Sri Lanka
Family with young children
Superior Double Room Garden View
Stayed 1 night in November 2018

Need More Imporvement ”

Room prices are valubale to stay but the food can be little be customized according to the countries request. food price are expensive compare to class hotel in colombo. Foods are demanded here because of less option of food available on surrounding.please consider more on hotel since it will be one of the country hit soon

Reviewed November 12, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
dechbut from Thailand
Couple
Deluxe Double Balcony River View
Stayed 1 night in April 2019

Exceptional”

very good services good food

Reviewed April 19, 2019
9.2
Exceptional
Natalie from United Kingdom
Couple
Superior Double Room with River View and balcony
Stayed 1 night in March 2019

Front row seats to the elephants”

The deluxe balcony room was lovely and the views were incredible. We enjoyed the food and the staff were more than helpful.The fact that you can only check in after 4pm is frustrating.

Reviewed March 24, 2019
10.0
Exceptional
ARVIDS from Latvia
Couple
Deluxe - Deluxe Garden View Room
Stayed 1 night in December 2018

Hotel with good location to see elephants”

Nice hotel if you come to see elephants! This hotel is located next to elephant shower! Only there is late check in on 4pm, but if you buy some kind ticket, then some time you can do it earlier!

Reviewed December 15, 2018
9.6
Exceptional
phillip from Australia
Couple
Superior Double Room with River View and balcony
Stayed 2 nights in July 2018

must place to stay”

all that you need to see the elephants good hotel and staff helpful only thing was eating at night in restaurant had to many bugs but still a great stay

Reviewed August 23, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Raquel from Philippines
Solo traveler
Deluxe - Deluxe Garden View Room
Stayed 2 nights in March 2018

Excellent option if u stay in pinnawala”

Can watch the elephants twice a day when they pass going to the river. Can watch elephants bathing from resto and balcony. Can watch earlier the old and sick elephants. The view of the river at all times is superb. Can walk in the stones when not bathing time.

Reviewed March 26, 2018
6.4
Good
Bruno from France
Couple
Deluxe - Deluxe Garden View Room
Stayed 1 night in January 2018

Overpriced in Comparison with Thailand Hotel Standard”

At breakfast time few Elephants was already enchained just under our restaurant. The herd came at 10am, we don't paid anything as asked at the reservation. ================================ Service Staff. Friendly Bedroom and bathroom not really clean. Hairs and dust every where on the floor. Dirty refrigerator. Provided with towels, liquid soap and toilet paper. Basic Western Style Buffet Breakfast WiFi good signal. Multi Channel TV Quiet hotel. Free car par

Reviewed February 05, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Geva from Germany
Solo traveler
Superior Double Room with River View and balcony
Stayed 1 night in March 2017

Perfect location for a few days with fantastic view and service!”

Every morning the elephants go bathing - so book a room with river view for only a few Euro/ Dollar more. The Service is very kindly and helpful. Rooms a very clean, cozy and comfortable but not extraordinary. The kitchen prepared good food from several regions of the world. Ask for Sri Lankan breakfast the evening before. Thanks for a beautiful stay!

Reviewed March 23, 2017
8.4
Excellent
Caroline from United Kingdom
Family with young children
Deluxe Triple Room
Stayed 1 night in March 2016

Lovely Stay”

we had a wonderful time.. really recommend staying. once all the tourists leave for the day you have the hotel overlooking the river all to yourself and get to see the elephants in the morning before non-guests are allowed in....

Reviewed April 19, 2016
9.7
Exceptional
Seevaratnam from Australia
Family with young children
Superior Double Room Garden View
Stayed 1 night in December 2015

Memorable Stay”

Comfortable beds, cleanliness and location

Excellent location to watch bathing elephants. Courteous staff. Stayed in a river view room. Enjoyed the soothing sound of Maha Oya flowing on the granites throuout the night. If pop up come to upgrade, please do not accept. If clicked, your bookings will actually downgraded for an additional $12 to a garden view room. Careful to select the river view rooms. I am lucky that for an additional $10, my downgraded room was upgraded to a river view room. Thanks for the manager and receptionist both are extremely helpful. Missed the Sri Lankan traditional hopper breakfast that should be booked 12 hrs in advance. Nevertheless staff gave me a rice and fish curry breakfast, that was bloody good. Western breakfast is pretty ordinary. Staff are helpful and made my stay comfortable. Rather than paying $20/person entrance fee to the elephant sanctuary, visitors could get all the excitements in watching the elephants from the hotel. Nothing much to see inside the sanctuary anyway. Major attraction is elephant bath at the river.

Reviewed December 19, 2015
10.0
Exceptional
Gerilyn from United States
Solo traveler
Deluxe Triple Room
Stayed 1 night in August 2014

Excellent ffor the price”

Location for elephant orphanage, nice room, staff great

Hotel overlooks river where elephants are bathed twice a day. Unfortunately heavy rains day before our stay made river too dangerous for this while we were there. But hotel is an easy walk from the orphanage, and we saw plenty of elephants there. Feed them by hand with a few exra rupees, stay as long as you like taking photos. Open restaurant overlooking river was breezy and pleasant, so we enjoyed dinner there. Food good and not too expensive. Free breakfast was good for the price, choice of menu items hot and cold. Staff very friendly and helpful. Would love to stay again someday.

Reviewed August 19, 2014
10.0
Exceptional
Anton from Finland
Solo traveler
Deluxe Double Balcony River View
Stayed 7 nights in February 2014

Spectacular stay in Hotel Elephant Park”

Staff, views and elephants

We stayed at the hotel for 7 days and the experience was unique. The hotel room was very clean and even modern. The air conditioning in our room worked flawlessly. The hotel is located just incredibly beautiful area and the views are spectacular. There are elephants in surroundings of the hotel bathing every day, which is the highlight. The staff are genuine and friendly, and it was pleasure to meet them. The food was also excellent. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone and we will miss there.

Reviewed February 16, 2014
9.3
Exceptional
Anton from Hungary
Couple
Deluxe Double Balcony River View
Stayed 1 night in January 2014

Best location to see the bathing elephants”

Best location to see the bathing elephants, very good quality rooms, television, big sized room

We stayed at the hotel one night to see the local attraction - the bathing elephants from the orphanage. This proved to be a very good decision - to visit the orphanage you need to buy pretty expensive tickets (20 USD per person), and they ask for the tickets even if you want to go to the riverside when the elephants are going there for bathing. With the hotel you have the best spot available to see the bathing elephants and you don't have to pay for the tickets of the orphanage. At the same time the quality of the room is pretty good, very clean, new and the size was also good. They have a great restaurant on the terrace with spectacular view on the river and the elephants and the selection is quite OK. However the prices are twice higher than normally in Sri Lanka. At the same time we weren't really satisfied with the staff at the hotel. We had a feeling that for everything they do they wanted to get money in reward, otherwise they wouldn't help. And when we asked some basic things from them (how to get to a railway junction in the near city to catch the train to Anuradhapura) none of them knew the answer, which was strange. Anyway, the location is very good and room was also great, so among other hotels near the elephant orphanage, I would definitely recommend this one.

Reviewed February 01, 2014
8.3
Excellent
Johan from South Africa
Family with young children
Deluxe Triple Room
Stayed 1 night in July 2013

A must visit when in Sri Lanka. ”

Elephants right by hotel. Great food. Best seat in the house to view elephants bathing in river.

We booked 2 rooms but only 1 room had hot water and a working Aircon. The food however was the ebst we had in Sri Lanka. The hotel management team made up for the lack of hot water and AC by providing free of charge an extra room on the day of our departure so we could store our luggae and have alast minute shower for a late afternoon departure. Of the 6 places we stayed in Sri Lanka, this hotel was certainly the best in terms of food, facilities, value for money, customer service and just being a fantastic place to view the elephants bathing in the river by the hotel. I would go back there again and recommend it to anyone.

Reviewed August 04, 2013
8.7
Excellent
Theresa from New Zealand
Family with teens
Deluxe Double Balcony River View
Stayed 1 night in April 2013

Elephants”

Elephant encounter

Right next to river. Great thing is they bring elephants down early in morning before tourist buses arrive. Got to spend time with elephants & take loads of photos by myself & gave the local guys a tip for it. Was awesome.

Reviewed July 23, 2013
9.7
Exceptional
Michael from Finland
Family with young children
Deluxe Triple Room
Stayed 1 night in February 2013

Absolutely perfect location, great value. ”

Clean, spacious rooms. Polite and attentive staff. Good quality breakfast and meals.

The hotel is located on the river exactly where the elephants from Pinnawella Orphanage take their bath. Excellent view from restaurant and balconies. The main entrance to the Orphanage is only 200 m away. Everything was to our liking with this hotel.

Reviewed March 09, 2013
9.7
Exceptional
Hebe from United Kingdom
Group
Deluxe Double Balcony River View
Stayed 1 night in February 2013

Best hotel ever!! Especially if you love elephants”

Watching the elephants bathe in the water plus the manager was so helpful and sorted out our trips!

this hotel is amazing....the rooms are clean, have wifi and sky television and a clean bathroom but to be honest i wouldn't have cared if they didn't. the thing that makes staying here so special is naturally the elephants!! the hotel looks over the river where the elephants wash 3 times a day and to get there they walk past reception. they stay for two hours and watching them is just mesmerising. an added bonus was the quality of the service at the hotel and the rooms and food. the manager was so helpful- when we arrived he asked whether we knew what we wanted to do yet and we said that we wanted to ride an elephant somewhere so he showed us our room and arranged for a tuktuk to come in half an hour so that we could do it and be back for 2 when the elephants walked down to bathe. he came with us and waited for us to finish our ride then came back with us in the tuktuk! couldn't reccomend staying here more. and also the hotel is at the end of a street which stretches from the road to the river (river end obviously) and the street is full of local shops selling postcards, clothing, handicrafts, souvenirs and naturally everything elephant!! there are two shops which sell elephant dung paper and other books etc made from the dung and they show you the process too!

Reviewed February 27, 2013
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