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Hotel Pinnalanda
Hotel Pinnalanda
Hotel Pinnalanda
Hotel Pinnalanda
Hotel Pinnalanda
Hotel Pinnalanda
Hotel Pinnalanda

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8.2

Excellent

294 reviews

294 reviews

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9.4

Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location
Parking
FREE
Nearby landmarks
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage 250 m
Pinnawala Zoo 760 m
Bandaranaike International Airport 56.8 km
Ratmalana Airport 76.5 km
Sigiriya Airport 82.2 km
Anuradhapura Airport 111.6 km
Ampara Airport 137.4 km
Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport 138.7 km
Koggala Airport 145.6 km
Weerawila Airport 149.4 km

Hotel Pinnalanda

Pinnawala, Rambukkana, Pinnawala, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka, 71100 - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Conveniently situated in the Pinnawala part of Pinnawala, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Rated with 3 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to restaurant and outdoor pool on-site.

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Highlights

Airport transport

Complimentary WIFi in all rooms

Currency conversion service

A/C

Balcony/terrace

Facilities

Transport to airport

Car park

Shuttle service

Complimentary WIFi in all rooms

Golf course [on-site]

Swimming pool [outdoor]

Front desk [24-hour]

Check-in/out [express]

Value for money7.9
Distance to city center9.3 km
Location rating9.4

Rooms available at Hotel Pinnalanda

Superior River View
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • River view
  • 1 double bed and 1 king bed
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Deluxe Double or Twin Room with River View
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
  • River view
  • 2 single beds
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Deluxe Double or Twin Room with River View
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  • Room size: 13 m²/140 ft²
  • Shower
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Superior Double Room with Lake View
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
  • Shower
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Deluxe King Room
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    Room Assigned on Arrival
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      Frequently asked questions

      How much does it cost to stay at Hotel Pinnalanda?

      Room rates depend on the dates, room types, and number of guests, so please click here to see the latest and best deals from Agoda!

      What time is check-in and check-out at Hotel Pinnalanda?

      Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee.

      How do I get to Hotel Pinnalanda?

      Hotel Pinnalanda is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 60 LKR. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Hotel Pinnalanda has a car park available for guests. Parking is free for guests. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Pinnawala with private transportation, the hotel can arrange car rental for you.

      Is breakfast offered at Hotel Pinnalanda?

      Start your mornings right, with the continental and buffet breakfast options offered at Hotel Pinnalanda. Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 833 LKR if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the hotel.

      What are my dining options at Hotel Pinnalanda?

      Hotel Pinnalanda features 2 on-site restaurants for your dining convenience.

      What restaurants are nearby Hotel Pinnalanda?

      Hotel Pinnalanda’s neighborhood is Pinnawala which includes popular restaurants such as Hotel Elephant View Restaurant and Cafe Channa Pinnawalla.

      What are popular attractions near Hotel Pinnalanda?

      Hotel Pinnalanda is located in Pinnawala area, which is famous for attractions such as Pinnawala Zoo.

      What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Hotel Pinnalanda?

      Hotel Pinnalanda is located within Pinnawala, which makes it conveniently close to natural sights including Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

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      What people love about Hotel Pinnalanda

      • 9.6

        Exceptional
        Staff 

        "Good breakfast & Friendly staff."

        Umasuthan

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        November 15, 2021

      • 9.2

        Exceptional

        "Good service"

        lakshan

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        March 3, 2021

      • 7.6

        Very good
        Location

        "Very good location and service"

        Panatda

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        March 9, 2020

      Overall rating:

      8.2

      Excellent
      294 reviews
      Cleanliness
      7.4
      Facilities
      7.1
      Location
      9.4
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      More about Hotel Pinnalanda

      More about Hotel Pinnalanda

      Hotel Pinnalanda

      The facilities and services provided by Hotel Pinnalanda ensure a pleasant stay for guests. Post your pictures and answer your emails whenever you want, with the hotel's free Wi-Fi internet access. Pre-plan your rides to and from the airport with the hotel's easy to book transportation services. The hotel provides car hire services to help you find what you want in Pinnawala.
      Parking is available and free, provided by the hotel for guests with their own transportation. If you want seats to city's best entertainment, you can get help through the hotel's tours. The hotel even offers a fireplace for a warm atmosphere on chilly nights. The hotel's on-site laundry service helps you keep your favorite travel outfits clean so you can pack less.
      In-room conveniences include 24-hour room service and room service, so you can relax and enjoy your stay.
      Experience high-quality room facilities during your stay at Hotel Pinnalanda. The hotel provides air conditioning in some rooms for the benefit of guests. Some selected rooms at Hotel Pinnalanda include a balcony or terrace, as part of the room design. Some selected rooms have daily newspaper, television and cable TV to keep guests entertained.
      The hotel also provides guests with a refrigerator, a coffee or tea maker and bottled water in some rooms. Knowing that bathroom amenities play an important role in increasing guests' satisfaction, the hotel provides toiletries in some select rooms.


      Dining and things to do

      Start your vacation days in the best possible way. Begin every morning of your stay with an in-house breakfast. Wake up bright and energetic in the mornings with a cup of good coffee offered at the cafe right at the hotel. Never let hunger affect your travel plans! Restaurants on-site provide convenient and tasty dining options. Have fun at night with your travel companions right at the hotel's bar.
      To fill your days, be sure to check out the fantastic facilities offered at Hotel Pinnalanda. The hotel's on-site pool invites you every day for a cooling dip or a few refreshing laps. Souvenir shopping for yourself or those back home takes no time at all at the shops.


      Reasons to stay here

      Rooms here are cheaper than 86% of accommodations in the city.
      This hotel's food and dining score higher than 93% of accommodations in the city.

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      Amenities and facilities
      Very good
      Facilities

      7.1

      Most talked about facilities

      Breakfast

      7 mentions

      Housekeeping

      4 mentions

      Food & Dining

      2 mentions

      View

      1 mention

      Languages spoken

      • English
      • Sinhala

      Internet access

      • Complimentary WIFi in all rooms
      • Internet services
      • Wi-Fi in public areas

      Things to do, ways to relax

      • Garden
      • Golf course [on-site]
      • Swimming pool [outdoor]
      • Ticket services
      • Tours

      Cleanliness and safety

      • Breakfast in room
      • First aid kit
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Shared stationery removed
      • Staff trained in safety protocol
      • Temperature check for guests and staff

      Dining, drinking, and snacking

      • Alternative meal arrangement
      • Bar
      • BBQ facilities
      • Coffee shop
      • Restaurants
      • Room service [24-hour]

      Services and conveniences

      • Air conditioning in public area
      • Cash withdrawal
      • Currency conversion service
      • Elevator
      • Fireplace
      • Invoice provided
      • Laundry service
      • Meeting/banquet facilities
      • Shops
      • Smoking area
      • Terrace

      For the kids

      • Family room
      • Kids meal
      • Swimming pool [kids]

      Access

      • Check-in/out [express]
      • Check-in/out [private]
      • Front desk [24-hour]
      • Non-smoking rooms
      • Pets allowed

      Getting around

      • Car park [free of charge]
      • Rental car
      • Shuttle service
      • Transport to airport

      Available in all rooms

      • A/C
      • Balcony/terrace
      • Closet
      • Clothes rack
      • Coffee/tea machine
      • Complimentary drinking water
      • Daily newspaper
      • Desk
      • Fan
      • Mini bar
      • Non-smoking
      • Phone
      • Private bathroom
      • Refrigerator
      • Satellite/cable channels
      • Shower
      • Tile/marble flooring
      • Toiletries
      • Wi-Fi
      • Wi-Fi [complimentary]
      Food and dining
      Breakfast options
      • Asian
      Restaurants on site

      Restaurant

      • Cuisine: Asian
      • Menu: Buffet
      Location
      Pinnawala, Rambukkana, Pinnawala, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka, 71100
      Exceptional
      Location

      9.4

      Property policies
      Children and extra beds

      Extra beds vary by room. Please check each room's capacity for details.

      All children are welcome.

      Children 0-10 year(s)
      Stay for free if using existing bedding.
      If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
      Guests 11 years and older are considered as adults
      Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
      Others
      • When booking 6 or more rooms, special policies may apply.
      Some helpful facts

      Check-in/Check-out

      • Check-in from14:00
      • Check-out until12:00
      • Reception open until07:00

      Getting around

      • Airport transfer fee60 LKR
      • Distance from city center9.3 km
      • Travel time to airport (minutes)90

      Extras

      • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)833 LKR

      The property

      • Number of bars/lounges1
      • Number of floors4
      • Number of restaurants2
      • Number of rooms 4
      • Year property opened1985
      • Most recent renovation2013

      Parking

      • Daily parking fee0 USD

      Reviews of Hotel Pinnalanda from real guests

      Provided by verified guests of Agoda
      7.9
      /
      10
      Cleanliness7.4
      Facilities7.1
      Location9.4
      Room comfort and quality7.2
      Service8.0
      Value for money7.9
      High score for Pinnawala
      Rating
      9+ Exceptional (25)
      8-9 Excellent (17)
      7-8 Very Good (13)
      6-7 Good (9)
      <6 Below Expectation (16)
      Time of the year
      Mar - May (14)
      Jun - Aug (22)
      Sep - Nov (18)
      Dec - Feb (26)
      All guests (101)
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      9.0
      Exceptional
      Kymberley from Australia
      Couple
      Superior River View
      Stayed 2 nights in April 2014

      Very comfortable, great value ”

      Location to elephants, very comfortable and clean room

      Excellent hotel our best stay in Sri Lanka so far. Great location to interact with the many elephants of Pinnawala - better than the orphanage or Millennium. Not a great location for day trips to sightsee in Kandy as traffic makes the commute take hours. Well worth an overnight stay particularly if you enjoy watching elephants.

      Reviewed May 01, 2014

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      9.0
      Exceptional
      SARA from Pakistan
      Family with young children
      Superior River View
      Stayed 2 nights in July 2014

      exciting, breath taking”

      location, location, location

      Stay at Pinnalanda was excellent. We spent 2 nights there even though most people don't recommend spending even one. Get a ground floor river view room to enjoy serene views all day and the bathing elephants at a close distance. It's a place where you don't want to miss either the sun rise or the sun set. The tourist market closes at 4pm after the last lot of elephants go back; so do all the tourists who come to watch. You can always cathch a 3 wheeler to go into Rambukkana town to grab a quick local meal or grab some wadas for tea. Enjoy the cool river water or relax in the balcony with a cup of tea and watch the sun set.

      Reviewed July 19, 2014

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      10.0
      Exceptional
      Amanda from Australia
      Family with teens
      Superior River View
      Stayed 1 night in January 2018

      Great little hotel to view elephants”

      Loved our stay here. Slight issue at check in but this was soon rectified. Room was clean with a massive window that overlooks the river. Amazing shower!!! Bathroom was a little smelly from the drain, but not a big deal...find this in a lot of places. Dinner wasn’t spectacular but it was fine. Had breakfast on the deck at 8.30am with a small group of elephants arriving at 9am. As the hotel only has 3 or 4 rooms, there were only about 4 of us watching these elephants. Then at 10am, a much larger group came to bathe. Again we had a great viewing spot, right outside our hotel room. Amazing spectacle to see. An added bonus was a Sri Lankan wedding being held at the hotel, with the bride staying right next to us. Wonderful to see the colour and dance of the wedding. Only bit of advice, is don’t arrive before 4pm for check in. You will be unable to enter the hotel grounds to check in unless you pay 2500 rupees/person (to view elephant bathing in the afternoon). Overall, great value for money...book well in advance as rooms book quickly...but it is quite an experience to have breakfast whilst watching those majestic animals bathe!

      Reviewed January 21, 2018

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      9.0
      Exceptional
      Lajwanti from Australia
      Couple
      Superior River View
      Stayed 2 nights in March 2014

      Spectacular location”

      Located right where the elephants come for a bath twice a day, comfortable bed, great air conditioning

      This hotel is mainly a function centre, with only 3 rooms available for accommodation. If you are lucky enough to get one of the 3 rooms it is an unforgettable experience. In the morning the elephants come for a bath right informs of your balcony where you are sitting to have the great complimentary breakfast. Because there are no other tourists there (for day trips) the keeper invited us to wash the elephants, and took heaps of photos of us. It was an unforgettable experience!!! The room itself was large, with a comfortable bed, good air con, and English channels on the TV. The shower a great rain shower with lentil of hot water. The food is a little expensive at the hotel, so we ate at the local small restaurant for lunch at least, great curry and rice meals for Rs400/ head. We spent all day just watching the elephants. As we saw them at all bath times, we did not need to pay extra money to go to the Elephant Orphanage, where the elephants live. An exceptional hotel at a perfect setting.

      Reviewed April 06, 2014

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      8.0
      Excellent
      PEI from Malaysia
      Family with teens
      Superior River View
      Stayed 1 night in June 2014

      comfort stay ”

      clean room , friendly staff , natural site

      Clean room with river view . Quiet place with perfect view for elephants at the riverside . Its like get back to Nature . Friendly staffs for fast check in and check out . Highly recommend for stay at Hotel Pinnalanda . We will be return to this hotel for our Second trip to Sri Lanka.

      Reviewed June 19, 2014

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      6.3
      Good
      Muhammad from Pakistan
      Family with young children
      Superior River View
      Stayed 1 night in June 2014

      Good hotel for viewing the elephants”

      Location

      The hotel is located around 1 hour drive from the city of Kandy, adjacent to the elephant orphanage. We were greeted by the owner and check-in was quick. This is a relatively new hotel and is located along side the Mahaweli River where elephants come to bath twice a day. We enjoyed our time with the elephants and saved a lot of money by not going to the orphanage and instead enjoying our time with the elephants here. Please bear in mind that the town of Pinnawala where this hotel is located becomes DESERTED after 4 pm. I recommend not spending a night here, just a day trip to see the elephants can be enough. We had to check out late in the night (around 4 AM) but no staff came to help us for the luggage, which was very frustrating. The food quality is average, but priced very very high.

      Reviewed June 25, 2014

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      6.8
      Good
      Nico from Netherlands
      Family with young children
      Superior River View
      Stayed 1 night in January 2019

      Hotel itself is ok”

      It seems the hotel is going through some renovations during our stay. For Diner and Breakfast we had to go to the other Pinnalanda building located next to the hotel, which was fine. Both breakfast and diner were excellent. Hotel staff was very friendly but have mis-informed us multiple times about the time and place the elephants would arrive and where and how we could consume our breakfast. I would not recommend this hotel or the Orphanage as a whole as i did not like what i saw with the elephants in the river. Some were forced to lay down in the river and beaten with sticks because it didn't go fast enough. It is clearly visible the elephants are very scared for the keepers (with their sharp sticks) and they are very (to) calm and behave as expected. Nevertheless it is a beauty to see the Elephants in the river. I took nice pictures of those who were left alone and were not chained down.

      Reviewed January 28, 2019

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      9.7
      Exceptional
      Michael from United States
      Couple
      Superior River View
      Stayed 1 night in September 2014

      Great location to watch the elephants bathe!”

      Location, Riverfront Balcony, Elephants

      Very clean room with balcony overlooking the river where the 30ish elephants bathe twice daily! By staying here, you avoid having to pay the exorbitant fees foreigners have to pay to see the elephants. The room literally pays for itself since you and your travel partner don't have to pay the entrance fee. Make sure to print your Agoda voucher or have a screen shot to prove you are staying at the hotel to the officials who collect tickets at the street where the hotel is located. Ample English satellite TV channels. Great stay!

      Reviewed October 04, 2014

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      8.8
      Excellent
      ARUN from India
      Family with young children
      Superior River View
      Stayed 1 night in December 2018

      Perfect stay for Elephant watching. Worth the money.”

      If you are a family with young children, then this is the best place. Elephants bathing right on your room door step and having breakfast with the view. One of my best experience in Sri Lanka. Kids loved it. Staffs: Madhu and Santha - excellent service. Food: Pretty good too. Rooms: Very spacious and very clean. Cons: Its best to go after 4pm for Check-in or else you need to pay the entrance fee even if you have booked the room (not to the hotel but to the park). Very wrong in my opinion. Hotel management has to do something about this. Recommended.

      Reviewed December 23, 2018

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      10.0
      Exceptional
      Joanne
      Couple
      Superior River View
      Stayed 1 night in December 2017

      Elephant experience”

      Excellent location for viewing elephants bathing in the river which they do several times a day. River view rooms have view from windows and tables and chairs on deck where you can have your meals. Clean and tidy room. Very relaxing stay. Only drawback for us was noise due to wedding in hotel and smell of cooking in room. Definitely value for money. Wish we could have stayed longer.

      Reviewed December 10, 2017

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      10.0
      Exceptional
      Keeley from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Superior River View
      Stayed 2 nights in November 2018

      Exceptional”

      We had a fantastic time at this hotel, the rooms were clean, comfortable and the air con worked really well. We were looked after by Gayan from the moment we arrived and he was amazing. obviously the elephants were amazing to see but the hotel made the experience more enjoyable. The food was really good and freshly cooked.

      Reviewed December 03, 2018

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      10.0
      Exceptional
      Marion from Austria
      Solo traveler
      Superior River View
      Stayed 1 night in June 2017

      Great Stay”

      We stayed in the hotel only for night but enjoyed it very much. The rooms were very nice and clean, with AC. The staff was very nice and concerned that we enjoyed our stay. Although we didn't visit the orphanage, we could watch the elephants in the river during breakfast.

      Reviewed June 27, 2017

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      8.0
      Excellent
      Piret from Estonia
      Solo traveler
      Superior River View
      Stayed 3 nights in February 2015

      The view is worth staying there”

      Elephants bathing, view, food

      The hotel was quite good, the downside is that after 6 pm the hotel seems totally empty. It seems it only has 3 rooms so in the evening there is nothing going on. However, the view was superb and you could see elephants in the river and running around almost the entire day. The food was okay, nothing too impressive but not bad. Negative thing - in case you stay over 1 day you need to ask for toilet paper (the rooms are not cleaned during your stay). Also, considering there are only 3 rooms it was weird that the receptionist could not remember us after 3rd day.

      Reviewed April 03, 2015

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      8.4
      Excellent
      Bethany from United Kingdom
      Group
      Superior River View
      Stayed 1 night in July 2018

      Amazing view of the elephants!”

      It’s a clean and friendly hotel. The best part is the closest view of the elephants bathing, it’s the best hotel to see them. Starting from 8:30 and right up till 12 there were tons of elephants. Breakfast on the balcony. The staff were really helpful, and friendly and the food was really good too.

      Reviewed July 13, 2018

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      8.4
      Excellent
      Lawrence from United States
      Solo traveler
      Superior River View
      Stayed 1 night in February 2019

      Rough start but excellent experience ”

      Got chatted to enter with no explanation. Felt like a rip off. Hotel staff explained the fee for elephant area. Finally clear. Had elephants right in front of my balcony. Excellent experience. Friendly & helpful staff. Expensive for my budget and worth it for a treat. Amazing!

      Reviewed February 05, 2019

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      10.0
      Exceptional
      Dhammike from Sri Lanka
      Couple
      Superior River View
      Stayed 1 night in April 2014

      good, But noticed few faults in the room.”

      1. Wiew, 2. Food and service 3. Close to Elepant bating place and ophernage.

      It's really good, But need to improve some facilities in the room, 1. No place to keep used cloths 2. no inside chairs (Only bed for sitting) 3. No soap dis inside the shower area 4. After shower water drain is very slow. If improce those miner things, it's very good place to short stay.

      Reviewed April 16, 2014

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      9.2
      Exceptional
      Marjorie from Australia
      Couple
      Superior River View
      Stayed 2 nights in October 2019

      Best views of Elephants bathing”

      Follow the drill with checkin after 4 pm , then next morning the elephants will come & you will have the best views all day. We were so lucky with our room & the weather. Special thanks to Kumudu Bandara who made us feel very welcome on our first night.

      Reviewed October 17, 2019

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      9.6
      Exceptional
      Katie from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Superior River View
      Stayed 1 night in December 2016

      Great location and friendly staff”

      Fabulous room which gave us prime spot for watching the elephants in the morning. Seeing the first elephants bathe at 8.30am without the crowds was the real benefit. Food was good with hands on friendly service.

      Reviewed December 30, 2016

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      8.8
      Excellent
      kapil
      Family with young children
      Superior River View
      Stayed 1 night in February 2021

      Great Location ”

      Staff were very very friendly and welcoming. Location is a big plus point. This property is the closest to the elephant bathing place. Rooms overlook the Maha Oya river and you can get glimpses of peacock and other birds.

      Reviewed February 09, 2021

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      7.2
      Very good
      Richard from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Superior River View
      Stayed 1 night in March 2016

      Great view, not great hotel”

      + great view, good size room, good breakfast, price - staff, service, noisy air con and fridge in room (had to switch both off), elephants chained up at the river were very stressed out. Not convinced the "orphanage" are treating them well

      Reviewed April 21, 2016

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