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The Lake Hotel

Pothgul Vihara | New Town, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Mid Cornwall UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great location for visiting ruins - and for viewing lake which and it's fabulous birdlife. Good swimming pool, food and friendly staff. All bedrooms have great views of the Lake and are quiet. Very good value for money when compared to similar hotels.

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Lake Hotel was a pleasant stay. It was very clean, modern and had very friendly staff. The view of the lake was beautiful and our room was really nice, however the food was not fantastic and was too expensive. There are a great variety of tv channels however the wifi only works in the reception area. The Lake Hotel... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were greeted with iced cinnamon garnished with orange and refreshing towelettes. Amazing hotel situated near the ancient lake called 'Parakrama Samudra' which is one of the largest lakes in Sri Lanka. Pool area is faced towards the lake so you can enjoy the scenery while taking a swim.There were few elephants far away in the opposite bank while we... More

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Christopher R, Front Office Manager at The Lake Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, Many thanks for posting your review on TripAdvisor, your encouraging comments, opinion and description as a whole pertaining to your experience at The Lake. Much appreciated, hope to see you again. thanks for your time and feedback! More

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing location. Was greeted with iced cinnamon tea on arrival. On the first day at this hotel could see an elephant from our bedroom window! Simply fantastic. Very comfortable and modern rooms. Restaurant was good - had dinner here twice. Breakfast was a buffet with English and Sri Lankan choices. Hotel also has a pool and sun lounger area with... More

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Dear Valued Guest, Many thanks for posting your review on TripAdvisor, your encouraging comments, staff, location, food, intention in recommending our property to other future travelers. Much appreciated and many thanks for your time and feedback! More

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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25 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Myself and my wife stayed at this hotel which has a very lovely view for 1 day.Generally It's an above average hotel with a few hiccups(described below).The room and its bathroom were quite nice and clean.It was located near the beach which made it very convenient for us to take a nice leisurely walk to that spot.The breakfast and lunch... More

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Christopher R, Front Office Manager at The Lake Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, Many thanks for posting your review on TripAdvisor, while we appreciate your positive comments, we will be looking into the negative ones with great caution and due rectification in those areas.thanks for your time and feedback! More

Colombo, Sri Lanka
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The lake hotel has the best view of Parkrama samudraya bcoz the hotel situated in the bank of the Parakrama samudraya ( lake). The staff was very helpfull and professional.food was so delicious.Room were small bt comfotable and no wifi in the rooms. pool is nice.Hope to visit again and recommened for people who wants to relax .

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Dear Valued Guest, Many thanks for posting your review on TripAdvisor, your encouraging comments, staff, location, food, intention in recommending and coming back again to our property. Much appreciated and many thanks for your time and feedback! More

Manama, Al Manamah, Bahrain
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Staff was friendly and helpful.amaizing veiw of the Parakrama Samudraya,bcoz itz situated in the bank of Parakrama samudraya and food is so deliciouse .I have stayed in upper room.upper rooms provided the panoramic veiw of the lake . The room was comfortable and no wifi in the rooms only in the lobby u ll get wifi .hope to visit again... More

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Dear Valued Guest, Many thanks for posting your review on TripAdvisor, your encouraging comments, staff,location and an overall experience. Much appreciated of your intention of coming back again, coupled with the recommendation to others about us. Many thanks for your time and feedback! More

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The Lake Hotel is situated in the banks of Prakrama Samudraya(Tank) and in my opinion it has the best view in all Polonnaruwa Hotels. It is conveniently located just walking distance to pothgul viharaya ruins and parakramabahu statute and just 1 Km away from the main ruins. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful, location is very well maintained and food... More

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Dear Valued Guest, Many thanks for posting your review on TripAdvisor, your encouraging comments, opinion and description as a whole summerization pertaing to The Lake. Much appreciated, hope to see you again. thanks for your time and feedback! More

Athurugiriya, Sri Lanka
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The place is so serene that it helped to reduce my work stress and bring myself back to quiet and calm. I like the hospitality of staff starting from reception to room attendants. Environment was so appealing and good to be in tranquility. I enjoyed the stay so comfortable and warm. Of course I want to go again. Dharshanie

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Dear Valued Guest, Many thanks for posting your review on TripAdvisor, your encouraging comments, staff,location and an overall opinion and experience. Much appreciated, and of your intention of coming back again, many thanks for your time and feedback! More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Problem with the receptionist : he told us we didn't ordered. I showed him my email confirmation and then he replied that it should be on another hotel : the Lake Hotel. Was not clear. He told us the hotel was over booked, and after I told him I ordered on this hotel, he gave us a room. Be careful... More

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Christopher R, Front Office Manager at The Lake Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest Many thanks for your time and sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. With regard to your reservation, which we need to clarify. We did not have a booking for you on the said date and your email presented to us by you on arrival was a booking made through a third party which I need not comment on.... More

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Address: Pothgul Vihara | New Town, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Polonnaruwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 40
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