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The Lake Hotel

Pothgul Vihara | New Town, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #3 of 11 hotels in Polonnaruwa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Doetown
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stayed two nights. Nice room, nothing special. Clean bathroom and linen. Only negative point about the room was the shower. The temperature kept fluctuating from scolding hot to freezing cold and everything in between. Food in the restaurant was fine and very inexpensive. Our best memory is about the adorable trainee waiter. He must have been still a teenager and... More

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Venray, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice stay at the hotel. Very good view and nice staff. Only the food was not fresh, too dry and too spicey. The rooms where very nice with view all over the lake, when the sun goos down you can make beautiful pictures .

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

Dear Valued Guest, Appreciated and many thanks for taking you time in sharing your experiance and views of our hotel through TripAvisor. You nagative aspect will be lookeed into deeply. Thank You!! More

Kandy, Sri Lanka
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

this hotel is gifted with absorbing view of the lake. Its a very nice place to relax. The food was good, the days we went, there weren't much of a choice.. but it was nice. The staff was very friendly.. also its placed near the ancient city means.. if you like exploring and relaxing.. this is indeed one of the... More

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Dear Valued Guest, Appreciated and many thanks for taking you time in sharing your experiance and views of our hotel through TripAvisor. Thank You!! More

Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I had the opportunity of spending a night at this Hotel while on tour in Sri Lanka & it was a great choice. The food was awesome and the service was excellent. The view of the Lake from my room was one to die for. The staff were very friendly & courteous. Couldn't have asked for anything more. Kevin &... 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, service and food which we are happy to hear of the end results from you. It is a motivating factor to the future guest who wish to experiance all what is on offer. Much appreciated and many thanks for your time and feedback! More

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

First thing we noticed was the view. The moment we entered the hotel we wanted to extend our stay by another day! And the hotel staff was responsible for us to maintain that feeling throughout; they made sure we were comfortable and attended to any of our queries. We regret not having stayed there longer, but we have definitely decided... 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 posting your review on TripAdvisor, your encouraging comments, recommendation, need to come back and stay again is a glee to hear. It is of much pride to us and a motivating factor to the future guest who wish to experiance all what is on offer. Much appreciated and many thanks on... More

Adelaide, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We enjoyed our stay even though it was only for one night. The pool was great, located right in front of the lake. The location was also handy as it was in walking distance to part of the ancient city. Staff were all very friendly, some were only learning their roles but were going well & picked things up quickly.... 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 posting your review on TripAdvisor, your recommendations and praise on the description of the property. whilst taking high note on some of the minuses pointed out by you. Many thanks on you feedback! More

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5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We stayed for three nights in early June and absolutely loved it! The views are stunning, particularly at sunset. The staff are really helpful and polite and couldn't do enough to help. The pool is a welcome respite from the warm temperatures and there are few better places to enjoy a beer by the pool at sunset! Highly recommend.

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Dear Valued Guest, many thanks for your time and posting your review on TripAdvisor, your recommendations and paise on the property makes us happy that you have enjoyed your stay with us. It will be of value for those who intent to make it to Polonnaruwa and experience what's around. Many thanks on you feedback! More

Colombo, Sri Lanka
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We have been there for 3 nights last year... It is absolutely a wonderful location to stay relaxed and enjoy your vacation. The lake view in the eve is so amazing and you will never hurry to go in to the room until the dinner time. Just walking distance to ancient city and also there are cycles to hire close... More

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Dear Valued Guest, many thanks for your time and posting your review on TripAdvisor, it's great to beaware of the satisfying comments rendered by you indetail. Anticipating you next come back and many thanks on you feedback! much appreciated. More

kauai
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

From beginning to end we were made to feel special - pampered! On arrival we received iced towels and a refreshing welcome drink. The setting is magical as it is right on the lake and we watched the sunset, the water buffalo and wild birds while sipping a cocktail. The service was outstanding and while this was not the tastiest... More

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Dear Valued Guest, many thanks for your time and posting your review on TripAdvisor, your recommendations in detail, description on the property and service wise makes us happy that you have enjoyed your stay with us and what was on offer. It will be of value for those who intent to make it to Polonnaruwa and stay over at THE... More

Badulla, Sri Lanka
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This place is known to me as hotel "seruwa" .it was a very cheap hotel and i stayed weeks and weeks there 7 years ago due to a project i involved in. back in old days it had a very good local meals with much flexibility - can get fried lake fish anytime on request. but now the meals are... 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 posting your review on TripAdvisor, your repeated stays are most welcoming and nice hear, we are glad to having you back and word of encouragement. Looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you sharing you thoughts. More

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Address: Pothgul Vihara | New Town, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Polonnaruwa
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Well-positioned on banks of the Parakkrama Samudra one of the largest man-made lakes in the country by King Parakkrbma Bahu in the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa.The Lake Hotel is the ideal point of transit within the archaeological cultural triangle and venture out on excursions. Furthermore en-route to the golden sandy beaches on the east-coast and it’s within an hour’s drive from 'The Lake' hotel. Guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. For those of you who want to venture out, shopping, banking, and other commercial needs, it’s only four kilometres away the from the commercial town of Kaduruwela.'The Lake' basically is a hub to the ancient city, Archaeological sites, wild life and the beaches on the east coast. ... more   less 
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