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The Lake Hotel

Pothgul Vihara | New Town, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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Phoenix
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

O.k. - I travel A LOT, and I do a lot of research on my trips. I chose this hotel due to the incredible location on the lake. It is beautiful and very impressive. The hotel needs a lot of work, however, and there is a gross factor to it (stains on the bedsheets, towels, on the table cloths in... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in the Lake Hotel for 1 night on a week day .. Spacious rooms were good and clean with great views to giant lake "Parakrama Samudra". Really enjoyed calm & peaceful vicinity at the evening . Since it was a Friday night there were no dinner buffet, had to go for a ala carte menu !!..Bit annoying with... More 

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Ratnapura, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The view across the lake from the room at sunset are a photographers delight. The hotel is the best in the area. Rooms are modern & well equipped & Bathrooms are small.Staff and food are excellent. Tharaka Nuwan Ratnapura Sri Lanka

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed at Lake Hotel Polonnaruwa for two days and I felt I have to write my own review. First and foremost the staff. The service provided by the staff is exemplary. Always polite and courteous and there to help when needed for example how to go to a particular location, help in hiring vehicles, advice on places to visit... More 

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Vientiane, Laos
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hotel's main draw-card is its fantastic lake-side location. Positioned to take in sunsets over the lake; the area is abundant with birdlife. The hotel itself is looking very tired. Particularly the timber pool decking; where boards have warped and lifted up with screws protruding. A serious safety hazard! The young men on staff were friendly and relaxed. Service was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We stayed one night at this hotel.The breath taking view near the pool at sunset must be watch and no restrictions in timing to use the pool which I highly appreciating.The drawbacks we noticed are waiters don't know how to serve evan tequila properly and higher time consuming in serving food made us unhappy.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

it is located close to the ancient capital of polonnaruwa and its really easy to visit around from here. we loved the location. rooms were fine and the view from the room was superb. good for a family trip .

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Stayed over for one night. Amazing place near the lake. Rooms were clean & tidy. Got into the pool at the sunset upon the lake & the view was fantastic. Sipping a beer looking through the sunset is irresistible. No buffer was available but the a-la-cart was amazing & tasty. One thing finally - excellent customer service. would like to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Honestly, I have no affinity to nature -- and while others will be impressive by the lake-view this hotel offers, I am really not too bothered, Be warned, this is a stand alone hotel in a cluster of three other hotels and there really is nothing to do outside of the hotel (if you don't have a driver). There's a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 via mobile

Spent a night at The Lake Hotel .. there are three hotels side by side jostling for space .. clean rooms and loos , abiet on the basic side .. the reataurant closes quite early and with no dining options close by one has to plan an early evening .. no gym in the hotel and if swimming is not... More 

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