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The Lake Hotel

Pothgul Vihara | New Town, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #2 of 12 hotels in Polonnaruwa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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KLMCMB27 Colombo, Sri Lanka
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    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
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    4 of 5 stars
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

I was there for only one night, but I must say that the staff are wonderful and very friendly. Their menu seems a tad limited but the excellent view makes up for it. Good rooms too, and for sure I'll be back.

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Brisbane, Australia
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126 hotel reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The location of this hotel by the lake and close to the archaeological sites is fantastic. On arrival, the entrance is very nicely designed and the check in was welcoming. My room was on the ground floor overlooking the lake with a little balcony outside. The room was comfortable but a little dated. The bathroom looked shabby and there were... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We only stayed one night, but we liked this place a lot. There was a relaxed atmosphere, it was well run, the pool was great and the location excellent. The evening buffet was a good idea particularly given that a lot of the guests were in tour groups

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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,location and other areas of attraction. It's great and encouraging to us, much appreciated and many thanks for your time and feedback! More

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is by the strangest coincidence that we ended up at the Lake hotel. A journey that started in Colombo, with the Knuckles range in central Sri Lanka as the destination changed track in Kandy and we ended up in Polonnaruwa, a journey of many hundred kilometres. So it was a pleasant surprise to come upon this gem of a... 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,location and other factors, apparently apart from the minus point 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... More

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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The hotel is located directly between the lake and the southern section of the polonnaruwa ruins. The views are great and one has just have to cross the road to visit the ruins. With bicycles the northern ruins are within easy reach. The staff is friendly and helpfull and the buffet is quite good.

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Dear Valued Guest, Many thanks for taking your time in sharing your experience and views of our hotel through TripAvisor and your positives are highly appreciated which drives motivation into the service and facilities we provide.Thank You!! More

Mirissa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed two nights at the Hotel, and it was excellent. The staff was really helpful and friendly. The only area they can improve is food, which is very ordinary. The room was clean, large and superb. Thanks

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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 on service staff. Food issue taken note of , appreciated and many thanks for your time and feedback! More

Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for two nights as part of a tour of Sri Lanka. We had a room on the 2nd floor with a great view of the lake. We could not fault the room other than the noise from the toilet as the cistern filled after pulling the flush (no more than a minute). The bed was comfortable and... 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 on service, staff and food which we are happy to hear of the end results from you. It is a motivating factor to us and our future guest who wish to experiance their stay at The Lake. Much appreciated and many thanks for your time and... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This i think was the old rest house now refurbished. Loved the rooms, they were very clean and had a nice view. Was travelling for work so my requirement was to have a nice clean room for the evening. Ordered grilled chicken and boiled veggies for dinner and it wasn't the best but soon i learned that the typical "rest... More

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

Dear Valued Guest, Many thanks for taking your time in sharing your experience and views of our hotel through TripAvisor and your positives are highly appreciated. Just a small clarification, the old polonnaruwa rest house was refurbished and run on a boutique concept now. You really did stay at THE LAKE formally known as seruwa.Thank You!! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whole of my family went to this place. So I had a great time there. It located very near to parakkrama samudraya. It has great environment to enjoy. Lake front restaurant serving very delicious foods. Very helpful service and staff.

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Dear Valued Guest, Many thanks for taking you time in sharing your experiance and views of our hotel through TripAvisor. Your positives are highly appreciated. Thank You!! More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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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 comment will be taken of high note. Thank You!! 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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