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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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Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

The location and aspect is truly beautiful - great sunset, views across the lake, and close to all the attractions of Polonnaruwa - but the hotel itself is tired, in need of maintenance, and the management of the hotel needs refreshing. The pool looked great in the photos (we booked through Booking.com) but the decking was in BIG need of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stay here for the fantastic view of the Lake. If you are arriving after sunset don't bother; this place has seen better days. Slightly dilapidated good sized rooms. Ac works well, comfortable beds. Stained towels only 2 per double. Usual difficulty to use wifi. Pool had amazing views sadly broken loungers and frankly dangerous broken decking around it. Great fun... More 

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Meppel, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel is worn down. The plankier by the pool is missing a lot of nails and many nails are standing out, resulting in the kids harming their feet, trippeling etc. The view from the pool is great though. The rooms are okay but they are missing a musquito net. We had to kill ver 50 musquito's (not exaggerating) before... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is such a treasure and I adore the beauty of the lake that captures at the glassy restaurant . One great experience is Sun set by the lake with the roar of the waves & the wind & the spray of water crashing to us. Service just ok and staff need improvement including the front desk .Ideal location... More 

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chicago
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed here for one night with a friend. The highlight is the pool which overlooks the lake. Beautiful! The rooms were clean and spacious. While we were at the pool, we saw monkey's trying to open windows on the second floor so always remember to keep it latched! Many reviews talk about mosquitos but I'm not sure if that's... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed at The Lake Hotel for one night during a solo trip around Sri Lanka. While the reception staff certainly leave a little to be desired (over-staffed and slow check-in), the rest of the hotel makes up for it. The rooms are spacious and clean; the pool area offers stunning lake views - and a perfect vantage point for... More 

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Phoenix
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

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 July 14, 2015

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 July 8, 2015

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 July 5, 2015

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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