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Polonnaruwa Resthouse

Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
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    2.5 of 5 stars
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    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a place I keep coming back to, time and again, simply because of the wonderful location. Situated on the banks of the ancient lake, Parakrama Samudraya, the lake house has the best of locations in Polonnaruwa. Locality - Located wIthin walking distance to the historic city of Polonnaruwa (one of the numerous UNESCO world heritage sites in Sri... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If I ever get back to Polonnaruwa we will definitely stay there. Not only is it a great quality hotel but it is a fabulous location. On one side the common patios extend out into the lake making it a great place to sit and cool off. On the other side it is a short walk to both the museum... More 

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Sigiriya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Many Century old Resort built by the British. Queen Elisabeth 2 visited here when she came to Sri Lanka This was built on the banks of a huge water reservoir. The dining room actually sits over the water offering a fantastic feelings . They offer mouth wateringly delicious lunch buffet of Sri Lanka cuisine. The room and board facilities are... More 

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Colchester
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 via mobile

What do you get if you put some beds in a miserable sixties concrete car park? Answer: this hotel. Oh dear, the staff were nice and tried hard, but this is an utterly soulless place where nothing quite worked. If they want to charge top prices, they need to do a lot better. The electricity in our room failed soon... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The hotel staff welcomed us really well and the room was good. , however were still clean and comfortable .The food was delicious as well.The staff were universally friendly and helpful.had a nice time...

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

The Polonnaruwa Rest House was originally built by the British as a way-stop for the "Raj" when on tour around the country. Queen Elisabeth 2 visited here when she came to Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon) in 1954. I think there is still a photo of her visit hung in an old photo frame near the entrance. It is... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This rest house looks very sad at the moment.....but apparently it has been taken over by the Galle Face Hotel Colombo and is to be totally renovated. It is in a spectacular location right on the edge of the tank so should be well worth a try when it reopens.

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Dartmoor
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights. The hotel is in dire need of some renovation. The rain came into the bathroom and part of the ceiling came with it. The bathroom was in a poor state of repair although there was a good working shower. The bed was comfortable but sheets were old and stained. The Hotel Manager did not... More 

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London, UK
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

I stayed one night at this 'hotel' as my driver insisted I stay there (his friend was the manager) therefor I felt obliged. It was over priced and I had stayed in much better guest houses for a lot less during my stay in SL. Although the bedroom was surprisingly clean, especially after reading some reviews, the electric sockets looked... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

The approach to this place is excellent and the first impression because of the stunning view can be overwhelming. Look around, look into the rooms and bathrooms, and you will move out of this place the next second. We only ate here, a big mistake. On our my arrival no body was there to receive, no one came to ask... More 

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