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Polonnaruwa Resthouse

Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
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Polonnaruwa Resthouse
Ranked #10 of 11 hotels in Polonnaruwa
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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124 reviews 124 reviews
47 hotel reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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65 reviews 65 reviews
17 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012 via mobile

Massive room ( no.2) onto a huge shared veranda on the edge of a gorgeous lake with mystical mountain backdrop. Here's where the compliments end. Dirty room, still felt dirty after showering. Mouse droppings in the room, the guy on the desk even said keep the veranda doors closed as mice come in. Guess they warned us at least. Uncomfortable... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

We stayed only 2 nights and enjoyed the perfect views from the Hotels magnificent location by the lake and near ruins of former kingdom. The Rets House is built in 1954 for the Queen Elisabeth the 2nds visit, and it seems that the place has just been sparsom maintained as it was since then. Nothing seems to have been renewed... More

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56 reviews 56 reviews
22 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

We went here once for food. This is what happened: - we were ignored for 15 minutes ignored our requests to see the menus - despite asking twice for someone to take our order no one came for ages - they tried to hassle us into choosing the lunch buffet saying specific orders would take 45 minutes. This was a... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2011 via mobile

This was probably the first time we haven't checked trip advisor before falling for the "Queen stayed there" experience. BIG MISTAKE!!!! This was certainly the worst accommodation we have ever paid for! We travelled the world and seen the poor and the upmarket hotels,but this was the most disgusting,filthy place you could ever seen in your nightmares. The first impression,albeit... More

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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

I forgot to write a comment after I visited this place in last january.I admire this place and my stay as a proffessional hoteliar.Eventhough there are some sort of uncomfort you find with the washrooms, this is an ideal place to go.It is beeutiful with seanery, Clean spacious A/C rooms,respect and kind hospitality, utmost care and freedom with your stay,... More

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Address: Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Polonnaruwa
Also Known As:
Polonnaruwa Resthouse Hotel Polonnaruwa
Resthouse Hotel Polonnaruwa

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