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Pothgul Vihara, New Town | The Lake Hotel, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka (Formerly Polonnaruwa Rest House)
272222411
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  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
good buffet

The food is fresh and you want to try everything ! We had dinner here the two nights and the main dishes and desserts were different, which was a good thing.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2014
Martine B
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Melun, France
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Melun, France
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The food is fresh and you want to try everything ! We had dinner here the two nights and the main dishes and desserts were different, which was a good thing.

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California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The restaurant had lovely views but the food was a bit mundane. There was a simple salad bar and mixed Asian food. There was fresh fruit for dessert.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

This place is now called "The Lake". It's about 5-10min drive from the polonnaruwa museum on the lake side. Good value for money if you take the buffet. Great view of the lake, pool and wildlife.

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I wouldn't expect it to be open before 2015 at the earliest. We drove here after visiting Polonnaruwa because it got good reviews in the guide books. However, it was quickly apparent that the place is just a building site - with not much sign of activity while we were there.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

This has been renamed " The Lake - Polonnaruwa " after recent refurbishment. Really a cosy little hotel with all the basic amenities at its possible best, of course with nothing to fuss about. Clean rooms with a pool & sufficiently stoked Bar and scrumptious food, this place is ideal as a hub for safaris & adventures.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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273 reviews 273 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Situated by the Parakrama Samudraya with fantastic views of the lake. Very average and food is very Sri Lankan and normal. Popular among the sri lankan community for functions and a good place for to put up for an overnight. Needs a lot of improvement.

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Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Good quality food, but enormous servings. Basic, budget-style restaurant attached to what I can only describe as a motel. Good service, with a huge menu.

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Colombo
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

We have visited this place and we enjoyed our self, its the old and traditional culture is displayed

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

Good location. Not very well maintained. Slow service. Best rooms overlook the lake.

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Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Nicely situated. Would have loved some air conditioning given the oven-like temperatures outside :). Service was slow.

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  • Address: Pothgul Vihara, New Town | The Lake Hotel, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka (Formerly Polonnaruwa Rest House)
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  North Central Province  >  Polonnaruwa
  • Phone Number: 272222411

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