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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
Nice place for a drink at the lake

This is one of the few places directly at the lake and close the old town. We just had drinks here while enjoying a beautiful sunset over the lake. Great service, although it is a bit expensive.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
RJvanBuuren
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Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
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English first
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I had ordered the "mushrooms soup" and they brought a cheap instant soup (like tesco or maggi) for 450 lkr!!! Staff don't understand English. Absolutely unacceptable for the expensive restaurant even in Sri Lanka!

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Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This is one of the few places directly at the lake and close the old town. We just had drinks here while enjoying a beautiful sunset over the lake. Great service, although it is a bit expensive.

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Munich, Germany
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13 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The food is OK, but it's not amazing. You pay for the air condition, the nice views and dress up waiters

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Melun, France
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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
9 restaurant reviews
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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
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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29 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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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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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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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  • 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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