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“Nice place for backpackers” 4 of 5 stars
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Leesha Tourist Home
105/A, New town road, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #1 of 28 Polonnaruwa B&B and Inns
Nieuwegein
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5 hotel reviews
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“Nice place for backpackers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here during our time ib polonnaruwa. Although the owner was quite intense in the beginning he turned out to be a very friendly host. Even prepared some special food for the two of us. Especially a good place for backpackers.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

leesha is a bit out of pollonaruwa but in a nice quiet location and very close to the main sites (ruins etc). mr upali is an incredible businessman, comes across as a bit much to start with (seems to pop up at various places during your stay) but is so helpful and just wants to make sure you're enjoying your stay. food was amazing! delicious spicy generous serves of curry. lovely clean spacious rooms with well-functinoing bathrooms. nice outside dining area in a lovely family home. definitely recommend leesha's

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This place is the typical backpackers place. Everyone eats outside in the evening and joins together. Room is simple but clean. The staff (=Leesha) is very kind and does everything for you. Cheap place also.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

The owner was waiting for us at the bus station to bring us for free to the guesthouse. The rooms were nice and the food was delecious! Bicycles were 300rs and the hotel to take a swim was 500rs (tell the manager and he will bring you there). The owner was very friendly and helpful!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

If it weren't for the aggressive selling-on of his friend's services, the host here would be running a place I would consider amongst the better places I had stayed during my Sri Lanka trip. The room was comfortable, newly-decorated, and clean; the bathroom was, compared with most I'd encountered in Sri Lanka, spotless; the breakfast was as good as any other I'd experienced.

By the time we got to Polonnaruwa, we had become much more adept at resisting attempts by hoteliers to sell on their mate's services (plus, in many circumstances, this can be helpful and money-saving). But our host at Leesha - Upali - was the master at it. We went there on the recommendation of an acquaintance in Sigiriya, who said that with the time we had available we should borrow one of the bikes at Leesha and ride around the ancient city sites. He called ahead to tell Upali that we would be coming, but Upali was prepared. He told us we didn't have long enough to do the city by bike (untrue - we had four hours, more than enough time on bike), that the entrance price of US$25 was a rip-off and that his friend, already and waiting with a tuk tuk, could drive us around the ancient city whilst bypassing the entrance fee.

We can't take the moral high-ground; we could have protested, said that we preferred to put money into the hands of the people who maintain this ancient site, and declined his offer of a 6,000 rupee trip with his friend. In retrospect I dearly wish we had, but in the face of his quick-fire sales pitch and his persistent assertion that in his opinion we'd by fools not to take him up on the offer. The tuk tuk driver knew nothing about the site so we didn't benefit from explanatory literature or guidance, we felt thoroughly ashamed to be bypassing the legitimate fee, and we were then taken with scant consultation to a wood carving centre where we were thrust straight into another sales pitch that was very uncomfortable to extract ourselves from.

I don't say this to put anyone off, and broadly I would concur with reviews that appreciated the standard of accommodation and welcome. I'd also add that Polonnaruwa is not a particularly lively place, so have your evening meal here, and demolish the excellent breakfast! But do be aware that you're subject to the front-end of a local enterprise when you stay at Leesha.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Leesha Tourist Home is really just like a home away from home. We stayed here for two nights, and it gets the thumbs up for everything!
Great rooms - clean, spacious, own bathroom, hot water, mosquito nets, towels, comfortable beds, wifi, washing line.
Great service - the owner, Upali, is wonderful! Happy to help in any way - he made our stay there that much better.
Amazing food - we ate dinner and breakfast here each day we were here, and it was unbelievable - so good and so much food! It was a real experience and treat to be served real Sri Lankan home cooked meals - and there was SO much! We couldn't ever finish it all.
Good location - good location! Easy to get around, to ancient city, to station.
Good value - we stayed in a fan room for 1800 rupees, which was great and sufficient! We also stayed one night in the more expensive air con room - it was also fantastic.Air con works well!
We would stay here again, absolutely, and thank Upali for the wonderful service and stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Celje, Slovenia
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We stayed one night in this place. Owner was really friendly and helpfull (he managed and made sure we cought the right bus), The room was very clean, good beds with mosquito nets. Breakfast was classical english with lots of fruit.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 105/A, New town road, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Polonnaruwa
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Ranked #1 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Polonnaruwa
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Number of rooms: 5
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