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“Brilliant garden to relax in” 4 of 5 stars
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Thisara Guest House
New Town Road | Old Town, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #7 of 28 Polonnaruwa B&B and Inns
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Brilliant garden to relax in”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

An oasis of peace & quiet to unwind at after a day of exploring. Staff catered to all requests promptly and smiling, rooms en suite with fans, ours had a/c and hot water. Just a short walk to Old Town, or like us, hire bikes to go to ruins.
The garden teems with birds, saw mongooses one morning, overlooking a peaceful paddy field.
Thoroughly recommended!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Just like the previous reviewer this place is not really a four star yet. The rooms are not as clean as we like (its in small things, beds are fine!) and some things are broken what shouldnt be in this pricerange. But the big pro's are the owners and the beautiful location, not far from the old city center (and museum/ruins!) and surrounded by a nice garden and paddyfields.

The rooms are spacious and have a very nice veranda. The owner is very friendly and easy to communicate with true email and in person. If you have a problem with something just ask and he solves it with a smile. When we arrived we got some lovely fruit free of charge. breakfast and dinner are good and all the prices reasonable. If they make sure the rooms are completely clean, no funny smells and everything works proparly then this is a winner.

We loved the places anyway and there is a free pick up/drop off and good wifi,

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

As good as it gets in Polonnaruwa. I think it was high season at this place, and everything was booked. We had to stay here because there wasn't an option otherwise.

I found the owner to be a nice person, but that alone is not enough to get 5/5 stars.

The rooms were extremely basic with the toilet flush not working, and the toilet door not closing properly. However, they made every efforts to ensure we were comfortable.

We also considered a lot of other hotels and b&b i this town, but nearly everything was very basic and equally average, but was priced steeply. I am rating it above average because at this price, this is probably the best you'll get here. It should be 3 stars, but is 4 because I hope that the owners will make this a better place for travellers to stay, and because of the value for money we get.

The 'highly rated' rock cascade was much worse than this place, but was priced higher too.

A very, very, very, basic accommodation. But it still may be fine for a night's sleep.

Room Tip: Take an AC room. That might have been better, but we didn't have an option.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Arrived here in Polonnawura in early December, low season and just before high season. I had read about a few other places here, but stumbled down a small lane and came across Thisara Guest House. I took a fan room with cold water for 800 Rupees (though I did bargain and it was low season). For 2000 Rupees I could have had a A/C room with hot water, but I was on a budget and the room I got was just fine.

The room I had had recently been painted and as soon as I arrived, Mahesh provided a sheet, toilet paper and a towel. The rooms are your typical standard rooms - and actually the same as Manel guesthouse - but the price is lower.

Mahesh proved to be a wonderful host and was very, very helpful and informative, not just about Polonnawura, but about Sri Lanka in general. He even picked me up twice on his motorbike to take me home when he spotted me walking back to the hotel!

Overall I had a wonderful time here and would definitely recommend this place.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

In Last May Group of my friends came to polonnaruwa to Visit.So I arranged this place for them.A great place.Specially very close to ancient city,Pothgulvehera,and parakrama samudraya.Price is also reasonable and they arranged food for our requirement and the environment is great.in addition to that we could use free wi-fi,If you select A/C room you can have hot water too. so I strongly recommended this place for travelers.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: New Town Road | Old Town, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Polonnaruwa
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Polonnaruwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Polonnaruwa Thisara Guest House offers great service, with full optional guest rooms, coupled with modern amenities, exciting adventures choices for a multi-dimensional experience. Located close to the heart of the Polonnaruwa town amidst in an eye catching environment and the Central Business District, Also situated close to the Ancient city of polonnaruwa and Minneriya,Kaudulla National parks. ... more   less 
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