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“Lovely hotel and great staff”
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Giritale Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Giritale
Reviewed May 6, 2013

We stayed at Gritale Hotel for two nights on a visit to Sri Lanka.
Ideally located for visiting close by sites (Polonaruwa and Sighiriya). Built on a hill top with open views on a large water reservoir surrounded by greenery. The views from the pool area, terrace and restaurant are excellent.
Our room was tastefully decorated with a ceiling fan and an AC. It had open views from its large windows... a joy to wake up to every morning.
The food at the restaurant (breakfast and dinner) was always fresh and delicious. One night there was a buffet with a wide selection of dishes, and the other night had a set menu.
Friendly and very pleasant staff going out of their way to help and make you feel welcome.
The only comment I have is the bathroom. It was functional and spotless, but very tired. Once we overcame our initial reaction to it, we settled in quite nicely.

Room Tip: Pick a top floor room for a wonderful view to wake up to in the morning.
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

We recently visited Giritale Hotel for the day. Couldn’t see the rooms but the hotel has been done up quite tastefully since my last visit here more than 10 years ago. The restaurant is quite spacious and the staff are friendly and helpful. We found the menu choice very basic and the lack of a buffet lunch option was a negative. The quality of food was good and so was the preparation time. However we found the prices to be on par with 5 star hotels in Colombo, which I thought was a little steep. Overall it is a nice place to stay or even visit for a meal. The location is a further in from the main road so the hotel is quiet and peaceful. Didn’t see any monkeys from the restaurant so cannot comment on that 

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

The hotel sits up on the hill overlooking a lake/tank that is part of a nature preserve so it is quite tranquil and no motor boats to disrupt the quiet. Make sure you request a lakeside view, with the best room being the ones overlooking the pool. Rooms are ok size, A/C works great, and patio bar is relaxing. On the food side, it is a bit boring as they seem to focus on the international tour bus groups. However, if you are there for a couple of nights, they will accommodate special requests as they did for us. The onsite spa is run by another company and it would be good for them to coordinate together a bit more to make sure people know of the herbal spa options. The central proximity to historic and Heritage sites makes it a good location, just get there in the daylight to enjoy the view.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
Thank Welike2explore
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

The views from this hotel are mesmerizing,

the hotel is a bit hidden, on a hill, but when you arrive there the magic starts,

flowers floating on water basins, fresh juice, stunning views.. Monkeys coming and saying hello to you..(leave the windows closed)

The rooms are furbished old style but very comfortable and quiet.

The buffet is good, I would just advice the management to stop invading it with European food, it makes the hotel look like a tourist cheap place and breaks the harmony of the place. Keep it traditional and simple rather than mass tourism like.

The bar is too expensive. I had 2 beers and a drink and nearly paid 20 pounds.

I would have staid there longer!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank christophec638
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Excellent hotel though only stayed for 1 night. Excellent views and rooms very clean. Staff also very helpful. Food good in restaurant as well. Would have preferred to stay 2 nights here than some of the other hotels I stayed in. Would definitely stay here again if coming back to Sri Lanka.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Pollok1
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

The hotel is up in hill facing the lake and is has a great relaxing atmosphere. The rooms are great and the swimming pool is a good adition after a tiring temple tour day. The restaurant has a good buffet selection except the noise when crowded and the employees pushing you out with the bill without waiting to end the meal. Wi-fi is paid. You may find some pets running at the hotel yard like monkeys, small snakes and mangooses but that is part of the natural place. Recommended!

Room Tip: Rooms facing the like are the best!
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Charlie_Roadster
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Stayed there for two nights in Feb 2013. Nice cozy rooms, excellent food choice, beautiful garden, nice swimming pool. Overall we were very pleased with everything. The view is incredible, you can see a beautiful lake below the hill with little islands and fishing boats, it is very romantic and peaceful. The only thing is you cannot really open the window because of monkeys, they would immediately break in and steel whatever they consider eatable

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Kumudu J, Front Office Manager at Giritale Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2013

Thank you very much for your comment in TripAdvisor about the Giritale Hotel.

Giritale hotel is a part of "Carsons Cumberbatch hotels" which includes Pegasus Reef Hotel as well.

We are delighted to read that you had a comfortable stay with us. Thank you for your words of praise on the hotel, as the same were truly encouraging.

We really do appreciate your comments and observations. We look forward to welcoming you to the Giritale Hotel, in the not too distant future, to enjoy more of our facilities and services.

Thank you

Kumudu Jayathilake

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Additional Information about Giritale Hotel

Address: Giritale, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Polonnaruwa > Giritale
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Giritale
Price Range: $54 - $84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Giritale Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 42
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