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“Large clean rooms but food poor” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Centauria Lake Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Embilipitiya
Berkshire, United Kingdom
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392 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“Large clean rooms but food poor”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

An old hotel now undergoing a large extension & the rooms have yet to be done. Food was served in a huge ballroom style restaurant, a long way from the kitchens so arrived cool. Quality of food not brilliant e.g Beef Stroganoff was made with chopped smoked sausage which was almost inedible!

Room Tip: Available rooms all have a/c but still awaiting refurb
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank hildenley
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

We spent 1 week doing an Ayurveda treatment at Centauria lake resort. We were welcomed warmly and all the staff was very considerate, friendly and helpful.
The room was nice with a balcony overseeing the the beautiful lake. The food was excellent. We got a diet according to Ayurveda principles comprising authentic Sri Lankan food.
The treatments were excellent and we were very well looked after. Finishing by a flower bath one could only dream about considering the cold European winter!
The Uda Walawe National Park and elephant orphanage are close by where you can see lots of elephants and other animals.

Room Tip: We had a room at the lake with balcony where you have a very private feeling. There are also new Vil...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Astrid M
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London, England
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29 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

I agree with the comments that this hotel is OK for overnight stay but I would not want to stay here for a longer period. The rooms are quaint and quite big but very out of date and could do with a complete modernisation. The bathroom was huge with wet-room type shower but again very old and tatty. Because the rooms are old they give the impression of being dirty but they were reasonably clean. Dinner and breakfast were both buffet and reasonably good, being Sri Lanka the emphasis is on curry type dishes. The location is lovely, overlooking the lake, but there was nothing else near to the hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Bowness-on-Windermere, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

I can only gather from some of the other reviews that we were very lucky here. We did choose a superior room and thus got a large and clean room with a balcony and views over the lake. Limited choice at dinner but the food was well cooked and service was willing if slow.
My wife had her best night's sleep of the whole holiday here and as it is near Uda Walawe it was a good place to stay

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

Don't get me wrong - I wasn't expecting anything amazing. But even with low expectations I was very very disappointed.

the room was FILTHY. dead flies and bugs all down the side of the bed. cockroaches, lizards and misc insects in the room. a dark red stain on the bed (probably blood).

the shower looked like it was from an Eastern European prison.

everything about the room was awful except the view which was lovely.

it was clear that there was no care or love for the property from the management

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Phil C
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

Only stayed here one night en route to safari.

Very quaint and cheerful - The staff are really friendly and helpful. The rooms are huge, albeit very outdated, the only downside is they smell really badly of damp. Bathroom very outdated but again huge - shower huge.

Lovely balcony with soft seating.

Stayed on a full board basis, and dinner was excellent (better than other 4* hotels in SL), can't comment on breakfast as we had a very early start, so they supplied a lovely packed lunch.

Very small bar area and very quaint but old fashioned lounge area off reception and dining area reminded me of a school hall !

Very clean and tidy.

Overall I was impressed with our stay.

Please note towels are extremely tatty and worn (take your own)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lady_well_travelled
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Derby, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

I stayed here as it was the closest place to the Uda Walawe National Park (however, I did note that a new larger hotel has recently opened nearby - Safari Hotel?). I found the hotel facilities to be extremely out of date, furniture, towels and bedding tatty and the room unpleasant. My bath had hairs in it, and everything in the room just felt sticky. The food in the restaurant was pretty poor too - but very cheap.
On a more positive side, I did see a fruitbat about 1 metre from my balcony clinging to a mango on the tree.
Oh, and free Wifi in the lobby.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Elephant_Biscuits
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Property: Centauria Lake Resort
Address: | New Town, Embilipitiya, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Sabaragamuwa Province > Embilipitiya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Embilipitiya
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Number of rooms: 51
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