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Manel Guest House
Ranked #3 of 58 Polonnaruwa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Habarana, Sri Lanka
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“nice enough”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

stayed one night and was up very early the next morning. dinner was nice and the staff are friendly and helpful. they have bikes to rent. the rooms are modest but there is a nice view from the upstairs rooms.

Room Tip: stay upstairs, nice view...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

We stayed for one night in a downstairs room. The room was quite basic and came with 2 beds (a double and a single), mosquito nets and hot water. We noticed right away that the windows did not close (weren't designed to close the whole way) and the room was filled with mosquitoes. The owner, who was extremely nice and helpful, brought us towels that had seemed to have lost their white color ages ago. The restaurant is located outside on the front porch and has a nice country vibe to it. The food was fine but not spectacular. Overall, very basic accommodation at a budget price.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Innsbruck, Austria
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5 reviews
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

Manel Guesthouse is currently a quite basic place, but there is a new building with superb views (and eventually with a rooftop-restaurant?) and even a swimmingpool under construction now. Our upstairs room (LKR 3000) was okay if small, with nice views of the ricepaddies and sunset from the balcony. Only the toilet was not flushing properly sometimes...The location of Manel Guesthouse is perfect for visiting the ancient city and the very good Museum of Polonnaruwa. Staff is very friendly and helpful, can arrange tours and we had a lot of fun with them at their New Year´s BBQ. It is a good option for budget travellers.

Room Tip: The upstairs rooms tend to be better
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

The mixed reviews are based on there being several different types of rooms. Downstairs are the budget rooms, quite basic, but looked reasonably comfortable. Upstairs are the nicer, newer rooms with nice sunlight, newer bathroom, and still a great value.

I was happy with the stay here, it was comfortable and a great location. Not too far from the ruins, we rented bikes next door at the fruit shop to explore the ruins. Great stay, would highly recommend.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms are much better and cleaner.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dallas,TX
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

For starters, the pics listed on this website are NOT representative of the actual premises. I don't believe the main building they have pictured even exists on the property. The staff was friendly but the room was unacceptable...mainly the bathroom. The room was dirty, the sheets dingy, tons of bugs, and a terribly uncomfortable mattress complete with pillows that felt like rocks. Our bathroom was continually flooded leaving a 1" puddle across the entire bathroom floor for hundreds (and I'm not kidding) of bugs to die in. We had to ask for towels, toilet paper, and a squeegee for the floor. The towels were not fresh, were paper thin and looked as if they should have been retired to rags years ago. The stopper was missing from the sink which made laundry impossible. The food was below average and expensive. Honestly, I'm about as easy going as one can be but I was really disappointed with this place and would not stay here again. The location was very good...close to the ruins... I guess if you don't mind gross bathrooms, the rest of it would have been tolerable at best.

Room Tip: Stay away from #5!!!!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

We stayed here for one night before exploring polonnaruwa in the morning, and would definitely recommend it. Our room and bathroom (number 3) were lovely and clean, and the meals on the veranda were good. The best part about manel guest house is definitely the staff, they were very friendly and helpful while we were there. We hired bikes from them for 300 rupees to explore the ruins, which is definitely the best way to do it!
Special thank you to Layan for the mini flute concert and lesson! If anyone is considering visiting polonnaruwa over Christmas, Layan and his friends will be hosting a classical music concert at manel guest house with BBQ and buffet from 25-31 December, which (judging by our little concert) would be worth going to.

Room Tip: Room 3 has amazing bathroom facilities, probably the best we have seen for this price in Sri Lanka.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

great hotel, great food, great location....with really good wifi......rooms are excellent. .staff will help you out with tours around the area, including safari to minnevya. is handy for the local ancient sites which can easily be reached by bicycle or even on foot...... well worth staying here

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Manel Guest House
Address: New Town Road, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Polonnaruwa
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Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 58 B&Bs / Inns in Polonnaruwa
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Number of rooms: 18
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