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“Nice garden , good location basic food and room”

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Thisara Guest House
Ranked #5 of 61 Polonnaruwa B&B and Inns
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10 reviews
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“Nice garden , good location basic food and room”
Reviewed March 7, 2013 via mobile

Pros: very Nice garden with view on paddy fields.
Good location to visit sites/ temples. Very easy and quick to go to temples.
Friendly owner, very helpful.
Cons: rooms basic, not dirty but old..., food basic. No trill...

  • Stayed March 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

The best things about this place are the hosts, Mahesh and his lovely wife, who were warm and friendly and always available to answer any questions we had. Mahesh even picked us up when we arrived, dropped us in town to visit the ruins and drove us to the bus station and ensured we got on the correct bus when we left! Mahesh's wife is an excellent cook and it is well worth staying in to eat.

While the rooms are excellent value, they are fairly basic - don't expect a five star hotel. A few small things would improve them a lot, such as towels and clean bathmats. The biggest problem, however, was the mosquitoes. Being in a very wet area, there seemed to be millions of them. While it is obviously difficult to eliminate them completely, some coils or citronella candles would have helped.

Despite these small issues, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The location is quiet, there is a lovely garden and Mahesh and his wife are excellent hosts. They are the prefect example of Sri Lankan hospitality. Would highly recommend a stay in the Thisara Guesthouse, Polonnaruwa.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Negombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

even though there are many places for night stay, I would prfer this place due to the true hospitality, calm n quait surrounding & sequrity.

The young couple who own the place will do everything they can to complete your comfert.

No much of local tourists hence no disturbence at night and very sequred place since the main gates are closed at night & no unauthorised entires.

When I visit, I had the privilage of selecting a room and I choose one facing to the paddy fields, tiled and clean. Rooms are far above comfertable for the price paid and all minor loop points could be tolarated due to the ture kind concern of the owners about our comfert.

I would recomend the place to anyone who are looking for a calm n quite stay with sequirty. Free wifi connection as an additional facilty is also a remarkeble thing to not loose your toch on the daily routin on the go.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Colombo
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

after i leave my home reach to thisara guest and i got very warmly well come from the staff of thisara guest. staff members and the owner is very kind and always ready to help. guest rooms maintain on good manner and room service is supereb.very silent area and you can have a graet rest here. food is very tasty and specialy sri lankan menu is very tasty. staff is al ways help guest to find correct way to visit sites at polonnaruwa. i can recommend to all of you your security 100% at the thisara guest. view of the guest is very good. have a visit and enjoy your journy. good luck

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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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
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Holland
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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
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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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
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Property: Thisara Guest House
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
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Ranked #5 of 61 B&Bs / Inns in Polonnaruwa
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Hotel Class:3 star — Thisara Guest House 3*
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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