We only stayed one night, and our Sri Lankan friends booked this spot for us, much to our delight. The room was large, comfortable bed, nice bathroom, lots of hot water, and the grounds are quite pretty. Take the time to wander around a bit. I got some gorgeous sunset shots over the lake, which is right behind the property.
The buffet dinner and breakfast were both good, if somewhat typical hotel food. We seemed to be some of the only solo travelers there, but were amused by a tour bus of Japanese. We also enjoyed the strolling guitar player and singers, who - upon learning we were not British (which everyone in Sri Lanka assumed) - immediately launched into John Denver's "Country Roads", greatly entertaining my husband. We both sang along, entertaining the Japanese.
But honestly, while you are probably here, is to visit the ruins. Seeing Polonnaruwa was high on our "To Do" list, and the front desk arranged a tuk tuk driver and an English speaking guide for us on short notice. We got the "highlight reel" tour, about 4 hours, since we were short on time. I also highly recommend a stop in the museum - it is excellent. Their gift shop stinks, but the museum is lovely and gives a good overview of the history and layout of the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Polonnaruwa is one of the most historically renowned destinations in Sri Lanka. It comes as no surprise that there is a steady stream of visitors that flow into the city each and every year. With an extraordinary collection of ancient relics and nature's own wonders, the city is leaden with plenty of amazing opportunities for travelers to experience many facets of Sri Lanka.Strolling on the banks of the Parakrama Reservoir, gazing at the splendorous creations of ancient civilizations and giving in to the enticing aroma of traditional Sri Lankan food are but a few of the many travelling pleasures that await you in Polonnaruwa. Of course, selecting the best of the hotels in Polonnaruwa is the right way to make sure that your exquisite surroundings are complimented by comfort. ... more less
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