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Polhena Reef Garden
Ranked #17 of 18 Hotels in Matara
Leipheim, Germany
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“Friendly staff.”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

My wife & I stayed for 14 days in PRG during a 10 week stay in Sri Lanka so we were able to look around the area. We arrived at the hotel and were informed that they did not have a liquor licence and I explained that I would not have booked the room if I had known. Five minutes later a refrigerator was provided and the manager said he would arrange to have any beer etc; delivered to our room, the day before we checked out they received their licence. The breakfast was Sri Lankan and continental and you could order your breakfast the day before. As we were getting tired of toast we ordered the local bread and I sometimes had three curries for my breakfast seated in the garden beside the sea. The staff done everything they could be capable of to make our stay a pleasent one, we even had fresh flowers on the table every day. We were in room number 207 which was upstairs and had a large balcony which we shared with the room next door and we spent many evenings with local business people and learnt a lot from them concerning politics and the Sri Lankan way of life. The room was cleaned every day with fresh bed sheets although we did not need them and two bottles of water free of charge were provided every day. Hot water was plentiful and we had no problem with mosquitoes in the room which was air conditioned. The swimming pool was the cleanest I have seen in this price range and we spent the weekends there when the public beach got really crowded, on week days it was deserted. The snorkelling was good and I swam with the tutles on several occasions. There is a local diver named Sunit near the hotel and he organised fishing trips and some guests went diving with him and they said the fish and coral were fantastic. I went fishing with him and unfortunately we caught hardly anything and he delivered a large red snapper to my hotel as compensation. He is a really nice man and very honest. The food in Polhena is not a gourmets paradise if you are not a curry fan and you need to have a lot of patience and beware of the beer prices as the price is often not shown in the nenu so ask first as we got charged 450 rupees the first night in a retaurant. Walking around the dusty streets was interesting and we were invited often for a cup of tea as we wandered around. My conclusions to the hotel is when you treat the staff in a friendly manner you receive the same. I would go there again but for those on a limited time frame I would suggest a 4 night stay to enjoy the sights around Matara

Room Tip: Room number 207 which faces directly onto the sea.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

Hotel is expensive, you pay an outrageously high price for this hotel for the AC and the pool!! The rooms however, are average and you are not on the beach! There are plenty of hotels in the area for half the price and with nicer service!

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

We stopped at this place for a meal. We ordered some chicken fried rice and a sandwich which took about one hour to arrive. The entrance / reception etc can only be described as a dump, unless you are a traveller who has not been to better places. The food was so disgusting that even the stray dog we offered it to did not want to even go beyond sniffing it. The rice was so disgusting, tasteless and just a pile of somewhat soggy boiled rice with shredded carrots & leeks and white pieces of chicken to match the whiteness of the rice. There was no nice colour or flavour and it cost Rs. 600 a plate! We only had a few spoonful. The sandwich was equally bad.For 3 fried rice, a sandwich, 2 bottle of water & 2 bottles of Sprite, it cost over THREE THOUSAND RUPEES which was OUTRAGEOUS for such horrible food and service.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Milano, Italia
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Pohlena Reef Garden is a nice little hotel at the southern tip of Sri Lanka. The service is surely basic but kind and accurate. The rooms are clean and well kept. The food has a definite local flavor and appetizing. The hotel is right on a nice little beach with a coral reef where you can do some good snorkeling in the winter months, and has a swimming pool in the back. All in all, a pleasant experience which has created many good memories.

Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

The hotel lies along a dusty road facing an untidy beach where the sea is quite dirthy.Rooms are basic but clean,the only nice thing at this hotel is the swimmingpool on the back.The restaurant and the reception hall are rather squalid,better to eat outside.Food is acceptable but very hard to get a decent cup pf tea!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

I stayed one night and the hotel was clean and the rooms we had were good. they were on the 1st floor. I think all rooms are not the same. The menu is very local but the food was good and the service was good. BYO drinks. The beach in front of the hotel is a bathing beach (no surf) but there are corals. We met a guide (Titus) who takes peole to see the corals and the fish. The water is not very deep so you can walk most of the to the Coral reef. Very quite hotel and has a pool at the back of the hotel. email address for the hotel prgh@sltnet.lk

Room Tip: Rooms 201 to 205 are good rooms to get
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed November 15, 2011

been here a couple of times but was shocked at their prices- which seemed to have doubled from 30 to about 60 usd-they said it was because of an upgrade but i did not see any difference in the rooms which were quite basic and the food average still there are not many other luxury options in polhena and we did enjoy the pool -it is a buisness orientated places as there has always been other things - weddings/conferences going on which other people may find noisy
polhena beach is lovely but be warned strong currents are the norm -so good luck snorkelling
i have tried and failed many at time

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Polhena Reef Garden
Address: 30 Beach Road, Polhena, Matara 81000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Matara
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #17 of 18 Hotels in Matara
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Hotel Class:3 star — Polhena Reef Garden 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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