Polonnaruwa Hotels

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  • Reviews: 14

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The Lake: The best accomodation in Polonnaruwa

We arrived in Pollonnaruwa around lunch time and headed straight for the hotel. We were completely awestruck! the rooms were overlooking the great lake built by King Parakramabahu. the name of the lake is "Parakrama Samudraya" which literally means the King's ocean. its so vast and deep that it actually resembles an ocean. you sometimes even see small waves created by the wind :)

Our hotel was simply amazing. rooms were small and minimalistic but equiped with a Mini bar, flatscreen TV and hairdryer in the bathroom. Beds were super comfortable and the view of the lake AMAZING. in the evenings you will see wild Buffaloes grazing the green grass and storks pruning the lawn in search of their breakfast worms. You will also see eagles, peacocks, pelicans and Kingfisher flying around or floating on the lake.

As for the meals at the hotel, no complaints at all. they have a vast variety at their breakfast and dinner buffets. Western, Sri lankan and Asian cuizine. All cooked to perfection and simply divine.

If you are ever visiting Polonnaruwa, this is the place you need to stay at :)

The View, lovely pool overlooking the lake, Amazing food and well equipped rooms.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Religious Travel, Family Travel, Eco-Tourism
  • Written January 16, 2014
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Melan Tourist Home: Budget option

We accidentally found this accommodation as it was not listed in my guidebook .
The spartan triple with ensuite bathroom though not that spacious, it was tidy and by far better value than the one in Anuradhapura (1,000 SLR for a triple).

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written September 9, 2006
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  • WStat profile photo WStat
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Deer Park Hotel: Another park !

Hotel offers 77 small cottages and 4 Suites with A/C, mini bar, satellite TV, tea and coffee facilities, TV with international channels, king or twin single beds, Japanese style (short) baths, mini bar and most have private open air walled garden bathrooms. It offers a marvellous view of three beautiful swimming pools connected to each other by a waterfall.The hotel is situated in a jungle, which used to be a private hunting ground of ancient kings of Ceylon.
Two nice restaurants, one partly open-air, a coffeshop and a al fresco bar offer plenty opportunities to relax.
Food is nice, service good.

The pool is very special, with real cold water a refreshing amenity for all after-sightseeing-victims.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Arts and Culture, Photography
  • Written September 6, 2006
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  • WStat profile photo WStat
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Culture Club Amaya Lake, Dhambulla: Immersed in a very old culture !

The resort is located close to all cultural and archaeological sites of Polonaruwa, Sigyria and Dhambulla by the lovely Kandalama-Lake
Culture Club Amay Lake is an ideal place to relax ; 92 luxurious chalets are well furnished and equipped with modern facilities. Amaya Lake also offers a nice partly open air restaurant with good international and Sri lankan food. Adjecent to the lobby and restaurant is a convenient partly open-air bar, serving wide range of wines, spirits, beer and fresh fruits.The pool is very large and well situated infront of the Ayurvedic center, bar and restaurant

Positioned like a safari-lodge in the middle of a tropical park, by the lake. Nice coottages, long ways to reception and restaurant

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Arts and Culture, Jungle and Rain Forest, Spa and Resort
  • Written September 6, 2006
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Devi Tourist Home: Terrific budget guesthouse

This guesthouse near the Southern Group of ruins is run by a very friendly couple who will do anything they can to make sure you have a pleasant stay. A double room costs Rs 800 and has ceiling fan, mosquito net, and shower (normally cold water; we were told hot water was also possible but we didn't feel the need for it). Bike hire is Rs 200 per day. Meals are also available.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking
  • Written May 23, 2006
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  • LS18 profile photo LS18
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Polonarruwa Rest House: Polonnaruwa Rest House

The Rest House is located right on the tank (lake) a couple of minutes from town and right next to the ruins of the ancient city. The room we had (room 3) was fantastic. It had a large terrace opening onto the lake, it was clean and modern. I believe there are rooms without a terrace which may be older so worth checking what you're getting. The staff were all really helpful and friendly and the food was good. I'd recommend staying at this hotel, though it was quite expensive.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Historical Travel, Budget Travel
  • Written February 17, 2006

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  • wwroam profile photo wwroam
  • Reviews: 65

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Giritale Hotel

The Giritale hotel is only 12 km from Polonnaruwa and is ideal as a base to see Polonnaruwa and the elephants of Kandulla.

Fantastic views of Giritale Tank from a good restaurant and deck.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written October 22, 2005
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  • Reviews: 245

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Manel Guest House: "My" family !

Absolutely the best place to stay. The house is nice, the rooms spacious and clean, birlliant food and "my singhalese" family ! (Manel, Bandu, Shanti)
Even if they didn´t have rooms when I came back from Upuwelli they tried to find another place for me to stay. Hope I´ll celebrate my wedding there.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written May 4, 2005

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Palm gargen guesthouse: a quiet place

I liked this gh very much. It's in the middle of paddy fields about 1km outside the town. If you're looking for a very quiet place to relax this is a good choice. A very nice srilankan couple run this place with four nice and clean rooms where you can feel really at home. It's cheap ( about 800rs) , food is very good, they can organize anything you want and they rent bicicles.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written April 19, 2005

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Hotel Ranketha: Polonnaruwa bad experience

It was without any doubt my worst accomodation experience in Sri Lanka. Hotel was cheap, but not extremely (something like 700 rupees per night) and rooms were awfully dirty - traces of blood on bed sheets and in the bathroom... :(((( probably never cleened in last months...

The staff was very friendly and food OK. They even invite me for few glasses of arrack in the evening... But the rooms... :(

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written August 31, 2003
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