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“Great hotel - great views of lake”
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Giritale Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Giritale
Reviewed 18 March 2012

My comments echo those of others I think.

Great staff, beautiful views of lake - nice pool too. Great spot to base yourself for couple days whilst exploring area.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 March 2012

The hotel is beautifully situated but you need transport to go anywhere. The staff were friendly and helpful. The room was pleasant and the buffet breakfasts were good with plenty of choice. The evening buffet was mediocre, catering for western tastes and there were a lot of tour groups. For genuine Sri Lanka food, take a tuk-tuk to the Hotel the Village instead.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

Not recommended. Noisy..This seems to cater mainly for the big coach tour groups of which there are many doing the rounds in the cultural triangle. Our downstairs room echoed every footstep from the corridor above, the aircon unit was about 30 yrs old and rattled so loudly it could be heard through earplugs, bathroom filthy, mouse droppings in the sink, shower and over the floor, smelt musty, beds uncomfortable, and when we complained first of all we were told sorry you can't move room as hotel full, i'll send a cleaner down..! then after a discussion we decided to leave, to which they got a little more interested, eventually offering to upgrade us, (though the hotel was full??) but the decision was already made and we left. Buffet dinner was very average, in fact below average. Keep going the extra 20 kms and stay in Polowaruna, more choices there. After all that's probably why you're there in the area.

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Reviewed 29 February 2012

We spent 2 nights here while visiting the ancient ruins at Polonnaruwa. The distance between the two was no problem (provided you have transport). The location of the hotel was lovely with great views. Facilities were of a high standard and there was also a laundry service which was most welcome! The only shortcoming was no hairdryer which is not uncommon in Sri Lanka and the standard evening buffet which is laid on for the tour parties and is virtually the same everywhere. Breakfast is much better. The staff went to a great deal of trouble to try and find a Scottish flag for our table but we settled for a Union Jack in the end. If you can get out in the evening, Hotel, The Village is a great place for genuine Sri Lankan food. (see separate review)

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

We stayed at this hotel while on tour, so can’t comment on the price/value. The hotel has a wonderful view of Lake Giritale—sit back with your Lion beer on the veranda and enjoy! The room we had was also great. Everything in good repair, strong air conditioning, lots of hot water, a view of the lake. Up on the top floor, probably one of the best rooms. Only thing that could have been added would have been a pot to make tea and an English TV channel. The TV only has Sri Lankan channels. There is no wifi in the rooms; didn’t check to see if there was a computer available. Hay, you really didn’t come to Sri Lanka to sit at a computer, did you? We ate the buffet dinner. While it was mostly bland Western food for the tourists, there was a nice selection of Lankan dishes, too. Fish, pork and chicken were cooked up fresh on a grill. The breakfast buffet was fine, with a good selection and cooked-to-order omelets. A good place to stay.

Room Tip: Room 306 was excellent.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Giritale Hotel

Address: Giritale, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Polonnaruwa > Giritale
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Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Giritale
Price Range: ₹ 4,103 - ₹ 13,483 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Giritale Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 42
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