Not only at the lake views but also the new state of the art eco chalets which were offered in preference to the tired and cramped standard rooms which admittedly have fabulous views and a nice balcony. The chalet I stayed in 807 is a superb piece of architecture with single polished logs and cross beams holding up the roof and verandah. There is lots of marvellous timber finishes inside the split level stand alone structure and the bathroom is a massive size with bath and shower that opens to the sky, trees and monkeys overhead. Really artfully built and conceived right down to the etched paint on fabric on the walls. The downstairs sit out area is cool and does have some view of the lake. Bedding and fixtures are brand new. Fabulous!
This hotel is between the two heritage sites of Sigiriya and Polonnoruwa and 8,000rps gets you to both from the hotel. You can take local buses and get off at Giritale and is 1km off main road.
The breakfast is very good and staff are most helpful. The lobby area and entry with its lovely statue and the shiny terrazzo tiled floor mirrored in water opening out onto a vista of the lake is quite lovely. The terrazzo is polished with camphor and together with the incense creates a lovely atmosphere.
The grounds, pool, outdoor bar, change area and spa need a total renovation - at least keep it clean and dirt-free. Paths need sweeping and hosing down. The backyard looks like a rubbish tip - at least plant a row of trees to hide it. Otherwise, you do feel like you are in a national park with monkeys all round and I think I heard deer in the night. Wild elephants were drinking at the lake across from the hotel. It shows Sri Lanka at its natural best not spoilt by over-development like Bali nor by massive palm oil and rubber plantations like Malaysia.
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- Also Known As:
- The Royal Lotus Hotel Giritale
- Royal Lotus Hotel Polonnaruwa
- Royal Lotus Polonnaruwa