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“Bit long in the tooth, but still good” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Giritale Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Giritale
Melbourne, Australia
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98 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Bit long in the tooth, but still good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

Great view from every room overlooking the lake. Beds very comfortable, but rooms a little tired. Breakfasts were good, but only option in evenings was western buffet @1500lkr/pax. Not a lot of restaurants in town, so ended up eating kothu roti and fried rice at the Welfare Restaurant outside the army base. Meal for 2 was 355lkr.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

Hotel has an amazing lake view, very comfortable open air lounge and good food. Staff were helpful and friendly, and accommodated our request to swap rooms as we asked for a king size bed. We had a good stay there.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

We stayed here 3 nights during our time in Sri Lanka. It was perfect for visiting Polonnaruma, Dambulla and Sigiriya but pretty basic. The room was clean and comfortable with A/C and fan but it did look a little tired - great value for money though. The buffet meals were good and the staff were extremely friendly. Our main criticism would be the 50% advance payment required to secure our booking which was an expensive overseas bank transfer (may be worth asking if this is an absolute necessity). Overall a very pleasant stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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100 reviews
54 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

The hotel itself has a swimming pool but in a poor condition so basically I didn't see anyone swimming there, restaurant and bar is very average, they are looking clean but not meeting a hotel standard. There are no facilities in the hotel or outside the hotel so it is very boring. Room is fine but toilet is old fashion. If you stop there 1 night is fine otherwise is really boring.

Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013 via mobile

I was not expecting a 5 star facility as the main reasons of my stay was to visit the attractions on the area. But trust me the rooms need a lot of maintenance there was no refrigerator in my room but rest of the rooms had a refrigerator as we took a total of 3 rooms. The lights in the rooms were not working and we had to get maintenance the sink in the toilet had cracks.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013 via mobile

Location location location. But the swimmingpool is not very inviting. Good rooms and beds. Dated bathroom and ceiling. ( we had far right room) but Beautifull view. With these top end prices you need everything fine and not just lean on location. They need a rainbow touch. Flowers in bowls in courtyard, bit more allure is what this place needs!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2013

Having arrived in Sri Lanka early hours of the morning, driving from airport to climb Sigiriya rock, it was just perfect to reach Giritale Hotel in the afternoon to spend the rest of the day relaxing. Our room was spaceous and clean, there were lot's of sounds from the wildlife outside which just added to the experience. For sundowners we ordered Lion and sat on the porch overlooking the tank and it was perfect. The dinner at night felt like a true lodge experience. We were greeted with our country flag and sat down for a huge and tasty buffet dinner. The food was great! We had a good night sleep and left after a equally nice breakfast buffet. I can well recommend this hotel, for the friendly staff, the rooms and the food. It's situated perfectly between Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Giritale Hotel
Address: Giritale, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Polonnaruwa > Giritale
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Giritale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Giritale Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 42
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