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Reviewed 8 January 2017

This place grew on me. I had come from Anuradhapura where the guest house and room were all white and neat, and arrived at Leesha where it was raining and rain caused the entrance way and alley through the facility to be a muddy path. The guest rooms (5 on the ground level, and 2 above, I think) face a sidewall of the family house and are separated by an earthen path which was flooded (mud) when I arrived. This path is narrow so the facility presents as dark (and was covered for rain protection that day, so was even darker), and the downstairs guest rooms are painted (on their outside) a lurid green. The downstairs rooms' doors and windows open on to a small space each, which provide the light into the room; these rooms abut the earthen path. The facility itself is incomplete, with more rooms to come on the upper level, and the family home also has incomplete upper rooms. So, not a pretty sight, at first view. The rooms, inside, are spartan, clean, and mosquito-proof. Mine was the 2nd from the street -- and no, I had no problem with noise; that street is New Town Road, a 4-kilometer spine of rice paddies and houses connecting the two bits of Polonnaruwa. There is no central lobby area; the 3rd room's mini-patio is appropriated for that purpose. (The noise you hear is people talking outside your room in the passageway.) What Leesha does have is heart. The owner Mr Upali and manager, Saman, are all energy and helpfulness on how to navigate the heritage sites and transportation. The cook, whose name I missed, does a great job with dinner. (If you want it -- the facility is a kilometer walk from the center of the old town, which doesn't have much going for itself apart from being the location of the superb museum and ticket-purchase spot for the Polonnaruwa heritage site, so, eating at the guest house is a sensible choice), and his pol sambol was tops. The place is popular, with a bit of a 'backpacker' feel (not 'flashpacker'), for young and old, so you might even come across someone, another traveler, who says 'hello' to you, which doesn't happen in hotels. All in all, you get more than you see. (I was there 2 nights mid December 2016.)

Room tip: None of the 5 downstairs room is 'good' in that they each open onto common areas. I did not see the upstairs rooms.
Date of stay: December 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Thank Schiltron
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Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Leesha is a very basic but clean and friendly guesthouse. The entry is a bit of a building site but the rooms inside are spacious and spotlessly clean. It is on the side of the road so if you were at the front there might be traffic noise. Our room was clean and with really comfortable beds. The bathroom was very large and clean and the shower not bad at all, though pressure could be better.

The breakfast served was toast, eggs cooked to your order and a big old plate of lovely fruit including a revelation that has finally made me a fan of papaya (adding lime to it)!

Date of stay: December 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank infernojim
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Reviewed 23 November 2016

Good food, good room, another great bed.
Only time we took an aircon room, but worth it.
Friendly , helpful staff, easy riding distance to old town, lake, museum and ruins.
booked for 2 nights, stayed 3...
Short 3 wheeler ride from bus stand, or walkable if your keen.
seek out Saman for help... nice guy.. he works there..

Room tip: Rooms at the back away from the road are quieter
Date of stay: October 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Bruce P
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Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Excellent food, good price for the room and very helpful hosts! Bike hire was so useful and cheap at 300Rs per day!

We arrived and hadn't booked anywhere and we were lucky to stumble across Leesha through a German girl we met. This is luxury for backpackers!

Date of stay: November 2016
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank Chris C
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Reviewed 10 September 2016

Great guest house currently expanding largely due to their current popularity. Staff very helpful with excellent English. A 15 minute walk from bus station at the centre of town but the owner helpful with transport and local info.

Room tip: All rooms looked good.
Date of stay: August 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank DavidTasmania
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