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The Sanctuary At Tissawewa

Old Puttalam Road, Old Town, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 21/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from The Sanctuary At Tissawewa
Updated 21/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#4 of 63 hotels in Anuradhapura
Charming Colonial hotel dating back to 1907, Built with luxury, the only hotel within the Sacred city of Anuradhapura. nestled in a 14 acre block of land which is a home to many species of birds and not forgetting the monkeys.
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Old Puttalam Road, Old Town, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka
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Bandaranayake Intl Airport141 kmSee all flights
Sigiriya Air Force Base Airport57 kmSee all flights
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JChandrasekera wrote a review Apr 2021
Berlin, Germany39 contributions45 helpful votes
Greetings. We had the opportunity to experience simple yet exclusive,courteous,professional and timely service by a young energetic team of service oriented personnel at your facility in Anuradhapura. Rooms were well appointed and clean. Food was an excellent selection by the culinary expert Chef.Mahesh. Thank you Mahesh,your creations were indeed a treat for the taste buds. You have done simple things to capture the attention of the guests. Keep up the good work. Amila,Sachin,Eranga,Rumes,Damith,Harshan,Piyal,Shantha,Mahesh,Daham,Hashan,Dammika and Priyantha. You all were true professionals in your assigned,designated departments. Just carry on with the dedicated services you extend to all guests
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Date of stay: April 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: In the lower level rooms,one will experience movements on the upper level.
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sharmila d wrote a review Mar 2021
Colombo, Sri Lanka19 contributions4 helpful votes
Had a very relaxing time at the hotel which is situated within the sacred city. Initially we planned to stay for only one night, however we stayed for another night as we liked the place. Although this is an old heritage building, it was fairly well maintained. Room was clean & welcoming. Toilet was clean. Towels were hygienically packed. Meals: Enjoyed all meals provided by the hotel - tasty & wholesome. However meal choices were limited. All staff - reception staff & waiters were very helpful & went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable. Harshana was particularly helpful.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Travellers Paradise wrote a review Jul 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka304 contributions47 helpful votes
Located nearby the pilgrimage sites this hotel is perfect getaway for people who likes to explore the ancient architecure of a hotel. This is the 1st time we stayed in this hotel and we were very satisfied with the location,food and the overall service offered to us.The staff were friendly and helpful. We stayed in a top floor room and it was a very relaxing stay. The food was delicious and was served in considerably large portions compared to other near by hotels.The bathrooms were large and it consist with all amenities.<br> The only downfall that weve notice was the air conditioner was a located a bit far away from the beds and it did take sometime to cool.<br> This place was a pure bliss for us as it was surrounded with a large garden space and a calm peaceful surrounding. Also, if you visit this place do not miss out on the 3 peacocks. We would definetly recommend this place and we look forward to visiting again.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Sojourner_xx wrote a review Mar 2020
42 contributions47 helpful votes
Hmmm….this stay was definitely a disappointment. It started with confusion during check in about our room and either a miscommunication via Expedia about the type of room we’d booked or a misunderstanding at the front desk. In any event, it was definitely a non-Sri Lankan welcome. (We've been to the LK a couple of times...) I did very much appreciate that one of the managers, Lol (sorry for any misspelling), made an effort to seek me out to apologize. And, the wonderful staff at the restaurant were more typical of the Sri Lankan charm and hospitality that we’ve gotten to know. These efforts motivated me to give the hotel at least three stars. However, my complaint is with the owner of the hotel. Hello! - this property is in a prime location! It has ample acreage, beautiful trees, and, the building itself is an historic, architectural statement. But it is in very sad shape. It has the feeling of a Grand Dame who has been ignored for years and so no matter how charming and attentive the staff is, the hotel itself is depressing. The rooms desperately need upgrades. The whole facility needs a facelift – one that maintains its historic significance but brings the property to life. Such a missed opportunity! With its location, grounds and historic architecture, it could be a jewel within the ancient city of Anuradhapura. Instead. It basically offers an out-of-date sleeping room with a decent restaurant. If the owner can’t afford to bring this great property up to its potential, he should get a loan or a grant or sell it to someone who will give the property the attention it deserves. If you just want a reasonably priced sleeping room in a very convenient location, the Sanctuary is ok. (BTW - Trip Advisor, how on earth did you award this property a Certificate of Excellence in 2019? It demeans the value of that award when given to properties that far exceed this one.)
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Quickshaws Pvt Ltd, Guest Services / Front Office at The Sanctuary At Tissawewa
Responded 12 Jan 2021
Dear Guest, We take your comments on the hotel seriously and must mention that we had begun an upgrade of the rooms and interiors which we had to put on hold when the Easter bombing drove away tourist from the country. Just as we thought conditions would get better, covid hit us even harder. The owners felt this was not the time to get into debt without a positive outlook . The hotel is in good condition as is our levels of service but we agree some aspects would benefit from a facelift. Conditions are still bleak for the tourism industry but it is the owners intention to restart the upgrading program halted year before last, even if at snails pace, as we wait for the dark clouds to move over. We apologize for every inconvenience caused.
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jeyama2018 wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom13 contributions15 helpful votes
The Sanctuary at Tissawewa is a charming old hotel. Ideal for using as base to visit the ruined cities nearby. Staff are lovely & very helpful. Food choices were limited but understandable due to size of place.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Quickshaws Pvt Ltd, Guest Services / Front Office at The Sanctuary At Tissawewa
Responded 26 Feb 2020
Dear Guest, We are pleased to know that you had enjoyed your stay at this hotel . Our team takes note of your satisfaction on our service and meals . We all welcome you back to spend a few more nights on your next visit to Anuradhapura . Thank you. Best regards,
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Tissawewa Resthouse
Sri LankaNorth Central ProvinceAnuradhapura
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Sanctuary At Tissawewa
Which popular attractions are close to The Sanctuary At Tissawewa?
Nearby attractions include Ruwanwelisaya (1.1 km), Jethawanaramaya Stupa (3.2 km), and Sri Maha Boodhi Temple (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Sanctuary At Tissawewa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Sanctuary At Tissawewa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at The Sanctuary At Tissawewa?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Sanctuary At Tissawewa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Little Paradise Anuradhapura, Mango Mango, and Big Mama Family Restaurant.
Does The Sanctuary At Tissawewa have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Sanctuary At Tissawewa offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to The Sanctuary At Tissawewa?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Royal Palace (Vijayabahu Maligaya) (1.9 km), Short Handed Statue (3.2 km), and Wessagiriya (2.4 km).
Is The Sanctuary At Tissawewa accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.