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The Sanctuary At Tissawewa

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Old Puttalam Road, Old Town, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized 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 sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized 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.
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Updated 21/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#4 of 55 hotels in Anuradhapura
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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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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Foot massage
Currency exchange
Outdoor furniture
Secured parking
Public wifi
Restaurant
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Breakfast in the room
Car hire
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
Picnic area
Sun umbrellas
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Non-smoking rooms
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Shafraz R wrote a review Aug 2019
Colombo, Sri Lanka12 contributions3 helpful votes
This is a nice colonial property which is situated right in the center of the religious city of Anuradhapura with walking distance to many attractions /religious locations.You can hope in a Tuk Tuk and ask them to take you around ,which you can cover all the important historical attractions in 3 hours (best to start around 3:00 pm),The hotel needs a bit of refurbishment and the rooms were not that clean and had dust on the floors and in the furniture, the food was okay. The bathrooms were not that clean and had some bad odor.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Travel with AK wrote a review Jul 2019
Colombo, Sri Lanka352 contributions107 helpful votes
Old ancient architectural masterpiece..!! It was a fantastic stay with specious rooms and lovely food..!! Lucky if you gets a room in the upstairs..!! most stupas and Buddhist sites are nearby..! Great staff..!!
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Response from Hotels Q, Manager at The Sanctuary At Tissawewa
Responded 22 Jul 2019
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 etc . 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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SPnHP wrote a review May 2019
Singapore, Singapore49 contributions61 helpful votes
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Only good thing was it's central location to the various tourist sites. Have had nicer stays at backpacker hostels at a third of the price. - Aircon took 8 hrs to go from 33 to 25 degrees celcius. Had set it at 16 degrees. - Barking dogs at night. - Smelly and used pillows, had to call for them to change. - Had frogs jumping out of the sink and toilet bowl the first time we used it. - Bed is very creaky. - 80% of the tv channels are blurry and has static. - Broken shower head. - Dirty toilet. - Very inconsistent water pressure, had to consistently adjust the knob while showering.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Mark T wrote a review Apr 2019
Singapore, Singapore20 contributions34 helpful votes
On entering the grounds leading up to the Sanctuary you feel very relaxed and The historical building is very welcoming with its wide verandahs, Staff service was good and restaurant good . My room was large and the bathroom large all was very clean and well kept,TV was small . The grounds outside have lots of monkeys getting up to monkey business haha and wild peacocks roaming around the beautiful large trees which surround the building. This building is heritage listed so no modern alterations can be done but what it does give you is the era of the 1900s and how the English lived at that time , well worth a stay and close to all temples and sights.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Response from GM Q, Manager at The Sanctuary At Tissawewa
Responded 1 May 2019
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 etc . 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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Ayodhya88 wrote a review Apr 2019
Colombo, Sri Lanka22 contributions2 helpful votes
It’s a beauty place BUT the old wing is terrible. The bathroom smells and full of frogs! The cleanliness of the rooms weren’t great at all. The AC had water dripping down. However the food and the staff were friendly and enjoyed that aspect. I don’t think I would go there again unless they repair the rooms and do something about the frogs!
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Date of stay: April 2019
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PRICE RANGE
US$97 - US$120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
tissawewa resthouse anuradhapura
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Tissawewa Resthouse
LOCATION
Sri LankaNorth Central ProvinceAnuradhapura
NUMBER OF ROOMS
21
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