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The Sanctuary At Tissawewa

3.0 of 5
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Old Puttalam Road, Old Town, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka (Formerly Tissawewa Resthouse)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Colonial building with giant garden. Very good Sri Lankan curry with rice. Prices are somewhat high, but the atmosphere is nice, You can start outside for some drinks and take dinner inside. Also good for afternoon tea and lunch - try the omelette! Close to old town of Anuradhapura.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at this hotel in 1997 when it was falling apart, had mold growing on its walls and the odd cockroach visiting the room at night. The recent renovations have made a big difference. The beautiful old colonial structure is still there as well as the overall style. But, the rooms are new and clean inside, although still pretty... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely place very comfortable rooms tastefully decorated. Surrounded by large trees which makes it cooler.We liked the food too real srilankan style. Friendly staff also great location.all the important sites are close by its easy to travel by a tuktuk or cycling.

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Panadura, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This is a beautiful, charming property to spend a day or two when visiting the historical sites in Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. The climate in Anuradhapura is extremely hot, most times of the year, but once you are in the room, it's cozy and comfortable. Nice mix of Sri Lankan and Western food with typical Sri Lankan hospitality, made our... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The location of the hotel is lovely - lots of trees - very quiet. The food in the restaurant is good. The service especially of the waiters in the restaurant is excellent and very friendly. Our room on the ground floor had very small windows near the ceiling, so it felt very dark. There were no mosquito nets or coils... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

This Colonial building is lovely situated in a small park, close to all the main temples. At walking distance you will find a nice lake, the Royal garden and a rock temple. We took some bikes to explore the temples and region which was lovely. The building itself could do with some more old style interior as it lacks sphere,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We went there without a prebooking and ended up paying more than we planned. Make sure that I see the exact room that they are giving... we traveled as a family and had a bad experience... the lady in the reception showed us a room very close to the lobby.. we asked for one double and one triple.. she showed... More 

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J Dirckze GM Q, General Manager at The Sanctuary At Tissawewa, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, we really regret the bad experience you had, and according to what you say I believe there had being lack of attention, which is not acceptable, our main concern is to give our clients a memorable stay unfortunately this has not being the case. We have noted and taken your points positively and ensuring that no other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Stayed 3 nights Set in larg parkland next to the ancient sites - great location. Entertained by the monkies sitting on our veranda Service excellent Food good once we told staff to bring it as soon as cooked (not wait for all to be served togethher) Wifi excellent in lobby.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Lovely approach and site. Almost in smack middle all historic sites, mostly walking or cycling distance. Only about 20+ rooms. Maintained quite clean. Courteous staff. Set menu, food is okay but leaves a bit to be desired. Wifi is only available at lobby. Cozy rooms.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Set back on a large monkey infested property, this classic laid back colonial building offers a very comfortable stay. You can walk to several of the major sites from here. Service is very attentive and atmosphere is tranquil. The only drawback is the lack of alcohol due to the location in the sacred precinct. You can tuk-tuk to their sister... More 

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