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The Sanctuary At Tissawewa

Old Puttalam Road, Old Town, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka (Formerly Tissawewa Resthouse)
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Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Anuradhapura
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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84 reviews 84 reviews
51 hotel reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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189 reviews 189 reviews
88 hotel reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Known previously as Tissa Rest House and maintains the standards. Rooms have been modernised, perhaps losing some of the old character (including the four-poster bed) but with much improved bathrooms. Set in a lovely garden with a view of the main Stupa in the distance. Have stayed here many times and found it to be the best in Anuradhapura. Food... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

It's a (very) quiet hotel set in 11 acres of gardens and, following a recent refurbishment, the rooms were in very good shape and the decor excellent. Our room was large and well set out, as was the en suite bathroom, and the toiletries on offer were good quality. The sizeable bed and high ceilings were also a major plus... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

we went for a lunch after visiting the temples. A well entertained big parc with monkeys, a 2-floor building with a veranda - we were invited to drink tea waiting for the lunch; we were shown the room where her Majesty the Queen of England stayed in 1954 (?), in fact the managers said it was in 1951 (but they... More 

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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We stayed for two nights at the Sanctuary - Tissawewa Resthouse whilst visiting the ruins at Anuradhapura. This styles itself as a high-class hotel in Anuradhapura. First the good things: - Recently been refurbished to a high standard - Boutique hotel - Own grounds - Excellent food - Tranquil setting - Friendly staff - Comfortable beds and pillows - Exquisite... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

When we searched for a hotel in this area, we found this hotel to be located in an excellent place compared to all the other hotels in the city. The added benefit of this fact is that we were able to walk to most of the significant historical sites without using any other transportation. The hotel has gone through major... More 

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Colombo
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33 hotel reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This Hotel has been recently refurbished or perhaps.. restored. The rooms and the building retain the same architecture bur restoration and up-liftment has taken place. The gardens are just as expansive as they were and the quietness is the hall mark. The meals are excellent with a very innovative chef in the presentation of the dishes... and the dishes do... More 

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