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Tissawewa Resthouse

Old Town, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #7 of 9 hotels in Anuradhapura
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014
Dilani S Colombo, Sri Lanka
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Former Tissawewa Grand Rest House Now The Sanctuary is the most convenient and comfortable location for pilgrims and tourists. You can stroll down to the important sights. Reservation Staff is prompt. Good food and service.Cosy clean rooms and bathroom. Would definitely visit again.:)

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Frankfurt, Germany
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

we checked in recently, not because we wanted to stay, but it was on our way and we thought we wanted to know why everybody was so negative on the guesthouse. what a nice surprise: a very warm welcome, state of the art rooms, restaurant very good (best deal: rice & curry!!) and the park is now being taken very... More

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Tissawewa is a destination in itself, a spare, beautifully designed sanctuary in an old colonial building amidst park and temples. The esthetic perfectly matches it surroundings. The staff is kind. The food in the peaceful dining room, especially Sri Lankan breakfast of string hoppers and pittu with coconut milk gravy and curries, delightful. One night, Sri Lankan curry; another night... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 hotel reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Stayed with my family and friends for two nights. Good large rooms with nice bathrooms. The fittings are new and working. The new manager a pleasant person who took time to talk with guests. No alcohol as it is within the religious zone. Excellent staff friendly. Booked rooms 6 and 7. Sleep quality is poor as you can hear people... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Tissawewa has always been an exceptional property - the building, the grounds, the location. For years though its been neglected and a little rough around the edges so I was pleasantly surprised to find it thoroughly and thoughtfully restored on my last visit. The ancient mahogany floors and fittings have been burnished, the bathrooms are virtually 5 star and the... More

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Paris, France
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

We have spent one day in The sanctuary at Tissawewa and regreted not stay longer. the garden is quiet and marvelous. The rooms are totally nicely renoveted, perfectly clean, with good air condionning. The people here are really charming and we were in the middle of the temples and sanctuaries.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

This was our first visit after the renovation and was looking forward to a comfortable stay , since we have been there before the renovations & it was horrible - particularly the inefficient staff & horrible food. We were informed by Quickshaws that the place was renovated & was a 'boutique' level hotel now! The staff efficiency seem to have... More

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Devan D, General Manager at Tissawewa Resthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your constructive crticism. We will certainly take on board the shortcomings you've taken the trouble to share with us. Please do keep in mind the property has gone through a major refurbishment, after many years, and we are still in soft-opening mode. Where such teething problems are in the process of being resolved- in the shortest possible... More

Colombo, Sri Lanka
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

I went this place at 12 May 2013 13.30pm for lunch and they came with food at 14.50pm. Worst hotel experience ever... They took more than one hour to serve lunch and food is so bad. My advise is don't go there to waste your money. If anyone need to get any information about this call me on 0777 042045

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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11 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

This well located, former British Governor's house is an architectural delight set in beautiful gardens. The staff are friendly and efficient. A major renovation is happening soon and then our experiences of non-flushing toilets and a leaking roof will be part of its history which is best left behind. Recommend hoppers for breakfast.

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Newcastle, Australia
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174 reviews 174 reviews
47 hotel reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We had 2 downstairs rooms & whilst some features were a bit dated overall they were very comfortable & atmospheric. I understand they are soon to close for a major update. As the British Governors house it has extensive gardens away from everything else. Watch the monkeys as they steal anything left unattended. Our A/C, fan & mosquito nets were... More

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Address: Old Town, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Anuradhapura
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