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Tissawewa Resthouse

Old Town, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Anuradhapura
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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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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Cape Town
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We travelled by train from Colombo so this was our first real taste of the country. The hotel has a great colonial feel to it. While the front of house service was quite awkward, this was more than made up for by our charming waiter, Gunarathna who has worked there for 14 years. The food was good, the free bicycles... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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28 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here for lunch whilst visiting the sites. It offers a welcome respite in the middle of the religious area. Deep verandahs provide welcome shade and the food is good -we just had a light lunch. Recommended. Friendly staff.

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Colombo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice and peaceful place to enjoy a holiday in the sacred city of anuradhapura.... walking distance to the most of the sacred places and convenient and comfortable..... service rooms and overall experience is great...

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am staying here right now for two days for relaxed weekend and I couldn't have come to a better place, great architecture and some wonderful furniture from the old days! The staff are very helpful and charming. The location is great and most of the cultural places and easily accessible. The rooms are clean and AC is great in... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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14 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

An old colonial mansion, built by the British, recently renovated, and renamed Sanctuary. Huge well kept garden with mighty trees and of course the monkeys. Quiet surroundings - the road being far off. You could walk to some of the major Buddhist pilgrimage sights and this is the only place I could think of to stay at Anuradhapura.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
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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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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 hotel reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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
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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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Address: Old Town, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Anuradhapura
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