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The Sanctuary At Tissawewa

Old Puttalam Road, Old Town, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka (Formerly Tissawewa Resthouse)
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The rooms and the common areas have been recently refurbished. Clean and comfortable. Good location. But service is not up to the level the Hotel tries to position itself. Reception: the guy at the reception although he was efficient had not PR skills at all. No friendly smile/greeting. He is not fit to be the first greeter at a hotel.... More 

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

Dear Guest, We thank you for your valuable comments on our hotel and are taking necessary measures to rectify. Thank you. Kind regards, More 

preston,uk
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The lonely planet says... There are few better situations for an enjoyable meal or drink than the verandahs and dining room in this beautiful colonial hotel. So long as you enjoy... Being ignored. Asking if you can order and... Being ignored. Cleaning your own table because there isn't anyone else available to do it. Finally ordering! Woo Hoo! Waiting 40... More 

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

Dear Guest, We offer our sincere apologies for the poor service you had at The Sanctuary at Tissawewa. This is a rare occasion we did not deliver to the high standards we have set ourselves but sadly we had a shortage of service personnel on the day of your visit and an unexpected crowd for lunch which had resulted in... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel was a great location near the beautiful temples around Anuradhapura. We stayed 1 night and had dinner in the restaurant. We were only with a couple more guest during shoulder season. We had mixed staff. Some nice and professional. Some did not bother. The room was great with nice bathroom. All in all a great experience. Wifi was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the hotel for lunch after having visited the historical sites. Five people having a very nice rice and curry, fried rice and spaghetti bolognese, including bottled water and two fresh pineapple juices for less that 5000. Very good value for money.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great location for exploring the ancient city of Anuradhapura. The hotel was in itself a slice of history having been the British Governor's house. It had maintained it's links with the past whilst having modern bathrooms and comfortable rooms that open to verandahs which over look the extensive grounds dotted with historic mature trees. The staff are... More 

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Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

Rajithangani, Colombo , Maharagama We were at thi,s hotel recently. I like Sanctuary's huge garden which had majestic trees which are very old. In the morning we just came to the garden. It was amazing. So many peacocks were in the garden. There Were many bird species and a lot of monkeys. We could pick sweet mangoes also. My memory... More 

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bucktown, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

Tissawewa was a good choice, a nice colonial hotel with a great location. The rooms are what you would expect with old colonial architecture, but clean and with a/c. Being able to grab a bike and see the ruins was great. Staff was very pleasant and accommodating.

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

We arrived late afternoon and were greeted with cold flannels and cool drinks. Shown up to our room which was cool and spotless. As it is our 30th wedding anniversary we had 2 Swans modelled from towels & a platter of fresh fruit. No pool at this hotel. It did however have a spa. Two verandas to sit on. Dinner... More 

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Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

One Of The Great Hotel In Anuradhapura. We Stay For Two Days. Actually Everything were Perfect Specially Room Clean and it has more space. as well as staff was very Friendly. The time When We check-in we could see it.Environment is so peaceful l and relaxing. overall it's a great value for money

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

When we were searching for a property in Anuradhapura for a four-day family outing which comprised three families - a group of 11, our primary objective was to identify a peaceful, affordable, not over the top but a hotel with character. Since we were spending four days, we were keen to have local cuisine/normal food. We did not look for... More 

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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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Sanctuary At Tissawewa

Address: Old Puttalam Road, Old Town, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka (Formerly Tissawewa Resthouse)
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Anuradhapura
Price Range: $136 - $146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Sanctuary At Tissawewa 3*
Number of rooms: 200
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Tissawewa Resthouse Anuradhapura
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