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The Sanctuary At Tissawewa

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This hotel has a truly impressive approach through a beautiful garden. The rooms were comfortable and the food was mostly good. It is amazingly situated to explore the ruins and local temples. It was a real experience to stay in such a historic setting and one we wont forget.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had the pleasure of staying one night at this beautiful place. Very close to all the sights. Friendly staff, good food, great rooms. You might get a visit from some monkeys, if you don't close your door properly! Also, the Queen (UK) stayed at this establishment when she visited!

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Thank Buddhi D
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a nice hotel, with nice staff and makes for a good location out of which to visit the cultural triangle. The monkeys outside are a charming bonus. However, there are easy improvements to be made here to make the hotel better: they only had Carlsberg beer, and nothing local. The menu is a hodge podge of cuisines with... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely old world rest house. It has a peaceful and restful atmosphere. The rooms are spacious with large verandas, the food is good and the people polite and friendly. There is a large garden in the front of the house with peacocks roaming freely on the grounds. Recommended.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here for a romantic diner but were sourly disappointed. The standard answer to pretty much every question is 'no sorry, we dont have'. What they do have is at best bland but sometimes even truly awful. Salads are ridiculous, nowhere near what is promised on the menu. Avoid!!!

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

Dear Valued guest. We regret that some your selections this day were not available, fresh mango juice which was out of season and Diet Coke, for which there has been a shortage island wide from some time Coke plant being affected by the floods earlier this year. Admittedly we should draw attention to seasonality in the fresh fruit selection but... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here for lunch after a morning of sightseeing. Was disappointed that they don't serve any type of alcohol. However the lunch was excellent and the menu extensive. Our server Thanuja and his assistant were attentive and very helpful. Large portions. Value for money. On a sour note "the manager" was very aloof and ignored us right from the moment... More 

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United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our stay in the hotel sanctuary was amazing the staff provided a lot of help and good service for our stay in Anuradhapura. Food was good and excellent presentation. It was beautiful here, we hope to come back some time.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The hotel is located perfectly, very close to all the sights and insight a big park. The atmosphere at the hotel is unique with history as it has been government housing. We had a room on the first floor with tainted Windows which really is a pity as one cannot look out not gets any daylight. The rooms was however... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The sanctuary could have been a decent guesthouse given its location and its colonial architectural heritage. However the rooms, although clean and recently revamped, was not really coherent with the colonial theme advertised in their website. The worst at the sanctuary was their meal service. While the servers were earnest and sincere, they were so badly managed that I probably... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just finished dinner here. Had a vegetarian curry and a pork chops with two juices. Everything was quite nice, meat was a bit tough. 2 dinners, 2 juices, 1 dessert and water for 3000 rupees. Nice setting and not disappointed but probably better deals to be had.

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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 50000, 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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