The Sanctuary at Tissawewa-Colonial Hotel
The Sanctuary at Tissawewa-Colonial Hotel
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"Staff wasn’t hospitable"

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May 3, 2018

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9.1
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From 70 reviewsSee what guests said
8.0
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10
Excellent cleanliness
8.1
Recommended by 88% of guests
Value for money7.5
Distance to city center4.6 km
Location rating9.1
Nearest airportAnuradhapura Airport (ACJ)
Distance to airport6.1 km
  • Airport transfer

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Currency exchange

  • Air conditioning

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Deluxe Triple
Deluxe Triple
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 single bed and 1 king bed
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Family Quadruple Room
Family Quadruple Room
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 single bed and 2 king bed...
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Deluxe Double
Deluxe Double
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  • Balcony/terrace
  • Shower
  • 1 king bed
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Semi-Double
Semi-Double
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  • Shower
  • 2 single beds
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Semi- Deluxe Room
Semi- Deluxe Room
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  • Shower
  • 1 single bed
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Deluxe Single
Deluxe Single
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Semi-Deluxe
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  • 3 single beds
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      Deluxe Twin
      Deluxe Twin
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      • 2 single beds
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      What people love about the property

      • "Excellent staff and service !"

        Amber C.

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        December 24, 2017

      • "Very accommodating and helpful."

        Barbara

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        January 29, 2017

      • "Excellent food."

        Nicholas

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        February 6, 2016

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      "Our room was clean and comfortable."

      Julie

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      January 13, 2018

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      What they offer

      "Good staff, good breakfast, good rooms, good grounds"

      Phil

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      January 21, 2018

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      Agoda Reviews (70)Booking.com Reviews (75)
      8.0
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      10
      Cleanliness8.1
      Facilities7.7
      Location9.1
      Room comfort and quality7.1
      Service7.9
      Value for money7.5
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      4.0
      David from United Kingdom
      Family with young children
      Deluxe Triple
      Stayed 1 night in August 2018
      not cattered for families”
      Rooms are big but need a very good clean. Location is perfect, in the middle of the ancient city. All personnel were inefficient (front desk, very long wait for food at restaurant). They do not catter for children. We order smaller portions at the restaurant for our 4 year old. They ignored us, brought a normal portion and asked us to pay for the full amount. There is no pool
      Reviewed August 29, 2018
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Ajit from United Kingdom
      Family with teens
      Family Quadruple Room
      Stayed 3 nights in July 2018
      Exceptional”
      This is a perfectly relaxing place to feel a colonial atmosphere. Everything is well-ordered, the level of cleanliness is very high, the location is central and ideal for exploring the sacred city and the great ancient Buddhist culture of Anuradhapura era. The family room we stayed was perfectly laid out and furnished. The food was delicious and excellent. The courtesy and the hospitality of the staff is positively outstanding. Well-done, Sanctuary at Tissawewa Hotel.
      Reviewed August 28, 2018
      4.8
      Elke from Germany
      Family with teens
      Semi- Deluxe Room
      Stayed 4 nights in July 2018
      Building and area nice but inside less standard.”
      The management should invest in the interior, the bathroom has to be renewed and place infront of the rooms should be more equipped. Triple Delux is not reasonable and valuable. The Restaurant is very good.
      Reviewed August 01, 2018
      8.8
      Excellent
      shanaz from Sri Lanka
      Couple
      Semi-Double
      Stayed 2 nights in April 2018
      Amazing place ”
      We love the location and the hotel was gorgeous... love the old colonial exterior and interior.. staff wasn’t hospitable... made our stay feel less spontaneous as they refuse to change the room to a king size bedroom ... but over all the place and the food !!! Was amazing
      Reviewed May 03, 2018
      9.6
      Exceptional
      Gavin from United Kingdom
      Family with teens
      Family Quadruple Room
      Stayed 1 night in April 2018
      Majestic hotel, great location, lovely rooms”
      We had a great stay at the Sanctuary. It is a beautiful building with great rooms, tastefully decorated. The kids enjoyed the archery and riding bikes around the grounds. The only thing that let it down was the food which was disappointing and expensive for the quality. The meals were served separately so 2 of us in the group had finished theirs before the other 2 arrived.
      Reviewed April 14, 2018
      9.6
      Exceptional
      Antonio from Macau
      Couple
      Deluxe Twin
      Stayed 2 nights in March 2018
      Terra Esteves”
      Very good Price/Quality
      Reviewed March 21, 2018
      9.2
      Exceptional
      Lakshmi from Sri Lanka
      Group
      Semi-Deluxe
      Stayed 1 night in March 2018
      Fantastic”
      A very nice place to stay in Anuradhapura.Close to the Srimahabodhi,Ruwanweliseya and Mirisawetiya.Walking distance to all these places so convenient.Food was excellent.Bathrooms can be improved more.Thank you Nishantha,Harshana and Damith for making our stay unforgettable.The Staff is very good and is a plus point for the success of this very homely hotel.
      Reviewed March 17, 2018
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Alyshia from Australia
      Couple
      Deluxe Triple
      Stayed 2 nights in January 2018
      Exceptional”
      Wonderful hotel to stay at right in the centre of the historical sites.
      Reviewed January 27, 2018
      9.6
      Exceptional
      Diane from United States
      Solo traveler
      Deluxe Single
      Stayed 2 nights in January 2018
      The Sanctuary is aptly named”
      From the moment I arrived on the large property of this hotel, tranquility enveloped me. This old former residence of a British governor is surrounded by a vast park/garden planted with a great variety of trees and home to monkeys, peacocks, herons, parrots, and many other birds. The hotel is the only one located in the zone of the sacred city of Anuradhapura. Rise early (5 a.m.) and be blessed by the monks at the nearby Buddhist monastery chanting prayers, followed by the awakening sounds of the many animals in the environment. During the day, enjoy the veranda and the lovely food (including homemade bread) and fruit drinks prepared and served by the hotel staff. For budget guided tour in a tub-tuk of the sacred city sites, ask Saria at hotel guest-services to engage Pandu, who is very knowledgable and English-fluent. Be prepared to overlook a few inconveniences (plumbing and electrical) of a 200 year-old building, and you will be enchanted by your hotel stay here.
      Reviewed January 24, 2018
      9.6
      Exceptional
      Phil from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Deluxe Double
      Stayed 2 nights in January 2018
      A lovely colonial hotel close to the Sacred City”
      Good staff, good breakfast, good rooms, good grounds
      Reviewed January 21, 2018
      9.6
      Exceptional
      Julie from Australia
      Couple
      Deluxe Triple
      Stayed 3 nights in January 2018
      A true Sanctuary”
      The Sanctuary is a beautiful hotel set in extensive gardens. The food was some of the best we have had in Sri Lanka and restaurant staff were very helpful and friendly. Our room was clean and comfortable. The hotel is close to the temples of old Anuradhapura - we borrowed hotel bicycles to tour the sites. All up, a great experience at a very reasonable price.
      Reviewed January 13, 2018
      7.2
      Very good
      Asoka from Sri Lanka
      Family with young children
      Family Quadruple Room
      Stayed 1 night in December 2017
      Asoka”
      Staff is helpful. Convenient location.
      Reviewed December 27, 2017
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Yan from Hong Kong
      Family with young children
      Deluxe Triple
      Stayed 1 night in December 2017
      Exceptional”
      Excellent hotel and its a hidden gem! Very good for retreat! Excellent staff and service ! Highly recommended!
      Reviewed December 24, 2017
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Huib from Netherlands
      Family with teens
      Deluxe Triple
      Stayed 1 night in November 2017
      Exceptional”
      Beautiful colonial hotel in a park with many special trees. Food is excellent, rooms are large and you can sit on the veranda in front of your room looking at the birds in the park.
      Reviewed November 13, 2017
      3.2
      francis from United Kingdom
      Family with young children
      Deluxe Triple
      Stayed 1 night in February 2017
      An appalling, expensive experience ”
      We were unable to sleep because of noise from music about which staff did nothing, wifi was actrocious, service dreadful and food mediocre. Good Location and building - could be a great hotel if run properly which it isn't
      Reviewed February 26, 2017
      3.6
      Niroshini from Sri Lanka
      Family with young children
      Deluxe Triple
      Stayed 1 night in February 2017
      Acceptable”
      We booked triple room but they charge for my daughter's breakfast. Strongly mentioning that please check it with hotel. Otherwise I paid USD111 FROM MY CARD TO agoda. Not happy for this.
      Reviewed February 22, 2017
      9.6
      Exceptional
      Benjamin from Australia
      Couple
      Deluxe Triple
      Stayed 1 night in January 2017
      Charming Colonial Homestead”
      We spent one night at The Sanctuary and were extremely happy with our selection. The room was enormous with an equally impressive dressing room / additional single bedroom and well appointed bathroom. The only downfall we experienced was the WiFi. It only appears to work in the reception foyer and adjacent areas which is disappointing when you want to share you travel stories and photos with friends and families. (A first world problem I know). Breakfast was good, but lacked the Sri Lankan options we have enjoyed elsewhere. The tea at breakfast was fantastic!
      Reviewed February 07, 2017
      8.8
      Excellent
      Barbara from United States
      Couple
      Deluxe Triple
      Stayed 1 night in January 2017
      A step back in time....”
      Lounge chairs on the verandas, ceiling fans, peacocks strolling on the vast lawn and a staff that aim to please. Perfect place to visit the ruins from and ask for the tuk tuk driver who lives next door. Very accommodating and helpful. NB because it is so close to Temple there is no acohol served....however ginger beer is quite refreshing!
      Reviewed January 29, 2017
      6.8
      Good
      renaud from France
      Solo traveler
      Deluxe Triple
      Stayed 1 night in June 2016
      The charm of an old colonial residence”
      But lack of standard amenities: wifi only works in the main lobby area, no fan in the bathroom. Expect some loud noise from the nearby temple in the (very) early morning.
      Reviewed June 07, 2016
      8.8
      Excellent
      ivo from Czech Republic
      Couple
      Deluxe Triple
      Stayed 1 night in May 2016
      Poor English of the staff”
      Poor English of the staff, resulting in problematic service...
      Reviewed May 04, 2016
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