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The Sanctuary at Tissawewa, Anuradhapura

3-star hotel with restaurant, near Mirisawetiya Stupa

  • Free WiFi and free parking

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Old Puttalam road, Anuradhapura, 50000, Sri Lanka
8.2.Very Good.
  • We stayed 3 nights mid April. The grounds are very impressive. The hotel is set back on a…

    Apr. 14, 2019

  • Very quiet when we stayed so lacking atmosphere, particularly in the the restaurant. The…

    Feb. 14, 2020

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  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 21 guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast available
  • Spa services
  • Airport shuttle

For families

  • Playground on site
  • Refrigerator
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate dining area
  • Premium TV channels
  • Television

What’s around

  • Sri Maha Bodhi - 13 min walk
  • Mirisawetiya Stupa - 10 min walk
  • Anuradhapura Archaeological Museum - 12 min walk
  • Brazen Palace - 16 min walk
  • Ruwanwelisaya - 20 min walk
  • Thuparamaya - 24 min walk

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Enter dates for 2 guests

Guests
  • Deluxe Double Room
  • Superior Double or Twin Room
  • Superior Single Room
  • Deluxe Triple Room
  • Superior Triple Room

Location

Old Puttalam road, Anuradhapura, 50000, Sri Lanka
  • Sri Maha Bodhi - 13 min walk
  • Mirisawetiya Stupa - 10 min walk
  • Anuradhapura Archaeological Museum - 12 min walk

What’s around

Landmarks

  • Sri Maha Bodhi - 13 min walk
  • Mirisawetiya Stupa - 10 min walk
  • Anuradhapura Archaeological Museum - 12 min walk
  • Brazen Palace - 16 min walk
  • Ruwanwelisaya - 20 min walk
  • Thuparamaya - 24 min walk
  • Jetavanaramaya - 31 min walk
  • Abhayagiri Dagoba - 2.4 mi / 3.9 km
  • Samadhi Buddha - 2.6 mi / 4.2 km

Getting around

  • Bandaranaike Intl. Airport (CMB) - 87.7 miles/141.2 km
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 21 rooms

Arriving/leaving

  • Check-in time 2 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Pets

  • No pets or service animals allowed

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms

Transfers

  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*

Parking

  • Onsite parking available only on request
  • Free secured onsite self parking
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink

  • Full breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Room service (during limited hours)

Things to do

  • Spa services on site
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Playground on site

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage

Facilities

  • Year Built - 1906
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace

Accessibility

  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Lever door handles

Languages Spoken

  • English

In the room

Home comforts

  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Bathrobes

Sleep well

  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding

Things to enjoy

  • Separate dining area

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Bidet
  • Hair dryer (on request)

Be entertained

  • 32-inch TV
  • Premium TV channels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator
  • Free bottled water

More

  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features

Spa

Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. Services include facials. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including Ayurvedic.

Small print

Also known as

  • Sanctuary Tissawewa Hotel Anuradhapura
  • Sanctuary Tissawewa Hotel
  • Sanctuary Tissawewa Anuradhapura
  • The Sanctuary at Tissawewa Hotel
  • The Sanctuary at Tissawewa Anuradhapura
  • The Sanctuary at Tissawewa Hotel Anuradhapura
  • Sanctuary Tissawewa
  • Tissawewa Resthouse Anuradhapura

Optional extras

Full breakfast is offered for an extra charge of USD 7 for adults and USD 7 for children (approximately)

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 110 per vehicle (one-way, Maximum occupancy 3)

Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Policies

This property does not have elevators.

Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve onsite parking.

Reservations are required for spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash.

Mandatory fees

The charges below are included in the total price displayed:

  • Christmas Eve gala dinner fee for stays on 24 December
  • New Year's Eve gala dinner fee for stays on 31 December

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs

  • Yes, The Sanctuary at Tissawewa does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from 2 PM - midnight. Check-out time is noon.
  • Yes, there's an onsite restaurant. The dining venue will be unavailable from July 1 2021 to January 1 2022 (dates subject to change). Nearby restaurants include Rasa Gedara (2 mi), Cresta Park (2.2 mi), and The Walkers (2.2 mi).
  • Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 110 per vehicle one-way.
  • The Sanctuary at Tissawewa has spa services and a picnic area, as well as a garden.
8.2.Very Good.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Beautiful, well maintained colonial mansion in large, tree-filled grounds, close to archaeological museum and sacred sites. No traffic noise, plenty of birdsong. Furnishings appropriate to period. Plain and simple but quite luxurious in an old-fashioned way. Very helpful staff. Good but limited menu. No alcohol. Nearest shops in new town a couple of kilometres away. If you like old-fashioned, you will love it.

    3 night romance trip, Feb. 14, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Beautiful, well maintained colonial building set in large grounds on the edge of the sacred sites. No traffic noise, lots of birdsong in the morning. Plain and simple but luxurious in an old-fashioned way. Good bathrooms, wi-if OK. Good food, set meal times. Complimentary bicycle loan. Downsides: no alcohol, service rather slow, monkeys in grounds may decide to storm unlocked bedrooms. We loved this place.

    1 night romance trip, Feb. 13, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    I chose this hotel for may last 3 days travelling in Sri Lanka. It is not cheap but the old colonial charm of a repurposed goverrners mansion in a large private park was irrisistsble. On top of that, it is about the only hotel that is actually inside the ancient Buddhist city of Anuradhapura which makes visiting the sites much easier. The rooms are of the epoch so don't expect all the facilities of a modern chain hotel. Rooms are fairly small but with pretty much all you need and of course clean. Beds are with mosquito nets. There are, for me essential, a chair and writing desk and on the wide veranda there are chairs and tables for books from which to appreciate the park with its families of monkeys, peacocks, parrots an a resident eagle. Take binoculars. WIFI is free and available seemingly everywhere even if only advertised in the WIFI Zone in the veranda lounge by the front desk. The staff are helpful and will organise trips to the sites, though I had not required that. There is of course a restaurant with good food served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. One niggle I had with the service was waiters pouring my tea. Milk is always poured first , then the tea. They couldn't get the hang of that and not pouring didn't appear to be an option. The front desk were happy to change the large denomination notes served by ATMs into the lower values needed for tipping, riding the tuc-tucs, eating in restaurants, visiting sites etc. An altogether plesent stay.

    3 night trip, Dec. 27, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Very atmospheric

    2 night business trip, Jul. 29, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    In the middle of a nice park with animals everywhere ! The staff is great and very helpful.

    2 night family trip, Jul. 29, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Proximity to places of interest.excellent service from the staff. The old world charm maintained with a lot of effort

    2 night family trip, Mar. 29, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Colonial administrators dwelling now an atmospheric hotel.

    2 night trip, Mar. 22, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Authentic British era rest house

    We really enjoyed our stay in this old government resthouse. The building felt very authentic and had a nice atmosphere. We stayed in the deluxe rooms on the first floor that were very comfortable. For those wanting luxury and alcohol this isn’t the place to come. It is a bit spartan but in a way this makes it feel more authentic. The grounds are really nice in front of the hotel. In the evening there is often a cricket game. The hotel is well situated next to the sacred city and about 4km from the new city.. overall a memorable experience

    philip, 2 night romance trip, Mar. 22, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    This is a well maintained, beautifully restored historic hotel.

    SusanMcCalmont, 3 night romance trip, Feb. 5, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    This place is the Guv'nor

    This old governor's house is a gem. Long verandas to chills out on and set in gorgeous gardens (with monkeys and peacocks). Food is very good and excellent warm service. Rooms and communal areas full of character and atmosphere. probably due for a refurbishment soon however. Free bike hire great for exploring the historic sites.

    Paul, 2 night romance trip, Jan. 11, 2019

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