The Sanctuary at Tissawewa, a former Dutch governor's residence, was designed in an unrepentant colonial manner. However, the hotel, like colonialism has slipped out of fashion in recent times, so a minor facelift got underway in 2005 to restore its dilapidated charm. Wooden floors and some period furniture point to a property with one foot in the 19th century. Despite its obvious flaws, Tisawewa does have a number of things going for it: it is relatively good value, the closest hotel to the archaeological site of Anuradhapura with wonderful views of the Tisa Wewa (reservoir) and its imposing restaurant is attractively priced. Ideal for those who want to spend time in historical Anuradhapura whilst sampling an affordable taste of colonial living, perhaps from a rickety cane chair on a private balcony our verandah. The views from here are inspiring with the white Dagoba (dome shaped temple) of the Mirisawetiya Chaitya just across the gardens and overlooking the ancient Tisa Wewa.