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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Ekho Safari Hotel

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Ekho Safari Hotel
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Tissamaharama
Taunton, United Kingdom
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“excellant for what it is”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

Do not think this is a 4 or 5 star hotel, its more like a safari lodge. Which is fine. Service is good as is the food. It is a greatblittle lodge overlooking a lake and perfect for visiting Yala NP and Bundal NP as its almost in between the two, and that is why you stay here. Popular with groups but that is no problem. Only thing to complain about are the towels and the lack of hot water, both in desperate need of an upgrade.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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deepal a, General Manager at Ekho Safari Hotel, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Your comments are noted and we have already taken action to rectify them.

Thank you,

With warm regards,

Deepal Amarasinghe,
General Mnager,
The Safari Hotel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

We stayed two nights in this hotel and enjoyed it very much. The room was clean and comfortable with a great view on the lake. The staff was extremely friendly and helpfull. Thank you guys :) The dining area with inside and outside tables was very nice and we loved the food! The hotel is ideally situated for taking a jeep safari into Yala National Park.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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deepal a, General Manager at Ekho Safari Hotel, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Thank you very much for your most encouraging comments.

Withy warm regards,

Deepal Amarasinghe
General Manager,
The Safari Hotel
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

It was nice & very peaceful hotel with spacious room & bathroom. Love the lake! Good wifi connection too. Shower didnt work 1 night but it was OK again after 20 mins wait. Other than that, all is good!!

  • Stayed January 2014
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deepal a, General Manager at Ekho Safari Hotel, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Thank you very much for sparing a few minutes of your valuable time to insert your observations/ comments here.Your comments have encouraged us and no doubt help our future guest a great deal.

With warm regards,
Deepal Amarasinghe
General Manager
The Safari Hotel
Tissamaharama
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2014

The welcome was warm and efficient, however our 'superior' room was very disappointing. It was very grubby, especially the bathroom. The problem was, we think, being in the older part of the hotel. It had not been decorated or refurbished for many a year. The yellowy, faded shower curtain summed up the lack of quality. In its favour, everything worked okay, however when you have booked a 'superior' room you do expect certain standards. There is a much newer wing with probably much nicer rooms. The hotel seemed very quiet so why one asks not place guests in those probably nicer rooms?
The setting by the lake is delightful, with a swimming pool/decking area overlooking the lake. The restaurant room is okay, with the choice of a few outside tables. The evening buffet was of the same vein, just about okay, a reasonable choice and reasonable quality but certainly not 'good'. Why were so many dishes at best lukewarm? Breakfast was similarly 'okay' though the bread/croissant/pastry section was poor with very little choice.
Overall not an inspiring hotel and certainly not an inspiring choice. A pity as with its location, it has the potential, with the right management and investment, to be very, very good.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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deepal a, General Manager at Ekho Safari Hotel, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
Sorry to note that your room was not up to your expectations. We have taken note of the other comments as well and ensure you that we will do our utmost to rectify them as soon as possible.

With warm regards,

Deepal Amarasinghe,
General Manager,
The Safari Hotel,
Tissamaharama.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2014

This hotel is set in lovely grounds and you wouldn't know that you were actually close to the main road. We stayed two nights whilst touring Sri Lanka and enjoyed it here very much. The hotel is ideally situated for taking a jeep safari into Yala National Park. The rooms were clean and comfortable, the staff very friendly. The dining room was very hot (insufficient fans) and the food wasn't quite as good as we had been used to at other hotels we stayed at with less variety of meals at the buffet.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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deepal a, General Manager at Ekho Safari Hotel, responded to this review, February 22, 2014
Thank you very much for taking a little time in sending this review. We very much appreciate your observations and do our utmost to rectify what ever short comings.

With warm regards,

Deepal Amarasinghe,
General Manager,
The Safari Hotel,
Tissamaharama.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2014

All the rooms enjoy views over the gardens and lake and the pool area which adjoins the lake offers not only wonderful views but an assortment of birdlife to keep one entertained. The restaurant is a little soulless but the terrace (rather limited tables) is pleasant. Food is not 'top end' and given the hotel size, cannot offer huge choice but it was of quite respectable quality and the attentive service we experienced more than compensated for the lack of spoken English. Bar area is rather dull in the evening and the wine was terrible.

Room Tip: Most if not all overlook the lake to a greater or lesser extent and some have small balconies.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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deepal a, General Manager at Ekho Safari Hotel, responded to this review, February 14, 2014
Thank you very much for your time in sending your observations which will no doubt help our future guests.

With warm regards,

Deepal Amarasinghe,
General Manager,
The Safari Hotel,
Tissamaharama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2014

The hotel facilities are really nice looking, in a beatiful setting and clean. We were welcomed by a drink made a cinammon and taken to our room which was of good size, very clean, overlooking the lake and the pool. We had a snack in the restaurant by the pool which was tasty the breakfast buffet however was nothing great.
The only downside to this hotel was that we were waken up by a family with kids at 7am and the noise they made screaming and shouting lasted for over an hour, which for a hotel of this ranking you would expect the management to do something about it. Also, we booked online giving a credit card to confirm the reservation but mentioned that we would pay by cash at the hotel as we had budgetted everything but they ended up taking the payment from the card provided without being authorised to do so. I was very unhappy about this but they did nothing to change the situation.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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deepal a, General Manager at Ekho Safari Hotel, responded to this review, February 8, 2014
Thank you very much for giving your valuable time to give your comments here. We deeply appreciate your observations and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by the children s noise. We have taken note of the credit card matter and assure you that it will be rectified.

With warm regards

Deepal Amarasinghe.
General Manager,
The Safari Hotel,
Tissamaharama
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Property: Ekho Safari Hotel
Address: Kataragama Road, Tissamaharama 82600, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Tissamaharama
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Tissamaharama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ekho Safari Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located over looking the ancient "Tissa Wawa" (Lake) which gives a splendid view from your room.Situated in very close proximity to Yala National Park and Bundala National Park.Air conditioned restaurant which serves both set menus and a la carte and are very reasonably priced. A well stocked bar is available to quench your thirst after the safari.All rooms are air conditioned and with attached bath with hot and cold water,mini bar, individual safety lockers,free tea/coffee making facilities, WiFi and satelite TV.Ample safe parking. ... more   less 
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