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“Excellent room, perfect food but a little inexperienced staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Ekho Safari Hotel

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Ekho Safari Hotel
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Tissamaharama
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“Excellent room, perfect food but a little inexperienced staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2014

We stayed at this hotel for one night for our safari trip, and our stay was just perfect, the room was nice and clean, amazing views from the room, the food was excellent. They had a set dinner menu for 1000 RP, we didn't expect much but the food was surprisingly more than perfect especially the fish with the garlic butter. The pool was under construction which was a bit frustrating and we wanted to use it before our safari trip, but the staff offered us to use a pool in a different hotel nearby which we didn't do. They should have notified us about this before we arrived. The staff were a little bit inexperienced especially at the restaurant, and they kept watching us all the time to take the empty plates, at times I felt like I had to eat quickly just not keep them standing next to our table. Other than that, the hotel was perfect and I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Tissa.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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deepal a, General Manager at Ekho Safari Hotel, responded to this review, June 12, 2014
Thank you very much for your valuable time in sending this review and also for recommending our hotel to all future guests.

We sincerely apologize for you not being able to use the pool as we were compelled to attend to a major repair but it will be ready for use within a few days.

With warm regards,

Deepal Amarasinghe.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2014

The moment you enter the hotel you feel its cool and breeze coming from the thissa lake is welcoming. The buffet was good and the staff is attentive. Pool area and the lake front was breathtaking in the evening ( unfortunately the pool was going through maintenance though)
Did not know the existence of this even though i passed here many times until last week.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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deepal a, General Manager at Ekho Safari Hotel, responded to this review, June 12, 2014
Thank you very much for your most valuable comments and we sincerely apologize to you for the swimming pool not being available. We were compelled to do renovation work and it will be in operation within a very short period.

Looking forward to your continued patronage in the future too.

With warm regards,

Deepal Amarasinghe,
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2014

But the decking area around the pool is dangerous. However we stayed during the Buddhist New Year and we had a lot of fun with the staff who were delightful. Nevertheless the decking is problematic. Please repair. The views are wonderful and the waters around the lake are stupendous along with the wildlife in the area.

Room Tip: Don't know about either the spa or the fitness centre so can't comment!!
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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deepal a, General Manager at Ekho Safari Hotel, responded to this review, May 30, 2014
Thank you very much for taking some time from your busy schedule to send your observations. We are pleased to inform you that the pool and the decking are being repaired now and it will be completed very soon for all our guest to enjoy some relaxing moments after the visit to Yala.

Thank you once again for your comments.

with warm regards,

Deepal Amarasinghe.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2014

Very peaceful location on the lake. Friendly staff and nice pool. Very comfortable room with lake views. Good buffet breakfast.
Limited food options for lunch and dinner. No Sri Lankan options on the a la carte menu...in Sri Lanka!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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deepal a, General Manager at Ekho Safari Hotel, responded to this review, May 30, 2014
Thank you very much for your most valuable comments which will no doubt help our future guests when selecting a hotel in this area.

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Deepal Amarasinghe.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2014

I spent 4 nights at the Safari Hotel, last week. it was a pleasant stay, except for there being a lot of flies in the restaurant. but the service and attitude of the staff were so good that it compensated for everything else. also they should plan the menus keeping in mind that guest who stays for more than one night would not appreciate having the same Break fast, lunch and dinner through out his stay.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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deepal a, General Manager at Ekho Safari Hotel, responded to this review, May 24, 2014
We most appreciate your comments and have taken note of same. Please be assured that the our Chef will do his utmost to rectify the menus.

My team joins me in thanking you for the most encouraging comments and look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

With warm regards,

Deepal Amarasinghe.
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2014

This is such a gorgeous hotel located on the lake at Tissa. Our room overlooked the lake and pool, was very clean and quiet too. The pool is right at the lakeside and it is such a pretty place to spend some time. We did the buffet at night as there is not much around it (outside the hotel) and I would probably suggest the a la carte - it looked really good. Staff were so helpful - they arranged a transfer for us for our onward trip and then even helped track down the driver once I realised, at the next destination, that I had left my new iPhone in the van.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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deepal a, General Manager at Ekho Safari Hotel, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Thank you very much for your most valuable comments and its heartening to know that you enjoyed and was comfortable during your stay with us.

Your comment about the iPhone will be communicated to my team members.

With warm regards,

Deepal Amarasinghe.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2014

What a surprise! in a town as old as Tissa, steeped in history, this is the place Buddha stayed and preached at when he came to Sri Lanka, this hotel was perfect. The hotel is clean and comfortable, good service and just right. We were there for the safari and this hotel was simply perfect for us to rest our heels for the early rise. It was lovely to arrive just in time for the sunset, watch the birds gather on the tree on the island in the man made reservoir next to the hotel and have drinks before dinner. It is right next to the dam where you can imagine the Kings of Sri Lanka would take their walks at the end of the day. The hotel was very clean, lovely bed facing the lake view, nothing fancy but it hit all the right notes. The food was good.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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deepal a, General Manager at Ekho Safari Hotel, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
We are very must encouraged to know that you were happy and comfortable during your short holiday and thank you very much for taking your valuable time to send your comments.

Most appreciated.

With warm regards,

Deepal amarasinghe.
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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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