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8.0
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Excellent location
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  • Base Hospital Debarawewa910 m
  • Horizon Medicl Service960 m
  • Archaeology Museum1.49 km
  • Yatala Wehera1.56 km
  • Tissamaharama Bus Station2.55 km
  • Wirawila Tissa Sanctuary2.83 km
  • Tissa town3.08 km
  • Tissa Dagoba3.08 km
  • Tissa Lake3.08 km
  • Weerawila Airport4.15 km
  • Free Wi-Fi

    River Face Inn

    Gangasiripura, Debarawewa, Tissamaharama,, Yala Tissamaharama, Yala, Sri Lanka - See map
    "Very friendly staff, they really do their best) nice and clean room, i strongly recommend to book luxury or on the tree, you'll definitely like it)"
    Denis - January 5, 2018
    Fantastic breakfast
    97% positive mentions
    Excellent service
    8.7 rating for service
    • Airport transfer

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Balcony/terrace

    • Room service [24-hour]

    • Garden

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    8.5/10
    Value for money score
    8.5/10
    Review score - United States
    8.2/10
    Better than
    99
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    Value for money8.5
    Distance to city center1.0 km
    Location rating8.0
    Nearest airportWeerawila Airport (WRZ)
    Distance to airport4.2 km

    Rooms available at River Face Inn

    8.5
    Excellent
    Room comfort & quality
    Two-Bedroom Apartment
    Two-Bedroom Apartment
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    • Room size: 33 m²/355 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 double bed or 1 double be...
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    Family suite room
    Family suite room
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    • Room size: 35 m²/377 ft²
    • River view
    • 2 double beds
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    Deluxe Room Air Conditioning
    Deluxe Room Air Conditioning
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 2 single beds or 1 double b...
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    Luxury with Breakfast
    Luxury with Breakfast
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    • Room size: 26 m²/280 ft²
    • River view
    • 1 king bed
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    Standard Air Conditioning
    Standard Air Conditioning
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 2 single beds or 1 double b...
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    Standard Double Room
    Standard Double Room
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • River view
    • 2 single beds and 1 double ...
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    Standard Family Room
    Standard Family Room
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    • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 2 double beds
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    Run of House
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      What people love about River Face Inn

      • 9.2
        Exceptional

        "Really recommend this place."

        Aileen

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        January 22, 2018

      • 8.7
        Excellent
        Location

        "Location by the river pretty and relaxing."

        Sara

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        January 24, 2016

      • 8.8
        Excellent

        "The rooms are gorgeous."

        Chris

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        March 22, 2016

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      5.6
      Review score

      "The place was good enough for a night."

      Martin

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      February 5, 2017

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      What they offer

      10.0
      Exceptional
      Breakfast

      "Big room beds comfortable big balcony and breakfast very goo..."

      Peter

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      February 22, 2017

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      8.4
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      10
      Cleanliness8.3
      Facilities7.5
      Location8.0
      Room comfort and quality8.5
      Service8.7
      Value for money8.5
      Rating
      9+ Exceptional (76)
      8-9 Excellent (62)
      7-8 Very Good (40)
      6-7 Good (17)
      <6 Below Expectation (19)
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      Mar - May (46)
      Jun - Aug (54)
      Sep - Nov (27)
      Dec - Feb (87)
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      9.2
      Exceptional
      Aileen from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Deluxe Room Air Conditioning
      Stayed 2 nights in January 2018

      Excellent”

      Really recommend this place. Good value for money and beautiful setting by the river with hammocks and heavy wooden rocking chairs to laze away a few hours. Delightful cool staff, very friendly and helpful.

      Reviewed January 22, 2018
      8.7
      Excellent
      Demitri from Canada
      Couple
      Standard Double Room
      Stayed 2 nights in November 2015

      Best place to stay in Tissa”

      friendly staff, helpful, good food

      Ultra kind, family owned place. They helped us organize a morning trip to Yala with ease at a great price. Even stayed a bit longer in the park so we could see more. We tried to rent a couple bikes from the front desk, but they werent in ridable condition, but walking was doable. The food was great. Nicest staff. Id stay here again.

      Reviewed December 01, 2015
      10.0
      Exceptional
      JOHN from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Deluxe Room Air Conditioning
      Stayed 2 nights in January 2014

      wonderful very very happy”

      family who run it, wonderful food and beautiful garden

      the family who run it have a wonderful caring passion for what they do and it shines through in every aspect of how they run the business. the food they make was the best i have tasted in my four visits to sri lanka, the food was like everything else the family do and that it was cooked with love and passion. the river face inn is an absolute diamond of a guest house , i can not recommend it highly enough, very very happy stay there, thanks again

      Reviewed January 19, 2014
      9.3
      Exceptional
      ASHER from United Kingdom
      Family with teens
      Standard Double Room
      Stayed 2 nights in April 2013

      A special place”

      The garden, veranda and the staff

      This is a really special place run by a lovely family who really care for you and make every effort to make your stay welcome. We were helped with a safari, transport and all other matters. the food cooked by the owner's mother was fantastic. We were even taken for a nature walk by the owner.

      Reviewed April 16, 2013
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Peter from United Kingdom
      Family with teens
      Standard Family Room
      Stayed 1 night in February 2017

      Owner is Brilliant ”

      Our family of 4 only stayed one night and hotel overbooked so we were moved to sister hotel across river. Big room beds comfortable big balcony and breakfast very good with lots of refills on tea & coffee with plenty toast

      Reviewed February 22, 2017
      7.2
      Very good
      sarah from Australia
      Couple
      Standard Double Room
      Stayed 2 nights in January 2017

      By Sri Lankan standards was really good”

      This property was really good. There were 2 beds with mosquito nets. A ceiling and stand fan and the bathroom was clean with hot/cold decent pressure water. There's some restaurant/shoos nearby. Main town is 3km but not much to see there. The staff were really helpful and beds comfortable. For improvement i would say: the towels need to be bigger. The wifi a bit better (it was reasonable/good). A kettle/cups/etc in the room. Otherwise it was a plesant stay - worth the $35p/n charge.

      Reviewed January 23, 2017
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Faith from Ireland
      Family with teens
      Standard Double Room
      Stayed 4 nights in September 2016

      Bliss by the river”

      My kids and I stayed here for four nights and loved everything about River Face Inn. My seven and eight year old explored and played by the river's edge for hours, we all cooled off with a swim in the river in the afternoons. The staff could not be more welcoming or helpful, the whole guesthouse is immaculately clean and had my best veggie curries so far in Sri Lanka for dinner. I really recommend taking the jeep safari from River Face as the driver is superb; he drives safely on the main roads to the national parks, and once in the parks got us into the perfect position to see the animals. We were incredibly lucky and spent an hour watching a leopard, sometimes only metres away from us. The driver seemed to know where he would turn up again as he wandered through thick bush. We really recommend a few days at this green haven by the river.

      Reviewed September 25, 2016
      8.8
      Excellent
      Katie from Australia
      Business traveler
      Deluxe Room Air Conditioning
      Stayed 4 nights in June 2016

      Friendly, peaceful, clean”

      We booked to stay here for 4 days. We were delighted by the family here. We were welcomed with a complimentary fresh papaya juice, and we were in awe of the beautiful lush peaceful surroundings. Our rooms were clean, the bathroom was clean. We had a comfy bed, and great pillows. For a good nights sleep after 2 days of stressful travels. We love the trying the local restaurants in town, even after trying the food at other places, (aside from the variety,) The food we had at the River Face inn was fantastic, and made with love. We were shown such friendly hospitality and would recommend this place to other people. We will definitely be coming back with our business next time.

      Reviewed June 21, 2016
      9.0
      Exceptional
      Ian from United Kingdom
      Group
      Standard Air Conditioning
      Stayed 2 nights in March 2016

      Jungle joy”

      Great staff. Well situated. Great value

      Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at River Face. The owner & his staff are lovely - very helpful & friendly and will do anything for you. Our booking included a safari to Yala national park which was superb and again, great value. There's not too much to do in Tissamahara town but the food at the hotel was very good - the hotel owner used to be a chef, and reasonably priced. We stayed there for two nights in early March & I would definitely recommend this as a base for people wanting to visit Yala.

      Reviewed March 23, 2016
      8.8
      Excellent
      Chris from Canada
      Family with young children
      Family suite room
      Stayed 2 nights in March 2016

      Great Place”

      Really great place to stay near Yala. The owner and staff are incredibly welcoming and helpful. The food was excellent. The rooms are gorgeous. Maybe slightly on the pricey side for Sri Lanka - but probably worth it.

      Reviewed March 22, 2016
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Patricia from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Deluxe Room Air Conditioning
      Stayed 2 nights in February 2016

      A VERY WELCOME HOMESTEAD AND BRILLIANT ROOM”

      The family made us feel very welcome, so much so we didn't want to leave. This was one of our favourite homestays and we had stayed at 14 different ones. The deluxe room near the river had a panoramic view over the river. My husband had told the young man about a fish massage from a previous homestay and he acted quickly to create one for future guests. The young man at the homestay had been a professional chef and his home cooking was not just very tasty but very well presented. Would highly recommend. It was a great place to stay and we didn't want to leave

      Reviewed February 14, 2016
      9.7
      Exceptional
      Ed from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Deluxe Room Air Conditioning
      Stayed 2 nights in February 2016

      Value for money”

      Price, food and staff

      Fantastic stay at Rover Face Inn. The room was clean and comfortable. The safari arranged by the hotel was superb with a knowledgable driver. The staff were very helpful and extremely friendly and the food was fantastic. Definitely recommended for a base to explore Yala.

      Reviewed February 08, 2016
      9.7
      Exceptional
      Mihai from Romania
      Couple
      Standard Double Room
      Stayed 4 nights in December 2015

      Nice location”

      Nice place near the river. Many birds that you could watch while enjoying a drink. Friendly owners.

      Very good food at reasonable price. Room was bigger than we had expected. Friendly personel, always ready to help. They showed us a place not far where is a fruit bats colony, whyle others were asking mony to do so. The hot water is relatet to the weather, if the day is sunny the water is hot, if not.... personaly i did not find it anoying, but for those who have children might be unpleasant.

      Reviewed January 04, 2016
      9.0
      Exceptional
      Virginia from United States
      Solo traveler
      Standard Double Room
      Stayed 1 night in December 2013

      perfect for Yala”

      the kind, creative staff, quiet, nice back yard

      I had booked a room, but it was not available when I arrived. No problem, though -- I was given a lovely fruit drink, bundled into a tuktuk and taken to another place owned by the same family - clean, comfortable room, dinner served in the back yard.

      Reviewed November 03, 2014
      9.7
      Exceptional
      Anders from Denmark
      Family with young children
      Family suite room
      Stayed 3 nights in October 2014

      Fantastic staff...”

      Very friendly staff, great clean rooms, super service

      We stayed 2 nights and had a great time. The owner is very friendly and always service minded asking us if there is anything he can do for us. The hotel is situated in a cosy garden with lots of trees and green plants right by the river with relaxing hammocks... Such a nice place to stay when considering it is just next to Tissa and food was always good, both the local curry and a great breakfast was served every day

      Reviewed October 15, 2014
      8.3
      Excellent
      john from Sri Lanka
      Group
      Deluxe Room Air Conditioning
      Stayed 2 nights in June 2014

      Good for Budget travelers”

      Location , Staff , Cleanliness

      On Arrival had a mix up with the room configuration but was swiftly dealt by thilina. The food was good but could be better with bigger portions for the price. The location was good and the staff as well as thilina will help you with arranging all you need and info at your stay at Yala. There are other expensive places around Yala but being a budget traveller it was a good place to be. My only concern was the food portions to be a bit bigger as i have had at other properties for that price. Would definitely recommend to fellow friends.

      Reviewed July 30, 2014
      9.0
      Exceptional
      Janika from Germany
      Couple
      Standard Double Room
      Stayed 2 nights in June 2014

      Couldn't have asked for more!”

      Very friendly staff, great tour to Yala National Park, easy to reach by public transport

      We stayed at the River Face Inn for two nights. Thilina, who runs the place, is the most helpful person and anticipates your needs before you know they exist. He organised a wonderful and reasonably priced tour to Yala National Park for us. His friend Nalaka has been working as a tour guide in Yala for many years and we saw a leopard, elephants and even a bear in the park. Moreover, Thilina gave us a free tour to the Debarawewa Lake and helped us organise a trip to the religious centre in Kataragama and to our next destination on the trip. All in all, this is an excellent place when visiting Yala National Park and I can highly recommend it.

      Reviewed June 09, 2014
      8.0
      Excellent
      Shuai from China
      Solo traveler
      Deluxe Room Air Conditioning
      Stayed 1 night in March 2014

      Friendly Staff but expensive”

      Friendly Staff but expensive

      Staff is very friendly and attentive. It is clean but simple. And the tables for eating outside the room is not clean. I would love to return to this place to stay.But still, the price should be half. You can easily get half of the price in other places. But, their offer for Safari is very good and worthy the money.

      Reviewed May 11, 2014
      9.7
      Exceptional
      Fiona from New Zealand
      Family with teens
      Family suite room
      Stayed 1 night in April 2014

      Wonderful hospitality and great care”

      Location, staff commitment and helpfulness, cleanliness

      Thanks to the wonderful family operating this small hotel. We had a wonderful experience in the Yala area and were well catered for in all aspects. The rooms were huge, very clean, well appointed and comfortable. As we arrived our safari trip was organised for us for the following day. We were greeted with morning coffee and a smile as we set off for our dawn adventure to Yala. Our driver was amazing and we were treated with a spectacular wild animals up close. We were all in awe! Would definitely recommend staying a night or two at the River Face Inn.

      Reviewed April 28, 2014
      9.7
      Exceptional
      Attila from Hungary
      Couple
      Standard Double Room
      Stayed 1 night in February 2014

      Perfect stay, perfect safari.”

      room quality, garden, staff

      It is a family run guest house in a very nice surroundings. The guest house is at quiet and good location. The room quality is very high. Very comfortable room. The staff were very friendly. We could organize a safari at the guest house in no time. The safari was very rewarding we saw lots of animals. The jeep driver was very knowledgeable and had a very good eye to spot the animals.I highly recommend to stay at this GH and arrange a safari with the owner.

      Reviewed February 28, 2014
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