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The Best Accommodation In Ella: Our 9 Favourite Places To Stay

Written by:
Cazzy Magennis
Last updated:
December 10, 2018
If you're looking for the best accommodation in Ella, then look no further. We've put together our top choices with a range of budgets to suit everyone!
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Oh, Ella, such a beautiful area of Sri Lanka. Known as part of the Hill Country in Sri Lanka, Ella has become a popular backpacking destination, and it’s no surprise why. But, if you’re looking for the best accommodation in Ella to compliment your stay, then you’ve come to the right place.

Below I take you through our favourite places to stay in Ella with a range of budgets to suit everyone. To help make it a little easier I’ve arranged the budget symbols as follows:

  • $: backpacker bargain < less than £10 each per night
  • $$: caught up in the middle < between £10-30 each per night
  • $$$: hey big spender < above £30 each per night

All these accommodations in Ella will also be rated via their booking. Com rating because that’s the website Brad and I always use when travelling across the world!

Chamara Homestay: $

I thought I’d start with the accommodation in Ella that Bradley and I stayed at! This is simple, but effective accommodation just a short ride from the main town area. The staff are super friendly and the room features a private bathroom and breakfast. Breakfast is a brilliant delight, and you are served your breakfast on your private balcony with a beautiful view of the countryside. (Check it out below!)

view from chamara homestay in ella

The breakfast is amazing, the portions are huge and the food delicious. Probably the best I’ve had in Sri Lanka. One of the owners is a tuk-tuk driver, so they can give you a lift, and you can rent bikes from the property for free to explore Ella.

Cost: A double room with breakfast starts at £14 per night based on 2 people sharing.

Special features:

  • Free WiFi
  • Towels included
  • Bike rental possible
  • Shop on site
  • Hair dryer available

Note, card payment not possible

Rating: 8.8

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2. The View, Ella: $$

The View, Ella does exactly what it says on the tin and provides you with a beautiful view of Ella. The view itself makes it a fantastic choice of accommodation in Ella. A delicious breakfast is included, and you can even opt to include dinner in your booking.  A private bathroom is included and free Wifi is available.

A swimming pool is also available at this property to take a refreshing dip after a day of seeing the best sights Ella has to offer.

  • TV included in rooms
  • BBQ facilities available
  • Swimming pool
  • Card payments accepted

Cost: Rooms start at £35 for a double room based on two people sharing

Rating: 8.1

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3. Idyll Homestay $$

Homestays are a great way to get to know local people and gain local insights into the area or Sri Lankan life in general. Therefore, I recommend this homestay as a second option to the one we used above. Featuring a garden and terrace, this is the perfect place to base yourself in Ella.

idyll homestay ella

All rooms offer a private bathroom, and kettle and some rooms have a balcony view.  Breakfast is also included and it rated highly with Asian and English options.

If you’re looking for a comfortable spot, with a view and a great breakfast, then this is the perfect accommodation in Ella for you!

Special features:

  • Free WiFi
  • Balcony views
  • Seating area in rooms

Please note card payments are not possible

Cost: Rooms start at £27 for a double room based on two people sharing

Rating: 9.4

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4. Zion View, Ella, $$$

Looking for a dash of luxury? Then a stay at Zion view could be your perfect choice of accommodation in Ella. This hotel offers beautifully decorated rooms with private bathrooms and beautiful views of the countryside of Ella. A delicious breakfast is included and you can even enjoy the onsite massages and yoga facilities.

zion view ella

Special features:

  • Swimming pool
  • Free toiletries
  • Free WiFi
  • Mountain view rooms
  • Car rental service
  • Card payments possible (not American Express)
  • Family rooms available

Cost: Rooms start at £113 per double room based on two people sharing

Rating: 8.7

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5. Ravana Heights $$$

This three-star hotel is another dash of luxury for those who are looking to splash the cash in Ella. Ravana Heights is located 1,000 m above sea level meaning it boasts stunning panoramic views of the coastal plains.

ravana heights in ella

The resort also has an on-site restaurant with bar. Some rooms offer views of the beautiful Ella Rock. Breakfast is included and is rated highly.

Personally, I think this place looks amazing as far as hotels go in Ella, and if I was on a higher budget, this would have been my choice of accommodation in Ella. Maybe next time, eh.

Special features:

  • Panoramic views
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms available
  • Card Payments accepted (3% charge applies)
  • Room service available

Cost: Prices start at £114 based on a double room with two people

Rating: 8.2

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6. Hilltop Guest House $

This is a great value option of accommodation in Ella, and it was one Bradley and I almost chose to stay in (we tossed a coin because I couldn’t decide!) Situated on a hilltop, this guest house offers beautiful views of Ella. Each room has a seating area, and there is a shared kitchen you can use.

hill top guest house in ella

Breakfast is included, and the views with breakfast look great.

Special features:

  • Free WiFi
  • Room service available
  • Free toiletries
  • Beautiful views

Payment can only be made by cash

Cost: Prices start at £20 per room based on a double room with two people

Rating: 8.1

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7. The Tea View Guest, $$$

If you’re in search of views of the beautiful tea fields Ella has to offer, then this is the best place to stay in Ella. Rooms are functional, basic but do the job, and all come with a private breakfast. A full English breakfast is also available. I think you’re paying for the view at this place, but the high ratings can’t be wrong!

tea view guest house

Rooms can come with a mountain and tea field view and some rooms featuring a seating area for relaxation after a busy day of sightseeing.

Special features:

  • Free WiFi
  • Balcony views
  • Towels

Please note cash payments only

Cost: Prices begin at £73 per double room based on two people sharing

Rating: 8.1

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8.  Backpackers Paradise, $

This one is for the backpackers at heart! If you want cheap accommodation in Ella with a high rating and a different experience, then this is your choice. Camp under the stars of Ella in your own tent in this paradise. With a backpackers vibe and opportunities to people fellow like-minded people, this is a great place to meet new friends. A kitchen is provided so you can whip up some breakfast or dinner.

backpackers paradise in ella

Or you can take advantage of the breakfast that is served each morning. There is also a garden for relaxation.

Special features:

  • Camp under the stars
  • WiFi is available at an extra charge (50 pence for 24 hours)
  • Pets allowed
  • Great location: Only a 19-minute walk to the Nine Arch Bridge

Only cash accepted

Cost: Prices begin at £9 per tent based on two people sharing

Rating: 8.9

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9. Ella Red Rock $$

Last but not least, is the wonderful Ella Red rock. This cosy and comfortable hotel offers stunning views of the mountains, and you can have your breakfast or dinner surrounded by these views.

ella red rock

Rooms are cosy and clean, and you can even rent your own chalet, which looks amazing. Breakfast is available for an additional fee.

Special features:

  • Free WifI
  • Family rooms available
  • Beautiful views
  • On-site restaurant
  • Cash payments only

Cost: prices begin at a reasonable £34 (less if you’re a booking.com member- 24) per double room and 30 for chalet based on two people sharing.

Rating: 9.1

Book your stay here

What are the best places to visit in Ella?

Now you’ve got your accommodation in sorted, you'll want to know what the best things to do in Ella are. Well, thankfully we have an awesome post filled with everything you need to do whilst in Ella. But, to get you started, I’ve listed my favourites below.

  • Climb little Adams peak: (and visit the 98 acres resort Ella for a fabulous lunch)
  • Visit the famous Nine Arch Bridge
  • Climb Ella Rock
  • Go in search of waterfalls
  • Go for cocktails in Ella Spice
ella rock

When is the best time to visit Ella?

The busiest period if July, August and September, so it will be more expensive then, but Bradley and I visited in October and we had a wonderful time. The temperature is pleasant and everywhere is still open with a good vibe. It does rain, most days from around 2 pm or 3 pm, but it usually stops in the evening.

The rain won’t bother you because it gives you a reason to get up early and sightsee, then relaxes when the rain falls by grabbing some food. The prices are also cheaper in October!

But, I’d say Ella is suitable for visiting all year round.

Why use booking.com for Ella accommodation?

Well, because it’s the best. We use it all over the world, and when you become a genius member (after you book 3 times), you get little perks, like 10% off, free early check-in and late checkout, free breakfast, welcome drinks and much more.

Also, booking. Com do a deal where if you find the accommodation cheaper elsewhere, they will refund you the difference so that basically means, it’s ALWAYS cheapest on booking.com. Not even cheaper to go direct.

So, that’s why we use them!

So, there you have it, your guide to accommodation in Ella. There are soooo many options of accommodation that it can often be hard to decide, but these eight are based on the initial research I did to find my own accommodation, and recommendations we have had from other people

Ps, if you are on a honeymoon or anniversary, then a stay at the 98 Acres resort and Spa might be up your street….

We are talking celebrity treatment, world-class service, your own villa with your own private pool and MUCH more. But check it out for yourself, just don’t have a heart attack at the price tag :P

If you’ve stayed in any of these places, or you’ve got other accommodation in Ella to recommended, then comment below so I can add them in.


Where we chose to stay in Ella

accommodation in Ella

Chamara Homestay

We stayed here for 2 nights in total and would definitely recommend it. They offer great value for money and have wonderful views from the balcony out over the surrounding mountains. The property is run by a mother and her sons and she actually works in a small shop on the road outside the property. When we arrived, the bushes outside the balcony were a little high, so the son went out in the pouring rain on the side of the rocks and cut the all back! Talk about going above and beyond for their guests!
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