We stayed in 98Acres for two nights and had a wonderful stay there. The hotel is blend with the nature and very relaxing.
We stayed in a standard room and it was spacious, clean and comfortable. The room has good interior decorations, has beautiful polished timber floors and elegant furniture made with discarded railway sleepers. Bed and balcony chairs and balcony itself made with timber. We really liked their concept of Luxury blend with nature. Will never forget the amazing views from the balcony. Colorful sky and mountains with the sun rise and the stars over the mountains at night, was the best part of it.
Hotel is pretty much silent and only thing you hear would be sounds of birds and nature. Hotel promotes being silent and let others enjoy the nature for the guests. They mention not to use mobile phones except for silent modes, and any acts disturbing silence of the environment. This is one of the best things we enjoyed being there, the sounds of nature.
The staff was friendly and helpful. From the time we check into the hotel till we check out they always tried to make our stay comfortable as possible, and made us feel at home.
Food was great, and for all meals hotel provided set menus. We went for the western menus there and specially the focus for dinner and breakfast was better, and had good variety.
The location of the hotel also adds more value, where you can take walks during mornings, where full of fresh air and sceneries. During our stay we went to see little adam's peak, Ravana cave, Ravana Ella, and Nine arches bridge. The temperature in Ella area is such that you get very cold during mornings and nights, and can enjoy the hot sun during the afternoon.
Just couple of points for improvement. We felt that being given a set menu for meals it would have been better if had there been more choices, but that is only compared with some other places we have visited, and should not forget about the quality food given here. Also felt like for a person who likes to eat a lot the quantity given with the set menus not sufficient in some meals, and they should promote giving some additions to the main course itself. And also once a waiter had mistaken our full board package and complained us that we will have to pay for the lunch separately, while we were enjoying the meal. Felt like mistakes could happen but he should have mention that to us after the meal at least. Another thing is the sides of villas or rooms lacks a bit of privacy, while having a wonderful private balcony. Should try to make some natural borders (may be by growing some trees) in between side parts of the rooms, so that the windows of the sides also could be fully open.
Overall we rate this place very high in all aspects, and it definitely gave something more than we expected. We felt sad to leave the place and felt good if we could have stayed longer. The best thing is we would recommend this place for others, and have already done so. Also we will try to come back to this nice place again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury, Eco Friendly Boutique Resort built in a 98 acre tea estate with panoramic views.....12 villa type rooms, Large swimming pool, Restaurant serving Western and Sri Lankan food, Specialty tea menu, Heli Pad, Wifi Access, Bikes for Rent, Hiking and Biking Facilities, Wonderful Treks and Right in front of Ella's Main Attraction - Little Adams Peak. We do not provide Driver / Guides Accommodation but we are happy to provide you with contact numbers and information of guest houses / hotels in a very close proximity to the resort. ... more less
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