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The Rock Face Guesthouse

107/1 Main Road, Ella 90090 Sri Lanka
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#28 of 281 B&Bs / Inns in Ella
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A friendly small guesthouse with a great view and nearby the main street, to all the nice restaurants. The guesthouse also provides very good Sri Lankan food and has great hospitality for a good price.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
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uftgrl wrote a review Sep 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka3 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed for two nights. the owner was very nice and helpful. she gave us a discount on room rates and was kind enough to arrange a scooty for hire for us. She was very professional and during the power cut in the night she switched on the generator though we were the only guests. Room was clean, a big comfortable bed, a fan, a mosquito net , blankets, an electric kettle &hot water. From the upper floor room we stayed, over other rooftops we had a nice view of the ella rock and little Adam's peak. it's definitely worth the price. the hotel is right in the centre of the town a small walk from the train station and bus stop. there is a very steep walk to get there on foot but if that is difficult can take another road by a tuk or a vehicle. (if you want a nice view need to climb a hill in ella). we didn't mind the climb as we really liked our stay here. honestly nothing bad to say about the place.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
ktblue1 wrote a review Feb 2020
Tenby, United Kingdom12 contributions4 helpful votes
You must be fit as, although in the centre, the property is accessed up steep steps and a further steep slope. View will possibly disappear once surrounding developments are completed, but, honestly, it was fairly cloudy both nights and we only got a pinkish sky so no big deal. Easy to walk to little Adams peak and the 9arch bridge. Owner family are extremely helpful. Husband taxied us, very comfortably, to Tangalle for our onward trip at a very reasonable rate.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Meander729908 wrote a review Jan 2020
Gothenburg, Sweden18 contributions2 helpful votes
A nice clean place with fine views of Ella. Steep stairs to walk upp and down to Ella. Friendly people. Good WiFi. No AC needed instead you need to bring a pullover for the night. Breakfast is not included in the price. Tee Toast and Jam 700 rupees- 3,5 euro.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
123LadyP wrote a review Jan 2020
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom12 contributions2 helpful votes
After we had stayed 2 nights and paid in cash ( and taken a taxi they arranged which was driven dangerously) they claimed we had not turned up. The room with a view was not as described on Booking.com, view is of building sites and a mobile phone mast not mountains( see photo). The woman owner claimed we had booked the deluxe room - a dark ground floor one looking into the restaurant area with a paper label sellotaped to the doorframe saying deluxe room - and was incredibly rude. Room was not cleaned during our stay and our request for a top sheet and extra pillow met a surly response. Worst place we have stayed in Sri Lanka and more expensive than most too.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Oda N wrote a review Jan 2020
18 contributions23 helpful votes
We spent 4 nights here after having taken the beautiful train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Ella. The location is perfect: close to everything, whilst being a bit uphill from the busy Main Street of Ella. This gives you a nice view over the city and the beautiful nature, and it is more quiet than other hotels (although you can still hear some sounds from the city). Loved falling asleep and waking up to the sound of birds. There’s also a Mongoose and a squirrel living nearby, and you might see them if you pay attention. The family who owns the place are simply amazing. So nice and warm. Ask them about anything regarding your trip and they will help you out and give you good advice. We had some problems with our hot water one day, but this was fixed immediately after we made the owners aware of this. There are some construction activity nearby (Ella is expanding due to tourism), but we never heard any noise from the construction work. All in all, this is a great budget hotel that gives you good value for your money. They will also help you with taxi services and laundry ++ to affordable prices. I will recommend this place to all my friends and family visiting Sri Lanka wanting a nice hotel, at a low price. Will stay here again next time. I see that many of the reviews are complaining about the steep hill that you have to walk up to get to the hotel. Yes, there’s a steep hill, but it’s not too long and really adds to the charm of the place. Ella is a mountain village, so you will encounter lots of hills whilst staying here. Think of it as good exercise and a nice warm-up to the beautiful hikes of Ella Rock and Adam’s Breeze! Also, the calories that you burn will allow you to eat more delicious rice and curry!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Sri LankaUva ProvinceElla
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Rock Face Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to The Rock Face Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include R. M. S Antique And Brassware (0.1 miles), Ella Spice Garden (0.1 miles), and dee tattoo studio ella (0.1 miles).
What are some restaurants close to The Rock Face Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include Matey Hut, La Mensa, and Cafe One Love.
Is The Rock Face Guesthouse located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Ella.
Are there any historical sites close to The Rock Face Guesthouse?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Lipton’s Seat (9.7 miles).
Does The Rock Face Guesthouse have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.