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Hilltop Guest House
Ranked #52 of 153 Ella B&B and Inns
Leipzig, Germany
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“Perfect location, great views, friendly host”
Reviewed October 30, 2011

It was really worth to pay a little bit extra (2500 slr) for one of the upstairs room with terrace and great view The downstairs room are facing the garden and are a little damp. The room was clean, simple with no frills, mosquito net and hot water (upstairs). A great plus is the good working WIFI connection in the rooms.The owner and his family are really friendly and welcoming. You can order breakfast a la carte. For dinner you have a choice of different tasty curries, but you have to order well in advance.
The location is really central, but you have to climb up a steep little road. But the views are worth the effort.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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Reviewed October 7, 2011

Great colourfull, good value rooms in this perfect guesthouse. We stayed in one of the upstairs rooms, with a really nice shared balcony with views to die for. Breakfast was great, especially the french toast. Ella was a perfect location for us to take a break during our tour through Sri Lanka. There are WIFI connections in almost all (goo) restaurants which also serve Western food when you don't feal like curries. The walk to little Adam's Peak was nice, we had a King Coconut at a lovely private terrace. Don't skip this perfect little getaway and great guesthouse!

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms have a great shared balcony with superb views!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

We stayed in one of the upstairs rooms, which, although a little more expensive are worth the little extra for the shared balcony that you get use of. The rooms were large and clean with huge beds. Breakfast was included and excellent, a break from the standard eggs and toast available a welcome change. The food here was superb and incredibly cheap and we ate here on two of three nights. The manager was really helpful, the hand drawn map she provided us with on arrival was surprisingly accurate and very useful and the laundry service was swift. Hilltop was one of the most sociable places that we stayed, probably due to the shared balcony and the fact that Ella shuts down at about 9:30pm (the guest-house locks its gate at 10pm but that poses no real hindrance).

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

I stayed for 4 nights at Hilltop, looking for peace and quiet and that's certainly what I found. I didn't expect to find such amazing hospitality though, and the owner and his family were wonderful hosts to a single traveller and made me very welcome and at home. The rooms are fine, very clean, hot water and my room looked out over the balcony to the green valley below. With deck chairs to read, good Sri Lankan dinners and great breakfasts (proper coffee and fruit-filled crepes!) it really was the perfect place to relax. Would highly recommend it for a trip to Ella.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

We stayed here for 3 nights. The rooms are fine, decent beds by Sri Lankan standards. Nice views from the upstairs area and deck. Unfortunately our room had no hot water which usually is fine in Sri Lanka but Ella can get quite cool. The owner/manager was not the most helpful. When we arrived despite booking and calling ahead to confirm one double and one triple room we arrived to find 2 double rooms. The manager was unapologetic but then told us he would get a spare mattress which was fine by us. However, he forgot and when we returned later that night he was telling us it was too late for him to bring a mattress. When we told him fine but we will only pay for 4 people he unhappily brought another mattress (which were only a room away) and rudely threw it on the ground.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

We stayed here for a couple of nights and had a nice time there. The owners are ultra friendly and very informative about the local area. As other reviewers have said, they'd pretty much do anything for you. The food is good value and quite nice, with a good variety of dishes.

The view is excellent and there's also a giant squirrel that lives in the trees around the place - the owner hates it but spotting it was the highlight of our stay!

Fairly basic but good value. Would recommend if you're on a budget.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

We stayed here for one night, the rooms were very good and the bathroom had a powerful hot shower and was clean.

The food was lovely, all home made proper Sri Lankan food.

The hosts were very friendly, gave us advice about the local area and what to see and made us feel very welcome.

I would highly recommend this guesthouse.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hilltop Guest House
Address: Hilltop, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Uva Province > Ella
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #52 of 153 B&Bs / Inns in Ella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hilltop Guest House is the perfect place to relax and enjoy fantastic views from our terrace, a friendly welcome and delicious food. We offer advice about local walks and places to visit, a book exchange and comfortable en-suite rooms with mosquito nets and hot showers. ... more   less 
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