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Rock View Guesthouse
Ranked #123 of 153 Ella B&B and Inns
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“Great value, location and food”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

A van driver at the station suggested this guesthouse. It might not impress you at first but it is in a perfect location in Ella, a few steps above the town. The view is beautiful. We had rice and curry twice and it was delicious. The lady who owns the place is very nice and will treat you like family. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend this place if you are looking for a budget option

  • Stayed June 2013
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Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

Some other travellers we met wanted to stay here and we were happy with their choice... We all stayed in the main house, which is an old plantation type pad with a great view of Ella Rock and a great location on the edge of the main road though raised up a hill. Our room was big with three singles (for two of us), clean and had a big bathroom with hot water.
Owners weren't overly friendly though were ok - happily gave us tea upon request and did a big load of laundry for me for 500rps. Free wifi and comfortable lounge area. Didn't eat here as there are so many good options in town.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

We stayed two nights in this strange place where you don't quite know where the entrance is and who the boss is. The staff, if they could be found, were only concerned that we eat in their restaurant, any other info was a hassle for them. The restaurant was empty both days we were there, not surprising if you look at the prices and the awful cleanlyness of the place. There are loads of better options in the village, just a few steps away. One evening we came back from dinner after 10PM and were told in an unfriendly manner that we have to be in by 9.30, that's when they lock up the place. The room we had was spacious but poorly furnished (no light to read in bed), the terrasse with the great view is becoming a hazard as a portion of it is following the law of gravity down the hill. The Wifi was reasonably fast and included in the price. We paid 2300 Rp/couple/night. Next time I would look around a little longer, there are many guesthouses in Ella that have no website but offer good value for money.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

I moved here because of the constant power cuts at another place (one even lasted a few hours). The power cuts were horrible but turned out to be a blessing.

This had a better location as you didn't need to climb up a road thinking which guesthouse is which in the dark, since the stairway led to the base of the hill. But inside the buildings the view was really great. Pity about some construction nearby but you can just overlook that one part of the view.

It was cheap (2500 Rs) and even if you added breakfast and dinner (500 and 300 Rs respectively) it was great value. The laundry was quick and cheap too (I don't remember how much, but it was probably because it was so cheap I couldn't remember).

The room was huge, and there was hot water. You probably wouldn't appreciate it in the day/night, but in the mornings it's a different story. Dinner was super filling and tasted really good too!

The owner and his family was really nice too. I had issues with my phone since no one at Ella could cut and insert a SIM card for an iPhone 4, but they really went all out to help, but it turned out I had to live without a proper phone until I got to Kandy. So basically if you're heading anywhere in the hill country, please ensure you have sufficient value before heading here. There were only Dialog and Airtel stores in Ella.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for one night, wish we would have had time to stay for two. It is a very nice guesthouse with a great view! The staff/family is also very nice and helpful, and the curry and rice for dinner was also really good. Could have been a bit more spicy though. It is not the place you go if you want luxury, but a charming guesthouse for a good price.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

I would not recommend Rock View Guesthouse. It was not great and it was not that clean either - considering we had a leaking toilet that was not properly fixed while we were there. I reckon there are loads of better value for money guesthouse in Ella. Sorry Rock View!

  • Stayed January 2013
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

Real estate is a funny business and rock view wins for being the best spot in Ella. Beautiful view, close to the main street and perched up high away from the traffic. We stayed for 2 nights in a basic room. It was huge and there was piping hot water. Dinner is served at 7pm sharp with all the other guests and breakfast is from 7 to 9. Full board is 5000rs and
there is no stupid compulsory service tax to worry about. Free wifi

  • Stayed January 2013
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Property: Rock View Guesthouse
Address: Wellawaya Road, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Uva Province > Ella
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Ranked #123 of 153 B&Bs / Inns in Ella
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Number of rooms: 7

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