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The View
Ranked #28 of 152 Ella B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London
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45 hotel reviews
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

I got here late at night and the driver had difficulties finding it - it is up a narrow and steep unlit road. The staff don't seem switched on and are disorganised. Hygiene is lacking so I did not trust eating there. The room was basic with lots of insects. The bathroom was of a similarly low standard and the hot water was erratic.

I woke up to have the pleasant surprise of a wonderful view but it does not make up for the basic deficiencies. I recognise it was cheap but they could do much to improve without spending lots of money - just get the basics right!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful view!
From the hotel you could see the waterfalls, the Ella rock and the little Adams peak!

10 Minutes walk to the city, it's a perfect place to enjoy Ella's landscape and relax.

Great rooms, great food.
Friendly staff that are always there to help.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Marseille, France
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Reviewed December 27, 2013 via mobile

This hostel is magic!

The view: you have one of the most beautiful view of Sri Lanka! You feel like flying!

The rooms: are realy big, wood furnitures, and a very good princess bed! The bathroom is also big and new.

The food: you have a diversity of meal: chinese food, Sri Lanka food..lot of juice etc. It s not expensive and delicious!!!

The staff: great! Luxman (the personne in charge of the hostel, not the owner) is AMAZING! Always smilling, always available to give us advice! Thank you Luxman!

To sum up: if you stay in Ella you have to go to THE VIEW!

We have spent around 60€ for the night, the dinner (meal, average etc.) and the breakfast!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed December 24, 2013

We really enjoyed our two night stay at the View. The rooms are quite spacious and the large windows and doors look across the amazing views of Ella gap. Tables and chairs on terraces outside each room were a lovely spot for an afternoon cold beverage. The rooms aren't particularly well finished in places and there is a little mould high on ceilings. Apart from that the rooms are clean and quite comfortable. Water pressure in the shower was pretty poor in the mornings in particular. Breakfast was good with eggs done either fried, boiled, scrambled or an omelette with plenty of toast and tea or coffee. Dinner was ok but we decided to dine in town the second night which is a short walk away once one of the staff members shows you the shortcut along the railway tracks. The staff were all very friendly and Laxman, the manager was very professional and helpful with ideas and organising tuk tuks for us. Based on the service and the breathtaking views, I would recommend The View

Room Tip: Our friends stayed in the family apartment and had a tv which our triple room did not have
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

Slightly higher priced than the standard guesthouses, but as soon as you reach the hotel you know why...the view is absolutely breathtaking, the best in Ella!! The room was beautiful and clean with glass as each side so you could over look the Ella gap. Breakfast was served on your private balcony overlooking the view - amazing!

  • Stayed December 2013
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Halifax, nova scotia
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Reviewed December 22, 2013

Lovely room, amazing view, delicious Sri Lankan food, helpful staff...nothing but praise from us for this reasonably priced room. Each day we set out on long hikes and looked forward to returning to a welcoming place that catered to our needs...beer, food, advice for the next day & a good sleep.

Room Tip: Location is more appealing if you use the railway tracks to get around!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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West Byfleet, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

We arrived in Ella without booking ahead for a room for the night and turned up at the view. We were welcomed straight away and shown to a lovely room which opened out into the garden and straight ahead was the view down Ella gap, amazing. Comfy bed, lovely friendly staff, good food, we really enjoyed our stay.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The View

Property: The View
Address: Kithalella Road, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Uva Province > Ella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 152 B&Bs / Inns in Ella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The View 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Place to stay & relax whilst taking in the majestic scenery of Ella ... more   less 
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