Located high in the hill country, the small town of Ella is an essential stop on any Sri Lanka itinerary. Surrounded by tea plantations, waterfalls, rewarding hikes and stunning views, your hardest decision will be how long to stay.
Here we share the best places to stay in Ella Sri Lanka. From 5 star and boutique hotels to Guest Houses and Hostels, we can help you narrow down your options and book the best accommodation in Ella.
No matter what your budget, our selection of Ella hotels will ensure you enjoy your stay in the beautiful Highlands of Sri Lanka.
Comparison of the Best Places To Stay In Ella Sri Lanka
|98 Acres Resort & Spa||Luxury||$$$$||Click here|
|The Secret Ella||Boutique||$$$$||Click here|
|Chill Ville, View Point Hotel||Boutique||$$$||Click here|
|Zion View Ella Green Retreat||Mid Range||$$$||Click here|
|Ella Gap Hotel||Mid Range||$$$||Click here|
|Ella Hide View Hotel||Mid Range||$$$||Click here|
|Ella Mount View Guest Inn||Value||$$||Click here|
|The View Ella||Value||$$||Click here|
|Ella Mount Relax||Value||$$||Click here|
|Chamodya Home Stay||Homestay||$$||Click here|
|Will Guest Homestay||Homestay||$||Click here|
|Waterfalls Homestay||Homestay||$||Click here|
|Hangover Hostels Ella||Hostel||$||Click here|
|Ella Escapade Hostel||Hostel||$||Click here|
Where to Stay in Ella
If you are wondering where to stay in Ella Sri Lanka, here are some tips to help you choose between the different locations. There is no one best spot to stay in Ella, there are many great spots with magnificent views, but here are some things to consider.
If you enjoy the bustle of being in town, look for hotels close to or in town. In town you have access to plenty of supermarkets, restaurants and bars.
If you have a car, check whether the hotel has free parking available, as many don’t. We have noted the hotels with free parking below.
If you would like to be within walking distance to top Ella attractions like Nine Arches Bridge or Little Adams Peak, look out for these hotels in our list below as they are a little further out of town.
Many of the luxury hotels in Ella are not walking distance to town and you will need to organize tuk tuks to get around.
Some guesthouses and hotels in Ella are further out in the highlands surrounding the town. Some are still within walking distance of town, but note the walk back to your accommodation can be very steep and you may need to factor in some tuk tuk trips.
Best Luxury Hotels in Ella
If you want to treat yourself, there is no shortage of luxury hotels in Ella.
Sri Lanka is renowned for their hospitality and you will enjoy world-class service at these 5 star hotels.
Set amongst the jungle just out of Ella town, the resort is just a few minutes walk from Nine Arch Bridge and easy walking distance from Little Adams Peak. It is a world luxury hotels winner and offers unique Sri Lanka accommodation in the heart of the high country.
Facilities at the resort include a day spa, outdoor pool, onsite restaurant and fitness center. A range of activities can be arranged including cooking classes, yoga and themed dinner nights.
There are a range of room types ranging from standard rooms with a private balcony to the Grand Executive Suite with kitchen, private plunge pool and butler service. All rooms have seating areas, kitchenette, polished timber floors, generous sized bathrooms and views of Ella Gap.
You can see why the 98 Acres hotel is considered on of the top honeymoon hotels in Ella. It is one of the best 5 star hotels in Sri Lanka.
Note they don’t provide driver accommodation but can provide details of nearby guest houses. Free parking is available on site.
If you are looking for the best Ella resort, you can’t go past 98 Acres Resort.
Best Ella Boutique Hotels
If you would like to stay in a boutique hotel, Ella Sri Lanka has a number of great options.
One of the area’s original tea planter’s bungalows has been transformed into one of the best hotels in Ella Sri Lanka. The pictures just do not do it justice!
Facilities include an onsite restaurant, spa, outdoor infinity pool, large gardens, games room, free parking and a children’s playground.
The hotel has a unique position high on the hill overlooking Nine Arch Bridge and is close to Little Adams Peak. Note the hotel is not close to town but it is an easy tuk tuk ride away.
Guests enjoy access to a personalized butler service, free WIFI and generous sized rooms.
Rooms in the original planter’s bungalow are tastefully decorated in a traditional colonial style. All have a patio, TV, Fan and tea/coffee making facilities. The freestanding wooden chalets offer gorgeous views of the valley. Family suites with interconnecting rooms are available. An exceptional breakfast is included in the room rate.
If you are looking for unique Ella boutique hotels, this one is an excellent option. Rest assured, The Secret won’t stay secret for long.
Located just 800m from Nine Arch Bridge, the resort has an outdoor infinity pool, in house restaurant, bar and free parking. It is one of the most popular choices for couples in Ella.
Chill Ville View Point Hotel is conveniently located to hike Little Adams Peak, just 1km away. You will need to take ta tuk tuk into town, which the staff are happy to organize for you.
Rooms are tastefully furnished and designed for privacy to enjoy the gorgeous views from each room. There are double, triple and family rooms available. All have ensuites and a superb breakfast is included.
Chill Ville Hotel has one of the highest ratings on Booking.com due to the exceptional service of their staff, the relaxed vibe and luxury touches in the rooms and facilities.
If you are looking for a comfortable retreat away from the bustle while visiting Ella Sri Lanka, this boutique hotel is a great choice.
Best Mid Range Ella Accommodation
There is a great range of mid range accommodation in Ella. Here are some of our favorites.
It is highly rated for great service, spectacular views, generous sized rooms and a memorable daily breakfast.
Located close to town with views out over Ella Gap it is one of the more popular hotels in Ella. Just 1.6km to Nine Arch Bridge and 400m to the railway station.
Facilities include an inhouse restaurant, spa and wellness centre, outdoor pool, bar, large outdoor terrace and shared lounge. Massage and yoga classes can be arranged at the hotel. They offer a free pick up service from the train station if booked in advance, but note there is no parking available.
Rooms are simply decorated, soundproofed and have an ensuite, fan, seating area and mosquito nets as well as gorgeous views over the surrounding mountains. A highly rated breakfast is included in the rate. Each room has a hammock on the balcony to relax in after a day’s sightseeing.
They have a number of large family rooms with bunk beds for the kids sleeping 5 or 6 people. Note there are no TVs or tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms.
Just a 10 minute walk into town, the Zion View Ella Green Retreat is a great choice if you are looking for a boutique hotel with a view and a pool.
Conveniently located just 50 meters from the main street in Ella town, it is a short walk to Nine Arch Bridge, the train station and the supermarket.
Facilities at this 3 star hotel include in-house restaurant, bar and outdoor swimming pool. There is free car parking and bike rental is available for a fee. The concierge will happily arrange cooking classes and other tours.
Rooms include an ensuite, air conditioning, satellite TV and mini fridge. There are tea and coffee making facilities too. Free parking is available on site.
Note the Ella Gap Hotel is a large hotel and won’t provide the guest house experience you might be looking for in the high country.
However, the central location and large family rooms make this hotel a popular choice for families with small children and those wanting to squeeze many activities into a short stay.
The hotel is located 15 minutes walk south of town with superb views over the mountains. It is a steep 1 km walk back to the hotel, but a tuk tuk is a quick and easy ride back.
Facilities include a large outdoor terrace to enjoy the views across the valley and an in-house restaurant. Street parking is available nearby.
Rooms are on the small size but include an ensuite, balcony, tv, fan, seating area and dining table. Tea and coffee making facilities are in all rooms and a superb breakfast is included in the rate. Family rooms are available.
The Ella Hide View Hotel is a low key hotel with competitively priced rooms and great views.
Best Value Hotels in Ella
For the budget traveler looking for budget hotels, Ella can be a little more challenging as it is such a popular tourist destination. However, deals can be found and below are some cheap hotels in Ella Sri Lanka you should consider.
Facilities include an onsite restaurant, free wifi and free parking. It is just 500m from the railway station and 1.7km from Nine Arch Bridge.
Located close to town but with spectacular views over Ella Gap you really do get the best of both worlds at the Ella Mount View Guest House. It is an easy 5 minute walk into town along the train tracks.
Rooms are simply furnished with ensuite. All rooms have mosquito nets, a private balcony and rates include a highly rated breakfast.
If you are looking for a small hotel close to town, the comfortable, clean and friendly guest house, Ella Mount View is a great choice.
Facilities include an in-house restaurant, outdoor pool and large terrace to enjoy the views over. Bike rental is available and cooking classes can be arranged. Public parking is available nearby.
Note it is a steep 500m walk back from town, but a tuk tuk is an affordable and easy way to return!
Rooms are simply furnished in traditional style with ensuite. Most rooms have air conditioning and breakfast is included in the rate. The family room is generously sized, which makes it great for larger families.
The large outdoor pool is a highlight for many, particularly families, and is one of the reasons why the Ella View hotel is considered one of the best value Ella hotels.
It is conveniently located for those who want to hike to Little Adams Peak and Ella Rock as it is on the north east side of town.
The clean and comfortable wooden cottages have large glass windows, private bathroom, fan and breathtaking views across the mountains. A generously sized breakfast is included in the rate and family rooms are also available.
Facilities include an onsite restaurant, free WIFI and a large sundeck to enjoy the views. The staff are friendly and will assist in any way they can to make your stay a memorable one. Free parking is available onsite.
If you are looking for hotels near Ella that offer a relaxing retreat amongst nature, Ella Mount Relax is a great choice.
Best Ella Guesthouses
Below are our top Ella Guest House recommendations. Guest houses in Ella Sri Lanka are in high demand and book out early due to the small number of rooms available at each Guesthouse.
Our top tip is to book your guest house or homestay as far in advance as you can to secure your preferred accommodation in Ella.
The owners of Chamodya Guest House offer a warm welcome and friendly hospitality in a relaxed setting. Ella town is an easy 10 minute walk along the train tracks or a quick 5 minute tuk tuk ride.
There are a range of simple double and family rooms available, some with private balconies and in-room fridge. All rooms have comfy beds, fans and mosquito nets are provided.
The guesthouse has a large terrace where you can sit back and enjoy incredible views over Ella Gap and Little Adam’s Peak. Free public parking is available on site.
A memorable breakfast is included and dinner is also available (and highly recommended).
If you would like to experience the world-famous Sri Lankan hospitality, you will find it at Chamodya Home Stay, one of the top Ella budget hotels.
Located out of town, the home stay is run by Will who is renowned for his generous hospitality and willingness to assist his guests.
Will Guest Homestay has memorable views across to Ella Rock and Little Adams Peak.
It is too far to walk to town, but pick up from the station can be arranged and meals can be ordered at the homestay. Alternatively if you want to travel into town, the staff will happily organise a tuk tuk for you. Free parking is available onsite.
Rooms are simply furnished and offer great value for money.
If you are traveling on a budget and looking for peaceful hotels near Ella, Will Guest Home stay is a good choice.
The three rooms are simple and clean with family rooms available. WIFI is available in all rooms. Ayurwedic massage can be arranged in house. A large deck is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the views or take a walk on of the many nearby trails. Free parking is available nearby.
Guests love the friendly Sri Lankan hospitality, exceptional breakfast, proximity to one of the local waterfalls and the peaceful location.
Waterfalls Guesthouse Ella is south of the main town and is a 15 minute walk in to town.
Best Hostels in Ella Sri Lanka
If you are backpacking in Sri Lanka, there are a range of hostels in Ella to choose from. Here are two of the most highly rated Ella hostels.
The hostel has a large terrace, a shared kitchen and a range of accommodation options. It is within easy walking distance from the train station and to most Ella attractions. The hosts are friendly and can help organize tours and transfers. Free public parking is available nearby.
Double rooms, 6 bed dorms and 8 bed dormitories are clean and spacious. An optional breakfast is available too. Dorms have air conditioning and an ensuite bathroom. Double rooms have a fan, ensuite bathroom and balcony.
The Hangover Hostel is a great choice for budget travelers visiting Ella.
The hostel is in an converted colonial home in the hills surrounding the town. Note it is not located near Ella town. The staff are happy to pick you up from the train station but this isn’t the place to stay if you want to go out in town in the evening. Unless you have a car, in which case there is free private parking available.
Each clean mixed dormitory has a private bathroom. Towels and sheets are available for a fee.
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