Travelling to Sri Lanka and looking for the best places to stay in Ella Sri Lanka?
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 after deciding where to stay in Ella will be how long to stay.
To help plan your visit, in this article I will help you find the best hotels in Ella.
Whether you are looking for 5 star hotels in Ella, Ella boutique hotels, guest houses in Ella or budget hostels, we have narrowed down your options so you can quickly find and book the best accommodation in Ella.
No matter what your budget, our selection of Ella hotels and resorts will ensure you enjoy your stay in the beautiful Highlands of Sri Lanka.
- 1 Comparison Of The Best Places To Stay In Ella Sri Lanka
- 2 Where to Stay in Ella Sri Lanka
- 3 When To Book Ella Accommodation
- 4 Best Luxury Hotels in Ella Sri Lanka
- 5 Best Ella Boutique Hotels
- 6 Best Mid Range Ella Accommodation
- 7 Best Value Hotels in Ella
- 8 Best Ella Guesthouses
- 9 Best Hostels in Ella Sri Lanka
- 10 Map Of The Best Ella Hotels
- 11 Plan Your Trip With Our Sri Lanka Travel Guides
Comparison Of The Best Places To Stay In Ella Sri Lanka
In the Ella Sri Lanka accommodation list below find our short list of the best Ella Sri Lanka hotels for your stay.
|98 Acres Resort & Spa||Luxury||$$$$||CHECK|
|Nine Skies Bungalow||Luxury||$$$$||CHECK|
|Tea Cabins Ella||Boutique||$$$||CHECK|
|Zion View Ella Green Retreat||Mid Range||$$$||CHECK|
|Ella Gap Hotel||Mid Range||$$$||CHECK|
|Country Homes Ella||Mid Range||$$$||CHECK|
|Ella Mount View Guest Inn||Value||$$||CHECK|
|The View Ella||Value||$$||CHECK|
|Ella Mount Relax Cottage||Value||$$||CHECK|
|Chamodya Home Stay||Homestay||$$||CHECK|
|Will Guest Homestay||Homestay||$||CHECK|
|Hangover Hostels Ella||Hostel||$||CHECK|
|Ella Escapade Hostel||Hostel||$||CHECK|
Where to Stay in Ella Sri Lanka
If you are wondering where to stay in Ella Sri Lanka, here are some tips to help you choose between the different locations.
The good news is 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.
- When traveling with your own car, check if the hotel has free parking available, as many don’t. We have noted which hotels with free parking below.
- Tuk Tuks and cars for hire are everywhere, so even if you arrived by train, getting around town is easy.
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.
Luxury Hotels In Ella Sri Lanka
Many of the luxury hotels in Ella are not within walking distance to town and you will need to organize tuk tuks or a car to get around.
Tuk tuks are plentiful though and often wait nearby to take you wherever you need to go.
Ella Guest Houses
There are plenty of guest houses and homestays to choose from in Ella. Note many are just 1 or 2 rooms tucked away next to the owner’s home.
They can be difficult to find on arrival due to the huge number of tiny streets, so be sure to get good directions on booking.
Also note that many guesthouses and hotels in Ella are further out in the hills surrounding the town.
Some are still within walking distance of town thanks to the shortcut along the railway that runs into the centre of town.
Others may have a steep walk back to your accommodation and you may need to factor in some tuk tuk trips.
When To Book Ella Accommodation
Ella has become one of the most popular Sri Lanka highlands destinations.
As a result, despite the large number of Ella guest houses, hotels and resorts, we recommend booking your hotel in Ella well in advance when planning your Sri Lanka trip.
Highly rated guest houses and homestays are always booked out months in advance, so use this guide to accommodation in Ella to find some of the best places to stay in Ella and book in advance.
Best Luxury Hotels in Ella Sri Lanka
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 Ella 5 star hotels.
98 Acres hotel in Ella Sri Lanka is located within the 98 Acre tea estate and is one of the best Ella luxury 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.
98 Acres Resort 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.
Note they don’t provide driver accommodation but can provide details of nearby guest houses for your driver. Free parking is available on site.
- World class service
- Onsite spa and pool
- Amazing views
You can see why the 98 Acres hotel is considered on of the top honeymoon hotels in Ella. It is by far one of the best 5 star hotels in Sri Lanka.
If you are looking for the best Ella resort, you can’t go past 98 Acres Resort.
Nine Skies is a luxurious secluded bungalow, 10 kilometres out of Ella town.
Surrounded by tea plantations and garden views, the sumptuously decorated colonial bungalow is one of the best luxury hotels in Ella Sri Lanka.
With just 5 rooms, an onsite restaurant, personalised butler service, pool, bar and shared lounge, all your needs are catered for at this boutique hotel.
Nine Arches bridge is not far away and there are plenty of opportunities to explore the local tea estates waterfalls with guided walks.
All rooms have ensuite bathrooms with tubs to soak in after a busy day exploring Ella.
The Ella Rock Suite is perfect for families with a private sitting room and garden access while the Demodera and Nine Skies Bedrooms are generous sized rooms with gorgeous garden views.
Enjoy sundowners on the terrace and complementary afternoon tea and cookies at the end of each day.
- Spectacular views and gardens
- Luxurious fitout and butler service
- Secluded quiet location
If you are looking for luxurious resorts in Ella, Nine Skies is a great choice.
Best Ella Boutique Hotels
If you would like to stay in a boutique hotel, Ella Sri Lanka has a number of great options.
The Tea Cabins are located just outside of Ella hidden away in the mountains and a 20 minute walk from Nine Arch Bridge.
The unique cabins are tucked away out of the hustle and bustle of Ella and are one of the best hotels in Ella Sri Lanka for couples.
Facilities at The Tea Cabins include an onsite restaurant, outdoor infinity pool, large gardens and terrace, free shuttle and free parking.
The hotel has a unique position in the middle of a tea plantation not far from Nine Arch Bridge. Note the hotel is not close to town but it is an easy tuk tuk ride away.
Guests enjoy access to free WIFI and gorgeous views.
Rooms are tastefully decorated. All have a terrace, TV, Fan and tea/coffee making facilities.
The two story villa with private pool offer gorgeous views of the valley and firepit. An exceptional breakfast is available.
- Onsite pool
- Stunning views
- Quiet location
If you are looking for unique accommodation options in Ella, this one is an excellent option. Rest assured, The Tea Cabins won’t stay secret for long.
EKHO Ella has one of the best views of Ella Gap and is easy walking distance into town.
Located just 1.8 kms from Little Adams Peak, the hotel has an outdoor jaccuzi, in house restaurant, bar and free parking. It is one of the most popular choices for couples in Ella.
EKHO Ella is conveniently located to hike Little Adams Peak, just 1.8kms away.
The rooms are tastefully furnished and designed for privacy to enjoy the gorgeous views from each room.
There are deluxe, premier and junior suite rooms available. All have ensuites and a superb breakfast is included.
- Outdoor jacuzzi
- Central location
- Great service and food
EKHO Ella has one of the highest ratings on Booking.com due to the exceptional service of their staff, the relaxed vibe and stunning views.
If you are looking for a comfortable stay close to town while visiting Ella Sri Lanka, this small Ella boutique hotel is a great choice.
Best Mid Range Ella Accommodation
There is a great range of mid range accommodation in Ella Sri Lanka. Here are some of our favorites.
The Zion View Ella Green Retreat is one of the top picks for Ella best hotels.
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 at Zion View Green Retreat 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.
- Great food
- Onsite pool with amazing views
- Good sized rooms for families
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.
The Oak Ray Ella Gap Hotel is one of the most popular hotels in Ella Sri Lanka.
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 at Oak Ray Ella Gap Hotel include an ensuite, air conditioning, satellite TV and mini fridge. There are tea and coffee making facilities too.
- Central location
- Outdoor pool
- Free parking
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 groups and families with small children or those wanting to squeeze many activities into a short stay.
Country Homes Ella offers affordable accommodation and is noted for the central location, quality of staff service, and value for money.
The b&b is located 10 minutes walk from town with superb views over the mountains. It is close to Mini Adams Peak and the Ella Spice Gardens.
Facilities at Country Homes Ella include an in-house restaurant, bike hire and tour desk. Street parking is available nearby.
The rooms are simply decorated. Most rooms have a private terrace with an ensuite, tv, and fan. Some rooms also have a seating area and the suites are definitely the pick of the bunch for their generous size, large private terrace and incredible views.
Tea and coffee making facilities are in all rooms and a superb breakfast is provided plus family rooms are available.
- Great views
- Helpful staff
- Large outdoor terraces
The Country Homes B&B is a low key hotel with competitively priced rooms and fantastic 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.
The Ella Mount View Guest Inn is a wonderful small hotel and one of the most popular guesthouses in Ella.
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.
- Friendly staff
- Central location
- Great food
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.
The View Ella hotel is conveniently located close to town and the train station and with excellent views of Ella Gap.
Facilities at The View Ella Hotel include an in-house restaurant, outdoor pool and large terrace to enjoy the views.
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.
- Outdoor pool and terrace
- In house restaurant
- Great views
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.
Ella Mount Relax Cottage is located just a 10 minute walk from the town of Ella atop a hill with gorgeous surrounding views.
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 at Ella Mount Relax 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.
- Freestanding cottages
- Gorgeous views
- Helpful staff
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.
Chamodya Home Stay is one of the most in demand Ella Guesthouses.
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).
- Delicious food
- Helpful owners
- Great value
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.
The Will Guest Homestay is one of the most popular Ella homestays.
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.
- Great value
- Free parking
- Helpful owners
If you are traveling on a budget and looking for peaceful hotels near Ella, Will Guest Home stay is a good choice.
Waterfalls Homestay Ella is a popular choice for people looking for a relaxed stay in a small personalized setting.
The three rooms are simple and clean with family rooms available. WIFI is available in all rooms. Ayurvedic 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 at Waterfalls Homestay Ella.
- Great food
- Quiet location
- Waterfall views
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, you will be pleased to know there are also super affordable Ella places to stay.
In fact there are a range of hostels in Ella to choose from. Here are two of the most highly rated Ella hostels.
Hangover Hostel in Ella is located in town and is a popular choice for backpackers visiting Ella.
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.
- Central location in town
- Air conditioned dorms
- Friendly staff and vibe
The Hangover Hostel is a great choice for budget travelers visiting Ella.
Ella Escapade Hostel by Nomadic is one of the highest rated hostels in 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.
- Free parking
- Onsite restaurant
- Relaxed and peaceful
Each clean mixed dormitory has a private bathroom. Towels and sheets are available for a fee.
Map Of The Best Ella Hotels
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