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Rawana Holiday Resort
Ranked #69 of 149 Ella B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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“Reasonable rooms with excellent restaurant”
Reviewed 13 October 2013

The clean rooms are basic but have hot water, blankets and mosquito nets. The staff are friendly and we were even given a jar of their home made pickle to take with us. The real draw is the excellent restaurant. Food needs to be ordered well in advance but vegetarian curries were numerious and generous in size. Some of them the best we've tried in Sri Lanka. All round we had a fantastic experience and would definitely come back.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 September 2013 via mobile

Excellent value for money! Cheap basic rooms with great views (balcony rooms). The curries are the best we have tasted so far in Sri Lanka!
In this point in time you are working on the construction of more rooms. Looking forward to know how this will look once completed.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

Stayed 3 nights and ate in the restaurant each night - the reviews in the comments book are absolutely true - the food is AMAZING!!!!!! Fabulous flavours and excellent prices - it really was the best food we ate in our 3 weeks in Sri Lanka travelling extensively on the island. The food here is delicious and the staff VERY friendly and helpful!! Carpi the dog is a delight!!
Great value for money - good sized room, hot water, balcony.....checked out many other places in Ella and selected to stay here - good decision!!!!

Room Tip: quiet at night - just a stroll from the restaurant to the room - reasonably prices beer.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

This hotel is in a great location and each room has a large balcony with a nice view. The rooms are really clean and the bathrooms are large. The curry was great and breakfast was good too. Do not be put off by the entrance into the hotel, this is great value for money.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

The hotel is very good and comfortable. Nice rooms with good views over the hills, great staff. From the outside it looks a bit rough but the inside is completely different, which is a shame. The real highlight of the Rawana is the restaurant - unfortunately we only ate here on our last night, so couldn't come back again, but on hindsight I would have eaten here every night - fantastic curry here. The cost of the room was OK and food was reasonably priced too. It is a 10 minute walk up a big hill from the main town area, so if arriving by bus I would advise taking a tuktuk with your bags to the hotel. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

We got their last room, on the upper floor with a private balcony. No frills but the place was large and very well maintained and clean.

We stayed a few days and did try other restaurants for curries for dinner but theirs was just top-notch. Small quantities but so many different flavors in there. But make sure you order in the afternoon otherwise you'll be stuck with fried rice and such.

The location is good, not too close from the main road, but then in Ella, sound travels and echoes all over, so we had a construction site by the main junction that got noisy at times, and soundproofing in Sri Lanka isn't generally that great.

And it was nice they had a laundry service after sweating out all of my tshirts in the Sri Lankan lowlands' heat earlier that week.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

We had a couple of nights here having booked by telephone from NZ. There's some construction going on in the garden (sheltered restaurant seating) but it's not too intrusive. We had room 007 at the end of the upstairs corridor - it's a big room with a double bed, a single bed and a fold-up bed too. There's a great balcony at the front - perfect for a beer at the end of the day (Lkr230 from the bottle shop in town). The shower-room looks a bit dated but at Lkr2500 it's not too bad.

The restaurant does breakfast (poached eggs with a face!) and evening meals (garlic curry Lkr 450, chicken curry Lkr 200 +10% service charge) and beer some days but not others. It also has radio playing incessantly 50s or C&W music - cringeworthy!. Laundry service is reasonable - two t-shirts and a pair of trousers for Lkr 100 (there's no plug in the sink to do-it-yourself!).

It's a short walk into town which is there purely to cater to tourists - there's little charming about Ella - and the background music grates too! Buses to the south coast pass on the road just below the "resort" and go past the waterfall 6km away.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Rawana Holiday Resort
Address: Wemulhena, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Uva Province > Ella
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #69 of 149 B&Bs / Inns in Ella
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Rawana Holiday Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Best Hotel In Ella. We provide excellent accomadation,service & great food very famous curry house Free WI-Fi Taxi Services Available. ... more   less 
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