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“Great cafe. Disappointing hotel. ”

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Dream Cafe & Guest House
Ranked #46 of 163 Ella B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

We chose Dream Cafe because of the excellent reviews but we were disappointed with the quality of the accommodation. Some lights didn't work, the mosquito net was littered with holes, the bathroom window didn't shut and there were lots of ants. We discussed these issues with the management and he was happy for us to pay less. Rs 5000 was very excessive for a more than basic room. It was pretty clean with a perfect location but not worth the 5000.
The restaurant at Dream is amazing though. Despite the very slow and simple service this was where I had the best food I had in Ella.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

We stayed here for five nights and thoroughly enjoyed it. The vibe was chill, the rooms were large and spacious, the showers were awesome, the deck was sweet. The only problem was the barking dogs but this is Ella! I have no complaints, the price was right for right in the middle of town, considering the cleanliness and presentation.
Dream. Cafe also offers great meals, i strongly suggest their salad in a coconut shell. Pardon me for not remembering the exact name of the dish but it was over two weeks ago..however the staff will know what you mean or you will recognise it on the menu. Bon appetite!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank loumac22
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Reviewed 21 February 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights in February and enjoyed our time there. We had a room at the back and it was still a little noisy late and night and early in the morning. You should consider staying off the Main Street if this is a problem for you. The rooms were very good but the bed was a little too hard for my better half. The food was super in the cafe and service was very good.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank RedRobert
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

We booked this room on our way back from Adam's Peak and were so happy with our choice as the it was delightful. It was tastefully decorated with nice furniture, very spacious but also cosy. There was a small balcony too. Yes the glass in the windows is incredibly thin so try to reserve a room at the back of the building otherwise the road noise might be intrusive.

We ate dinner here and had an excellent curry. The breakfast in the morning was delicious too.

Yes the wi fi is a little slow but it's free unlike in some other countries so can't really complain. Driver accommodation was good too.

We would definitely stay next time and for longer than one night.

Room Tip: Try to choose a room at the back as it's less noisy.
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

We ended up spending more than we wanted in ella ($50per night althiugh that included alltaxes etc) but the room was amazing with a huge seating area and 2 sofas to lounge on. We were extremely happy to have this when it rained heavily for an entire day so we just sat about reading books and watchin the world go by. And there was loads of hot water, and a truly great shower.

others have mentioned noise, but it all dies down by 1030 at the latest and comes from next door I think, it really isn't a big problem.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Bena34
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Reviewed 14 January 2014 via mobile

Good food and wide range of dishes. Had both lunch and dinner here and was impressed with both the variety and quality of food. The pizzas were especially good. Lovely outdoor setting as well. Reasonably priced and efficient service (although not with the biggest of smiles!).

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

After arriving in Ella after being on safari for 48 hours Dream Cafe and Guest House was like an oasis in the mountains.

The rooms are awesome! Super clean, huge, great lounge area and really comfortable beds...the best so far in Sri Lanka. The best part is the amazing hot powerful shower! A welcome treat after the endless cold drizzles that we've had so far on our trip.

The food in the cafe downstairs is delicious. Decent coffee and COLD beers! Very exciting for us as we're all about our beer being cold which is rare over here! Pizzas and hoppers are also to die for.

Can't fault this place, on the Main Street in Ella so good location. Our room was at the back of the building so traffic noise was not too bad but the kitchen was below our room so the smell of wood fired pizza was seriously enticing!

Room Tip: Room 103 at the back of the building is a good choice.
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Dream Cafe & Guest House

Address: Main Street | Badulla District, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Uva Province > Ella
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #46 of 163 B&Bs / Inns in Ella
Price Range: £28 - £33 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dream Cafe & Guest Houses provides a brand new construction for accommodation which was done recently in addition to the famous restaurant. It offers spacious rooms with wooden floors and attached bathrooms with ultra modern design.These comfortable bedrooms are tastefully decorated and furnished, each with its own individual style. We look forward to your company whether you're staying in the guest rooms, or experiencing the famous food of the restaurant. One thing is for sure, you'll be sure to come back. Accommodation Stay in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our comfortable 8 bedrooms which are newly constructed are tastefully decorated to highest standards when compared to other places in Ella and fully furnished, each with its own individual style. All rooms are having attached bathrooms designed with latest accessories and rich with elegant design ... more   less 
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