We stayed at Hanthana Jungle View Holiday Home for a few nights before heading to Ella by scenic train (owners are getting us tickets 5:30 am tomorrow .. hopefully! As other guests mentioned, if you can’t get them, the owners get to the station early day-of when cancellations occur, so we’re hoping...)
This hotel is charming, clean, set very high up in the hills with twists and turns and a pretty jungle setting and views.
We stayed in a very nice Deluxe King room w private bathroom, air conditioning, on the first floor, at a very reasonable price. Bed is comfortable, WiFi is best midnight to 8 am, though a few times it worked really well during daytime hours.
Prabha and her son, Hassi focus on running the hotel, and her husband Peiris helps as well, especially with getting the train tickets for guests. They are the nicest people, so kind and helpful, with Prabha actually driving guests to the train station or somewhere in town, and arranging tuk tuks/private cars if you want a tour.
Prabha’s meals are excellent. Breakfast is USD 2.00 each. Not sure about dinner, though we had her excellent meal, but have yet to check out and pay tomorrow.
The second floor has two common areas for use by guests - sofas and cooking facilities, refrigerator, balconies overlooking the jungle.
Here we mainly relaxed before heading out, as we’ll be in Sri Lanka for a few months and just arrived. We easily walked to town and the views are pretty. It’s usually a quiet walk down until you reach town. However, we generally hired a tuk tuk coming back up. Note: the tuk tuk drivers often got lost coming up! And so did we!
Prabha, Hassi, Peiris (and employee Mala) make the experience here special and we thank them all. If you like peace and quiet and a jungle view in a charming place, we recommend Hanthana Jungle View Home and the very lovely family that runs the hotel.
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