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“Situated on the fringe of town this hotel is a tranquil hideaway. A centuries old property, decorated in a Dutch, Sri Lankan and colonial style, houses a lively restaurant great for mingling with fellow travellers. Loft suites are by far the best. A sun-dappled pool will leave you sun trapped!”

“Situated on the fringe of town this hotel is a tranquil hideaway. A centuries old property, decorated in a Dutch, Sri Lankan and colonial style, houses a lively restaurant great for mingling with fellow travellers. Loft suites are by far the best. A sun-dappled pool will leave you sun trapped!”

Hotel Review

A brilliantly restored Dutch mansion and warehouse, Galle Fort Hotel is one of the finest heritage properties in the Fort. Twelve decadent guest rooms reflect the history of the Fort itself: from antique four-poster beds to nineteenth-century blue and white porcelain plates, to Dutch wooden shutters and glass-fronted cabinets. Suites boast high ceilings, generous bathrooms and inner courtyards filled with sunlight — a welcome retreat from the world. Float around in the courtyard pool, taste aromatic dishes inspired by the Spice Route or sip an evening cocktail on the colonnaded terrace overlooking the cobbled street. With the marvels of Galle Fort on your doorstep, step back in time and soak up the magic of a quiet property suffused with old-world charm.
Recommended for
  • City Style
  • Walking distance from Galle town
 

Written by Saskia Walker

Recommended For

  • Designer Shopping
  • Find precious gems, metals, Indian handicrafts and other gifts - ask hotel for recommendations
  • Sights nearby
  • Galle lighthouse, buddhist temples and museums are all located nearby
  • Diving
  • The beaches of Unawatuna and Weijia are a short drive away
  • Great walks
  • Walk around the UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle Fort
  • Yoga
  • Classes can be organised at hotel
  • City Style
  • Walking distance from Galle town
  • Snorkelling
  • Local markets
  • Restrictions on children
  • All children above the age of three welcome
  • Less £
  • Colonial
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Four poster beds
  • Charming
  • Townhouse
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Seaviews
  • Boutique
  • Chic
  • Antiques
  • On an island
  • Disabled access

Facilities

  • Restrictions on children
  • All children above the age of three welcome
  • Walking distance restaurants
  • Airport transfer
  • Communal Dining
  • Bar
  • Outdoor dining
  • Massage
  • No pets
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Wifi
  • Four poster beds
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Garden
  • Room service
  • Disabled access
  • Suites

Activities

  • Designer Shopping
  • Find precious gems, metals, Indian handicrafts and other gifts - ask hotel for recommendations
  • Sights nearby
  • Galle lighthouse, buddhist temples and museums are all located nearby
  • Diving
  • The beaches of Unawatuna and Weijia are a short drive away
  • Great walks
  • Walk around the UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle Fort
  • Yoga
  • Classes can be organised at hotel
  • Snorkelling
  • Local markets

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Why do people love staying in your hotel?
Our unique history, colonial setting, imaginative and delicious food, high service standards are integral components of guest experience.

What is there to do in the area?
If you enjoy ancient history there are Archaeology museums that focus on the of Galle Fort.
If you like Portuguese, Dutch and English Architecture, Galle Fort has a fascinating collection.
If you like dining out, there are over 100 restaurants to choose from.
Sri Lankans love to fly Kites. On weekends the skies are full of them.
Walk around Galle Fort and discover the Dutch prison and ammunition house with a concrete roof.
Learn how to surf, just 10 minutes from Galle Fort Hotel.

What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Full English breakfast with plenty of choices, many Sri Lankan dishes like buffalo curd and treacle; string hoppers and Dhal.

Do you offer other meals?
Yes many Sri Lankan dishes like Buffalo Curd, String Hoppers, Chicken Butter Marsala, Grilled Mahi Mahi (fish) with Thai curry sauce, Lychee sorbet.

And can you recommend good places to eat out locally
Yes - Mamas Restaurant, Fortaleza Restaurant, Amangalla Hotel, Lighthouse Hotel.

Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Grand Apartment. Because the suite is very large and its 17 Century antique furniture gives you a great sense of history and grandeur.
Loft Suite. Because the room is cosy and romantic.

What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms ?
Swimming pool. We turn the sofa bed in rooms to make up extra beds.

What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
Galle Fort is a spellbinding mixture of Dutch, British and Sri Lankan history and architecture, with fewer than 200 homes inside its 17th-century ramparts. One of these is the Galle Fort Hotel and if a sense of romanticism, tranquility and heritage stirs your imagination and if the idea of staying in a former gem merchants mansion evokes a way of life 400 years ago, you will experience it here.

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