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The Fortress Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Koggala
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 April 2013

Just returned from a week in the fortress with wife and 2-kids. Overall an excellent stay.

The service was first class, food and facilities great, with extremely friendly staff. The half board option we took was certainly worthwhile. The kids loved the pool (though neads a little maintenance), the beach was second to none for turtle watching. The hotel is located in a great spot for sightseeing in galle, marissa & yala etc.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 April 2013

We've just spent a wonderful week at this hotel. It's quite a drive from the airport (3hours) although will get much quicker when the motorway is extended. Some of the traffic on the roads was quite chaotic and thankfully the hotel driver was calm, experienced and didn't take any risks. Whilst the hotel is near a road you cant hear the traffic from the hotel grounds - it really is a haven of tranquility. We had a great welcome and were offered a tour of the resort as well as a choice of welcome drinks. There are 2 large spotlessly clean pools with plenty of sun beds.

The spa comes VERY highly recommended and is reasonably priced- Balinese massage, head massage etc. there is a daily special offer which is worth looking into. We visited about 4 times.

The rooms were clean and spacious we had booked a duplex as the larger suite was not available and it was absolutely fine for all 4 of us. 2 TVs and DVD rental was a nice touch as well with good choices. Both of our rooms had sea views and we had a balcony and our own sun loungers in the garden overlooking the sea.

There is a wide selection of food and its good quality. We would recommend the half board which comes with a generous allowance per person each day which you can use towards the fine dining restaurant on request.

The hotel has little squirrels running around which are really cute and the children loved them. The beach does have a few locals trying to sell you tours - whilst a lot cheaper than the hotel we decided to go with the hotel tours as we knew the vehicles were well maintained (actually almost brand new).

Arjuna Madushanka was a stand out star employee who looked after us brilliantly all week. Nothing was too much trouble and when our youngest son had a stomach ache ( from swallowing sea water whilst boogie boarding) he brought him coconut juice and green bananas which did actually make him feel so much better.

Living in Dubai we do have high expectations and the fortress certainly lived up to these. The real differentiator is the hotel employees and their sheer friendliness and willingness to be flexible to make your stay enjoyable. THANKS to all who looked after us so well.

Room Tip: Choose a sea facing room. It's well worth it.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank RUTHANDPAULLondon
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

I have visited Fortress on several occasions and my one day layover was disappointing. I was given room 47 upstairs which has a lovely balcony and a partial view of the Indian Ocean which was the highlight of the room. The room itself was not up to standard. The bathroom was not as clean as it should have been and the bath which I usually love was not cleaned properly. The room looked aged compared to last time.
On a positive note the staff are excellent. Arranged a boxed breakfast for us in the morning and the lunch which we had at the restaurant was very good. Whatever issues we brought to their attention were dealt with very professionally.

Room Tip: Go for the Ocean facing rooms
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Malaka T
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

We spent three fabulous nights is this sumptuous hotel. Our room was well equipped with the finest sound system and a wonderful bathroom. Three of us shared the accommodation and there was plenty of room for us all. It was a bonus to have two sinks! The food was excellent. Staff were friendly and helpful. We loved watching the turtles swimming on the rocks.

Room Tip: Our room was great for three people. We did not see any other rooms. The view out to sea was fabulo...
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Thank suen50
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

A gorgeous place in an old dutch fortress. Entering through huge doors the hotel opens up towards the sea. We stayed two nights, in a room on the top floor facing sideways against a blind wall, sea view would be preferred. Food of excellent quality, only the service in the restaurant was not up to standard, some employees seem ed to have an arrogant behavior.
The beds slept really well and were of top quality! We´ll be back!

Room Tip: avoid the rooms a the far ends, since they are lacking a view
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 April 2013

Spent 10 nights half board,arrived at Colombo airport at 1530 hours and thanks to Destinology UK ( their mix up over transfer)t, finally got to fortress at 2320 hours very tired. Told us that we had been upgraded to beach view from ocean view room not sure as seen so much about rooms on T.A. to the ladies credit said we good view ocean view next day and change if we wanted.After looking next day we decided to stay on beach view just a matter of choice found the rooms very spacious,but do feel they could have been laid out a little better the seating area is designed for extra sleeping rather than sitting on,and a few more draws would not go amiss.The bathroom was again very spacious but was amazed to see that the marble frontage to the washbasin cracked in three places and at sometime in the past had just had a botched repair instead of being replaced,not a big job to do.Our room cleaner Geeth did an execellent job in keeping everything clean a real hard worker as were the two pool attendants Upul and Manju always on the go despite being one short through an accident. In general the lawned areas are ok but nothing special very low maintenance again i expect to keep staffing levels in these areas to a minimum.To the left of the grounds is a door through the wall which leads to a small beach here you will find a safe bathing area small in size as this is behind a reef and size of it will depend on the height of the tide,as you come back through the door to the right is a turtle hatchery which the hotel run but do not publicise,to the right you have a beach proper stretching for miles nice for a long walk and a dip on this stretch you will also come across a few chaps wanting to take you here there and every where we didnt use them,but they didnt hassle us to take any of their tours seemed quite happy just to have a chat. The hotel did put on some great entertainment on Independence night,and the singer during and after diner was first class the best night of our stay,again the young lady we only knew by the badge name of Trainee, really never got to talk to her as she was always so busy earned her wages, in the restaurant staffing levels are at a maximum,but how well some of them are trained is open to question you can be left waiting on times or even forgotten,did have a couple of issues especially over breakfast,two mornings running went to get another course only to come out and find our table cleared of everything the cooked food was never very hot and the plates were always cold,I like to start with fruit but what was on offer here was the poorest selection ive ever come across. Will come back to Sri Lanka again but will drop down a grade on hotel and fly buisness class as we always do it the other way cheap flight but best hotel, seen enough on this trip to book everything on a independant basis.

Room Tip: think this is just a matter of personal choice,either beach or ocean view are much the same in size...
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Lewis W
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

Amazing hotel, from the big gates as you enter you really feel like you are coming somewhere special and that it is.

The good
- Stunning pool that is almost infinity over the sea.
- Beautiful rooms that come with Bose sound systems. Very sleep and and spacious
- Delicious food, we had the Sri Lankan platter and it was amongst the best meals we had in Sri Lanka
- You can see turtles right from the sun loungers playing in the sea


The bad
- Patchy service. Took 45 mins at the pool to order a drink after waiters disappearing, wrong menu coming twice and then finally the actual drinks taking a long time. However the rest of the stay was nice and so only docked one star for this. More training is needed and pool waiters should wait in front of the chairs to see who needs serving for this class of hotel
- Rocky beach so don't expect to be able to walk out and play in the surf. Also at this end of Galle the surf is strong so be careful

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
1  Thank thekyd
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Address: Route A2, Matara Road, Koggala 82104, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Koggala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Koggala
Price Range: £155 - £671 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Fortress Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxury 53 room boutique resort located on the Southern shores of Sri Lanka. The Fortress has been styled after Galle’s powerful ancient Dutch Fort, blending the country’s Dutch and Portuguese influences with Sri Lankan motifs and indigenous furnishings to echo the historic days of Old Ceylon. This has been artfully and sensitively fused with innovative architecture, high design features, state-of-the-art technology, sensual living spaces with naturally modern design, and incredible gastronomic experiences, to stunning effect. The Fortress will offer unprecedented levels of service, extraordinary innovation, attention to detail and a unique blend of Old Ceylon with Modern Asia. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Fortress Hotel Koggala
Fortress Hotel Galle
Fortress Galle
Fortress Sri Lanka
The Fortress Resort & Spa Sri Lanka/Koggala

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