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The Fortress Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Koggala
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 April 2013

Just magical, to come from our 18 month winter and end up here after ten days touring sril Lanka was just magical. You name it this place does it to perfection, rooms, service, drinks, food, views, pool, spa.......... Expensive but you pay for what you get and here you get perfection. I have never seen such staff, just brilliant.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2013

Aesthetically you cannot fault this hotel - it's beautiful new and really a 5 star hotel. The reason we didn't give it a 5 star is because we prefer smaller more intimate hotels which we experienced during our trip up until our stay at the fortress. The property has 50 rooms therefore it's difficulty to get that intimate atmosphere that you would in a 9 room guest house.

Other than that you cannot fault the hotel - it has a huge pool, it's by the beach. Our suite was brand new with all the modern amenities you would want and the food and buffet was excellent. In terms of price this is the most expensive hotel we came across during our 2 week holiday but it is to be expected as it is a 5 star hotel.

Room Tip: Our room was on the ground floor which means you can see the other guests walking to and from the po...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

Great location for a few days crashed by the sea/pool after four days in the tea country.

It was very hot and humid, but that's hardly the hotel's fault. A/C in rooms excellent, lying in bed looking over the sea hoping that there won't be another tsunami is lots of fun.

Restaurant was good with enough variety and theme nights for a six night stay. Food Asian European fusion.

Gym with TVs (free CD library) and A/C was good.

A little soul-less at times but great over all and by far the best hotel in the area.

Take a tuk tuk to Galle for the day. DON'T take the bus, the adrenalin rush is not fun, it's bloody dangerous!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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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.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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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
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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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...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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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: £167 - £1,192 (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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