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The Fortress
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Koggala
Certificate of Excellence
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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94 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“QUICK SERVICE WITH VERY FRIENDLY STAFF”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2013

WOnderful Hotel, Beautiful BEach and and the Pool is awesome, Fodd is great too, the staff are very very helpful and Kind, with a warm smile always on their faces, the Food and Beverage Manager MR Asela, was very Kind to us, and provided us with his BEST service, we enjoyed our short stay, the rooms are royal, and the beds are like heaven. thank you Asela for giveing us your 100% service that night.keep up the great work

Room Tip: Ask for a Pool View Room
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

It was a great experience, It has the worlds greatest and expensive desert. Nice hospitality & kind people. Food is excellent they have this room where they have a bed to pool concept. It is very romantic for couples specially Check out the pool at night.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2013

Pictures don't do justice to how beautiful the place it. The structure of the hotel is stunning. Nice long pool, right next to the beach etc. However, the food was exactly the same each day. The breakfast buffet for example had the EXACT same items. The did not bother to alternate at all, so you get a bit sick of eating the same things. Even dinner was a bbq and there was minimal variety of items. They need to improve this because the place is so amazing

Room Tip: The lofts are a lot nicer
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Gravesend, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013

We did the cultural triangle in Sri Lanka finishing off by chilling out at the Fortress. Heavenly. Unforgettable. Worth every penny.
Location on beach. Infinity pool the width of the hotel. Restaurant excellent. Our room was enormous . The bed gigantic. The bathroom and walk-in shower was to die for. You get the drift.!,,

Room Tip: Don't go for the expensive sea view. We had a side room which was spectacular.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2013

Had 8 nights at the Fortress. Very good hotel with great facilities and overlooking a beautiful beach. Staff attentive & friendly. Food was excellent - always looked forward to breakfast - they serve the best coffee I have had at any hotel. Go for an Ocean View rooom on 1st floor.
Couple of tips - have plenty of low denomination rupee notes (100's) - tuck-tuck drivers never have change! Great beach at Mirissa. Galle Fort worth a visit. If you can get to Yala National Park its a wonderful day out to see the elephants, birdlife, etc (but 3 hours drive each way).

Room Tip: Room 50 was a gem
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Tony J
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2013

We stayed at the Fortress 4th-7th April 2013 after much deliberation where to stay in Sri Lanka. My wife and I have been together fro 15 years and travelled quite a bit on holidays accumulating a fair spectrum of experiences, good and bad. But we were both knocked out by the Fortress and unanimously agreed that for once the idyllic picture painted in the brochures and the reality weren't out of step. It genuinely is a stunning hotel, probably more suited to couples than families but as long as your kids (like ours) loves the Water you can get away with it. We didnt find the restaurant as expensive as we expected reading previous reviews, not cheap either but we ate their in the daytime and ventured to nearby Unawatuna to eat at the Beachside restaurants much more cheaply in the evenings. Getting to Unawatune and Galle is easily available by Tuk-Tuk and we quickly cemented a deal with a local driver directly over the road for what amounted to £5-£10 a day to have him at your beck and call. He was fantastic and was happy to ship us around to any local spot, took us to a fantastic Spice Forest next to Koggala Lake about 5 minutes from the hotel. Staff at the Fortress very friendly and generally helpful, i understand what fellow reviewers have said about a lack of prompt service but if you nag nicely everything happens on spec. The food itself was wonderful on the one occasion we stayed for the evening meal. If you can i'd try for a Room with Balcony overlooking the pool and Beach as view is beautiful and sundowners at the Fortress against a sunset is truly memorable.

Room Tip: Room 43 (and those adjacent) for excellent views of the Beach/Pool
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Chris J
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

Wonderful hotel right on the beach, the rooms combine sophistication with a real Sri Lankan atmosphere. Food is excellent with some beautifully prepared Sri Lankan, Thai and European dishes combined with efficient but friendly service. Highly recommended for a beach holiday with a true Sri Lankan feeling.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Fortress
Address: Route A2, Matara Road, Koggala, Galle 82104, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle > 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 (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Fortress 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 Sri Lanka/Koggala

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