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The Fortress
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Koggala
Certificate of Excellence
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
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“Amazing hotel”
Reviewed 4 December 2013

We had a truly fantastic time at this hotel. The view, surroundings and rooms are beyond five star. The service by the staff is exceptional and the food is quite simply out of this world.

We stayed here the first week of October and cannot recommend it enough. The luxury within the fortress meant we truly had a trip of a lifetime. The staff were amazing and struck the perfect balance of being helpful and not intrusive.

We were half board and the food was out of this world. One night we sat outside overlooking the ocean, with a chef special seafood BBQ evening taking place, we ate the most beautiful seafood, drank cocktails and listen to the live classical guitar band playing next to us in the restaurant was quite simply bliss.

There are no negatives about this hotel at all. Whilst staying here we did visit Yala national safari park for one night then returned to the fortress. Yala is definitely worth visiting but if you are touring my tip would be to head from the tea plantations to Yala then to the fortress (we went tea plantations, Colombo, the fortress then Yala.) Colombo was not worth the detour.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 November 2013 via mobile

I had high hopes for the Fortress for the last 4 nights of our Sri Lanka trip. The room was really beautiful and we were upgraded to a "plunge pool" room. The surroundings were lovely.
But in the mornings it felt somewhat like a busy Spanish resort with people reserving deck chairs at the crack of dawn..... The food compared to other places was average and overpriced. I sent a meal back and had it returned in a worse state than I first got it.
The plunge pool pump ran all night which couldn't be turn off & it made the room unbearably humid, which aircon didn't help.
Tuk-Tuks out the front charged excessive prices for short trips.
Like I suspect a lot of this area, you could not swim in the beach. But what it did have were hawkers who leaned over the barrier & hassled people with their monkeys whist they relaxed. There seemed to few other activities.... I could go on.....
There were some nice little touches like the "cocktail party" prior to he cultural show, staff pointing out turtles in the bay and the different beautiful flower arrangements on the bed every day.
I did write a review for the hotel when we left, which got a response from the hotel addressing some concerns after we got home which was nice.
Overall i guess was just expecting high quality in all aspects and it just didn't materialise.
I think if I came back to Sri Lanka however, I would look at other beach hotels.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sherwood Park, Canada
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

We spent the last four nights of our stay at the Fortress before leaving Sri Lanka. The location, service, food and room were excellent. Would highly recommend. The attention to detail re our stay was much appreciated.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 November 2013 via mobile

This was our third visit and this is one of the best hotels on the south coast. Asela the F&B manager is great he remember little dear ails and is a credit to this hotel. The food although limited in choice is of very high quality. If you want to go out for a meal unawatuna and Galle are only 15-30 minutes away.

Stayed November 2013
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2013

The fortress has simply become my most favourite hotel. We were on a family holiday and this was our first visit to Sri Lanka. The hotel is absolutely fantastic and the views are stunning. The staff were attentive, efficient and very friendly. Our large luxurious room had an excellent sea view. The restaurant atmosphere was warm and inviting and the food was always delicious. The spa had a range of pampering ayurvedic treatments. The fire dance show on the Sri Lankan night was very traditional, energetic and impressive. Overall we had an amazing holiday in Sri Lanka and would definitely love to stay in the fortress again!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Upminster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

Arrived at The Fortress , greeted at the grand double gates by the doorman our cases were taken by porters, walked through to an amazing site of the ocean waves crashing onto the beach across the infinity pool, a memory that will stay forever, the stay at The Fortress from beginning to end was an experience second to none from the staff were so accommodating, efficient and friendly, accommodation great,everything to make your stay special, i could not recommend this hotel enough

Room Tip: beach view with plunge pool (room 11) excellent!!!
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2013

This was the second time for us at the Fortress Hotel, We had a Late check in, and the staff were very Helpful, and greeted us well, the Rooms were very Clean and fortable, BReakfast the Next Morning was Perfect, My son enjoyed it, Asela the Manager was very helpful and Careing to us, he takes teh extra Mile to make us all feel at home.Hats off to him, a great asset to Fortress Hotel:)

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The Fortress
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 (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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