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The Fortress
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Koggala
Certificate of Excellence
Ackworth, West Yorkshire
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

We have stayed at may de-luxe hotels around the world - The Fortress is simly the best, in every way. The staff could not have been more helpful, but not in an obtrusive way, the accommodation was superb, as was the food and overall ambience. If you are doing a tour, this is the only place to finish off, for ultimate relaxation and comfort.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

We first stayed here in 2010, so obviously enjoyed it enough to return 4 years later. It is not a classic 5 star hotel, but everything seems to gel.
The rooms are excellent and we prefer the ocean rooms on the first floor. Better views from a nice balcony and plenty of privacy. Huge bed and a massive bathroom though the lighting is somewhat complicated to initially work out.
Service throughout is excellent - reception, restaurant staff, pool staff,room service - nothing is too much and always a smile. The swimming pool is huge, at least 50 metres and overlooks the beach. Sun loungers are comfortable and plentiful.
The food is generally good and varied, concentrating much on sea food and Sri Lankan cuisine.
It is also very easy to eat out at the variety of inexpensive but good restaurants at nearby Unawatuna Beach.
I would also suggest that guests use the tuk tuks for getting around and into Galle. For 2 years we have had Ajaa as our driver/guide. +94777284178 and he is simply superb. Very knowledgeable and aways on time.
All in all a great experience at a fine hotel.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

We liked The Fortress Hotel in general:
-The room was very nice, nearly too big (I would say 60-70m²)!! Nice decoration, equipments, great bathroom (specially the central bathtub). The only negativ points were the air conditioning which was very Noisy, a real shame for such a nice hotel, and then the view to an interior garden was not great (we would have preferred a swimming pool view, but I imagine much more expensive).
-The public aereas were nice, specially the swimming pool and we liked the beach too!.
-The restaurant was really good (even if the prices are not cheap, similar to Europe)
We stayed one night and we appreciated, even if it is big hotel, not the same athmosphere like in a boutique hotel for ex.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

Excellent stay. Lovely grounds and pool, Great breakfast on outside patio and v good service. Dining options nearby are limited but a tuk tuk ride is fun.

We enjoyed taking the train to Colombo which was cheap and fun-the station is very close to the hotel.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 March 2014 via mobile

Perfect place to end your Sri Lanka tour in luxury and tranquility. Within easy reach of Galle Fort, Unwatuna and Mirissa by tuk tuk if you want to get out as well. We were also very lucky and got to see some of their turtles hatch and then release them to the sea at sunset!

  • Stayed January 2014
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Reviewed 4 March 2014 via mobile

We booked the fortress for our wedding and it was the best decision, from the moment we walked into the fortress we were amazed how beautiful it was. The staff could not do enough, especially Gayani who organised our wedding day for us. Our family came to join us and all of us could not get over how perfect the day was nothing was too much trouble. I would like to thank everyone at the hotel for making our day perfect and we hope to return for many anniversaries in the future xx

Stayed February 2014
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Amsterdam
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

If you want to visit Galle, stay in this hotel! within easy reach of galle fort and a good place to go out whalewatching! Restaurant is great, Rooms are FANTASTIC, pool and beach are great.
No doubt one of the best hotels we stayed in on the island.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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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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