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The Fortress Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Koggala
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 March 2014

A stunning location, ocean views and infinity pool to marvel at. Wonderful lovely people, service just great, make sure you book sea view room. Bar a little small but great food, reasonably priced. Just put it on your list!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

Arrived here for 7 nights on 26.2.14 and had the best room ever!!! It overlooked the Indian Ocean and was just great in every sense!!
The service was excellent and the staff were relaxed and engaged.
The food was reasonably priced and always tasted so fresh.
Room service was also good and speedy.
My partner and I each had a spa treatment - with same sex therapistts - it was excellent and reasonable, even though there was price increase on 1.3.14.

Visitors should not worry about walking along the beach!! Yes, people approach you but they do have something to offer, don't disregard them habitually. Some people simply want to speak with you and they are the least offensive people I have ever met.

We were sorry to leave The Fortress - absolute heaven!!!

Room Tip: The Hotel only has 55 rooms so all are good but some are better than others, if you can afford, I st...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

We stayed at this hotel in September 2013 and absolutely loved the place. The room was massive and with open plan bar area. Lovely bathroom with bath shower and everything you may like to have in a hotel room. Big reception area and quiet places to sit and relax with a drink. Great swimming pool and lovely clean beach,.

Dinner was nothing special and quite expensive but the breakfast buffet was good. We really liked this hotel and staff were quite nice. Specially at the restaurant, very helpful manager.

Room Tip: The sea view rooms are more expensive but even the non sea view rooms are quite nice overlooking a s...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

We finished off our tour in this fantastic hotel. like others have said we have also stayed in many
5* hotels around the world and we can't think of one that meets the standard of The Fortress. Staff are exceptional and so polite. Our room overlooked the ocean and pools with wonderful views. Room was huge as was bathroom. TV,DVD and IPod player. Lighting was complicated as was most of the hotels in Sri Lanka but really that is just a small criticism . All our meals were very good and again in lovely settings. We will definitely return. The lovely old walled city of Galle is a short ride away is worth a visit too.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

One of the most beautiful hotels we've been to. Amazing architecture, beautiful interiors, delicious food and kind service. The rooms are so beautiful, connected with an amazing bathroom. Chill out music. One of the places we always want to go back to. Great memories :)

Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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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: £179 - £1,058 (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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