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“Luxury resort overlooking the ocean”
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The Fortress
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Koggala
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Luxury resort overlooking the ocean”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014

It is not by chance that this place is considered one of the best (if not the best) hotel in Sri Lanka. Beautiful position, lovely decorated, great staff, lovely pool, nice food.
Not a lot to add to what other reviewers said. They are hosting a program to rescue marine turtles and they set some free in the evening at sunset. It was a beautiful experience to be part of this.
Galle easily reachable with a car or with tuk tuk and, thanks to the new motorway, the drive to Colombo is fast and relaxing.
Would recommend this place for few days of relaxation.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

We stayed at The Fortress for 8 nights early May. This is truly an experience that my wife and I with our 2 year old will never forget. The hotel staff were always friendly and accommodating at all levels.
The facility and the rooms are well maintained and the location is as unique as it could get. I can highly recommend upgrading to a Beach Room which will change your experience to a living on the beach feel.
I do suggest take your own wine with limited stock available at the hotel at a high price.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Fortress and will highly recommend the hotel to anyone!
Special thanks to the SLH team assisting us with all bookings and arranging all transfers for our wonderful holiday we had!

Room Tip: Beach room is a must
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

My partner and I stayed in this wonderful hotel for 6 nights at the end of April 2014. Set right on the beach, the place is beautiful with a stunning backdrop of the ocean. The accomodation is fabulous but we thought it important that the ocean view rooms are taken as the road side rooms are likely to be a different ball game altogether. As usual, the Sri Lankans were an utter delight and the service exactly what you hoped for. There is really only one restaurant area which was disappointing at first, however, given the stunning setting, never really bothered us after the first 5 minutes. The food is first class and the variety kept us happy, even for 6 days. Delighted so very happy to recommend this beautiful hotel.

Room Tip: Beach side a must
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

We have just returned from a 7 night stay at The Fortress and it was lovely. The rooms are very well appointed with huge comfortable beds (we had a beach room no 12) and a nice little patio area with direct access to the gardens, pool and beach. The staff are extremely helpful and friendly and will bend over backwards to make your stay the best it can be. The food in the hotel is of a very good standard and tasted delicious. We ate everything from the local curry plate to a good old burger - I can highly recommend the crab curry its amazing! Food is around £10 to £15 a main on the al a carte menu or on some evenings they have speciality buffets (curry, seafood etc) which they charge in US dollars at $30 to $40 per person. The drinks are a little pricey with a 330ml local beer costing around 600 rupees after tax which is about £3, wine is around £5 a glass or £30 a bottle and although I didn't have one I calculated that a large GnT would have been close to £10!! The hotel is quiet in the evenings and people mainly keep themselves to themselves but this is probably because there is such a mix of nationalities that patronise the hotel. I would stay here again if I found myself in southern Sri Lanka as its a lovely relaxing place but I would split my time with a hotel closer to tourist attractions as its about 30 to 40 minutes to Galle by tuk tuk.

Room Tip: Pay the extra for a sea view room or beach room if you can
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary at this beautiful location. Friendly staff, excellent food and breath taking views. We stayed in the sea view room which was modern and spacious. In house food and beverage manager personally looked after us during our stay.

The most memorable moment was when we had a chance to release sea turtles to the sea. We would strongly recommend any one to stay at The Fortress

Room Tip: always ask for the sea view rooms
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

This place is lovely.... very relaxing.... attentive staff.... good food.... great atmosphere.... Very nice place....very friendly and attentive staff.... nice restaurant and rooms are amazing!.... definitely worth visiting.....

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

This hotel is almost perfect. The room was just amazing (spacious, modern, comfortable...). The swimming pool and spa were also incredible. The view of the Koggala beach is perfect.
The service was great.
The only "non-perfect" comment i would make is regarding the food which was very good but too expensive.
Regarding Koggala, i would say that expect the amazing beach, the city/village itself does't have any interest. We hardly found places to eat or any facilities there.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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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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