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Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure
Ranked #1 of 24 Hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 February 2013

Fantastic. Room was spacious and beautiful, the pool too. You can even spot monkeys in there. The staff was friendly, and even showed us around the Presidential Suites (called the captains room or something because this is an old Dutch colonial house).

The food in there was good but not great. Yet there are two really nice cocktail bars that you should try by sunset. Also, this hotel is slightly far from Galles center, so make sure you have a way to get there.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 January 2013

we never expected to experience a hotel located in the street our van driver was taking us but to our surprise we see this beautiful hotel it really caught our eye. My husband and i fell in love with the look and we took a deep breath as we have never stayed in such a hotel like Tamarind Hill. We expected a place by the heart of Galle a typical modern Hotel but to our surprise we were amazed to be treated to this unique Hotel. The informal welcome by the general manager and the rest of the staff was very remarkable with the nice lemon grass drink which we both enjoyed very much. After we were shown to our our room which was room No 1 we were asked whether we were up to a tour of the property which we enjoyed very much, the walk way to the poolside and the river at the back was very serene Rohan was very knowledegable and very cheerful. The rooms were cosy,clean the bed was so comfortable the tall ceilings were quite a feature the deco was modern and still brought an old Dutch look. We were so well looked after at the main bar, the poolside bar at breakfast and dinner by Rohan ,Ryan,Chamira and all the staff,we promised to take the rest of the family soon and definitely recommend them and all other travellers to visit Galle and do not hesitate to stay at Tamarind Hill we assure you will have a very good stay and enjoy every minute of it .

Room Tip: All rooms are at a very good standard in all aspects
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 January 2013

This hotel is truly lovely. Fom the minute you arrive you feel a sense of calm and serentiy wash over you. I was with my friend and her family from Australia (with 2 young children). Rohan, Rayan & Neel were amazing - in fact all of the staff were wonderful. Really friendly and couldn't do enough for you. They loved the children too!! The rooms were huge and really comfortable and the bar area and pool just fabulous. I had a full body massage that was arranged for me by the staff with little notice but nothing seemed to faze them. The food was good too and it's only a 5min Tuk Tuk ride into the centre of Galle. I would definitely love to go back here and experience it all again and see the friendly staff who looked after us so well.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 January 2013

If you are looking for a beach hotel or a centrally located hotel close to Galle Fort then this hotel is not for you. While it presents a serene and calm setting and is a comfy property with very few rooms (i think less than 20) - the service is particularly slow though the staff is very polite. We were a group of 4 staying at the Tamarind Hill on 23rd and 24th December. We made the mistake of opting for the Christmas dinner at the hotel which took more than an hour to come and was by no means appetizing ! Furthermore we were shocked to have been charged for water the next day.

The hotel rooms are nice and spacious but do not have modern amenities like a kettle. However, the hotel staff particularly Rohan was prompt in getting our morning and evening tea. The breakfast was basic (eggs, toast and some fruit apart from 1-2 local dishes) and particularly after the large and appetizing spread that we got at the Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy we were disappointed.

The pool area is nice and quiet but unfortunately we were not able to use it and headed instead to the beach on both the days that we stayed at TH. If i ever visit Galle again i would actually opt for a beach hotel in Unawatuna.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 January 2013 via mobile

Driving into the tamarind hill hotel, we were a bit skeptic. But minutes later chilling with our welcome drink in the lobby and talking to the friendly staff we were at ease. The place is about 10 minutes from the fort area by trishaws so it's away from the main city but easily accessible. We spent 4 nights, it's a 250 year old house in great condition. The rooms were clean comfortable & cosy. The idyllic setting with birds chirping and the river nearby was an added plus. We enjoyed the meals we had(much better than a lot of places in the fort area.

The staff's hospitality and service deserve a special mention. Thanks Rohan, Rayan & the entire crew.

We will be sure to recommend tamarind hill to our Friends

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed 16 January 2013

We travelled Sri Lanka with our 2 young children. When we first walked into the beautiful ornate Tamarind Hill hotel my husband and I immediately panicked. It was so lovely, beautifully decorated and peaceful and our first thoughts were that the kids would wreck it, drive everyone mad and be frowned on by the staff. We were so very wrong. Within the first 5 minutes our children were best friends with Rohan, Rayan & Neel. The same friendliness was given to us and the other family and friends we travelled with. The guys were fantastic and organised an excellent river safari for us, served us beautiful food and drinks and made our stay wonderful.

Our room was amazing and huge. Perfect for the 4 of us. Thank you for the amazing towel sculptures. The kids loved them.
We were sad to leave Tamarind Hill and the staff that we now consider friends. We hope that we can visit again soon.

Room Tip: All the rooms were lovely. Ours was huge and an extra bed was added for our son.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

We stopped at the TH for 5 nights. Set back from off the road, the TH is a good walk into galle, but it offers you peace and tranquility and respite from all the craziness. If you are looking for somewhere central then this might not be the hotel for you, unless of course you are happy walking or hiring a motorbike to get you out and about.
The staff at the hotel and it's facilities we're fantastic. The pool area was beautiful, during our stay over New Year we often had the pool to ourselves. If you got up early enough (around 6.45am) you could swim whilst watching the monkeys playing in the trees, a great start to the day. There's also a river running at the back of the hotel, where you can see water monitors, a vast array of birds and crabs!
The setting is idyllic, the rooms spacious, exceptionally clean and the staff very, very friendly and helpful. All the communal areas were exceptionally clean too and well looked after.
We couldn't really fault this hotel, the only one thing I would say is that it is far cheaper to book your own excursions, motorbikes/transport.
Would definitely recommend.

Room Tip: All rooms are comfortable
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure

Address: No 288 Galle Road | Dadella, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka (Formerly Tamarind Hill)
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Galle
#1 Romantic Hotel in Galle
#1 Luxury Hotel in Galle
#1 Family Hotel in Galle
Price Range: £91 - £348 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure 4.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built over 250 years ago, Tamarind Hill, Galle is a magnificent colonial manor house. Today it is a Small Luxury Hotel of the World. Marvellous living is defined in each of the ten spacious rooms & two grand suites, with a great selection of antiques. Suites offer a private balcony and exclusive butler service. Modern ingredients sit side by side with history ... In-room dining, complimentary wifi, LED screen TV's and more. Tamarind Hill's exquisite dining, signature treatments at the spa, a secluded infinity pool and the Gini Ganga river that flows by, are all part of fine pleasures here. ... more   less 
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