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Fort Inn Guest House
Ranked #30 of 129 Galle B&B and Inns
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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“The best place to stay in the Fort....”
Reviewed 11 December 2013

I have been to the Fort Inn twice after being introduced to Sri Lanka by my grandparents who helped and lived in Sri Lanka after the Tsunami in 2004. I travelled there once last year for 3 weeks and have just recently arrived home from staying there for the past two weeks. I love this place and wouldn't stay anywhere else. Rasika and Rasikar are the most lovely married couple who have a gorgeous wee boy chunnel & they are extremely accommodating and helpful and will go the extra mile to make you feel at home. The food is amazing, try the local seafood cooked by your hosts Rasika and Rasikar - The devilled Calamari and devilled prawns that they cook are delicious, i was cheeky and asked for the recipe so I can try and cook it at home. We found ourselves dining in at the Fort Inn for dinner most nights instead of going out to Restaurants as we enjoyed their cooking so much!!!! The vibe there is just like home, we practically lived on the balcony enjoying dinner and drinks together... and watching everyone go by and chatting with the locals. The Fort inn also have their brother Nemal who has his own Tuk Tuk and he will take you where you need to go & charge an honest price. Nemal also helps cook breakfast and serve, carry suitcases etc and is a really lovely man who you can trust. The rooms are very comfortable, with air conditioning,mosquito net, fan, dressing table, and new beds that are very nice and comfy to sleep on.

I will continue to visit Sri Lanka every year and this is where I will ALWAYS stay. Rasika, Rasikar, Chunnel & Namal feel like my family.

Love you all and thank you so much for taking such good care of us (as always) xxxxxxx Jaymie Wynd from NZ

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90 reviews
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Reviewed 2 December 2013 via mobile

We booked the Galle Fort Inn from our copy of Lonely Planet. Since that review, the owners have expanded to a new property a block or so away, called the Secret Palace. We stayed in the Ruby room on the third floor, a lovely room with a terrace and a balcony, with views from almost all angles inside the fort.
Some notes on our experience: there was tea kettle, bottle of water, and fridge in the room, but no cups, glasses, or tea. There was no table or chair in the room, so no place to put a suitcase or any other items. It was oddly difficult to keep the room comfortable overnight with the ac, either too hot or too cold. The top sheet on the double bed was only large enough for one person. No doubt these will all be ironed out - the owners work hard and aim to please. Sadly, the Chinese restaurant at the Galle Fort Inn is closed.

  • Stayed November 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Comfortable guesthouse, with hot water and a/c. We stayed in the room perched at the top of the building - a hike up 3 flights of steps, but with views round Galle and your own private balcony. Small room, with non-functioning mozzi nets (2 single nets that didn't close over a double bed..hmm.. But those were the only drawbacks.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

If you are looking for budget accommodation in Galle Fort area, it is not easy to find. We pre-booked Fort Inn based on reviews found on Trip Advisor and we're not disappointed.

Our stay in this family run guest house could not have been better. Friendly family, clean and fresh smelling rooms, air conditioning ...and as we booked the room on the top floor, we had views to the sea...lovely.

Location was also a bonus, right in the heart of Galle Fort with good access to restaurants and boutique shops.

Room Tip: Top floor has a roomy balcony with views to the sea ...ok not on your doorstep, but clearly visible...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 November 2013 via mobile

The hosts of this guest house are so incredibly kind and welcoming. They are always available for help and advice. The rooms are great for the price with air con as well! The hotel is right in the center of Galle Fort so easy to get around.

  • Stayed November 2013
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London
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

We turned up without reservation and were very pleased to find they had room for us. After booking one night, this quickly turned to three as we were so impressed.

Lovely breakfast sat out on the balcony, lovely service from the owners and an all round good stay. Wifi, hot water, clean rooms, center of galle. Such good value for money. We also got the bus from here to Unawatuna which I would recommend for those wanting to spend some time on the beach.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 13 November 2013 via mobile

We found this fabulous place in the lonelyplanet and stayed here for 6 nights. When we arrived we found a lovely family that was really kind with us! We took the rooftop room and we loved it!! The room was clean and cozy, super clean sheets, nice view over Galle fort, the lighthouse and the Indian ocean, hot water, clean european bathroom, A/C (but we didn't want it), towells, etc.
The breakfast is delicious! They serve a big plate of fruits( water melon, papaya, mango, banana and pineapple; then they serve you an fried egg with 4 toasted bred, buttet and marmellade and of course a biig pot of tea served with sugar and milk-we loved it!!
The guesthouse also have other service like: tuk-tuk service,bicicle rental, scuter rental, Galle tours, money change and others but we didn't used any of those:)
They also have a 2nd guesthouse called The Secret Place,which, from what we heard is really beautiful! So in case Fort Inn is full, you can stay there cause it's just at a 2 minutes walk from the main guesthouse!!
What is beautiful about this place is that you can easily communicate with the other guests as the place where they serve the breakfast is really small and cozy :)
Another thing that we loved about this family and their guesthouse is that they let us cook our dinner in the kitchen..like this you can save your money by buying fresh vegetables in the Dutch market and cook your dinner at the guesthouse! We loved that thing and we thank you very muchhh!!!!
I defenetly recommand this place to all the ppl who plan to stay in Galle and we will defenetly come back in the future!!! Best place in Galle!

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Fort Inn Guest House
Address: 31 Pedlar Street, Galle, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 129 B&Bs / Inns in Galle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Fort Inn Guest House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
04 no. of room family run guest house invite to you stay with us, shere your experience with our family.5 minutes by tuk tuk from the bus or railway station. no.31, Pedler Street, Fort, Galle. ... more   less 
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