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“A cosy guesthouse in a unique area.”

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Fort Inn Guest House
Ranked #29 of 125 Galle B&B and Inns
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“A cosy guesthouse in a unique area.”
Reviewed 22 January 2011

We had a great time at the Fort Inn. They had clean rooms, mosquito nets, air conditioning and nice big breakfasts every morning. They are simply lovely people and it's a great way to experience life inside the Galle Fort. Highly recommended.

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San Francisco
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Reviewed 20 January 2011

Fort Inn was charming in nearly every way. A spindly and very dutch stairway led to our room, which was small but more than adequate and utterly cozy: The bed was big and soft (had my best sleep in Sri Lanka on it) and the room was bright and...well, quaint , like an old Dutch house though much simpler. Since the Inn is in the middle of the Fort on one of its nicer roads, it was a perfect spot to spend a few days wondering about and soaking up the unique Galle atmosphere. The owner of the Inn was an adorable woman named....I forget, but generous with her time and resources; not surprisingly, her breakfast were large and beautifully cooked (I chose the Sri Lankan menu, my friends the Western). Downside? My room was quiet but I imagine that those at the front might hear more noise in the morning--not cars but voices. The showers are like many in the country--lots of hot water but slow drainage. Finally, it is best to dine on the balcony since the non balcony dining areas are short on airiness and light. In any case , I will stay there again the next time I go south.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Doha, Qatar
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Reviewed 15 January 2011

We expected a great deal from all the reviews. When we arrived at the guest house, we were led down the street to their new property called Fort Fifty. "Same place, different location", we were told, minus a working kitchen. This worried us but we followed along.

The room wasn't ready, so we left our bags at the front and wandered the town checking ot different guest houses - but everything was booked. A couple of hours later they gave us our room, nothing like the pictures.

It was small and finished in white plaster and fluorescent lights. There was mold and mildew stains on the wall. There was a TV, 10 inches up in the corner like and old bus station. We left it off. To turn on/off the air con, you had to climb on the bed and plug/unplug it.

The bathroom reeked and could be smelled from the room entrance. It was set up withe the shower right beside the toilet. When using it, the toilet paper was drenched, so we kept spares rolls outside. The toilet tank leaked onto your shoes from a hole in the side when you flushed.

All in all, we found it a bit disgusting. Fortunately our place in Unanwatuna could check us in early, so we left the next day. They proudly display their lonely planet review, take too many reservations and then push the extra to their new, inferior place. Not very honest.

I reccommend confirming which spot you're getting.

  • Stayed January 2011
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chanul, Owner at Fort Inn Guest House, responded to this review, 23 January 2011
When these guest called we expllained that the entire fort was fully booked.we tried to find a room elsewhere and this small room was available at 'FORT FIFTY INN'. Sri lanka was suffering torrential rain and all houses were damp and humid. This room was properly cleaned between guests and the newly found fault with the A/C switch explained. The previous guest check out in the morning and these guest were able to entere the before noon. We were unware of the leaking for let until they informed us.The next day check out. we agree some of this review.
In the this review impliest that the room fault and discomfot of the guest was fault of the FORT INN MANAGEMENT. They stayed at the 'FORT FIFTY INN' ,(newly opened three months ago) same family but not the same guest house. Thatswi we want to explaint to them.
We merely tried to assist watelogged travellers by find alternate accomadation.
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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 13 January 2011

I had stayed one night at the Fort Inn guesthouse ! the owners made me feel so much at home ! their great smiles and service won my heart ! i really wish i could have stayed back for a few more nights ! The food was excellent and the rooms were the best in all of the hotels i stayed at in the entire trip !! cheers to the Fort Inn management! thanks for making my holiday in galle even more spectacular !! :)

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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Galle, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 9 January 2011

Fort Inn is by far the best guest house we have found in Sri Lanka. Rasika and her family are very welcoming- so friendly and helpful and you are always greeted with a smile. The guest house is sparkling clean and the food is fantastic. We had breakfast here every morning and it was wonderful. Also a balcony to sit out on in the middle of Galle Fort. You can also hire a moped here at the guesthouse and there is free Wi- Fi. From a girls point of view, when we arrived there were flower petals on our bed a lovely array of cushions also. I would highly recommend this place- very good value and very good service with no service charge- very rare in Sri Lanka !! We really enjoyed our stay- fantastic!!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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Reviewed 3 January 2011

we have stayed here two weeks with our family. we had great time in here, free breakfast, free washings, and rasika+rasika+chanul always help us. it was a joy to stay here with the most sweet family we met on SRI LANKA, the room was very clean and food great too. best rice and curry we ever had in sri lanka. we felt as if this was our home for two weeks. best wishes for you!!!!! HIGHLY RECCOMENDED!!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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N.C.
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Reviewed 2 January 2011

This place is amazing! Both the Fort Inn and the Fort Fifty Inn are truly special places in Sri Lanka. Both are owned by the same family and you can be sure you will receive a warm welcome at whichever place you choose. The Fort Fifty Inn is only about one month old and beautifully decorated. There is a nice sitting area downstairs where you can relax and have tea. You can have a wonderful breakfast at either place, but I have to recommend having it at the balcony at the Fort Inn. It's perfect for people watching! There are aircon and non-aircon rooms and all have TVs. The price is also very reasonable for such quality. I really can't recommend this place enough.

  • Stayed December 2010
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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 #29 of 125 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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