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“An okay stay in beautiful Galle”
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Frangipani Motel
Ranked #34 of 146 Galle B&B and Inns
Reviewed 1 March 2013

We spent one night in the motel. The bed and room was fine and clean, and the house looks beautiful from the outside. The reason I am not giving it a higher grade is that I didn't feel very welcome in comparison to other places I stayed. The family lives in the place, but they hardly great you. If you are looking for a comfy bed and a clean room in the centre of Galle fort, go here. But if you are looking for a personal touch, don't go to this hotel.

Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

The plug socket in our room wouldn't work and the shower went cold half way through. We gave some laundry to the owner, who then left it out in the rain. We ended up having to take it with us soaking wet as we were leaving the next day. They don't speak much English so communication was difficult. Totally over-priced for what we had.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

We were booked for three nights but ended up moving on after two. The room was clean and the bathroom presented well but the toilet stoped flushing and the bathroom smell was awful. Breakfast was good , but we chose to eat out for all the other meals in the Fort as there was so much to choose from. I think there are other better options within the Fort. Mama's restaurant is a must.

Room Tip: We liked the rooms on the upper levels as you get a view.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Kathy S
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

I booked a room a month in advance and had a long email conversation with the owners about dates and the type of the room I wanted, as well as confirming the booking. I arrived on the day I had booked to find that they had no record of my booking, but were unapologetic and didn't even seem to care that they had messed up and definitely didn't say sorry or offer any alternatives - despite me showing them the email proof that my booking had been confirmed.. It being high season, I struggled to find somewhere else to stay at short notice.

Stay away - rude, unfriendly and unreliable. Glad we didn't stay in the end - looked rubbish from the outside anyway!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 February 2013

Stayed at the Frangipani Motel in Galle whilst visiting Sri Lanka for the cricket last year . I found the landlady most helpful and knowledgeable about all things in the Galle area l would fully recommend this hotel + its in a great location within the Fort a very nice place to stay

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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2  Thank Ants54
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

We spent 5 nights in this establishment,chosen on the basis of the Trip Advisor reviews and we really cannot agree with or understand the glowing remarks made by other travellers. On the positive side, the breakfasts were fine, the family were friendly and the position in the centre of the Fort area was good. On the negative side, the room was not cleaned, or linen and towels changed in the whole of our stay and we had to provide our own toilet paper after the first day.The electrics to the shower were potentially lethal. Mosquitoes were rampant in the room, including inside the mosquito net, which had been conveniently left open to better see the prettily arranged flowers on the bed. There was no insect killer to combat this situation and we left in a VERY bitten state! The final dissatisfaction came when, on our departure morning, we arranged with the family for them to take us to the rail station. We returned after a quick shop,ready for the transfer, to find that the driver had gone out on a more lucrative trip, which we could understand, but that we had sat around for 15 minutes and the rest of the family had not bothered telling us until we enquired. This Inevitably meant we almost missed the train whilst alternative transport was found.
Overall, the establishment is in the wrong price price bracket for the level of service and facilities provided.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

We stayed in Room 1 for two nights and loved having such a big room and almost-exclusive use of the roof terrace. The room is on its own at the top of the house, leading out onto the roof terrace, so it's very private and perfect for a relaxing stay. We only saw one other person up on the terrace while we were there.

Our room had a lovely big bed with a good mosquito net and air conditioning. The bathroom was big and had plenty of hot water, but it felt a bit mucky once we'd had a shower because it's a wet room. Our room was not serviced while we were there.

We had dinner in the garden one night and it was fine but choice was very limited, perhaps because we ordered quite late, The space is a bit odd - there was someone's underwear drying on the line right next to our table. Breakfast was not included in the rate and we had ours at one of the other many cafes within very easy walking distance.

The guesthouse is very centrally located within the fort, although the fort is so small that location would probably never be an issue anyway. The streets are very quiet at night so we were not at all disturbed, especially because we were so high up. The house has a nice atmosphere and was very clean and it seemed like there were various places, inside and out, where guests could sit to relax. We found the staff and the family who own the motel to be really friendly.

We would definitely recommend a stay in Room 1 if you're in Galle.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Frangipani Motel

Address: 35 Pedlar Street | Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
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Ranked #34 of 146 B&Bs / Inns in Galle
Price Range: £23 - £54 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Frangipani Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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