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Fort Dew Guest House
Ranked #19 of 121 Galle B&B and Inns
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Chamonix, France
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46 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

If the family running this guest house put some energy into the cleaning, this could be easily the best place to stay in Fort. It was friendly, and helpful. When we arrived they had given away the last room, so the y kicked the son out of his bedroom for us. Whilst this was very kind, it wasn't very clean, even after the 30 minutes they wanted to clean it. To be fair, most of Sri Lanka can be a bit grubby, but this place has such a great location, that I want them to be the best place possible, and all that's missing is a couple of hours with a mop and some scrubbing of every available surface, and some new sheets and towels.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 November 2012 via mobile

Great position overlooking fort across to the ocean. Locals playing cricket on the green on fort. Lovely atmosphere. Nice & quiet with lovely sea breezes nice stroll to restaurants & shops. Room was small but clean & staff very attentive & polite. No towels provided for bathroom otherwise no problems. We ate at their restaurant which was also good. Also used their TUK TUK driver "Lal" to show us around & start us on the next leg of our journey. A very honest man. Great driver. Thank you for the stay. Hi to Lal.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

Simple yet charming and well located Guest House to visit Galle with welcoming staff!! The Dinning room on the top of the hotel has a great view on the Sea side - particularly enjoyable for breakfast!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

Galle was the last destination we were visiting on our back packing tour of Sri Lanka and my partner was very keen on staying in the fort (she had visited this place earlier and wanted to stay here). We got a contact through a friend in Nuwara Eliya who guided us to the Fort Dew Guest House. The accommodations are good and totally worth the price that we paid for it. They had these chairs and tables on the common balcony where we could sit in evening and enjoy the breeze from the sea. The room was pretty comfortable. Basic but maintained well and clean. There was no hot water in the room that was given to us (the heater did not seem to be working). But that was alright since it was quite humid and hence did not bother us. There is also a very nice roof top restaurant where you can relax and totally relax. The service here is really good and the manager also is a very friendly person. Night life within the fort is almost dead. Everything shuts early and there is nothing much you can do. There is no television in the room too. So we just had a couple of drinks on the first night and on the second night, went for a beach side party to Unnatawanga which is about 6 Kilometers from Fort Galle. Either ways I would recommend this place to travellers visiting Galle and wanting to stay in the Fort. By the way for people who love crepes, go to this restaurant called Crepe-ology in the fort area itself and have the 'Happy Ending' for dessert. Pretty awesome :)

Room Tip: Try and get the rooms in the front to enjoy the view from the balcony.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2012

We really liked this place as it felt quite homely. Unfortunately, there was building work going on while we were there, so it was pretty noisy. Luckily as we were out during the day, we only experienced it occasionally but afternoon naps were probably out of the question.

However, it was a nice room with a hot shower and very comfortable bed.

The staff were very polite and the roof-top restaurant a blessing as Galle was HOT! It was very refreshing to sit with an ice-cold drink (they chill the glasses - we had the coldest drinks in Sri Lanka here) and the food was very tasty, even if the service was quite slow. But it was nice to chill out in the breeze while waiting for our food.

There is a grassland opposite, with a buddist shrine and then the ramparts overlooking the ocean. The sunset is spectacular and worth going to sit on the rampart walls in the evening to watch it set. It's great to watch the locals playing cricket (often with a few passing cricket tourists), the early morning army training and school children playing from the roof-top...sometimes all at the same time!

They also organised an excellent driver to take us directly to the airport (3 hours via the Highway) for 8000 rupees which seemed to be the standard price. No need to stay near the airport unless you have an early flight. We paid 4,500 per night for an A/C room. ($34 / £22)

Would definitely recommend staying here for your time in Galle.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Fernie, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2012

This place is very adequate for a few days in Galle. The rooms are basic but clean. The rooftop restaurant is lovely with views over the Fort. Recommended!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Colombo
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Reviewed 11 March 2012

Although the website states that it has rooms with a sea view, one needs to come out of the room on to the balcony for a distance glimpse of the sea, over the ramparts. However, this was just a minor observation. The staff (Chaminda) was extremely polite yet not "in your face", the food was good and in liberal proportions. The room had a for poster double bed, a dressing table and a clothes rack. The toilet was clean and well lit. It didnt have a shower cubicle or curtain. A must try is their chocolate milk shake! The view over the balcony is on the road and a play ground and then the ramparts. The road can be quite noisy/ busy during the weekdays, but very peaceful and quiet during the weekend.

Room Tip: The rooms with a view to the front would be best
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Fort Dew Guest House
Address: No 22 Sri Sudharmalaya Rd, Fort, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
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Ranked #19 of 121 B&Bs / Inns in Galle
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Number of rooms: 4
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