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“Nice hotel, but what a price !!!”
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Deco On 44
Ranked #5 of 24 Hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 August 2012

Very nice hotel, in the center of the galle fort. Kind of fancy in all the ways. Plenty of smiling staff, nice decoration and breakfast. Well decorated standard rooms, spacious and very clean.

BUT there "official rate" is from 190 to 250$ a standard (called deluxe) double room (depending on season). This is completely overpriced for sri lanka and most of all for this hotel. Forget it if you don't get it for maximum 130$ a night on reservations websites.
There problem is that they would like to be considered as an international boutique trendy hôtel. But there staff is not ready (very few of them speaks english), The swiming pool is nice but small, no mini fridge in the room as it is 26 degrees outside, very poor and ugly sofa in the bedroom, no or non wonking power generator when electricity falls down (quite often). It is very easy to claim that you are a 4 star hotel, and to make you pay the price. But you have to prove that you deserve it. And they don't

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

We stayed here for one night after a two week cycle tour of Sri Lanka and were very pleased to have chosen this small gem. Deco has only been open for six months and there are plenty of plans for more reception areas, a library and a bar. We enjoyed a large bedroom and bathroom and were pleased to have a complete room clean and fresh linen during the morning as we had a late checkout. The staff are professional, pleasant and eager to please. We ate dinner on the night of departure and it was probably the best " rice and curry" we had during our trip. The hotel is well positioned on a delightful side street in Galle and is quiet at night. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: We stayed in Star. Perfect room but no view.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

I stayed at Deco on 44 for 7 nights while visiting southern Sri Lanka for business and pleasure. The hotel has only 7 rooms in an old art deco mansion so it is quiet and there is a strong emphasis on service. The hotel itself is beautiful and I was upgraded to the “Sun” room because of my long stay during the offseason, which was a pleasant surprise. The room was nicely decorated and comfortable, with a large balcony overlooking the street (highly recommended). The room (and entire hotel) was immaculate and staff had considered all details (free bottled water, newspaper, breakfast, in room safe, plug-in mosquito coil which was not necessary, quiet aircon, flatscreen with satellite channels, wifi in lobby, laundry service, room service, etc.). The hotel is perfectly located in the Fort and is very safe, with staff always on duty and 24 h security. The free breakfast is excellent and plentiful, with a range of choices. I had dinner in the hotel twice, and would highly recommend the curries. The menu is rather “westernised”, but the chef came to my table to let me know that he could cook me anything I liked (veg or non-veg), including a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast, etc. This is indicative of the excellent service at Deco on 44. The staff is excellent, courteous and knowledgeable. They will arrange anything that you need, including transport and tours. For example, my flight was late and my luggage was lost, but the hotel driver waited 3 h for me (until 1 am!) and then presented me with a cool washcloth to wipe my sweat and cold bottled water to drink. The hotel arranged toiletries the next day and kept in constant communication with the airport to retrieve my lost bags. Thanks all and particularly Gayan and Rashmi! This hotel is high quality and the service is excellent. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Front upper floor rooms have large balconies. Lower floor rooms are poolside. "Sun" room w...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled on business
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1  Thank Todd M
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

After being disenchanted with another hotel within the Galle Fort area of Sri Lanka we booked in for 4 delightful days at Deco on 44, 44 Lighthouse St, Galle Fort. What a gem this hotel is. It is a converted mansion and therefore has only 7 suites which are very spacious, clean and fresh. The management and staff are extremely kind and helpful and made it their aim to make our stay as wonderful as possible. The front of house staff impressed us greatly and it was very difficult to say goodbye. The staff impressed on us that they wished us to treat the hotel as our home away from home . The chef who came to Deco on 44 from the Amangalla cooked up some sensational meals and made sure he came to the table to check if the food was to our liking. Very relaxing to sit on the front breezeway enjoying his breakfasts and dinners and at the same time being able to watch the everyday activities of the locals.

Room Tip: Try and book one of the street facing rooms upstairs which have balconies overlooking the streetscap...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Julie S
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

We were in Galle fort for a week and staied Deco 44 for 3nights. Galle fort is very chame place..has so many lovely hotels where renovated old fort house to hotels. So we be been visit many places and compare..
Actually most of them all good and very nice but over price. But deco on 44 was reasonable place i would say! It is something else than 5 star big brend hotels! Has soul in it!

Room is very clean, artistic. didn't see any insects.
Hotel has romantic decoration ,felt i am in museum or something.
Breakfast is quliaty. Had full dish of fruits+big ball of fruits yogurt +egg with sausages+home made jam with fresh croassant.
And had dinner one time in there -also quliaty and not expensive than other place in fort.
Swimming pool is quite good. Speacially at night has beatiful shadow in there.

Steff are all friendly and good thing is they know when they have to come for service and when have to step back!! (most place in srilanka steff are very kind but not very professional)

i want to go back to Deco 44 with whole family next time. deco 44 made my Sti Lanka trip! :-)

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Reviewed 3 July 2012

This hotel is within the Galle Fort . I stayed in one of their Suites which was large along with a big outdoor terrace.The Hotel is and old house which has been totally refurbished to a very high standard.After a couple of hours walking around the Fort the hotel pool was great. The Breakfast and Dinner were of a high standard . All the Suites and rooms have a large selection of TV channels including a number of international sports channels.I have looked at most Hotels in Galle and this is one of the Best.I will be back.

Room Tip: The Suites with a terrace are the Best
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

We only had time for a short stay but were delighted with this new boutique hotel right in the historical fort area. Our room was spacious, stylish and tranquil, the staff were delightful and the food (the chef formerly worked at Amangalla) was wonderful. We dropped by the Galle Fort Hotel one evening for a cocktail, and didn't feel that we would have rather been staying there.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 44 Lighthouse Street | Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 24 Hotels in Galle
Price Range: £71 - £215 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Deco On 44 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled within the historic Galle Fort in the south of Sri Lanka, Deco on 44 offers you the finest luxury accommodation within this unique, historic, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally built in the 1930’s by a wealthy gem merchant, Deco on 44 has been renovated and decorated keeping in mind the art deco theme of its original architects. We are Sri Lanka’s only art deco hotel and we welcome you to relax in our beautiful rooms and enjoy our scrumptious cuisine and personalized service that truly is a taste of paradise. The hotel contains 3 large suites(2 with private balconies, 1 with a sitting room), 1 Junior Suite on the upper floor and 3 Deluxe Rooms overlooking the fantastic swimming pool. Tours from the hotel can be arranged for a variety of activities including Whale watching. Enjoy the Galle Fort from one of its finest hotels. We await to welcome you. ... more   less 
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