If you are searching for a stylish place to stay in the Fort, consider this boutique hotel. It has only seven rooms, named after the ramparts of the Fort, which means that the staff have plenty of time to give you personal attention. We stayed in both the Sun Room upstairs, which is large, with a balcony overlooking the street and the Triton, which is one of three rooms on the ground floor adjacent to the gorgeous pool. Unlike another reviewer, we did not find the lack of windows a problem. Sri Lankans keep their rooms dark to keep them cool! As others have noted, this place was converted from a private residence, built in the '30s and opened in January 2012. Breakfast on the terrace included a beautifully presented fruit platter, fresh homemade croissants and I suggest a Si Lankan omelette if you like a bit of chilli. Evening meals I recommend are the Jumbo prawns and the seared yellowfin Tuna. Both are delicious, but the fish and chips are also hard to beat. Each evening one's bed is turned down in a new and imaginative way and a gift such as keyrings, or fridge magnets left for you. The management came to now it was our 50th wedding anniversary and our surprise that night was a message cut out of flax fronds in Art Deco style, and a magnificent white swan fashioned our of towels! However, the best thing for me was the clever way the place had been decorated with Art Deco furnishings. The wall treatment in the dining room is superb. We cannot recommend this place highly enough.
- 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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