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“Roaring '20's Success”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Deco On 44

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Deco On 44
Ranked #5 of 23 Hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
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21 reviews
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“Roaring '20's Success”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2013

A wonderful hotel in Galle Fort. The hotel is small with just 7 rooms and this allows staff to give a personal friendly service. Staff were very helpful and especially attentive to our 6 year old son. On arrival wewere told that this was to like our second home and it was.
The hotel is art-deco style which is a change from the 17-1800's colonial style elsewhere in Galle and gives a fun "Fred and Ginger" feel to the place.
The pool is in a coutyard and was perfect for a refreshing dip.
Galle Fort is easy to get around and the hotel is in a good location.
Food was excellent.
Would recommend.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

The article Deco hotel was once the home of a wealthy merchant and was possibly one of the last buildings constructed within the forts walls. It has a certain elegance and charm that architecture of that era is soaked in and is quite different from the rest of the Dutch and British architecture prominent at Galle Fort.
If you don't care for the building itself, you will be impressed with the lovely service and superb location. The staff were up at 4 in the morning making us tea and a packed breakfast for our early morning road trip with smiles all around.
Our bed was made up with delightful towel swans, flowers and exquisite palm bookmarks.
There are many lovely cafes, restaurants and shops close by, and the train station only a few minutes by tuk tuk.
We were only there one night, definitely not long enough!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled on business
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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

We have just come home from a fabulous trip all round Sri Lanka, where one of the highlights was definitely our stay in Deco on 44! The hotel was charming, with a lovely small, homely feel.
The staff couldnt have been more helpful, and the food was really good.
Our room was next to the small but perfect pool, and the room was comfortable, and clean.
We actually arrived too early for check in, but they let us use a room to change in, while ours was being made ready, so that we could use the pool straight away. Very accommodating!
We had been brought to our hotel, by our lovely driver Kalum Niriella, of Green Lanka Vacations.
We recommend Kalum, to anyone looking for a charming driver, who speaks good english, and is very knowledgeable about Sri Lanka. A very safe and considerate driver.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

We stayed here one night at the beginning of our week long trip in Sri Lanka and it was a lovely introduction to the country. Staff was pleasant and courteous. We had a room next to the pool and I loved the layout. It was fairly comfortable and we didn't have any issues in terms of cleanliness or bugs. We didn't eat dinner here, but I really liked the idea of a la carte for breakfast. I find buffets completely wasteful so appreciate having breakfast cooked to order. The hotel was in a great location to explore Galle. Loved wandering the little town but personally found one day there enough.

Room Tip: Poolside rooms were great.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

This place has a lot going for it but somehow one feels that the management is trying just a bit too hard. Our room was good and the bed decorations each night were fun. Food also was good but, for the price, I was expecting a little bit more culinary flair. I couldn't get my head around how drinks were organised - no decent list, wine by the bottle only, it was a bit hit and miss.

Maybe they'll relax into it - I hope so because the potential is there.

One thing that really did irk me was a couple of singers one night who insisted on singing at the table and expected to be tipped for it. Not what I expect from a relatively up market hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

I was very pleased with my stay. My room was next to the swimming pool, very quiet and comfortable. Nice tuna dish for dinner, fantastic breakfast.
A bit pricey but try to negociate for a lower rate...
Try to visit Galle Fort in Sri Lanka, it's only two hours from Colombo.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Cowaramup, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

In early October my wife and I spent 3 nights at Deco and without doubt it was the highlight in our 12 day, 5 hotel stay in Sri Lanka. Our room was spacious and had a lovely balcony, while the daily, decorative, bedding arrangements were worth looking forward to. We can't say enough about the staff, courteous, competent and attentive, nothing was any bother. This small boutique hotel had it all, position, ambience, wonderful food and terrific staff . As Ilfal said, "This is your second home."And it pretty much felt like that for us. We will be back.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Deco On 44
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 23 Hotels in Galle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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