Stayed here during a quick break in Galle. Chose it for its good offpeak prices on Agoda and for the fact that it's currently #1 in Galle on TripAdvisor.
The style and decor is generally well executed and "art deco-ey" although some areas are better finished than others: the dining area, in particular, is outstanding. The pool is not art deco and there is an unpleasant, possibly septic tank smell at one end. There is a beautiful roof terrace which is advertised on the website as offering sheeha, but possibly owing to it being off season, it is currently unused and we had to persuade staff to let us have a drink up there. No sheesha, and sadly no cocktails either, but the potential certainly exists for some excellent sundowners. We also had two meals at the hotel, and their food is reasonable if Westernised.
If not for the service we received, we would have been surprised at the high TripAdvisor scores for Deco. By local standards, their level of service is nothing short of excellent: helpful, friendly, and efficient. It was this - not the decor and certainly not the food - that was the standout feature of our stay there.
- 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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