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“Perfect place to chill”
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Fortaleza
Ranked #10 of 26 Hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 April 2013

This lovely restaurant and boutique hotel is on the corner of Lighthouse Street and Church Cross Street in Galle Fort. The courtyard has to be one of the most inviting in the fort and the staff are so friendly and make you feel very welcome.
The menu is not big but the food is excellent and puddings to die for, try the chocolate brownie the very best I have had any where in the world.
Natalie is a great host and she and Liam have made this lovely place a real gem and Ilook forward to returning soon especially as they serve excellent coffee including decaf.! Highly recommend.

Room Tip: Ask Natalie about the Bodi Spa, two doors up from the boutique hotel which she also runs and offers...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

We found this place by accident and a really happy about this. The place is a really amazing boutique hotel, very stylish and extraordinary.
We were lucky to experience two rooms because of booking-issues. All of them are really cosy & clean.
The staff is really helpful, the food is really nice and all in all the price for a stay is very reasonable! Enjoy your stay - we will recommend this place for sure!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

We absolutely loved this place. The host is fantastic; as are the rest of the staff, the place immaculate and the food superb. They really have done their research with regard to the history of Galle and the style accentuates that history in a fabulous way. Its all in the detail really; everything is taken care of, the service impeccable. Try their Italian restaurant up the road too as the food was delicious and much needed after overdosing on sri lankan cuisine! Hot tip: Buy their coffee table book Galle Fort: World Heritage Site and use the walking tour in the back to discover the fort.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

Highly recommend this hotel providing excellent value for money for very stylish, clean and comfortable rooms. An absolute haven when looking for home comforts, reliable service, good food, and excellent travel advice from the owners who truly understand the Western traveller.

Very tasteful indeed and a much needed escape from another hotel which was booked via the net which turned out to be simply awful and in the same price range.. there was no comparison
Thank you Hotel Fortaleza you saved me.!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

This is a delightful boutique hotel, well run by Nathalie and her partner. With just three rooms, it is charming, intimate and a pleasure to stay in. Excellent food, and the best coffee I have had in Sri Lanka. The passion fruit sodas are also delicious.
The location in the heart of the fort is idea, so you can pop in and out of street life, sightseeing etc., then retreat to your cool airconditioned room with billowing mosquito nets etc.
Highy recommended.

Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

Due to a change in the travel itenirary only one night was spent here, however it was a stay that I would strongly reccomend for others.

We stayed in the library room which was tranquil with the window closed and yet allowed you to observe the hustle and bustle of the area with the window open. The room was decorated tastefully and was simplistic. A great attention was paid to detail with authentic sri lankan fans and flowers in the room and furniture in keeping with the theme. In additon to this books of sri lankan art and travel guides were placed within the room.

The breakfast was cooked to perfection and again it followed the simplistic theme but was of a very high quality, something which resonated throughout the hotel.

The location was perfect from which to view galle as all sights were in walking distance. Natalie was a very helpful host and nothing was too much trouble for her and her staff to organise. I would reccomend staying here if you are looking for a quiet and peaceful escape. With only 3 rooms available it allows the staff to pay you greater attention and the entire accomodation has a very relaxed feel about it. I noted that a lot of people came to eat in the restaurant for a quiet escape.

Room Tip: I would reccomend opting for either the library or master rooms which are located upstairs and are o...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

One of the best places we ever stayed in. We felt welcome and very well taken care of. This place has a soul, and the great attention to detail is visible at literally every corner. With two words: pure (p)leasure.
There are 3 rooms, priced in a range, one downstairs and 2 upstairs. Downstairs there is a patio and a restaurant, serving different specials every day. There is a variety of fruit sodas, ice teas and juices to choose from. Breakfast is included, and I mention this with a reason: there is a Sri Lankan traditional breakfast to preorder (very good), but you should absolutely not miss the coddled eggs with spinach. Served in tiny glasses, they are heavenly.
If we return to Galle, this will be where we hang our hats. Would always recommend it to friends.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Additional Information about Fortaleza

Address: No. 9 Church Cross Street | Galle Fort, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 26 Hotels in Galle
Price Range: £95 - £218 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Fortaleza 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fortaleza boutique hotel is located within the heart of Galle Fort, As its coral walls attest was once a 17th century Dutch spice warehouse. Now five comfortable air-conditioned bedrooms decked with hand made furniture and flowers exude their own personality. Set behind this beautiful building lies our shady courtyard restaurant and bar, perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner or just a great meeting point to chill out with friends. ... more   less 
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