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“Fabulous stay, beautiful hotel, great location”
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Fortaleza
Ranked #10 of 25 Hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 March 2014

Fortaleza is a real gem! A beautifully restored small hotel in the heart of Galle Fort. Period, colonial features and fixtures, excellent food and lovely, helpful staff. Highly recommended, possibly the best bed we slept in during our 6 week stay in Sri Lanka.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

We stayed in the library room which spacious and well finished. The bed was huge and small touches added by the hotel really added to the stay. Ideally situated for exploring Galle,with nice food in the restaurant attached to the hotel, this is an excellent choice for a relaxing stay in Galle.

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Reviewed 5 March 2014

We only stayed here one night but were really lucky to get upgraded to the Master bedroom which was fabulous. The furnishings and artefacts were amazing and our room was really spacious - which made a great change from other boutique hotels we stayed in. There is a lovely porthole window in the bedroom which gives a view over the rooftops which is a nice touch. The breakfast was super (one of the nicest we had) and we also ate there in the evening (a table BBQ) which was also very good. In fact, we were so pleased we stayed here because a lot of the hotels and restaurants in Galle Fort are an alcohol free zone but at the Fortaleza you can still get your all important sundowner beer, or favourite tipple.

Room Tip: I think upstairs rooms are better and probably worth the extra money. However, they can only be reac...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

We were lucky enough to spend 2 nights here. We stayed in the Master bedroom which is absolutely gorgeous and romantic with a four poster bed. It was clean and obviously well maintained. Great air-con unit and mozzie net provided. The room had lovely touches such as books and artefacts to look at. Great shower.
We had breakfast and dinner down in the equally beautiful courtyard. Great menu, not typically Sri Lankan.
If you like cats, you'll love Garfield (or Trevor, or Atullah) the resident puss.
When out and about be sure to visit Amangalla for afternoon tea in a colonial setting.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

We booked to stay in room 3, the smallest room at Fortaleza, expecting a tiny boutique room after having read online reviews.

After a relaxed and welcoming check in, we opened the door to find a beautiful, stylish room. The one off furniture and four poster bed added to the luxurious feel, with nice touches such as fresh flowers and quirky books. The bathroom was modern and clean with a great rain shower. The room was spotless and well maintained.

Breakfast was fantastic with a nice selection of fresh and perfectly cooked dishes- the muesli with curd was delicious!

We ate at Fortaleza both nights, enjoying mezze, salads, homemade burgers and good wine. The menu is small but there is a specials board that is updated daily. Service was relaxed but attentive.

Overall a great place to stay in the Fort and we would defiantly stay here again.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

We stayed two nights at Fortaleza. The location is great, but if you are to reside within Galle Fort, there really isn't a bad location. Fortaleza is lovely, tasteful, and just a tiny bit impersonal. The rooms are clean and well-kept with a lovely bathroom. We enjoyed the breakfast in the courtyard each morning and the best coffee on our travels through Sri Lanka. We had dinner in the restaurant one evening and while we found the food very good, it wasn't really worth the price. Still, it was a very comfortable stay.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

With only 4 rooms this was our smallest 'hotel' on this trip. We were in the 'library' room and it was lovely - complete with a 4 poster bed and 'antique' furniture. Galle was so different from the other places we visited - an old fort town the centre is protected and 'undeveloped', the sea views are magnificent.
'Our' sundown was extraordinary - it started off seemingly disappointing but the number of people with cameras on tripods suggested there might be better to come - and after sundown the clouds in the sky turned bright bright pink amidst what was still very blue sky all around them! Amazing.
Food and drink in the bar/courtyard was excellent and good value (we had their speciality chicken burger as a change from all the excellent curries we had enjoyed all week).
Galle is very touristy but really pleasant for all that. There must have been a high profile trial at the courthouse because the square outside was packed with Sri Lankans trying to hear and glimpse proceedings.
(I dropped a 'large' Rupee note out of my pocket and someone came running up to me to say I had dropped it - a first for me in any country!).
Our last night in Sri Lanka before our R&R and we really enjoyed our trip from West to North to South - we had enjoyed excellent service from very friendly people, much of it thanks to our driver Sian from SL Driver Tours who looked after us very well in our (always) clean Toyota.

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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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 25 Hotels in Galle
Price Range: £87 - £244 (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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