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“only had time for dinner but we fell in love with this place”
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The Sun House
Ranked #15 of 25 Hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 March 2014

My wife and I drove down to Galle for the day last Thursday and, after spending the afternoon in Galle Fort, we headed up to the Sun House for dinner. The staff (and owner) could not have been more welcoming, the House itself is charming (we were also shown around the Dutch House next door, which is stunning) and the kind of place you just want to kick off your shoes and relax with a good book. Dinner was first class (both food and service) and the Lion Beer was served at the most perfect temperature. We're definitely going back and will stay over next time!

Room Tip: The Cinnamon Room is fantastic, and we also like the corner room, which had an outside bathroom
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 February 2014 via mobile

I highly recommend this property. Nicely decorated rooms with friendly and helpful staff. The property is 10 min walk from Galle Fort and we enjoyed the peaceful surroundings. Had dinner there and it was just great food. I loved the open shower that i had on the deluxe room. This property has character and is a true boutique property. Yes it is over priced but wanted to treat my girlfriend for valentine and our end of trip and at the end money well spent. Breakfast was great also. So yes staff are not trained like typical five star chain hotel but why do we care when they are that friendly. You cone here for the boutique experience not for a chain experience and this is what i liked being used to chain hotels myself working in the hotel industry i wish service was more that way!!!

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

Having a travel itch that needed scratching, I set off for Sri Lanka and Galle for a long weekend over the Chinese New Year period. I picked The Sun House per a recommendation from a friend who has lived and traveled extensively in Sri Lanka.

Galle is one of those up and coming places that wound up on a couple of travel hot lists over the past few years that seems to have weathered the sands of time and the massive influx of tourists that can come and overwhelm a place (slightly more than a million tourists visit Sri Lanka annually from my understanding; a small number for a large and diverse country like Sri Lanka). That’s one of the positive things that Galle has going for it: it’s quite balanced in that it doesn’t have throngs of tourists yet still has an “off the beaten path” feel to it with adequate tourist infrastructure at the same time. It’s a charming place in all honesty. You don’t have massive chain hotel resorts (sans a handful in the area), so boutique B&B type of places or renting a villa is the way to go.

The Sun House –and its sister property the Dutch House- sit up on a hill a short 3 or 4 minute tuk tuk ride from Galle Fort. Due to its location, it is possible to get a good view of parts of Galle from the side gardens of the Sun House given its vantage point.

Upon arrival, checking in was super quick and efficient (pretty much “here’s your room key” and off you go). I was given the parrot fish room which was on the first floor, with the main door off the main courtyard. As I booked the place sort of last minute, this was all they had available due to a wedding that was being held at the Dutch House next door. The room was nicely done up in a colonial style and very clean. Bathroom was large and spacious as well, with a modern/colonial vibe going on.

Cleanliness was not a problem as I found the room very clean and also well appointed for the setting. Since I got the last room, I was stuck with two twin beds which didn’t bother me and I surprisingly got a good night’s sleep both nights I was there. Mosquito nets are provided and I HIGHLY recommend them when sleeping. One of the drawbacks about The Sun House and the property is that it can get buggy; insect repellent and/or long sleeve clothing is recommended out of your room. An electronic mosquito repelling machine is also provided in the room which I suggest running. I fortunately didn’t have too much problem with mozzie’s in the room; but I found them coming in through a vent in the bathroom so I kept the door to the toilet shut as much as possible. Also sitting at the restaurant was another area that I found to be buggy (see my other review on the restaurant and the good food this place has).

The grounds of the property are quite lovely: they whisk you back to an era in Galle’s history that’s rich in stories and architecture. You can easily pass the time relaxing by the pool (a small plunge pool really) or sitting in the library reading a classic book.

The service at the Sun House is great; they know you by name pretty quickly and can arrange anything for you and are quite pleasant. I had no agenda whatsoever when I got to Galle and planned all my journeys to the coast, tea plantation and whale watching from the front desk. They have a guide book with recommendations on food, shopping and tours that are placed within the room that helps for quick and efficient planning. And for airport transfers, easiest thing to do is to book it through the Sun House – it’s roughly the same price if you tried to book it on your own and they take all the hassle out of setting it up. I actually had the same driver for the entire time I was there (tours, airport transfers, etc.) and he was fantastic.

There are a few drawbacks about the place besides the bugs and mosquitoes. It can get quite loud in the evenings depending on the room you have: I was near the kitchen and could hear them at night although I was so exhausted it didn’t bother me. There also wasn’t a real “safe box” in room; there was a cabinet door with a key that locked but I didn’t feel that was safe to leave my passport or ipad in. There is a safety deposit box in the front office as an alternative from my understanding.

If you are looking for something boutique in Galle, then look no further than The Sun House. Just bring some mozzie repellent!

Room Tip: Try to get a room on the second floor of the house.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

We just enjoyed four nights at the Sun House, just minutes up the hill from the town of Galle. Accommodation lovely, colonial bungalow with charming surrounds, calm and very well run by the most accommodating staff. We ate three breakfasts, a lunch and a two dinners, all excellent. Attended a wedding reception at sister guesthouse The Dutch House just across the road, what a privilege to attend such a beautifully organised and superb wedding, staff from both guest houses combined to create a magical occasion,memorable! We would highly recommend The Sun House and the beautiful Dutch House.

Stayed: February 2014
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Reviewed 31 January 2014 via mobile

Last hotel on our independent trip around Sri Lanka and the room and hotel were stunning! Only disappointment was the choice for vegetarian at dinner (don't think there was one on the menu). When I asked I was told they would do something special and ended up with was basically the lunch option I'd not wanted with some vegetables that were served with my partners dish. They big up the restaurant as being one of the best so this was a bit of a let down.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

From the moment we walked through the door, we were spellbound. A magical aura of peace. Total enchantment in a world frozen in time. Our room was wonderful. The food…amazing. The staff was very helpful and friendly. Sun House gets the highest marks of our two week Sri Lanka trip for elegant presentation. It was a memorable stay.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

This was a real luxury however the staff were amazing. I asked for an early check in and was at the hotel for 8am, this was no problem. I wanted a late check out and left at 4pm, again this was not a problem. The hotel was secluded, quiet and very relaxing.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Additional Information about The Sun House

Address: 18 Upper Dickson Rd, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Galle
#11 Luxury Hotel in Galle
Price Range: £145 - £230 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Sun House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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