The good - Clean room, clean toilet, friendly service, lovely view with a private balcony, impeccable location, decent food.
This is a fairly good hotel to make your home if your going to be spending a lot of time walking or hiking around Galle. It's not top of the line, but if it's a nice place to lay your head in the night and a breathtaking view to wake up to, is what you are looking for then, it's definitely a good choice. The rooms are old, but clean and comfortable with clean linen.
The bad - limited service - the phone is answered about 50% of the time, the staff can be a little bit more professional and the food is limited (though whats available was of good quality). Old building which is sometimes in want of a coat of paint, old furniture which wasn't that great on the eyes as you entered the hotel and a few stains on the bathtub. The restaurant area could use a redesign, the coral on coral with a coral background is a little hard on the eyes...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Closenberg was built by Captain Bayley in 1860 on top of a peninsula overlooking Galle harbor and the Indian Ocean. Since 1889 it belongs to the Perera Abeyewardene family and is today preserved as a heritage hotel. Large spacious halls, long verandas adorned with antique furniture and terraced gardens are in keeping with Dutch architecture. High ceilings resting on tall round columns and large louvered Teak doors set in arched doorways permit the flow of cool air. Alongside an experience of Sri Lanka's rich colonial past, we offer our guest a welcoming atmosphere, fine dining and an unparalleled view. Closenberg Hotel unique features are: The best location at the middle of Galle Harbor, Uninterrupted seaview from all our rooms, Direct access to beautiful sandy beach ideal and safe for surfing and swimming in all seasons, The unique and timeless elegance of an old Sri Lankan Heritage Hotel often copied but so hard to achieve, A sophisticated blend of service, tradition and cultural experiences Luna Terrace Bar Lounge is the funky trendy place to go and be seen in Galle. Great selection of cocktails, top brand spirits, tapas and fine cafe food. The new infinity pool overlooking the surf of Magalle Bay is a "must have experienced". Closenberg is the ideal gateway for enjoying the beauty of Southern Sri Lanka! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Closenberg Hotel Galle