I have heard so much about this hotel from my parents, and apparently I have been there when I was very small. so I decided to visit and spend the weekend. This is an old ‘’seriously in need of repair’’ colonial style hotel. And that’s about it.
The dining area. What waste of good space. Right in the middle of the dining room there is a ugly, filthy fish tank. Which haven’t been cleaned in years. there. there is also a other coral encrusted THINGS in the dining room. There are insects all over the place. The paint is peeling off and in some places there is green mould on the walls. I know it’s an old building but mould on walls in the dining room is a real turn off.
The food is overpriced with small portions. For a hotel in based in Galle the menu had very few sea food varieties . We went to the Galle fort to have lunch, for the same amount of money we had a really filling meal.
The infinity pool, is beautifully designed and overlooks the sea, but when we are there the pool was so dirty, the water was murky and smelling.
I will not recommend this hotel for couples or family’s. if you are just looking for a place to crash, them this is the place.
I will NOT be staying at this place again.
- 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