Stayed 2 days and 1 night at Closenberg.
This is a very good location, breath taking views of sea and surrounding areas. Situated at an elevated location on the tip of the Galle bay.
Very old colonial building with a story written in every corner and furniture. Very calm and quite place for a long stay.
Rooms were clean and tidy. No television or phones in the room. Thats good in a way because it gives you a true opportunity to get away from the busy life and have a true relaxing holiday.
The garden is small and really interesting but not maintained properly. A proper maintainable to the garden will bring a totally new value to the property. There are large fish tanks.., which were broken. Need removal or repairs.
Local food was very ordinary but European guests who were there seems enjoying the food.
If some one looking for a really relaxing stay for reading, writing or get a way from a busy life yet stay close to a happening town.., this is an ideal place.
There are enough places to visit around the area including Hikkaduwa Coral gardens, Bonavista coral reef, Koggala beach, Unavatuna beach ( one of the most beautiful beaches in the world as Dr. Arthur C Clerk mentions) etc.
You can find places for scuba diving, swimming, surfing, boat rides etc in less than 1/2 hour drive.
A place to try at least once.
- 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