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Galle Fort Hotel
Ranked #19 of 60 Hotels in Galle
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4 reviews
“Beyond Expectatios”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed at the Galle Fort Hotel this past weekend. It was a one of the best boutique hotels we had the pleasure to experience. Everything from the loft suite to the staff and the GM were top notch. The food, the best we had in Sri Lanka! Location....can't beat. We can't wait to return some day.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

From the moment you arrive to this hotel you feel special and like you have travelled back in time. You enter beauty and you get to surround yourself with this beauty during your whole stay. We stayed two nights and had an absolutely amazing stay. The hotel is just stunning and also very relaxing.
The room we had was beautiful; the house that the room was in was beautiful. The staff was really friendly and helpful. From the time we check into the hotel till we check out they always tried to make our stay as comfortable as possible, and made us feel at home. The food was really good as well and eating at such incredible setting made it taste even better.
We highly recommend this place. We definitely wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

This is the hotel to splash out on. It is elegant, friendly, personal but unobtrusive. The rooms are beautifully appointed and it's very convenient for browsing Galle town. The manager, Oliver, is charming and solicitous, keen to help and rightly proud of his hotel. There's a lovely pool and courtyard where you feel you can leave your cares behind. After a busy hot and humid week up country this was a real haven for us. There was a limited range of food when we stayed, which surprising, but what we had was very good - and there are several restaurants nearby if that's your preference.

Room Tip: There is only a small number of rooms and I think any one would be just fine.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

My family and I spent 5 days staying in this unique hotel. We were accommodated in the Mews Suite with its quirky but fun courtyard shower complementing the usual en suite facilities. There are so many good things about this place. The architecture is beautiful and the staff are exceptional. The waiters and room staff are well trained, friendly and were always welcoming. Oliver the general manager is efficient, on the ball and also an incredibly good host. He was really helpful on what to do and see and where to eat. He also runs a wonderful hotel. Thank you!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

Our stay in Galle Fort Hotel (and Galle in general) was one of the highlights of our trip. This beautiful colonial hotel only has 12 or so rooms. Tastefully decorated and all overlooking the pool and courtyard. The location and atmosphere are truly special and we spent two glorious nights here enjoying the town, the people and the food.
The rooms are spacious (we stayed in a loft suite) with modern amenities. The pool and surrounds are well maintained and one can lounge around the court yard all day sipping drinks and nibbling food.
The cocktails are well made (the hotel uses highly filtered water for making drinks and washing food) and the food (we had breakfasts and dinner) was very good. The staff were warm and helpful.
If you are going to Sri Lanka and passing through Galle, you cannot go wrong in spending at least one night here.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

Just returned from 2nd trip this year to Sri Lanka. This time "The Best of Boutiques" - 2 nights each in Galle Fort, Apa Villa and Kahanda Kanda. Galle Fort is the ideal location to explore the spectacular fort and the city beyond the walls with its bustling streets and markets (an easy walk). Once inside the hotel, all is an oasis of calm and style. Fabulous staff, amazing food and the ideal place to escape the bustle and relax. We arrived at around 7am and a fabulous room with courtyard shower was supplied for rest and shower etc before moving to our room in the afternoon. Highly recommended. Would definitely go again. Thanks to the whole team for making this a very special stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Avoca Beach, Australia
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

Loved this Hotel ,they have done a great job in restoring this property . Loved the location and finally being able to get out walk around without to much traffic around .
The staff were fantastic .The place was very peaceful .Food and beverage was very good .
My partner felt a bit exposed as there was no real wall once you stepped out of the shower as long as the windows to the room are closed its fine . Bit of a film on the pool from over hanging trees and could possibly do with more frequent skimming if not used much .
Oliver the manager is fantastic and great to chat to ,I'd stay here again .

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Galle Fort Hotel

Property: Galle Fort Hotel
Address: 28 Church Street, Galle, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 60 Hotels in Galle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Galle Fort Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Winner of the 2007 Unesco Award of Distinction for heritage conservation. A charming, friendly, award-winning and affordable heritage boutique hotel in the heart of the Galle Fort world heritage site and a perfect base for the best beaches, tea plantations, temples, rain forests and cultural attractions in southern Sri Lanka. Famous for its Asian fusion food made from fresh local seafood and market produce. ... more   less 
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