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Galle Fort Hotel
Ranked #7 of 23 Hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 February 2014

Of all the hotels we stayed in on our tour of Sri Lanka, this was the least impressive. The hotel appeared dirty, with sticky tables and chairs and dusty old furniture. It had a certain charm, being in the Dutch style and the pool/courtyard area was attractive. The breakfast however was very disappointing and the service slow, even by Sri Lankan standards!! We had one evening meal which was average and over-priced for what we got. We had a lovely meal the next night at the Fort Printers.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

The Galle Fort Hotel is one of the oldest and most well known hotelsl in the fortress town of Galle and we were booked in for 3 nights. Sadly it did not live up to our expectations. We found the the bar and sitting area dark and gloomy and desperately in need of some inspired interior decorator to come and give it a makeover. The interior courtyard with its little pool was quite pretty with decorative pots of bright flowers but as we had a ground floor room at pool level, our door opened straight out onto the pool and you had to to circumnavigate around all the guests lying on beds so their was very little privacy. We would have liked a room on the top level but they were all taken so we had to make do with this dark and uninspiring room at ground level. The bathroom area was ok with good shower and closing doors between the bedroom but the whole feel of the room was a bit oppressive and in need of some renovation.

We had dinner outside on the area overlooking the pool and although there was very little choice, virtually a set menu, we thought it very good, and a delicious espresso panacotta! The boys serving were friendly and helpful and all trying their best! The breakfasts were fine with lovely fresh fruit and selection of English or Sri Lankan breakfast - I wish I'd tried an 'egg hopper' but am never that hungry for cooked stuff!

I think the Galle Fort will have 'to pull its socks up' as the Amangalle 100 yds up the road is quite stunning and yet still maintaining that old Colonial feel.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

We did not stay at the Galle Fort Hotel but went there to have a quick lunch. It was a good choice because we got to sit on the verandah of an old colonial bungalow, overlooking a beautiful, well kept garden and swimming pool. The service was quiet and friendly and the food we ordered was good. They accommodated a request for a vegetarian option on one item on the menu, even checking if cheese was acceptable !
I'm glad we went there. We could cool off from the intense heat and sun outside but not in a sterile air-conditioned place.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

If you ever go to Galle this is a place you must try and stay at if you can get in. This hotel has only 12 bedrooms for clients. It is in Church Street and from the outside does not look up to much but inside it is a totally different story. We stayed in a Garden room complete with 4 poster bed. Step outside your room straight into a lovely pool surrounde by beautiful shrubs and trees. This hotel only does B & B but you can still dine there in the evenings. It is worth having an evening meal here as the food was excellent. The hotel is an oasis in the midst of the bedlam which is Galle

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

This is an ideal place from which to explore the nooks and crannies of Galle Fort. Based in old warehouses Romans face onto a good sized outside swimming pool and there are verandah s for some of the rooms/suites. The rooms vary and the ones on the swimming pool level have large windows complete with window shutters. Furniture is antique and mat require some careful handling. WiFi works.

The staff is superb. One of the managers was very kind to us. Breakfasts were excellent with coconut pancakes a highlight. Fruit and juice were available. The bar is on the front and there is the option to people watch outside or lurk inside. It is best to dine out not because of the food quality but rather to take advantage of the great restaurants.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

GFH has been restored in keeping with tradition, it is old style colonial. They have a photograph album of the renovation. staff are very friendly. the loft suites would not be suitable for any one who has difficulty with stairs, as the bedroom is on a mezzanine, but still lovely all the same.
the grand apartment 1/2 is fabulous with a shared sitting room, and is the whole of the upstairs of the oldest part of the building. Lunch time they did jumbo prawns which were excellent. At night sit in the veranda and watch the world pass by down church street. We had a meal in the Amangalla
just up the road, but still thought GFH had more character.

Room Tip: We had grand apartment 1 and it was excellent. Large bedroom and bathroom, outside seating on the ve...
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

Three nights in the Library suite. Very much enjoyed our stay. This historic property is ideally located within the city of Galle, down one of the wider streets. Having walked Galle in detail, I can’t think of a better location in the fort. Very pleasant room, spacious and light, particularly enjoyed the seating area. Staff very pleasant and made us feel very welcome, the front verandah bar a good place to relax with a beer or two. We did not eat main meals here, but breakfast was adequate and well cooked if service a little tardy.

The pool itself is very good, good size and depth, by nature of a small property there are limited beds around the pool although this was not a problem whilst we were in residence and the hotel was full. Nothing really to find fault with, an really enjoyable stay. As a tiny point, like all boutique properties of this type the antique room furniture is charming and adds a lot of character, but it must be in good order, a days work for a carpenter to make sure the wardrobe doors are closing properly, perhaps fix the in-room safe to something etc would not go amiss. I I cannot imagine I would look elsewhere when I return to Galle.

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Address: 28 Church Street, Galle, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 23 Hotels in Galle
Price Range: £126 - £320 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Galle Fort Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 13
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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