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Galle Fort Hotel
Ranked #6 of 24 Hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Arranged for hotel pick up from the Airport driver good and safe.
He can also take you to areas of interest but you must go through the hotel when booking him.
Hotel very clean ,done by the boys mid morning each day.
Food at breakfast was good but could get alittle same same if you were staying for a while,but all was made to order and brought to your table...make sure you ask if not listed on the menu.
The evening dinner is a set type which changes each day ...you do not have a chioce for example if your partner did not like it ..tough!
We had a loft siute which had a large down stairs with toilet ,shower ,sitting area and dinning table.the top floor held the four poster bed.
Note the stairs were very noisy and if you had to get in the night for nature visit you would wake your partner up..
Our big hate about this hotel was no fridge or tea/ coffee making facilities for the price you pay you would expect these basic requirments.
The staff ...... lots of them, were all very freindly and helpfull
We found the fort busy during the day and very quite in the evening.
Do not listern to the reports on trip advisor on where to eat just enjoy whereever your evening takes you .. We did try number one and two and both were average the being Fort was possibly the best for us but beware of the ++(service charge & VAT)that puts 24% on to your bills!!!!

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

A small boutique hotel situated in Galle fort, a Unesco World Heritage site. We stayed in a Garden Room which was simply but tastefully furnished. No television but this is a good thing. Breakfast was variable in quality; what was excellent one day could be slightly lacking the next. I was disappointed that Hoppers weren't on the menu. Evening meals were superb. There is a set menu. My husband doesn't eat fish and they were able to accommodate him with an alternative choice (chicken or tofu). Staff were very willing to please. The only minus was the place was seething with mosquitos. We even got bitten at breakfast. They do supply a mosquito plug-in in the room and mosquito nets around the bed. It would be a good idea to supply citronella coils if you want to sit outside your room. However this is a lovely place to stay and so much better than one of the larger hotel chains.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

Stayed two nights to enable us to be in Galle when all the tourist buses departed. Ideally located and actually mainly very quiet. Nice terrace bar and small restaurant area above pool.

Menu limited but the best food we had in Sri Lanka, with Asian fusion menus. Fair wine list too. Breakfast excellent.

Had a garden room, which was a bit on view unless you closed the shutters all the time and had rather worn and basic fittings. Upstairs rooms probably a better bet.

General manager very hands-on (though we did notice outside tourists being allowed into the pool area without supervision when he was not around). Recommended.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

The best hotel is Galle is undoubtedly the Galle Fort Hotel, which serves a mean club sandwich and Hendrick’s and tonic, and the ground floor rooms open directly onto the tranquil, verging on sub-tropical, gardens and swimming pool

Room Tip: Garden room 3 is the one
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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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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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 #6 of 24 Hotels in Galle
Price Range: £126 - £344 (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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