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Ocean View Guest House
Ranked #93 of 153 Galle B&B and Inns
Reviewed 15 April 2012

We booked this place because it was the only place we could find inside the actual fort and the minimum booking was for 5 nights which in hindsight was a bit long for us, 3 days would have been plenty to explore the old town - which is absolutely gorgeous and full of fabulous shops! But the most disappointing part was the extortionate price US$160 a night!! When we arrived & were shown around, I thought it worth no more than $50/night. On top of that, the air con was ineffective so we sweltered thru all 5 nights (& being from Australia we are no strangers to hot weather!) and the bathroom tho clean was dark & dingy. The toilet ran too unless you fiddled with the button. The staff and owners were very welcoming (but very keen to sell you some jewellery from their shop!) & happy to provide mozzie spray & coils when I was eaten alive at night, & the roof-top tortoise a gorgeous & interesting addition to the lovely garden. Breakfast was also good.

Stayed: April 2012
2  Thank Rachel B
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

Really great location with views over the ocean as the name would suggest. The family are really nice! Unfortunately the room looks like it hasn't been cleaned in a while. There are ants everywhere and the bathroom is quite grotty. The toilet is loose so wobbles when sat on. The bed is really comfy and has a mosquito net and it has good aircon and fan. With a bit of a clean a fixing some things it really would be a great place to stay. Or if it were a LOT cheaper! Its about 3000 ruppees (possibly with tax on top) a night which is expensive but most places were booked up when we looked for somewhere to stay so we ended up here. Sadly I wouldn't really recommend it which is a shame because the owners really are nice.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jess S
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

We really appreciate this guesthouse in Galle: ideally located to visit the old fort, very nice hosts, very clean place with A/C and mosquito curtain.
We opt for the room without view but it was perfect: calm, clean and very comfy.
There is a lovely roof terrace where you have breakfast with ocean view.
We would strongly recommend this place

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

We stayed 3 nights in this guesthouse. The room is clean and the bed is good. The staff is friendly and helpful. The breakfast on the terrace was very good.
Sitting on the terracce we had a perfect view over the ocean and the sunsets were amazing.
It' a perfect place for a couple of days, exploring the old city of Galle.
And just above all, this place is feeling very well !!!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank hermanedam
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Reviewed 5 December 2011

Have seldom seen such a view of the ocean from the dining table. The Sunset in the west coast of Galle where the property is located is simple breathtaking. Hues of pink and amber will sketch the sky in a typical never seen before composure. The open rooftop has a splendid view of the ocean and a walking path on the fort perimeter. You can spend hours in the morning and evening and sink into the culture and environment of this Portuguese colony. The host Mrs. Yasreen is quite friendly and warm and to talk to her about the Tsunami which hit Sri Lanka and the way they were saved was an experience in itself. She will do all it takes to help you for that extra bit. When I wanted to surprise my sister for her birthday which happened to fall on the next day after we checked in, she sent her son and a relative with me and blocked a cake at a shop which was just about to close. The very next day, she gave a lovely earring set to my sister as a birthday present. She also invited us to see some of the items in the gems and jewellery showroom which her husband was handling. Quite warm and hospitable, the host and the staff would do everything possible to make your stay comfortable and relaxing.

Room Tip: On the first floor which has a private balcony to see the sea.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank Andybhai
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Reviewed 22 October 2011

After enduring the night from hell at another place, we came across The Ocean View House.As it was a quiet time in Galle we were offered the 2 front double rooms with aircon & hot water for $35.00 each, alternatively we could have paid $45.00 for a twin room but that had no view.The rooms were very clean, aircon worked a treat, paid additional for breakfast, but you paid for what you ate, we tried breakfast on 2 mornings, [having left our previous accom under very unpleasant terms], both mornings we enjoyed the food & the view on the patio overlooking the water. The lady that runs the place is more than pleasant, the owner is extremely lucky to have her as manager.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank foreverdreamin
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

We stayed here initially for 2 nights and the stay was pleasant. Albeit the room was small, it made for a comfortable stay. There's a rooftop terrace which offers extraordinary views. The family who owned it were very sweet and even reserved a room for us (without payment) during their busiest period - Galle Lit Fest.
We paid far less than $45 and got what we expected - a modest stay.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with friends
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2  Thank NellBelle740
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Address: 80 Light House Street | Fort, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
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Ranked #93 of 153 B&Bs / Inns in Galle
Price Range: £56 - £64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ocean View is a Guest House located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort. It has clean and comfortable A/c or Non A.c rooms with luxury attached ensuites with running hot/cold water. Some rooms have Sea Views. Spacious Balcony and Roof Garden for Relaxation. Halal food and no Alcohol. Wifi wireless Internet Connection for our guests ... more   less 
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