- Central location in Galle Fort
- Plenty of good facilities
- Recently renovated with a stylish feel
Situated right in the very heart of Galle Fort is The Fort Bazaar, a 17th century former merchant’s townhouse that’s been lovingly maintained over the years and now functions as a boutique hotel. It recently underwent a nine-year renovation to bring its facilities up to contemporary standards, so even though it’s quite a historic property, guests staying here won’t be without their modern conveniences. Though the hotel’s outward appearance certainly does fit in with the rest of Galle Fort’s historical properties, on the inside it’s decidedly chic and stylish, with a pleasant atmosphere throughout. This hotel is part of the Teardrop chain, a collection of five hotels scattered throughout Sri Lanka.
There are 18 air-conditioned bedrooms in total, and four classes of accommodation altogether. Each of the Banyan Bedrooms has its own private terrace or verandah, while the slightly smaller Bazaar Bedrooms overlook the hotel’s central courtyard. The Upper Suite offers views of the fort and has its own private balcony with views of the streets. All classes of accommodation come with plenty of amenities, such as bathrobes, tea and coffee making facilities, a satellite TV with DVD player, a minibar and a range of complimentary toiletries.
Guests staying here are very well placed for exploring Galle Fort, with its many cultural and historical sites, shops, bars and restaurants just steps away from the hotel. Galle Fort is known for being one of the finest examples of a European-style fortified city in all of Asia. It’s home to a wealth of important and interesting sites, with many museums, churches, monuments, temples and the like within walking distance.
Even though there’s plenty to experience in Galle Fort itself, The Fort Bazaar has plenty of on-site facilities of its own. The Church Street Social is the hotel’s air conditioned restaurant and is open to the public, as well as hotel guests. Those staying at the hotel who want a bit more privacy can choose to dine in the courtyard or by the pool. The property also has a small spa offering a number of relaxing treatments, as well as a cinema with enough room to hold 10 people.
The hotel welcomes children of all ages and offers a babysitting service which is available upon request. For family accommodation, two of the Bazaar Double Bedrooms interconnect with Bazaar Twin Bedrooms - these sleep four and open out onto the central courtyard. Alternatively, families of four can occupy two slightly smaller Banyan Double Bedrooms which interconnect with Banyan Twin Bedrooms and open onto a balcony/veranda. Last but not least, there’s the split-level Upper Family Suite which is the most spacious option and comes with enhanced facilities. This suite sleeps up to five and has a beautifully-proportioned room on the lower floor with a king-sized four-posted bed and open plan lounge, and on the upper mezzanine there are two single beds. The suite has a large bathroom with rain-shower and bathtub, and a terrace with views of Galle Fort. Do get in touch since we can advise families on the best rooms based on particular requirements.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019