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Galle Fort Hotel

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Stunning boutique hotel with 12 rooms
- Central Galle location - UNESCO heritage site
- Swimming Pool

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Overview

Originally an eighteenth century Dutch mansion and warehouse, Galle Fort Hotel was carefully restored in 2003. Located in the heart of thriving Galle Fort, a UNESCO world heritage site of huge historical importance on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, this beautiful boutique hotel comprises 12 air conditioned rooms and suites with a traditional feel and some luxurious contemporary touches. Meals are served in the grand dining room, in the bar or on the terrace and there’s a pretty central courtyard with a 10 metre swimming pool with massage treatments available on site. Built by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century and then fortified by the Dutch in the 1700s, there’s a wealth of historical sites to visit in vibrant Galle Fort, along with convenient access to other cultural, beach and wildlife destinations nearby.

All 12 rooms and suites have king-sized beds with canopied mosquito netting, ceiling fans, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi. Rooms range from the three Garden Rooms which are suitable for two people with French doors opening out onto a small private garden with pretty wall fountains, to a series of luxurious suites, the most opulent of which is the majestic Grand Apartment which houses two spacious king-sized bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and its own private salon-cum-dining room. Note that mosquitoes and other insects may be present, so it’s worth packing some repellent.

Places worth visiting nearby include the fisherman’s market and the Maritime Museum. It’s well worth taking a stroll around Galle’s walls and fortifications and a peek at the beautiful coral reefs from the beach. Galle Fort is a great base for exploring other beaches such as Thalpe, Habarduwa and Dalawella which are a little quieter and more relaxed than popular Unawatuna. About an hour away, there’s a beautiful stretch of clear water and a lake at Koggala, perfect for long strolls or gentle boat trips. For anyone seeking out wildlife, the Kottawa Rainforest, a little further to Galle’s North East, is home to many species of birds and butterflies, the Purple-faced Leaf Monkey, Toque Monkey and Giant Squirrels.

Children are welcome at Galle Fort, with a choice of suites suitable for families. Children will doubtless enjoy spending time in the pool, playing at the beach, or spotting animals in the rainforest. Parents are reminded that the pool is unfenced and unguarded, and some suites are on two floors, so children must remain under adult supervision at all times.

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Suggested Itineraries for Galle Fort Hotel

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Perfectly balanced relaxing and indulgent 2 week holiday in Sri Lanka with a focus on the wildlife, Tea County and the Coast and plenty of time for fun and relaxation by the pool and beach.

Tailor-made Classic 13 days

Families from $2,913 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,053 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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.

    MissingPippa 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.

    MissingNatasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019

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