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41 Lighthouse Street

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- Historic property, modern interiors
- Small, stylish boutique hotel
- Cinema room, swimming pool
- Central Galle location

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Nestled in the very heart of Galle Fort is 41 Lighthouse Street, a charming and well-preserved period property dating back to the mid-19th century. The current owner, an interior designer, undertook an extensive three-year renovation project and repurposed the building as a fabulous boutique hotel. The hotel’s exterior fits right in with the many historic buildings that characterise the area, though on the inside it’s decidedly stylish and contemporary in appearance. In recent years, Galle Fort has become a significantly busier tourist destination but despite this, 41 Lighthouse Street remains a secluded and quiet property.

There are just three suites, each accommodating two people. Two suites are upstairs, while one is on the ground floor. The two upstairs suites each have their own private balcony with views of the gardens and pool, while the downstairs room has a private terrace area. All rooms are spacious, handsomely furnished, bright and airy, and come with air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. Mosquito nets are also provided.

The four communal rooms include a dining room with a bar, a living room, a billiards room and a library complete with a study area. Breakfast is included, though for other meals, the cost of purchasing the ingredients from the local market is passed on to guests. Chefs prepare all sorts of meals for guests, showcasing the very best of the country’s rich cuisine, while also offering a range of international dishes. On-site facilities include the swimming pool, which is the largest privately-owned pool in the Galle Fort area, and a cinema room with a PS4.

Those staying here are extremely well placed for exploring Galle Fort, the original fortified town that was established in the 16th century by Portuguese colonists. It’s remarkably well preserved for a place so historic, with a high number of its colonial-era buildings retaining many of their original features and architecture. The town is a UNESCO world heritage site and exudes old world charm with many winding streets to explore, along with plenty of shops, religious and cultural sites, cafes and restaurants.

Though the hotel may be better suited to adults, children are more than welcome. Extra single beds can be brought into the Master Bedroom on request, and large cots and high chairs are available to hire.

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  • Dear Lisa
    Well, we are back and still buzzing. We have had a marvellous time. The weather helped. We left Manchester in the snow and arrived in Marrakesh at 30 degrees. We were well looked after in the Riad. I'm glad we booked a meal for the first evening - ate it on the roof terrace. We can recommend that. It was delicious. We ate at the Foundouk, as per your recommendation and on the following night we ate at Le Jardin - got lost on the way to it!. We can really recommend Le Jardin.
    The following day we went to Majorelle gardens. Fortunately we had looked it up before we travelled because you have to book in advance online only from Jan 2023. We found our own way to the Medera Ben Yousef and Latifa took us to Bahia Palace - both were stunning.
    The following morning our lovely taxi driver Mohammond collected us to go to the EcoLodge. Yet another Mohammond made us very welcome. Again we ate well! You were right, the pool was freezing, but I can't sit next to water and not get in. Once you're in you forget how cold it is! I wasn't the only person to try the pool.
    Rashid, our guide for our walk collected us. He was brilliant. It was hard work, but worth it. I was determined I would make it. Kevin is fitter than me! The Berber family were lovely. We stopped when we were nearly there to see how rag rugs were made. When we got back Rashid and Mohammond confessed that Mohammond had said to Rashid that he should get us to a road if we got too tired and they would send a taxi (or a mule!) to collect us - or me, but Rashid was sure that I'd be OK. He was right. I think they wondered about these 2 70+ year olds. We can't praise Rashid enough. He had walked over from Imlil in the morning and was going to walk back after he left us.
    Thank you so much for putting our holiday together. We never thought it would be 3 years before we went. We are so glad we persevered. We did wonder what we had let ourselves in for as 2 oldies!
    Fiona and Kevin

    MissingFiona B reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 21 April 2023

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