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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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