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The Fortress

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Route A2, Matara Road, Koggala, Galle, Sri Lanka
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We could not have been happier with our 3 nights at The Fortress. We stayed in an Ocean Suite on the upper level in the widest bed I have ever seen. From our bed we could see the waves breaking on the shore. We also saw one of the most spectacular sunsets ever. The sight of the stilt fishermen catching... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
30 hotel reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We stayed at the fortress back in April - actually it was the day that there was a tsunami alert from the earthquake off of the coast of Indonesia! I can honestly say that going to this place, I had heard before from local friends and family that this hotel was going to be stunning - so I had a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We came to the fortress for a thirteen night stay with the purpose of getting married and let me just say from the moment you walk through the gates too the magnificent vista you are in for a real treat! So let's break the review up into sections too be fair. The hotel grounds They are simply stunning! Constantly being... More 

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London
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed at the Fortress for a week on our honeymoon and it was all booked through Virgin Holidays (NEVER again). The hotel is stunning and the setting is gorgeous but it stopped there for us. We were told by Virgin Holidays (as quoted in their ads) that we would be "treated like rock stars". This couldn't be further from... More 

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Vevey, Switzerland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Wonderful place, rooms on the top floor fantastic, food excellent! Little maintenance and a dress code for the restaurant would be nice as some guests seem to forget that they are not on the beach whilst eating.... Keep it up!

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london
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5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

My husband and 6 month old daughter stayed here for a week. I have to say , I have Never been made to feel so welcomed. This hotel is a real gem! When you arrive they ring the bell and open the gates... Check in is done in the room, they had already arranged a baby cot for my daughter... More 

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Ko Samui, Thailand
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13 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Very easy to see why its classed as Sri Lankas finest hotel. Maybe it requires a little maintenance but not enough to effect or spoil your vist. Be prepared for a long transfer from the airport but it is worth it. Beach boys can be a little bit intimidating but don't mean any harm and are actually quiet reasonable pricewise... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Very dissapointed with the Fortress, I found the restaurant expensive. We stayed for two weeks and the lunch menu continued to stay the same. Each monring we were woken up by the birds that made such a lot of noise first thing in the morning. Many guests would clap to try and get rid of them but this did not... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

My husband and myself stayed at the fortress on our 5th Wedding Anniversary.. it was pure blizz.... the solitude and the ambiance of the place was amazing.. beach... ok.. as we Sri Lankans know of better beaches as here you can't really get into the sea right in front of the hotel.. but believe me.. the service makes up for... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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206 reviews 206 reviews
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

For peace and quiet and tranquility this is the perfect place to stay and that is why we love to return. The staff are efficient and friendly, the rooms excellent and clean. The pool is very large. there are plenty of chairs everythere whether you want to sit in the garden, around the pool or watch the rolling breakers. The... More 

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