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Closenberg Hotel

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   11 Closenberg Rd, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #13 of 14 hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Kochi, Kerala, India
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at the Closenberg for 3 nights. All in all a good experience. The new block rooms have a stunning view. A little bit of money spend on maintenance and upkeep could make this galle's best hotel. The view is brilliant, from all sides. Service was good, nothing to complain.

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Hatfield, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed 2 nights in a luxury room, cnt remember what it was called. Those rooms had an amazing view of indian ocean. Sound from the sea wave and the wind was a very pleasant to hear which calms and relax you down. Food ins't great and we had few delays even restaurant was empty. Amazing view towards the indian... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hotel would be wonderful if it was well managed and fully restored. There's no TV in the room (not really a problem, but at this price you expect a TV), no window or mosquito net in the bathroom (so the room was full of lezard, spiders, etc). And the food - breakfast and dinner - is quite average. But... More

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Haarlem, Netherlands
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

This place has certainly seen better times. The building hasn't lost its grandeur, but a major investment is needed to bring it up to scratch. The question is where to begin. There is an attractive new swimming pool with sea water and a fabulous view over the bay, but this seems to be the only recent investment. The welcome was... More

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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

This hotel is extremely overpriced what it offers. You are paying only for the fact that you are staying in a grand old building, but in terms of service and staff attitude this hotel needs to bring itself out of the 1950s. The waiters in the main dining area were happy to ignore me whilst I sat down waiting to... More

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
28 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

The hotel has a nice view with a lovely pool in a quaint rustic building. It's a ways away from both Galle Fort and Unawatuna beach. The rooms are fine, nothing to write home about... lots of ants in our room, though. The restaurant food is mediocre and slow, though the waiter was very nice. The main complaint I have... More

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

A lovely hotel by the water and the views were great, somewhere to go for some peace and quite also not to far from the main town by Tu Tu that was really cheap as well. Great spot old but well worth a visit in its charming surroundings.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is very nice, very clean, people and staff were excellent and always there for you when needed. The food was excellent, the breakfast was fantastic and you can have any breakfast you wanted, English or Sr-Lankan. The view from the hotel was breathtaking . The room were big and comfortable. Also every. Room had a balcony looking out... More

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Queanbeyan, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Where does one start? While at the hotel, because there was nothing else to do on a wet Sunday afternoon in a hotel located far from everything in rundown, dirty and broken and not very interesting Galle, I looked the hotel up on Tripadvisor and found reviews ranging from "Faulty Towers" to rustic. We were only in the hotel because... More

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Preston, Lancashire
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

We didnt stay at this hotel but stopped on our way through to Negumbo for lunch. Outstanding landscape with stunning views across Galle? Old fashioned inside but clean and staff very attentive - some interesting coral type features in the walls. Good range of food on menu - more international and not just a sri lakan buffet style which for... More

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Additional Information about Closenberg Hotel

Also Known As:
Closenberg Hotel Galle
Address: 11 Closenberg Rd, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Galle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Closenberg Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Closenberg was built by Captain Bayley in 1860 on top of a peninsula overlooking Galle harbor and the Indian Ocean. Since 1889 it belongs to the Perera Abeyewardene family and is today preserved as a heritage hotel. Large spacious halls, long verandas adorned with antique furniture and terraced gardens are in keeping with Dutch architecture. High ceilings resting on tall round columns and large louvered Teak doors set in arched doorways permit the flow of cool air. Alongside an experience of Sri Lanka’s rich colonial past, we offer our guest a welcoming atmosphere, fine dining and an unparalleled view. ... more   less 
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