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Galle Fort Hotel

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28 Church Street, Galle, Sri Lanka
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This charming hotel is located right in the heart of Galle fort and is a beautiful converted Dutch building. Our room was excellent - ground floor, right by the pool - and the quality of service and food both very high. Cannot fault it as a place to stay and would strongly recommend to others

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

David, the General Manager, and his team provide a fantastic service in a stunningly refurbished remnant of a bygone era. Having arranged an airport pickup prior to leaving the UK, we were relieved to find Vinesh, our friendly and informed driver, waiting for us. From that moment, every one of our experiences with the Galle Fort team was to be... More 

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David E, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Simon S, Thank you so much for your candid and positive review of the Galle Fort Hotel and to let us know that you had an enjoyable experience staying with us. Much credit must go to all our hard working staff who understand the importance of being on time, on target. Particularly important to us is being able to... More 

Singapore
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25 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stayed here only one night as we wanted to see Galle fort at night (moved from Jetwing Lighthouse). We had the Library room, which was right off the reception/restaurant. It had 2 queen beds as we were travelling with 2 children (10 years-old and 10 month-old). We did not check in advance but there was no hot water boiler in... More 

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David E, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear bonbuben, Even though your stay was a brief one, I do appreciate your frank and open review of the hotel. Galle Fort Hotel has 12 exquisite air conditioned rooms and suites, each with a unique interior and style and open out to a central courtyard and swimming pool. The antique ebony and satinwood chest and almirahs, two enormous daybeds... More 

Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed for two nights in a garden room. This hotel is located well and has a beautiful ambience and attentive staff. From the welcoming drink and David's tour, to checkout and Sewwandi's farewell we felt at ease. This is the way to see the Fort as it is right in the centre. Both dinners were nice, in the quiet... More 

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David E, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Seahorse291, It was a pleasure to read your review and I thank you for providing us with some positive feedback about your experiences. Galle Fort is one of the most uplifting cultural experiences that Sri Lanka can offer and the Galle Fort Hotel, which began life as an 18th century Dutch villa, can rightly claim to be at its... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here for a meal in early June after having been tempted in by the menu. I have to say the food didn't disappoint. The crab bisque starter was superb, served with a shot of Brandy (which I was unsure about to be honest, but worked brilliantly with the soup). The seafood main was well presented. I've had mostly... More 

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David E, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Mark G, It is wonderful to read reviews from guests that have really enjoyed a meal and we are most humbled by your comments, thank you. Our professional and young team of chefs are equally pleased that the menu was a good enough reason for your family to come into the hotel and check us out. The shot of... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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24 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friend and I stayed here for a night on a recent holiday in Sri Lanka. We were well greeted by David the GM who engaged us with historical and contextual details of the beautiful property and settled us in. We were in a standard garden room which was clean and well appointed and decorated in a way that was... More 

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David E, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear MeeMo 13, It was a pleasure to read your most candid review of the hotel and I must thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. Your final point that the hotel is in keeping with the historical feel of Galle is completely appropriate and it must be remembered that the 400 year old wing... More 

Singapore, Singapore
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The Galle Fort Hotel is simply stunning! We stayed for 2 nights in the Grand Apartment. It was spacious and very comfortable with everything we could have needed. The hotel has a lot of character and is beautifully designed with antique furniture. I'd recommend trying the Sri Lankan omlette with Dahl for breakfast, it was delicious! The service from all... More 

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David E, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear awayfromhome86, Your most generous review of Galle Fort Hotel is most welcome and I must attribute your comments to our friendly and dedicated members of staff whose efforts to provide genuine Sri Lankan hospitality are the real champions who spoilt you. Although the hotel has 12 individually designed rooms and suites the Grand Apartment definitely rates a mention because... More 

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24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This is a charming hotel set in the centre of the fort. Lots of character and a beautifully designed building. The rooms are stunning with lots of space and were decorated with fresh flowers on our first night which was a lovely touch. The staff here are undergoing training under new manager David and are great. We enjoyed great conversations... More 

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David E, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Nix T, Firstly thank you very much for recommending the Galle Fort Hotel. Your review and comments are very much appreciated and I will pass them on to our staff. I am greatly encouraged that you enjoyed conversations with staff because most of the in - house training programs currently underway are not only focused on improving skills but... More 

Colombo
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264 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 320 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

By chance we decided to have lunch at the hotel & what a pleasant surprise it was! The food was reasonable for a 5* property, very tasty & well presented. I cant wait to return to Galle and spend an evening listening to the lovely music played on the front porch. Soothing yet energetic beats! One suggestion would be to... More 

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David E, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear 1LifeStand, Galle Fort has over 100 restaurants so we were very pleased that you decided to have lunch with us and most appreciative of your review, thank you. It is also reassuring to know that you found our menu to be affordable, particularly as you may be familiar with restaurants in Colombo city. I am delighted the meal was... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We stayed for three nights in the Library Suite with our two young children (ages 5 and 7). Our lovely, large room had a comfortable seating area and gauzy mosquito nets draped over the four-poster beds. The included breakfast,which was very good, was served on the veranda overlooking the courtyard. The hotel pool, while not large, was just enough to... More 

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David E, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Traveling Mom 454, It was indeed a pleasure having you stay with us and your generous review suggests your family enjoyed themselves in our large and roomy Library Suite. This stylish, spacious and comfortable suite is over 400 years old and its antique four-poster bed, wooden shutters, thick walls and lofty high ceilings evoke its former life as a... More 

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