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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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Dublin, Ireland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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259 reviews 259 reviews
66 hotel reviews
315 helpful votes 315 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Chennai (Madras), India
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Hong Kong, China
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

A very well maintained colonial hotel with not too many rooms. All the rooms are different in design with old colonial charm.Very quiet hotel. Their pool is smallish. Try their breakfast with the local omelette with dhal curry. Absolutely delicious! Their lunch and dinner menu is so-so, very limited choices.

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

Dear Moncheriest, Thank you very much for taking the time to review the Galle Fort Hotel and in particular for mentioning that you were moved by its charm, tranquility and peacefulness. Indeed we have 12 individually and stylishly designed rooms and suites which open out to a centrally located courtyard and 10m swimming pool. The Le Grand Apartment du Comte... More 

Slough, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Galle Fort Hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel located in a quiet place in Galle . Good place to get away from the everyday busy lifestyle and relax with the nature around you. The food and the service was great. Staff was so helpful and friendly. I will definitely visit this beautiful hotel when I come back to Sri Lanka... More 

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

Dear Jayjay1230, It was a pleasure reading your candid and open review of the Galle Fort Hotel and my staff will very much appreciate your positive feedback. Hidden among the historical buildings of the famous Dutch Fort, the hotels tranquility and peacefulness make it the perfect setting for visitors to relax and enjoy our hospitality and perhaps consider life over... More 

Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Galle is a well preserved fortified colonial city, and this hotel made the immersion even more real. The pool swimming pool might be the only item that is not centuries old, but it fits in well and I enjoyed a quick dip with the Buddha statue looking down on me.

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

Dear Remiiiii, Your supportive review is not only very welcome but it is even more gratifying that you make the connection between the Galle fortified colonial city and the hotel which makes visiting us such a unique experience. To put it another way to appreciate the Galle Fort Hotel is to understand its history and the valuable contribution it is... More 

Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Stunning hotel, with a very unique and homely touch to it. Rooms were amazingly done and the staff is very friendly and approachable :) The service and the food was excellent as well ! Definitely one of my favorite hotels in Sri Lanka !

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

Dear Nuwan_20, Thank you so much for your very positive review of the Galle Fort Hotel. It is particularly pleasing that you found the hotel “homely” and I think this is because its charm, tranquility and colonial past connects you with its unique character and energy. Unique because Galle Fort is one of the most uplifting cultural experiences that Sri... More 

Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
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150 reviews 150 reviews
60 hotel reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

A friend was staying there. I went for a drink and dinner. The Hotel is a wonderful place, extremley well maintained. Note to the Management, this is a five star hotel. The service is slow and the staff are not at fault. Obviously they are not managed correctly. Such a shame in such a great Heritage Hotel . Having been... More 

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

Dear northt21, It is of course extremely disappointing to read your review of your dining experience at the hotel and I wish to assure you management has taken your comments seriously, whether it is a one off incident or not. It is absolutely unacceptable that guests are not acknowledged and I am truly sorry that you felt compelled to leave.... More 

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