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Galle Fort Hotel

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28 Church Street, Galle, Sri Lanka
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed at the Galle Fort Hotel in February 2012 it was thes most romantic place in the Fort - the bedrooms were fabulous with a hint of colonial spendour, the service and food was top notch, Oliver, the manager just couldn't be more helpful - we stayed an extra night rather than go back to Colombo. We are definitely... More 

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Todi, Italy
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely the top hotel inside the Galle old town if you appreciate an environment reflecting times past but also providing modern comfort. A painstaking restauration of a Dutch merchant house from the 18th century with very friendly staff.

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1 Thank Björn L
David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Bjorn L, Thank you very much for your review and for saying very simply that we are a top hotel if history and modern comforts are two important reasons for visiting Galle Fort. Hidden among the historical buildings of the famous Dutch Fort the hotel is a true haven when it comes to luxury and colonial settings. Once dilapidated... More 

Saint Leonards, null, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Firstly I have to say that we haven't stayed at Galle Fort but discovered it a year ago when we were staying in an apartment nearby. We asked if as non-residents we could have our breakfasts there and were made very welcome. It's such a beautiful place and the food and service were of a very high standard. This week... More 

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Sally W, It was such a great surprise to see you all again and we are truly grateful that you had decided to return to the Galle Fort Hotel a year later and have lunch with us. So glad you found the hotel as you remembered it, welcoming staff, delicious food, cool tranquil setting and high standards of service.... More 

London, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff provide a wonderful welcome and continue friendly and helpful throughout; truly splendid breakfasts served on terrace overlooking pool; loft suites are 'new', i.e.stylishly renovated duplex-type rooms in dark wood and bare plaster with brass ornaments, made to resemble colonial era accommodation; tend to be dark. But even darker are the really old rooms - or at least the... More 

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Biblioswiss, Your review of the hotel is very much appreciated and in particular reference to your welcome by our team of friendly and helpful staff and their ongoing assistance throughout your stay. Breakfast on the terrace is a great way to start the day and finishing it in a loft suite, which are more like small villas with a... More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely courtyard and reception but a lasting opinion that it felt overpriced. My partner and I stayed for 2nts on 10th-12th of January 2016. The Hotel seemed fairly quiet and the courtyard and pool area provided a very nice, calm oasis within the fort. The breakfasts were ok and the young guys serving were friendly and helpful. Our room... More 

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear rocpaumar, Thank you for taking the time to review the hotel and for mentioning that the hotel provided a very nice and calm oasis within the Fort. It is a quiet hotel and a wonderful place to escape the heat and commotion of life outside. It is always reassuring to know staff were friendly and helpful and that breakfast... More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Being Dutch, a history buff and lover of old colonial hotels, I was very much looking forward to this place and anticipated on it perhaps being one of the highlights from my month long trip through Sri Lanka. In contrary to other opinions here the arrival via a Havana-esque veranda into a stunning meeting area did not disappoint. But things... More 

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3 Thank Werner D
David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Werner D, It is always a pleasure to have Dutch guests stay with us and if you enjoy connecting with your heritage and colonial past then Galle Fort Hotel will provide plenty of both. Many key aspects of the hotel are pretty much how they were pre restoration but of course the real joy of the property is how... More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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153 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When our car dropped us off for the first time at the main entrance I was a little underwhelmed. From the road the building is very low key. The meet and greet was nigh non-existent there being no 'reception' area. Room (no2 Loft), is a duplex with four poster bed at mezzanine level. Sitting area, toilet and shower at entrance... More 

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear steadyslack, Thank you for your comments and observations of your stay at the Galle Fort Hotel. We do not have a reception desk per se but we do have a reception office and this is pointed out to guests on arrival. Meeting and greeting guests on arrival is an integral part of our business and when I am in... More 

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48 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Galle Fort Hotel is a beautifully restored old house. The restorers have sold the hotel and the hotel is operated by new owners which is less visible and hands on. This gem of a hotel needs strong managment from reception, guest services, restaurant, etc

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Herare, Thank you so much for reviewing the hotel. The restoration of Galle Fort Hotel in 2004 is without doubt a great achievement. As you walk into the main hotel area, a private interior beckons – verandahs and courtyards, columns and arches, all carefully restored to their original grandeur. A sense of romanticism and tranquility now permeates the hotel,... More 

Bexhill
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The walled city is the place to be in Galle if you want to experience the buzz and indulge in some shopping especially if it is jewellery you are after. I am though less inclined to recommend this hotel. The hotel itself is very well located and has a delightful courtyard. Our room was quirky but quite good but it... More 

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Geoff, Thank you for sharing your comments with us and for raising a number of issues that we both spoke about together while you were here. As I said it was most regrettable and frustrating for you to find a malfunctioning plug and Wi-Fi code, which we change regularly, was incorrectly dispatched to you. We have taken steps to... More 

Gibraltar
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24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The second stop on our tour of Sri Lanka was in Galle, in the southwest of the island. Situated right in the centre of the old part of Galle within the Fort walls, the Galle Fort Hotel is a perfect and gorgeous place to stay for a few nights to explore the Fort and further outside the town. Day trips... More 

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear fruitygirl 1958, It was a pleasure reading your lengthy and descriptive review of the hotel and by all accounts the second stop of your tour in Galle has been a great experience. Staying with us in the Grand Apartment is a treat indeed and as you say the suite is absolutely stunning. More like an apartment than a suite... More 

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