We stayed at the Fortress for 5 nights after 9 days touring Sri Lanka and after a night on safari in a tent, quite a contrast! When you enter the huge doors of the Fortress, nothing prepares you for what's inside, it really has the wow factor. We had been upgraded to an ocean room and it was fabulous with great views of the Indian ocean and beach, everything you could ask for in a 5 star hotel and serviced twice daily by the efficient cleaning staff. We really struggled to leave this paradise and apart from a stroll up the deserted beach and a tuk tuk to Galle we just enjoyed the r&r. OK the food and drink is pricey (by Sri Lankan standards) but comparable with the UK and all of the meals were excellent and couldn't be faulted. We found all of the staff throughout the hotel polite and super efficient.
Complaints? The only issue we had was that although smoking is banned in public places in Sri Lanka, this hotel does not discourage guests from smoking in the restaurant areas (albeit these are open air) and the smell of cigarettes/cigars is something we're obviously not used in the UK anymore. Also, we were surprised at the number of small children ie pre-school who were in the hotel, so don't expect this to be an adult only resort.
We couldn't recomend this hotel highly enough and would love to make a return visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A luxury 53 room boutique resort located on the Southern shores of Sri Lanka. The Fortress has been styled after Galle’s powerful ancient Dutch Fort, blending the country’s Dutch and Portuguese influences with Sri Lankan motifs and indigenous furnishings to echo the historic days of Old Ceylon. This has been artfully and sensitively fused with innovative architecture, high design features, state-of-the-art technology, sensual living spaces with naturally modern design, and incredible gastronomic experiences, to stunning effect. The Fortress will offer unprecedented levels of service, extraordinary innovation, attention to detail and a unique blend of Old Ceylon with Modern Asia. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Fortress Hotel Koggala
- Fortress Hotel Galle
- Fortress Galle
- Fortress Sri Lanka