The Closenberg Hotel as the previous reviewers have mention has an excellent almost fort like location overlooking the Rumasala mountains. As you enter the car park area you welcomed by a haikuesque view of the sea and the mountains in its backdrop, as well as some fascinating Doom palms. Ernest Haeckel the famed evolutionary biologist praised the Doom palms, the location and the hotel building itself, which was owned at the time by Captain Bailey, in his book ‘A visit to Ceylon’ (http://www.archive.org/stream/visittoceylon00haecuoft#page/n11/mode/2up). Leaving historical specifics aside, the authentic colonial feel and the magic of the location is simply enchanting. One of my favorite spots in the hotel is the Lunar Terrace, studded with frangipani trees overlooking the ocean, it is probably one of my favorite places in western and southern Sri Lanka to chill out at. The rooms in the hotel are quite nice; they have balconies and great views. The food is very good too, the Closenberg rice and curry for lunch is something you really have to try out mmmmmmmmmm…. The service is on point as well, overall its one of my favorite locations to stay at when I am down south, There are no simulacra colonial feelings/ impressions or over stylized tropicality here, The Closenberg Hotel is as real as it gets …
- 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. Closenberg Hotel unique features are: The best location at the middle of Galle Harbor, Uninterrupted seaview from all our rooms, Direct access to beautiful sandy beach ideal and safe for surfing and swimming in all seasons, The unique and timeless elegance of an old Sri Lankan Heritage Hotel often copied but so hard to achieve, A sophisticated blend of service, tradition and cultural experiences Luna Terrace Bar Lounge is the funky trendy place to go and be seen in Galle. Great selection of cocktails, top brand spirits, tapas and fine cafe food. The new infinity pool overlooking the surf of Magalle Bay is a "must have experienced". Closenberg is the ideal gateway for enjoying the beauty of Southern Sri Lanka! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Closenberg Hotel Galle