The Closenberg was recommended to us by another Galle hotel owner when I called around inquiring about availability. The owner of the Galle Fort Hotel summed up the hotel best saying "the hotel needs a bit of work, but they do an excellent curry and you will feel like you step back in time."
The hotel is situated on a point about 7 minutes tuck tuck ride from the Galle fort. The views are amazing and the garden is beautiful.
The hotel itself made me feel like I was an extra in a Merchant Ivory film. There is a large, rather unused dining hall and sitting room, and then there is an indoor/outdoor dining area as well, along with the terrace. All of the furniture is teak and probably original (?) Anyway, you feel as if you're visiting another time.
The room we had was great. There was a lovely terrace with views of the water, the bathroom had been renovated and the linens were great.
The staff are lovely. The 'room captain' is quite a character and has been with the hotel for 31 years.
Tuck Tuck drivers wait at the bottom of the hill and can be bargained down to about 200 rupees for a ride into Galle.
The next time we visit the south we will stay here as opposed to loud, Unawatunu and take a tuck tuck to the beach during the day.
The food was quite good, by the way. We had curry for lunch and a wonderful breakfast the day we left.
- 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