Our recent travels in Asia evoked memories of our wonderful stay at this renovated gem located right in the middle of a living fort, Galle Fort. We stayed twice at this place during our long trip to Sri Lanka, first with our family from the UK and then again alone on our return trip from the highlands. Both stays were quite memorable. The rooms are huge with polished floorboards and antique ceiling beams and beautifully furnished with colorful silks and crisp sheets. It has a small pool which is good for cooling off but not really for swimming. For swimming and a proper pool, they will organise Tuk Tuk to take you to the beach place that they own which is a short distance away and located on a private beach.
It is centrally located in the fort for town and other galleries and cafes in the fort and for beaches nearby. We had use of the stunning Frangipani beach hotel which is owned by the same people and which is the subject of another review here.
The food is wonderfully fresh and served in generous portions and very reasonably priced considering that you can have jumbo prawns and local lobster. The curries are authentic and without any concession to the foreign palate. So if you cant eat hot food, you have to warn the kitchen in advance!!!
The staff is very kind and personable. All in all a very personal experience. It is the kind of place we all dream of finding and always seem to fall short. We absolutely recommend it. Forgot to say. The place is also a popular venue for the top local artists' exhibition (there was a huge exhibition on during our stay and we were VIP guests as we had booked the whole place).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- “Guests get the convenience of hotel services and the ambiance of a villa at Fort Printers… The eighteenth-century mansion turned printing facility now houses five stylish, antiques-filled suites—four linked via a second-story walkway, common in colonial buildings of the era; the fifth, poolside. The jackwood floors, copper-lined rain showers, and extra-long lap pool are generating a buzz among design-savvy visitors.” - Conde`Nast Traveler Hot List 2006 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Fort Printers Hotel Galle
- Fort Printers Galle
- Hotel Fort Printers