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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in very quickly for a quick refresher and loved the courtyard seating so much a quick refresher turned into a couple of bottles of wine. The staff here were very helpful and would definitely go back if I had more time in Galle. Seemed a little bit pricey though.

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Ethan S, Manager at Fortaleza, responded to this review

Thank you o much for your contribution and support. Great to hear you enjoyed yourselves so much. Hopefully see you back again. Warm regards Ethan More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

We had the mosst wanderful stating in the heart of galle fort.beautiful room wonderful sleep The fortaleza restaurant is wonderful.Excellen place and delicious food.friendly staff.Good service .Thank you

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Ethan S, Manager at Fortaleza, responded to this review

Thank you we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us at Fortaleza. warm regards Ethan More 

Kathmandu, Nepal
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36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

This small colonial hotel was originally the dutch warehouse from the early XVIII century. It offers just few bedrooms in nice postcolonial style at the heart of UNESCO heritage site of Galle. My room wasn't big but cozy, clean with new bathroom. There is also a nice patio with a restaurant where I had my breakfast. The restaurant is also... More 

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Ethan S, Manager at Fortaleza, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write your review and giving us a good recommendation. We are glad you enjoyed staying in our historical b&b. we hope you enjoyed the ambiance of our courtyard restaurant. Hope to see you again when your next visiting the Galle Fort. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

Very nice, cozy place💜 we order drinks, a coconut juice and it was sooo good. there is something so important the toilet so clean🙏💜💜💜💜, and nice decoration very clean. Nice staff they are sooo friendly and just want to help u👍👍👍💯💯

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Ethan S, Manager at Fortaleza, responded to this review

Thank you for such a big thumbs up review, we do our best to make sure that everyone is welcome at Fortaleza. And that our courtyard restaurant is always looking its best. Please drop by again soon. More 

Beijing, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Galle is a small, fortified colonial town constructed by the Dutch East India Company (the VOC) in the early 1600s, and Fortaleza was converted from a spices warehouse originally built in the same period. The colors, scents, and the food here were all deliciously colorful and reflected the cultural melting pot that Sri Lanka is. The moment we stepped onto... More 

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Ethan S, Manager at Fortaleza, responded to this review

Thank you for such a glowing review, it really makes us happy when our feed back is great. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Fortaleza hotel and the beauty of the historical Galle fort, we aim to offer our guests a little bit of history to take home with them. Please come again. More 

Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

We travelled from Colombo to Galle and hoped to stay at a nice place. Our expectations were definitely exceeded. The place is super cute, very clean and a secret tip! The whole area in the fort is a must see and actually a must stay. I would highly recommend to stay at the Lighthouse No. 50 FORTALEZA. The hotel restaurant... More 

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Ethan S, Manager at Fortaleza, responded to this review

Thank you, what a great recommendation, and our first for Fortlaeza Light house street is a beautiful dutch merchants villa its secret is that its very quiet inside the building which is rarity in the Galle fort. Please come again. More 

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Went here for lunch. The menu is mostly european and have a full bar. The service and food was excellent serving large portions. Its not a cheap restaurant. Can walk in but sometime might be full with in-house guests. Average dish cost is USD 3-4 They have a garden area and and indoor area (Not air-conditioned)

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Ethan S, Manager at Fortaleza, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write us a review, we are glad that you enjoyed our food and the ambiance that we hope to create in our veranda / courtyard restaurant. we have plenty of fans to keep you cool along with the chilled drinks that we serve. Hope to see you back at Fortaleza soon. we are not... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

We initially booked room at La Clochette( pls don't be cheated by the French name and picture at booking.com, it's just a unfinished shabby house with little room and room got very bad drainage smell). After seeing the room, we decided to cancel our booking and walk around the fort looking for a nicer place to stay. Checking around 8... More 

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Ethan S, Manager at Fortaleza, responded to this review

Thank you, we are happy that you found our bedrooms at Fortaleza Lighthouse st comfortable and suiting to your requirements. They are lovely quiet spacious bedrooms. A comfortable sofa to flop in is sometimes essential! More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

As soon as we were met at the foyer by the vivacious Krishni, we knew we were in good hands. The hotel and restaurant are beautiful - in a converted spice warehouse. We were shown to our room ( the library room) and it was stunning. Everything about our stay at Forteleza was superb. It is just a pity it... More 

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Ethan S, Manager at Fortaleza, responded to this review

Wow Thanks for your great comments, Krishni is a helpful charming hostess, she is a real asset to our team at Fortaleza. We are glad you enjoyed your stay in the library bedroom, its a lovely bedroom because its so light and airy. A favorite with many of our guests. we hope you can return back again some time soon,... More 

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18 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

When we checked in we were helped by a very nice lady, which wanted to make sure we had everything we needed. We booked the master bedroom and it was great. Beautiful spacious room. Staff were great and dinner was also good.

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Natalie R, Owner at Fortaleza, responded to this review

Thank you for posting such a good review, its really great to hear good feed back about our team. More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Fortaleza boutique hotel is located within the heart of Galle Fort, As its coral walls attest was once a 17th century Dutch spice warehouse. Now five comfortable air-conditioned bedrooms decked with hand made furniture and flowers exude their own personality. Set behind this beautiful building lies our shady courtyard restaurant and bar, perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner or just a great meeting point to chill out with friends. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Fortaleza

Address: No. 9 Church Cross Street | Galle Fort, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle
Price Range: $136 - $306 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Fortaleza 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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