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Closenberg Hotel

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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!
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Room Service
Airport Transportation
Banquet Room
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Outdoor pool
Public Wifi
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Air Conditioning
Family Rooms
Non-Smoking Rooms
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Bay View
Ocean View
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The bedroom was small and the bathroom was functional but 1980s decor with worn towels and under provision of usual toiletries.The blinds were broken, the curtain was torn the bed linen well worn,stained and torn.The bedrooms are dire, fridge dirty, under the bed full of dust
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At the Closenberg hotel we received a warm greeting and they provided us with a packed lunch for the next day as we were leaving early. Unfortunately that was the best thing we can say about this hotel. It has been locked in a by gone era. In its day it must have been a
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This is an almost 200 years old Dutch wonder placed in a lovely setting overlooking a bay in Galle. We were here back in September 2018 for lunch. The Sri Lankan cuisine we ordered was fantastic. most of all the view from this location is breathtaking. The efforts to maintain
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This place has some great potential for improvements. Given its elegant appearance with a history behind, and the stunning views of the surrounding area, this could definitely be one of the best hotels in down south if managed better. They employ a group of efficient staff
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Don’t come if seeking 5-star sterile luxury. Come if appreciate historic charm and character, and are willing to overlook a few shortcomings.. Beautiful 200-yr-old hotel, surrounded by lush gardens, perched on top of a cliff, overlooking the beach, just a 10 minute drive from
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View of the rooms and lower gardens from the beach
"All rooms are equal appalling as in a block away from main house"
"Find a better place to spend you 140 Dollars"
"Rooms on the top floor facing the ocean."
"Choose another hotel."
"The upper floor rooms have the best view of the bay but all rooms have a good view"
$100 - $199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
closenberg hotel galle
Sri LankaSouthern ProvinceGalle DistrictGalle
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