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Closenberg Hotel

11 Closenberg Rd, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The fantastic wet edge pool looking over the ocean and watching the surfers is a magic experience. Very old world but charming with clean rooms with great ocean views. Excellent Sri Lankan breakfast with Western options

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Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, amazing view and Great service, it is a colonial type hotel, run down.. Wish they could maintain and keep it a 5 star Hotel, that view is amazing, there is an infinity pool with a amazing view. Staff of kind and polite, very friendly.

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Amazing location,old world charm with a wonderful greeting from the reception staff. The colonial charm is extended throughout. The service is impeccable and attention to detail in the dining room, a credit to the staff. Location,location, location, the old read estate adage is the case here. Superb bay views and the infinity pool is jewel in the hotel's crown. Highly... More 

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Taree NSW Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

This hotel was the highlight of our tour of Sri Lanka. Beautifully situated overlooking the bay and ocean beyond make for stunning views. Apparently originally built as the P&O Captain's residence, it feels as if nothing has changed since then, and that is a large part of its charm. The furniture is amazing - like stepping back in time. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

Okay, I'm yet to go there again for a proper stay but the Closenberg I would say, is to Galle as the Galle Face Hotel is to Colombo! The hotel no doubt shines light on the colonial architecture of that era that was when the Dutch stayed about in the area. A look at the infinity pool, where you can... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

I have been coming here for many years and the recent addition of an infinity pool looking over the bay makes the Closenberg Hotel a must visit when in Galle. Steeped in history and character the house and it's management will be a delight for anyone interested in more than just another big brand commercial hotel.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016 via mobile

100 years old hotel sitting over an oval bay. Beaufort view from every balcony. Inside you get an impression that after British left no one has touched anything. Grand room with Chippendale furniture still looks very impressive. Terrace and garden evoke a sense of grand parties and ladies in evening dress and gentleman in black tie in times gone by.... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

They have a great position overlooking the Indian ocean. Luna terrace is great to have a drink while the sun sets. Would have rated 5 star but their comments area/ restaurant could use some remodeling.

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

We really enjoyed staying at the great Closenberg Hotel, even though we felt it was a bit overpriced for the (room) standard which we received. The furniture and whole style of the hotel is colonial and especially the public spaces/pool in the hotel don't make you want to Galle center ;-) The infinity pool is one of the nicest pools... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016 via mobile

The hotel itself is very beautiful , the rooms all have balconys and beautiful view. The staff is very friendly. The breakfast is good. Saying this , I must remark, that on arrival we had dirty sheets on the bed, and we had to ask for fresh! Also the towels in the room ( only one per person) seemed also... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Free Breakfast
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Banquet Room
  • Babysitting
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 

Additional Information about Closenberg Hotel

Address: 11 Closenberg Rd, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle
Price Range: $108 - $164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Closenberg Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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Also Known As:
Closenberg Hotel Galle
Hotel Style:
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Galle
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