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Melbourne
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a gem located on a cliff top. The hotel is historic and quaint, the rooms although not modern have stunning views onto the water with private balconies. The service was personal and friendly and the Sri Lankan breakfast was delicious, each morning the staff would reserve the same table for us. There was a staff member who had worked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed our first two nights at the Closenburg and were dazzled by its charm and the service which we received. The situation of the hotel on the promontory overlooking the ocean is beautiful, the sound of the Indian Ocean from the bedrooms is relaxing and the cocktail bar by the infinity pool was perfect! We were wondering why we... More 

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Thank Jade W
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

109yr old property with almost same atmosphere. Friendly & courteous staff. Food is excellent and the food menu prices are on the high side. Comfortable rooms with a mini bar,Tea/Coffee making facility,AC & ceiling Fan and room with the colonial effect. Loved the private little balcony with the seating area for two with the view of the sea and surfers.... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the greatest parcels of property I've encountered in my travels. Unfortunately, the rooms are well below par and desperately in need of renovation. But it is in the common areas where this hotel shines. The infinity pool is stunning, affording expansive views of Galle Harbor and the daily surfers (get a second floor room and you'll... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here for two nights as part of a comfort-style trip around the country. But comfort couldn't be further from the reality. The hotel has old world charm for sure, and I understand that there aren't the funds to repair broken ceiling fans and drains, but the hotel was filthy. We had stained sheets and towels. The curtains and... More 

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Thank Wellington294
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

This historic old building has the most amazing views - including an infinity pool that looks out over a bay full of surfers. Their local cuisine is limited but very very tasty. The rooms are very old but clean and comfortable. The staff are pleasant and helpful.

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Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

This hotel is full of old world charm. It has amazing views and we had a beautiful balcony overlooking the Harbour. Just minutes from the beach area or the fort by tuktuk, this is very good option for Galle if you want something special away from the hustle and bustle of the centre. Could do with a few renovations, but... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 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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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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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Free Breakfast
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Business Center with Internet Access
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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: $110 - $187 (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
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#19 On the Beach Hotel in Galle
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