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28 Church Street, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka
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#12 of 82 in Galle
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4.8
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4.6
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4.5
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4.1
Winner of the 2007 Unesco Award of Distinction for heritage conservation. A charming, friendly, award-winning and affordable heritage boutique hotel in the heart of the Galle Fort world heritage site and a perfect base for the best beaches, tea plantations, temples, rain forests and cultural attractions in southern Sri Lanka. Famous for its Asian fusion food made from fresh local seafood and market produce.
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Free public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
24-hour security
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24-hour front desk
Street parking
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Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
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Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
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Taxi service
Concierge
Currency exchange
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Sun loungers / beach chairs
Express check-in / check-out
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Classic
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Sinhala
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Emma w wrote a review May 2022
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A wonderful hotel with wonderful and friendly staff our stay was perfect. Specially Anuradha. She was brilliant. We stayed here for one night and loved every minute of it! The hotel is lovely and the pool perfect. We had Good breakfast thank you chef. We are highly recommended.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Chamara Dedduwage , Other at Galle Fort Hotel
Responded May 19, 2022
Dear P126INemmaw, We are most grateful for your candid and sincere review of the hotel and I am delighted you had such a memorable stay with us. within the short period of stay and I am happy that our staff has gone out of their way to make you more welcome and attend to your needs, specially Anuradha. We are glad that you had a wonderful stay at our hotel. we are excited to know that you enjoyed the ambiance, location, rooms, food, and exceptional service of our staff. It was our pleasure in accommodating you at our hotel and hope we succeeded in serving you. Again, Thank you for your feedback. It was a pleasure having you stay with us and we are looking forward to welcoming you back. Regards, Chamara Dedduwage Resident Manager
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MagicCatTours wrote a review May 2022
Cartagena, Spain16 contributions9 helpful votes
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Beautiful old style hotel with all the mod cons. Charming and very calming. Loved the overall style of the room and the verandah bar area. The team there made us feel very welcome and we wish we had stayed there instead of Le Grand Galle for our other two nights in the area. Very high quality and super tasty food too. Would highly recommend and will definitely stay again on our next visit to Sri Lanka.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Chamara Dedduwage , Other at Galle Fort Hotel
Responded May 19, 2022
Dear MagicCatTours, We really are most grateful for your review and I am delighted you had an enjoyable stay with us, Thank you for choosing Galle Fort hotel and we really appreciate your wonderful remarks about Galle Fort Hotel. We are glad that you had a wonderful stay at our hotel. we are excited to know that you enjoyed the ambiance, location, rooms, food, and the exceptional service of our staff. It was our pleasure in accommodating you at our hotel and hope we succeeded in serving you. We look forward to welcoming you back and hope you visit us soon! Regards, Chamara Dedduwage Resident Manager
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Sandhya S wrote a review May 2022
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We loved our stay was absolutely gorgeous. We loved our time at Galle but this hotel is what made the holiday. As we arrived, we were welcomed in with drinks, and fresh towelettes. It was the sweetest welcome we had the pleasure of experiencing in Sri Lanka. The hotel is a beautiful heritage building that was elegantly and tastefully decorated. The staff and their attitude was unparalleled. They are stars! All of them were so loving and happy. They did their very best to make our holiday amazing. Anurada and the entire team made our stay so relaxed and comfortable. Everyone is super attentive and checked in on us to make sure that our stay was going perfectly. The breakfast was delicious. The marmalade, the breads, the fruits, juices, and eggs! Everything was just incredible. The cocktails and food at this hotel on the whole was the best we had eaten on our trip of Sri Lanka. Our room was always filled with treats, from the fruit platter, to the fried banana bread! It was always stocked with happy little surprises that made each day. The pool was relaxing and luxurious. The room was clean and beautiful. We LOVED our stay here and we would highly recommend it to anyone who is visiting Galle. We can’t thank the team of staff enough!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Chamara Dedduwage , Other at Galle Fort Hotel
Responded May 11, 2022
Dear 577sandhyas, We are most grateful for your candid and sincere review of the hotel and I am delighted you had such a memorable stay with us. within the short period of stay and I am happy that our staff has gone out of their way to make you more welcome and attend to your needs, specially Anuradha. Extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century GFH takes prime location inside the Fort so for exploring and shopping, it’s perfect. The hotel is a historical, archaeological, and architectural heritage monument and abounds in history so I am very pleased you enjoyed the architectural/cultural aspect and experience. We would look forward to welcoming you back to have more lovely memories Regards, Chamara Dedduwage Resident Manager
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Cockerito wrote a review May 2022
Leeds, United Kingdom4 contributions3 helpful votes
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Best hotel experience we’ve had bar none - beautifully converted colonial building - attentive, warm and thoughtful staff. They thought about everything - drinks, treats and fruit on arrival. These small perks happened throughout the stay - clean and well maintained - perfectly located in the old fort - exceptional breakfast and food in general, especially the Sri Lankan food My wife teared up when leaving, they really made a mark with their hospitality and charm, especially Anuradha. She welcomed us with the warmest smile and always around to help us. We can’t wait to visit again, if only for the amazing staff who made us feel like family in the short while we were there.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Try the Sri Lankan prawn curry, comes with a selection of different accoutrements
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Response from Chamara Dedduwage , Other at Galle Fort Hotel
Responded May 11, 2022
Dear cockerito, We really are most grateful for your review and I am delighted you had an enjoyable stay with us, Thank you for choosing Galle Fort hotel and we really appreciate your wonderful remarks about Galle Fort Hotel The atmosphere of this hotel drags back 400 years to the colonial period with modern Equipment. The hotels progress from being a once dilapidated and abandoned former 17th-century merchant’s house to a beautifully restored Dutch Villa and its later English architectural Dutch influences. Its restoration is a triumph and evokes a subtle sense of colonial grandeur, skillfully updated for the modern age We are glad that you had a wonderful stay at our hotel. we are excited to know that you enjoyed the ambiance, location, rooms, food, and the exceptional service of our staff. It was our pleasure in accommodating you at our hotel and hope we succeeded in serving you. We will share your kind compliments with Anuradha and the rest of our team as it will certainly inspire them to continue raising our standards. We look forward to welcoming you back and hope you visit us soon! Regards, Chamara Dedduwage Resident Manager
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Suranga wrote a review May 2022
Sri Lanka11 contributions2 helpful votes
The great stay I experienced at The Galle Fort Hotel under Maitland & Knox (Purveyors of Heritage Luxury) was absolutely brilliant. From the welcome to farewell, the front office team offered excellent hospitality. I must comment on the cleanliness of the room, which was done by the team. It’s excellent. The food was deliciously prepared by the kitchen department, and service was offered by food and beverage. All the team members helped me to make the "Home away from Home", including Front Office, Housekeeping, F & B, Kitchen, Finance, Engineering, Security, and Human Resources. and the all-supportive team. A special thanks goes to Mr. Dinesh (Head of HR group). Mr.Dennam, Operations Manager, The Resident Manager, Mr.Chamara, Mr.indika, Mr. Anuradha, Mr. Samitha, Mr. Costa, Mr. Gore, and Mr. Nimantha Lashan. My memories of my stay, which team has been made, I will share with my friends and family. Thank you again.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Chamara Dedduwage , Other at Galle Fort Hotel
Responded May 11, 2022
Dear Mr.Tennakoon, We really are most grateful for your review and I am delighted you had an enjoyable stay with us, Thank you for choosing the Galle Fort hotel and we really appreciate your wonderful remarks about Galle Fort Hotel. We are glad that you had a wonderful stay at our hotel. we are excited to know that you enjoyed the ambiance, location, rooms, food, and exceptional service of our staff. It was our pleasure in accommodating you at our hotel and hope we succeeded in serving you. We will share your kind compliments with our team as it will certainly inspire them to continue raising our standards. We look forward to welcoming you back and hope you visit us soon! Regards, Chamara Dedduwage Resident Manager
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Shaun P wrote a review Apr 2022
Bali, Indonesia7 contributions1 helpful vote
The most charming hotel we’ve ever had the pleasure to visit. The hotel, the verandah, our suite, the al fresco dining, the gardens, the pool, the food - all combine to transport you to another world experience of sophisticated beauty and calm. And then there’s the incredible warmth of people, for whom nothing was a problem. Such a perfect stay. We hated leaving.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Responded May 11, 2022
Dear Shaun P, We really are most grateful for your review and I am delighted you had an enjoyable stay with us, Thank you for choosing the Galle Fort hotel and we really appreciate your wonderful remarks about Galle Fort Hotel. We are glad that you had a wonderful stay at our hotel. we are excited to know that you enjoyed the ambiance, location, rooms, food, and exceptional service of our staff. It was our pleasure in accommodating you at our hotel and hope we succeeded in serving you. We will share your kind compliments with our team as it will certainly inspire them to continue raising our standards. We look forward to welcoming you back and hope you visit us soon! Regards, Chamara Dedduwage Resident Manager
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paul willcocks wrote a review Apr 2022
Plymouth, United Kingdom9 contributions19 helpful votes
In nineteen days we spent time in many hotels but The Galle Fort stood out as one of the best.Staff from top to bottom are brilliant with a very much can do attitude with nothing being too much trouble.We stayed in one of the garden rooms which is right beside the pool ,brilliant light and airy with all amenities provided.Great little bar with firery chillie crisps provided.If your visiting Galle stay here and you will not be disappointed.Well done all at The Galle Fort for making our final days of our holiday in Sri Lanka so special with brilliant staff and fantastic chefs.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded May 11, 2022
Dear paul willcocks , We really are most grateful for your review and I am delighted you had an enjoyable stay with us, Thank you for choosing the Galle Fort hotel and we really appreciate your wonderful remarks about Galle Fort Hotel. We are glad that you had a wonderful stay at our hotel. we are excited to know that you enjoyed the ambiance, location, rooms, food, and exceptional service of our staff. It was our pleasure in accommodating you at our hotel and hope we succeeded in serving you. We will share your kind compliments with our team as it will certainly inspire them to continue raising our standards. We look forward to welcoming you back and hope you visit us soon! Regards, Chamara Dedduwage Resident Manager
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ToonLK wrote a review Apr 2022
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom13 contributions3 helpful votes
What a wonderful stay at this hotel. Such a warm welcome from the staff on arrival and this warmth continued throughout our stay. The hotel itself is spotlessly clean, well equipped and with the addition of a decent sized pool (rare for this area) is an extremely comfortable hotel. It is an absolute gem of a building, the decor and furnishings make you feel like you have been transported back in time!! The food is absolutely delicious, from the egg hoppers at breakfast (an absolute must) to the seafood platter for dinner, everything was absolutely perfect and gave a real insight to traditional Sri Lankan cuisine! But the true essense of this place is the staff that look after you. They made our stay so special with such a great sense of humour and their genuine want to make us happy and cater for whatever we needed. A true reflection of the wonderful nature of the Sri Lankan people. Special thanks to Jagath, Costa, Chamara and Asela :D
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Responded Apr 17, 2022
Dear ToonLK, Thank you so much for your generous and candid review and it was an absolute pleasure to meet you all. I am very pleased that you have enjoyed your 4 Night's stay with us and had time to soak up the colonial elegance in this 17th-century mansion. we always try to make our valuable guests feel relaxed and have a memorable stay with us. Thank you for your feedback and recommendation about the service, staff, and food. Your comments are most encouraging to our team. We will look forward to welcoming you again. Regards, Chamara Dedduwage Resident Manager
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Prettyjen wrote a review Apr 2022
London, United Kingdom126 contributions69 helpful votes
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From the minute you enter this hotel you’re treated like royalty! All of the staff are friendly, professional and can’t do enough for you. The attention to details is excellent. We stayed in Garden Room 1 which was lovely and very comfortable and ate in the restaurant regularly. There are no negatives at this hotel- everything was positive- the cleanliness and hygiene, the quality of the food, the service, the location, the ambiance. We visited Other establishments within the Fort to look around and have drinks and none of them could compete with this hotel. Thank you to all the staff! We highly recommend this hotel.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Responded Apr 17, 2022
Dear Prettyjen, We are most grateful for your candid and sincere review of the hotel and I am delighted you had such a memorable stay with us. I'm glad you enjoyed every bit of your stay at Galle Fort Hotel. It is most encouraging that the staff were very attentive and professional. I appreciate your feedback and comments that the Food was excellent. As always we do go out of our way and have that special service that feels the guest more homely My team has done their best throughout your stay. Thank you for your feedback and recommendation Your comments are most encouraging to our team. And looking forward to welcoming you soon. Regards, Chamara Dedduwage Resident Manager
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Sarika Shah wrote a review Mar 2022
6 contributions1 helpful vote
We only ate dinner here (I wish we had stayed here as property is stunning), but the food was absolute divine. Wonderful staff, delicious cocktails too. We have been dreaming about that meal every day since we returned to London. Hotel is absolutely stunning too - and where we ate overlooks pool area and it was just wonderful. Try the sri lankan fish curry - you can't go wrong!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Chamara Dedduwage , Other at Galle Fort Hotel
Responded Apr 4, 2022
Dear 822sarikas, Thank you so much for taking the time to review the Galle Fort Hotel and recommending to other visitors that it is a must-see if visiting Galle. We are delighted you not only found our food and cocktails excellent but served by attentive and friendly staff in one of Galle’s most historical Dutch Fort buildings. Indeed we are proud of the hotel's restoration and its contribution to a truly historical, cultural boutique hotel Sri Lankan experience. Proud because in 2007 Galle Fort Hotel was awarded the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Award of Distinction, for heritage conservation. It's my absolute pleasure to learn that you were enjoyed Sri Lankan rice and curry and especially fish curry. Looking forward to welcoming you on your next visit to Sri Lanka. Regards, Chamara Dedduwage
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PRICE RANGE
$220 - $275 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Sri LankaSouthern ProvinceGalle DistrictGalle
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
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Frequently Asked Questions about Galle Fort Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Galle Fort Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Cara Jewellers (0.07 miles), Lihiniya Gems (0.2 miles), and Galle Fort (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Galle Fort Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Galle Fort Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Galle Fort Hotel?
Yes, free public parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Galle Fort Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Abacate, Cafe 82, and The Bungalow Galle Fort Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Galle Fort Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Galle Fort Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Galle Fort Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Galle Fort Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Galle.
Are any cleaning services offered at Galle Fort Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Galle Fort Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Sinhala.
Are there any historical sites close to Galle Fort Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Galle Fort (0.2 miles), Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (0.1 miles), and Meera Mosque (0.2 miles).