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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked a twin bed room and got ourselves the Library Suite. Room is huge - consists of two double beds and two large sofas. It can easily fit 6 people! Both beds had mosquitos netting which adds to the old colonial feel. Bathroom consists of a separate shower area (big enough for a baby elephant!) and a small toilet... More 

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If I had paid half the price maybe I could get the quaintness but for the 280 USD I paid - it is a complete letdown. We were given a "suite" which consisted of a bed downstairs - with a tiny one seater chair to sit on and a bed upstairs - why? The floor had the oldest, dirtiest rug... More 

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear MichaelTravel22, Towards the end of my historical introduction you triumphantly told me of your association with the former owners of GFH and some knowledge of its restoration. Your less than complimentary review of the hotel and ACH suite comes quite out of the blue given that so many of our guests have enjoyed staying there on so many occasions.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The check in was quick though when we walked in no one cared us and we had to ask for the reception. Then the General Manager told us about the hotel and one part of the building being more than 400 years old which was built during Dutch period and the extension of it was built during British period according... More 

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Gugsi123, It’s really wonderful to know that you loved your stay at the hotel and were obviously taken by the old wing with its Dutch and English architectural influences and with the new wing extension which seamlessly follows the same period architecture. Our check-in is conducted quickly and personally so each guest receives individual service as well as interesting... More 

Galle, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had had the Galle Fort Hotel recommended to me, so we made sure we stayed. It was wonderful. We felt we had gone back in time, luckily though, we had all the modern conveniences. Comfortable rooms, although as 2 single women, we would have prefered a twin share but we had been told that this was unavailable, we decided... More 

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear kblair 2016, It was really good to hear that someone recommended the hotel to you and better still that you had a wonderful time staying with us. Much of the enjoyment does come from sense of romanticism and tranquility which permeates the hotel, the experiences connecting with its colonial past, the charm of its architectural heritage. It whelms you.... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Manager David greeted us and gave us an excellent history of both the hotel and Galle Fort. We did a tour of the Fort with a local guide who expanded on details of the history going back to the Chinese fleets. We had dinner at Deco a great restaurant a few block away. Everyone at the hotel were very... More 

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Robert H, The Galle Fort area has seen a transformation, a renaissance, over the last 10 years and is now a vibrant bustling town with shops, art galleries, jewelry stores, restaurants - the Deco included and boutique hotels clustered together along cobble stone walkways in impressively restored buildings. Galle Fort was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was blown away at first sight. From the welcome to the beautiful interiors and wonderful restoration of a 400 year old building. Staff were incredible, like coming home every night. David, the GM personally greeted me on check in and gave me a tour of building and historical relevance. The food was incredible. Spent more time in the hotel than... More 

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear jetsetter004, May I say what a pleasure it was to have you stay with us and I am pleased the staff made you feel welcome and comfortable. The hotel evokes a sense of colonial charm and grandeur and it is good to know you felt at home in an environment reflecting times past but also providing modern comforts. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed for two nights in mid July in the Library Suite. The Suite is in a 400 year old converted building and has two double beds and a lounge suit. We were met by the General Manager who spent 10 minutes with us telling us some interesting facts about the hotel and Galle. We loved the restaurant, bar and... More 

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Marnie O, Your review is very much appreciated and I am pleased the experience was a good one. For a family the Library Suite works really well, particularly with its two large king size beds, two enormous daybeds and separate bathroom with shower. The rooms lofty high ceilings, spacious interior, antique ebony and satinwood chest and almirahs makes this... More 

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an old place, full of character, in the old fort area of Galle. My daughter and I had a wonderful stay here, lovely swimming pool and luxurious rooms. The food was also excellent. The management were solicitous, really want their guests to have a good time. We stayed two nights and wished we could stay longer!

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear X1334UVanne, Indeed the hotel is full of character and I appreciate you making this comment because it is one of the many reasons why guests enjoy staying here; to be a part of its historical architecture. Galle Fort is a spellbinding mixture of Dutch, British and Sri Lankan history and architecture, with fewer than 200 homes inside its 17th-century... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Galle 3 years ago and fell in love with the city and its architecture. Now that we had the chance to go back, we chose Galle Fort Hotel are were not dissapointed. Staff is extremely nice and warm, very efficient and they are prepared to solve problems on the spot. For example, the ac in our room... More 

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear veronica g, We really are honored that you chose to stay with us on your return visit to Galle and equally pleased you were not disappointed with your choice of hotel. The Grand Apartment or Captains room as you referred to it, is a magnificent suite and occupies 2,500 square feet of the entire top floor of the old... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were recommended by our agent from barefoot travel and was overwhelmed when we arrived and checked into our library room. On arrival we were met and given chilled towels and a refreshing welcome drink by great friendly staff. The building is in excess of 490 years old and the room still holds all the aged character but with the... More 

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Trip Advisor Member, Galle Fort Hotel really is a gem of a place. So if you feel a little overwhelmed when you arrive it’s not surprising. Rescued from neglect and decay and lovingly and painstakingly restored the property retains its historical value and authenticity while also boasting some modern creature comforts. Elegantly furnished its interiors reveal a minimalist style,... More 

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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
Food & drink at the hotel
Galle Fort Hotel Restaurant
Galle Fort Hotel Restaurant
Cuisines: European, Vegetarian, Sri Lankan, Asian, Fusion, Wine Bar
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Galle Fort Hotel

Address: 28 Church Street, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle
Price Range: $208 - $633 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Galle Fort Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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Hotel Style:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Galle
#15 Family Hotel in Galle
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