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Port Vila, Vanuatu
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This Hotel was initially the 'palace' for the dutch elite from the VOC (Verenigde Oost-indië Company), the first company registered in the world and dealing in spices from the colonies. The building has been restored in traditional 17th century dutch style, with the same high windows and furniture like you find in Amsterdam. Right in the middle of the action... More 

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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I stayed here for 1 night, Could of easily stayed more! Dinner was amazing - we had local curry's for tea. Pre dinner drinks menu is very good! (Not bad prices either) Breakfast - a good variety, possibly more vegetarian options would be my only suggestion.. Good coffee! Pool area is really good. Our room was fantastic,... More 

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

Dear Leigh N, 1 night at the GFH is barely enough time to fully grasp the significance of this 400 year old, historical, archaeological and architectural heritage site, so we are most appreciative of your recommendation after a short visit. Thank you also for mentioning that you enjoyed dinner and I will take up your point on breakfast vegetarian options.... More 

Emirate Of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Gorgous hotel , I didn't stay I met a friend but the staff were kind enough to show me around, gorgeous interiors and a fantastic location, the pool is beautiful and the atmosphere is lovely. a very popular hotel with tourists

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

Dear LifestyleMommy, In the short time you visited us I must thank you for sending us a post and for being so complimentary about the hotels interiors, location, pool and atmosphere. The next time you come to Galle we hope you will stay with us. Kind Regards David E More 

Wolverhampton, England, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

During our trip to Sri Lanka we stayed in a variety of accommodation from budget homestays to this, luxury heritage hotel. Whilst the room rates are pretty expensive, we experienced exceptional service and quality from the Galle Fort Hotel which we had booked as a treat for our wedding anniversary. On arrival we were greeted by reception staff, as well... More 

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

Dear NikandDik W, It was a pleasure reading your lengthy and princely review and I appreciate the time taken to share your comments with us. We are delighted your honeymoon treat worked out well and that you experienced exceptional service and quality from polite, friendly and attentive staff. Honeymooners and Loft Suites are a great combination: romantic, cosy and homely... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn't stay here although I did consider it but the hotel I chose, Tamarind Hill is so gorgeous this isn't as nice, although it looked pretty good, although it is a more expense place o stay. What it does have is excellent sorbet, coconut and lychee sorbet to be precise. I could have eaten a bucket of it it... More 

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

Dear Penny g, It really is most generous of you to write to us and proclaim our coconut lychee sorbet to be top notch. I am of the same opinion: it is mouthwatering and quite delicious. Then to say that you would have eaten a bucket load of it because it was so good is really saying something. Thank you.... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is pricey so only consider it if you want to splurge. It has a swimming pool and lovely heritage features however which is tough to find in Galle. The location inside the Fort is second to none and is worth a visit if you like boutique hotels.

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

Dear KFromTheB, Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I agree our location is second to none and even though the Dutch built fewer than200 homes inside its 17th-century ramparts, GFH is situated right in its heart. The ramparts are built of solid granite and at strategic locations around the wall are bastions, known as "Sun", "Moon"... More 

Muscat, Oman
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a pleasure to arrive here to unwind after a week and many hours of driving across the country. Rather very authentic colonial style with furniture made out of heavy tropical wood. Very nice staff. No fast food here, no buffet but comprehensive breakfast is served and yes it does take at least half an hour from start to finish.... More 

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

Dear VCube, I can completely empathise with the challenges of driving around Sri Lanka, a landscape understood only if you have experienced it firsthand. So thank you so much for your review and for mentioning how much a pleasure it was to unwind here after many days and hours inside a vehicle. All our menus are a la carte and... More 

Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have stayed at or visited the properties in Penang that Christopher Ong was responsible for restoring back to their former glory and had very much been looking forward to the Galle Fort Hotel. The decor is beautiful with antique furnishings and the ambience with a pool and lush garden calming. I too met the GM and was given a... More 

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

Dear GoannaSydney, It was a pleasure meeting you and in particular sharing with you your interests in restoration building projects. The restoration of Galle Fort Hotel was a complete success. In 1999 the Sri Lankan government lifted the 100% tax on foreign ownership, which resulted in Australian, Karl Steinberg, and his Malaysian partner Christopher Ong purchasing a dilapidated abandoned 17th... More 

Orlando, Florida
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for 2 nights and found the place much inspiring. The location of the hotel (the building) was quite old, around 400 years. The service received was decent and we had no complaints what so ever, However keep in mind that this is not a 'Luxury' hotel, and don't accept too much of that. Otherwise a good decent... More 

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

Dear evadorothy, The title of your post is accurate and really epitomises the very essence of staying at Galle Fort Hotel. So imagine this then: Persians, Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Malays, Indians, and Chinese were all doing business through Galle seaport long before any western rule in the country. Now picture this: Galle is the best example of a fortified city... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful authentic atmosphere. Very friendly staff, we even got a personal tour from the GM explaining the history of the property. The facilities like the entrance lobby and the terraces and the pool are very nice. However, it does not provide the luxury you expect. The lighting inside the room is too dark, the shower head wasn't working properly and... More 

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

Dear Hakan K, Thank you so much for reviewing the Hotel and sharing your feedback with us. I am very pleased you enjoyed the authentic atmosphere and found the hotels colonial settings, like the terraces and lobby to your liking. Once a dilapidated and abandoned former 17th century merchant’s house, the hotel has been beautifully restored to reveal the original... More 

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  • Pool
  • 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, 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: $140 - $494 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Galle Fort Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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#10 Luxury Hotel in Galle
#15 Family Hotel in Galle
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