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“Stunning hotel”
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The Fortress
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Koggala
Certificate of Excellence
Warlingham, United Kingdom
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“Stunning hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

We are staying at the hotel for a week and have been here for two days the rooms are excellent and the pool area are very nice and the staff are so friendly and helpfully the grounds are kept immaculate as soon as a leaf falls off a tree it is picked up the staff can't do enough for you the rooms are of a very high standard and well laid out the food is of a very high standard and the spa iis excellent we fully recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

Pickup at the airport was perfect and the hotel charge was $170, the journey via the expressway took about 3 hours in total, its Colombo and airport location that takes all the time so be prepared.
Arrived at the hotel, was expecting it to be more Galle than outside a few km's away. The hotel is basically what you see in the pictures, nothing more nothing less. We were given a Ocen view room on the upper floor which was great and has very good views of the ocean, much the same for all of them.

Rooms are ok, nothing special, comforatable but lacking any form of pwer sockets for the modern traveller really you need to hunt for them and they all in the wrong place. Part from that bigh rooms nothing to be unhappy about.

Small hotel 53 rooms about in all so not overcrowded and people generally dont rush to do anything so breakfast is no surprise to not see many people. The food is overall very good, excellent in fact though did get food poisoning from the last night seafood buffet, bad timing.

The pool and the views from it are great, always a nice stiff breeze, perfect with the sunny weather though it does get overcast a lot. Service around the pool and attention is very good, drinks ans coktails are very good and with all food and beverage very reasonably priced so no worries there.

Gym is good, has all the equipment and treadmills you need and very nicely air conditioned!!

There is not really anything to do outside of the hotel as there is really nothing worth seeing outside. As people say for swimming the sea current is strong and there are sagfe area but be careful the sea is powerful here even further up the beach where most people walk up to for a dip.

Happy hour is 18.00-19.00 and its just 20% off the drinks, very boring. Then the restuarant does not open until 19.30 which is a touch strange. The hours between 17.00 and 19.30 are a bit boring and the hotel need to spice it up and put out proper seating on the grass or something as the bar area sucks big time. Worst hotel bar ever, more like someones kitchen and breakfast bar.

Did the Yala safari for one day, be ware that it takes about 3 hours to get there and 3 hours back. Its 325$ for the half day safari and we were very lucky we saw all the widllife including the leopards up close. The next day people from the hotel saw nothing, so thats also a thing to bare in mind.

Overall for a boutique hotel it was a b and not a B for boutique. Could be much better. Time for another $170 ride to the airport.

If you travel business class on Sri Lankan its exceptional through the airport using the Silk route. No hassle at all they take care of it all.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

We sTayed for a week in October and had a fantastic time. The rooms were spacious, stylish and well appointed. The staff were the friendliest you can imagine. The food was good, pricier than outside the hotel but you expect that. Great pool, really nice and long which meant for morning lengths it was perfect. We took a couple of excursions via the hotel and the drivers were fantastic, and the cars brand new and very comfortable 4x4s.

The beach was perfect for nice long afternoon strolls. Tuk Turks are available right outside the hotel and are a really reasonable way to see more of the surrounding area.

We enjoyed some treatments in the spa which were great, the only negative is the treatment rooms are located on the roadside part of the building and the road noise is in the background.

All in all we had a great time. We have and will keep recommending it and hope to return one day.

Room Tip: Sea view rooms are Worth the extra. Sunsets are perfect
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

A beautiful hotel with friendly and super staff. Overall we had a great stay in the largest room I have ever stayed in. The staff are super, always smiling and make the stay very pleasant. We could not get a sea facing room, but I guess that was our own fault booking so late. Love that breakfast goes on till 11 and the pizza oven is open all afternoon. The pool is super size and loved the lights at night. Overall great, just a shame the weather was so bad this weekend.

Stayed January 2013
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

Great location, good food (especially breakfast), great and friendly service and staff, lovely room, beautiful pool/ beach area. It felt more like a boutique hotel, we were treated like we were on honeymoon but we were not! Spa treatments were also nice.

One of the best places I've stayed and would love to go back one day.

The pool guy was so sweet and even gave me his own goggles to use for my swim.

I always like to give very balanced reviews but it's difficult to fault this place.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

Took a trip to the south of sri lanka and drove by this majestic property on the main road. We stopped in to see what was up and literally upon entering we were mesmerized by the Christmas decorations (its more Christmassy here then in North America by faaaaar which is a trip in itself) and proceeded to book the Presidential Suite with adjoining room for our parents. The driver had his own quarters across the street which in normal in this country but a nice thing for him. The Suite was stunning to say the least, huge living room with a huge master bedroom with a gigantic master bathroom with jacuzzi tub and a walk in shower. The best part I think is the staff, they go up and beyond to please the guests which shows in the little things they do. I would have to say that having stayed in 4 hotels in Sri Lanka (Dec.2012) this is by far the best one so far. The beach is great also for body surfing...
We also received a Christmas present upon checking out which was just the cherry on the top!! Keep up the Fantastic work!!!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

We stayed here for 5 nights during our tour of Sri Lanka. The hotel is a true 5 star hotel, fantastic rooms, great service and incredible food.
We loved the food here, everything we ord was tasty.
The best best best part of this hotel is the staff. Nothing is too much for them and if I could remember all of there names I would name them all on here! , they always have a smile on their face and will want to Make your stay as pleasurable as possible.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Fortress
Address: Route A2, Matara Road, Koggala 82104, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Koggala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Koggala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Fortress 5*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxury 53 room boutique resort located on the Southern shores of Sri Lanka. The Fortress has been styled after Galle’s powerful ancient Dutch Fort, blending the country’s Dutch and Portuguese influences with Sri Lankan motifs and indigenous furnishings to echo the historic days of Old Ceylon. This has been artfully and sensitively fused with innovative architecture, high design features, state-of-the-art technology, sensual living spaces with naturally modern design, and incredible gastronomic experiences, to stunning effect. The Fortress will offer unprecedented levels of service, extraordinary innovation, attention to detail and a unique blend of Old Ceylon with Modern Asia. ... more   less 
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The Fortress Hotel Koggala
Fortress Hotel Galle
Fortress Galle
Fortress Sri Lanka

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