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The Fortress
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Koggala
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne Australia
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52 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

Don't let the name put you off, this is anything but a fortress.
All rooms face the Indian ocean and are spacious and superbly fitted out, the bathroom area is larger than most ordinary hotel rooms!

The infinity pool must be olympic size and is brilliantly lit at night.

Squirrels roam the grounds.

The evening meal is usually a themed smorgasbord e.g, seafood and is exceptional.

The staff are courteous and nothing is too much trouble. The Hotel is close enough to Galle to visit easily.

A long languid beach stretches to the North, great for a dip and bodysurfing ( don't be put off by the large Eastern Europeans in G-Strings!).

A great place to stay and wind down and its easy to be tempted not to venture out

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oakham, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

Third time here and it just keeps getting better.......

I almost don't want to say too much as it is such a great hotel, in the most amazing country, that if too many of you hear about it we may find it hard to book again next year!

We took our 20 year old son this time and he loved it. He didn't mind that it is quiet because the sheer luxury, superb service, great food and beautiful rooms more than compensated. He normally avoids massages but booked numerous treatments at the spa, a big compliment to them, and he loved visiting the well equipped gym everyday.

Well done The Fortress, excellent holiday yet again...... we will be back!

One important point. You will find that getting hold of a reliable tuctuc driver is not always easy so we would certainly recommend local tuctuc driver, Chamara, we have used him over the last few years and originally met on the beach. He is excellent, trustworthy, a good driver, always finding us great bargains and very reasonably priced. We went on a number of tours with him, that included whale watching, turtle hatchery, tea plantation, diving, shopping and numerous dinner trips. Please contact me directly if you would like me to send his contact details.

Room Tip: Ocean front room on the upper level.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

The Fortress is immaculate it's really impressive, only 53 rooms so plenty of space for the guests. The room was huge and very impressive but unfortunately we were given one of the few rooms without a sea view. our room faced a big mouldy wall, there was a ladder outside and some black sheeting to the left, all they need to do is paint the wall and tidy it up a bit. The food was massively expensive. We also had a banging noise in our room which woke us up every hour during the night. We opened all the doors thinking it may be a door banging. By the time we tracked the noise down to the air conditioning unit it was a bit late as we'd had two sleepless nights. We reported it and asked for some money off but they didn't seem to believe us to start with. They paid for our lunch which was nice but when you're paying £250 a night you don't expect to be kept awake. I think a reduction would have been a nice gesture. Apart from that the place is stunning, lovely to sit by the pool and walk up the beach.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Rowlands Castle, United Kingdom
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139 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

We stayed here for 9 days and it was really impressive. The staff were without exception all helpful and friendly. Our room (19) was massive and although we didn't have sea view it was really nice. Large bathroom with walk in shower. 7 ft x 7 ft bed! We used the gym which had plenty of kit and wasn't ever busy. The food was really good - lots of choice and the menu changed every day. The chef and the restaurant manager always visible and happy to specific things if required. You could get decent wine for £20 a bottle. The pool was an infinity one and was very large and warm (only few children when we visited) Each night there was evening entertainment - usually ok! Its not cheap but if you can afford it - its worth the money. It's a five star hotel without doubt

Room Tip: Depends on what you can afford - sea view is pricey -
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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52 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

This is an attractive, well run hotel within around 30 minutes drive of Galle. We had a sea view room with a large seating area and very chic interiors, which I would highly recommend. I'm not sure what view the non-sea view rooms have, I suspect it may be the perimeter wall. The staff were professional and friendly and the food was great. We had booked to stay at the Lighthouse but were informed a few days before departure that there is major renovation work taking place until November 2013 and so changed to the Fortress. If you want to be close to Galle but do not want to stay in one of the small hotels inside the city this is a great alternative.

Room Tip: The sea view rooms are excellent.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Delhi
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33 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

Absolutely loved my experience at this property. I had an Ocean Loft suite, essentially a duplex with a plunge pool inside the room. The balcony on the first floor with a view of the beach was unbelievable. The master bathroom is massive, and there are Bvlgari toiletries.

They seem to have mastered the art of hospitality here. I was given a butler for my stay. While he was not intrusive, he would be immediately available every time I needed him.

They have a beautiful infinity pool right by the beach. There is only restaurant / dining option in the hotel and that could get a bit boring for longer stays. The breakfast quality was average and could be improved, however dinner was nice.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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60 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

What can I say about The Fortress? Is it luxurious? Yep certainly is! We had an ocean room which was enormous with a fabulous bathroom, large seating area, the biggest bed I have ever seen and a balcony with a comfy table and chairs. There was FRESH MILK in the fridge for the complimentary tea and coffee. Staff were all very welcoming and friendly - nothing was too much trouble. The spa was lovely - I had a lovely facial.

All the public areas were clean and tidy and there were ample sun beds and lots of other comfortable seating areas. The swimming pool was devine. Large and beautifully warm. Staff were very attentive with numerous beach towels available. There was a fab poolside menus and drinks on hand.

The dining experience was good - the food was well cooked and the service professional. My only concern would be the depth of choice. We stayed 3 nights and with the menus available being served at both lunch and dinner I think anyone staying longer might begin to get slightly bored with the choice,

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Fortress
Address: Route A2, Matara Road, Koggala, Galle 82104, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle > 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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