The Fortress in Koggala was our last stop and we stayed here 4 nights. It was overall a good experience but not exceptionally good. Everything is neatly and there are lots of people around but the "wow" feeling never appeared. I always wanted to come to this resort as I found it on Small Luxury Hotels and as I loved this country through its diversity and its charming people it was on my wish list.
Yes, the room is really big but as we had a last minute deal through agoda we got room 124 which is at the side of the building. No sea view but not a problem. The room has lot's of storage space for empty luggage and items, which is a big plus, but no chair at all in the room. There was no possibility to sit in the room only on the bed. Being in holidays this is luckily not a big problem. Bathroom was huge with all amenities and really luxurious. Room-service always very clean and attentive.
What was lacking was the food, overpriced and average. We had two times dinner in the hotel and it was ok. The breakfast buffet was nothing overwhelming. We compared to other hotels we stayed throughout Asia in the same price group like Banyan Tree in Puket, Tugu in Bali. We had always to ask to get a re-fill of coffee or tea in the morning.
Wednesday evening there is a local dancing show which was ok but for the 5 star hotel we expected something more professional.
The next time we will come to Galle area we definitely will stay in a hotel within the old town in Galle as the sea at this side of the island is very rough and in any case you can not swim in.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Fortress Hotel Koggala
- Fortress Hotel Galle
- Fortress Galle
- Fortress Sri Lanka