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The Fortress
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Koggala
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“Wonderful”
Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

Spent 5 delightful nights at The Fortress. Arrived in Colombo at 2am stayed at The Kingsbury which is a 30min taxi ride from the airport. Kingsbury is affiliated with The Fortress and was their recommended hotel in Colombo. The Fortress organized transport from The Kingsbury - nice luxury SUV, they were on time and the driver very pleasant. Trip took about 90mins.

Arrived at The Fortress, greeted by the sound of a bell and walked through the tall gates into paradise. From the moment we stepped into the hotel the staff were adorable, so loving, so happy, so attentive. Staff 5 stars.

We stayed on the ground floor (room 12) garden access. We didn't have a plunge pool in our room but didn't need it. The communal pool was great. Service around the pool brilliant.

Beach is great for a walk - wish I took my surf board as the beach was empty and great waves. Stilt fisherman just around the corner. Some of the staff breed turtles and once they are strong enough they release them into the ocean. This is a great experience.

Have to say we were a little disappointed with the food and price of alcohol. Wine options, very limited and way overpriced.

Kid friendly but that didn't bother us at all. It's big enough to escape if need be.

We headed into town a few days/nights - grabbed a tuk tuk from outside, 3000r return trip, it's about 30mins to Galle, the driver will also wait for you. Galle fort is a tad boring but worth a look if you're into museums and history. We ate at deco 44 - great king prawns also really cheap. We had a great curry at Mamas rooftop cafe. Don't bother going to Kingfisher in Unawatuna, so overrated. I would recommend a cooking class - we went to Sonia's Kitchen. We also went to Mirissa Beach for a day trip.

Overall a wonderful experience.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Ostuni, Italy
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

We stayed at the Fortress for three nights on our recent trip to Sri Lanka and what a find. Everything about the hotel was superb. The staff could not have been more welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. The rooms are very spacious and have wonderful views and on our last night we ended up in a suite which wonderful. The food was excellent and the chef took the time to talk to the guests and find out what people thought and what they would like on the menu.
Can't wait to go back.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

This hotel is another gem. Peaceful, stunning, beautiful. Everything you want in a retreat. Next to the beach that is pristine and long. Space for everyone and beautiful grounds. We were there during Sri Lanka New Years. The hotel brought in an elephant for the children to ride as well as organised games and amazing dancing in the evening. The rooms are high tech and wonderful. Each has an amazing jacuzzi bath and IPOD loaded with great music. All rooms have stunning views. Service and food are excellent.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

This hotel is luxurious and a great place to relax. The staff are friendly and professional and the food is really nice. We enjoyed playing pool on the table which any guests can use anytime. The housekeeping was really good and they change your towels twice a day. The pool is fantastic and massive. Never too busy and over looks the ocean. The only things I didn't like about the hotel were the location as you can't walk very easily to any shops etc. You are best taking a tuck tuck. These are just outside the hotel, check with the hotel desk on costs as there is a standard rate although it is really reasonable and the driver stays with you the whole time. Also I thought the food and drinks were really overpriced. So it was cheaper to pay a tuck tuck about £10 and go into Galle which is about 30mins on a tuck tuck. A lovely place but need to look at pricing on food and drink. Also they had DVD players in the room but quite an old and dated collection of DVDs which could easily be improved.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

Sorry this review has taken a year...I have been meaning to do, better late than never. 10th April 2013 was our wedding day. We had visited this hotel on a recommendation a few years back for dinner and fell in love with the place. We decided to go back and stay for 3 nights in 2012...we stayed in a standard room but there is nothing standard about these rooms, the best rooms we have ever stayed in. This hotel was the only place we wanted for our wedding so we decided to book...the whole experience from start to finish was amazing. We delt with Nadeesha, Gayani and Asela who bent over backwards for us and could not do enough (even after our stay they have continued to help us which we cxant thank them enough for. Our wedding went smoothly and we had a blissful day...we can not wait to go back and visit in July! Highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

A truly superb hotel. Location is to die for, the food is delicious and the suite is stunning. Had two great treatments at the spa, possibly the best facial I have had. Am already planning our return trip.

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Reviewed April 11, 2014

Stayed here for 3 nights with my family (including 2 young boys) and a group of friends. Friendly and efficient staff, great pool area, spacious and comfortable rooms and lovely breakfast. Priced at a premium, but certainly treat their guests well! I won't stay at any other hotel in Galle again.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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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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Also Known As:
The Fortress Hotel Koggala
Fortress Hotel Galle
Fortress Galle
Fortress Sri Lanka

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