The Fortress is simply an incredible place to stay and I couldn’t recommend it enough having stayed there for 9 nights in Feb 2011. The rooms are enormous and immaculately kept with a twice daily service. The hotel building and grounds are stunning and the 50m infinity pool with sun beds overlooking the beach is fantastic. The restaurant offers a large range of different cuisines, the food is delicious and the staff are all extremely polite and well trained. The hotel never looked busy even though I am fairly sure all rooms were occupied and we were always able to use the facilities (spa etc) whenever we wanted.
Yes, some things can be (very) expensive (for Sri Lanka) but this is a 5 star hotel and you pay for the luxurious surroundings and service. Having said that, it’s still cheaper than other 5 star hotels that we’ve stayed at (bottle of beer was about £2.50, cocktail £4-£5, lunch £15 each). We went for half board as the hotel is not really in a location where you can just walk to local restaurants but the food there is divine; I thoroughly recommend the Peppered crab, the Devilled chicken and the Lagoon prawns which are each about as big as a large banana!
The only minor snags I can think of is that 1) the free WiFi was slow and unreliable, not really a problem when you only need to check the odd email but if you needed to do any work or download anything substantial you may want to bring a 3G enabled device. 2) the hotel is about a 4-5 hour drive from the airport, a long old haul especially after a lengthy flight, and 6-7 hours from the main sights around Kandy. I thoroughly recommend trying to arrange your flights so that they arrive/depart in the small hours as the local traffic is horrendous during the day. Neither of these should discourage you from staying at this wonderful hotel, though!
- 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