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Rampart View Guest House
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Reviewed December 18, 2011

Rampart View is a great place. Family run and located next to the southern wall, it offers great views, fantastic value and a warm welcome.
We’d emailed ahead of time for the booking and there was no problem, even though we arrived in the morning. The family welcomed us in and showed us to the room.
The room is an actual queen-sized bed, not 2 single beds pushed together. It was bright and airy with the corridor/balcony sitting area looking out over the wall and at the sea. The bathroom was clean with a power heater for hot water, but had a quite a few mosquitoes to keep you company. We lit a coil in the bathroom and kept the door closed and there was no problem. The breakfast is not included but for 400 rupees per person you can get Euro or Sri Lankan fare, worth it.
Many other reviews and guides complain about a no booze rule and a curfew. Both are true but let’s work it out. The family is a little security obsessed and has an alarm/lighting system that gets activated at night from movement. They turn it on around 10.30 pm and off at around 5am. This would also mean that the curfew runs the same time. It’s not strictly held up and if you really want to stay out in the dry ghost town of Galle, there is a bell to call one of the family members to let you in. They have no problem with this. For the booze, you’re not allowed to bring in back to the hotel. Not really a problem as the whole time is pretty much dry too. The best restaurants and hotels in town are alcohol free. If you really can’t wait 24 hours to have a drink (seek help) but seriously it is available in certain places and you can sit on the wall or other cafes and chill and drink no problem.
Galle is super quiet, all cafes and restaurants close early so none of this is really a problem. With not much to do, other than walk around, spend no longer than 1 day here.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

The owners are very friendly and made us feel very welcome. The location is perfect - climbing the stairs to the roof to watch the sunset is a must!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank SELondonCouple
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Reviewed August 10, 2011

Rampart View Guist house.

my family stayed at rampart on 08 & 9th of August.11.we rearly enjoyed.fin place.you can see actual nature of our country.rauf & family is very good for guists.
we hope to be there too .in the next visit to galle.
tks .
harold & family

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 26, 2011

We stayed here last year and thought it was great. We returned to the same smiling faces and family atmosphere. Rauf and his family are extremely accomodating. The Fort area is one of the best experiences in sri Lanka and going to aplace like Rampart View adds to the experience. It has the BEST location in the Fort. One cannot fault the view from the room or rooftop. To have an excellent home cooked meal overlloking the Fort Walls and the sea below is unreal. This is a guesthouse, so do not expect a phone, TV, room service. Though it does have fan, air conditioning, WiFi, mosquito nets. The room is very clean and tidy. The value is incredible when you consider the view, friendliness and quality of the meals provided, (all to your requests). Would not hesitate to come here again.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank cdmm58
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Reviewed June 29, 2011

I stayed at Rampart View between May and June 2010.

I have stayed at a number of guesthouses within Sri Lanka and Rampart View is the best one I have stayed at.

The room itself was clean, tidy, and spacious. There was a constant supply of hot water and the ceiling fan was more than adequete for keeping cool. I was able to sleep soundly every night with no interruptions.

From all the rooms there is a fantastic uninterrupted view of the ocean. From the balcony and the roof terrace, you have a fantastic view of the sunsetting over the ocean.

For single female travellers, the guesthouse is an extremely secure and safe place to be. There are none of the usual creepy staff that you find all too often in other Sri Lanka guesthouses and hotels. In the evening, for added security, an intruder alarm is activated.

What makes Rampart View stand out from the other guesthouses in Sri Lanka is the quality of service from the owner, his family, and the staff. Despite the fact they run a jewellery shop next to the guesthouse, there is no hard selling to buy anything, they don't try to sell you tours or excursions, and best of all they don't ask you any of the nosey questions most Sri Lankans tend to ask you. There was always somebody on hand to assist me with any questions I had both day and night.

Even the tuk-tuk driver they recommended to me was respectful and charged a fair price; a very rare find in Sri Lanka!

If you need a guesthouse to stay at in Galle Fort then I can guarantee that you will not go wrong with this one; highly recommended!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled solo
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