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“Great location, staff indifferent, room mouldy smelling.”

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Rampart View Guest House
Ranked #14 of 23 Hotels in Galle
Bengaluru, India
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
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“Great location, staff indifferent, room mouldy smelling.”
Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the annex as there were 4 of us. The room was easily big enough, with 4 single beds.
The room however had a samp problem and had mould on the walls and a musty smell, if you're allergic beware.
Otherwise, room was adequate. They don't allow alcohol in the public spaces either, although the view from the roof is awesome. I would however caution anyone with small kids not to go up there, there where no guard rails and a fair drop.
We didn't eat here so can't comment on the food however there is so much to eat nearby it didnt matter.
All in all, fair calue for money, but a little run down and the sraff werent exactly sparkly. They werent mean, just a bit meh.

  • Stayed August 2013
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RampartView, Owner at Rampart View Guest House, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Thank you for your valuable feedback.

It is most unfortunate that you did not raise these concerns during the course of your the stay so that we could have rectified these issues at the time.

The annex were you stayed is not actually part of Rampart View Guesthouse. It is in a neighbouring property which we allocate to guests when we are full. We have only recently taken on this room and are still in the processing of bringing it up to the same high standard as our other rooms in the main building.

We are grateful for the shortcomings you have raised and will endeavour to rectify them as quickly as possible.

In order to create a safe family environment for our guests and in accordance with our Islamic beliefs, we do not allow alcohol to be consumed in public areas. However, we always make it clear to guests that they are most welcome to consume alcohol in their own room.

We are most disappointed with your comments towards our hard-working staff. A brief look through our dozens of reviews will show that our staff are always on hand to assist guests in an efficient and friendly manner.

Sincerely,
Rampart View Guesthouse
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Galle Fort has emerged as a hot travel destination in recent years, and it's not hard to see why. Wandering its compact network of narrow lanes on foot, each rich in architectural heritage, is an enchanting experience. A night within the Fort itself is recommended, and Rampart View is enviably located by the ramparts near Flag Rock Bastion and within walking distance of the Fort's various attractions. Rampart View is certainly at the budget end of the spectrum of accommodation options in Galle Fort, but though simple and spartan, we found our room spacious, clean and comfortable, with an en-suite bathroom with shower, and providing a fine view of the ramparts and the Indian Ocean beyond. There was no TV, but the complimentary Wi-fi was strong enough for video streaming if visual entertainment was required. Nobody ever visited Galle to watch TV though. On our arrival we were given a brief tour of the property, which included some initially complicated sounding arrangements regarding the main door and its alarm, although none of this ultimately posed any practical difficulty for us. Owned by a Muslim family, a 'No Liquor Please' sign is prominently displayed on the first floor balcony. Nobody should be inconvenienced by this as there is an ample supply of places to eat, and drink if required, elsewhere in the Fort. Guests also have use of a rooftop garden area, a good vantage point for views of the ramparts and neighbouring streets. The traditional Sri Lankan breakfast, served on the balcony, although costing extra, was superb and filling, with hoppers, sambol, and curry. All in all, then, an inexpensive and well located guesthouse with much to recommend it as a base for exploring Galle.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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18 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

Ideal location, on the outer edge of the Galle fort with view on the ramparts and the sea (as its name suggests). Our room had sea view from the balcony and was a basic, clean and comfortable room. We didn't have breakfast or any other meal there, since Galle has many nice little restaurants and is easy to walk around, so can't comment on that.

Overall very good and affordable option given the outstanding location.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Paris, France
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is a great little budget guesthouse right at the southern end of Galle Fort with a beautiful view out to sea. The breakfast, which was served on the balcony, was really good (omelette, tea, fruit, toast etc...). The room was basic and clean, yes it could be fresher, but it was fine for us. The nice staff arranged a driver to pick us up from the airport which worked out perfectly and for a good price. The Rampart View is one of the few places in Galle where the prices are still fair (prices have inflated quickly in this popular town and some similar addresses are nearly double) Oh and they take credit card for a small percentage.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Varsovie
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Reviewed September 11, 2012 via mobile

We stayed one night and fully appreciated this gh. Room was clean, good service, excellent localization in Galle. The only minus is the bathroom, that isn't really fresh.
You can enjoy the beautiful view from the roof.
To conclude, good address!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

I stayed here for 6 nights this August, i found everything more good than i expected, its a very value for money place to stay in Galle. Not to mention the amazing sound of indian ocean...just in a few meters..

  • Stayed August 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2012

This guesthouse doesn't have a lot to offer besides very nice owners, clean rooms and a pretty good location right inside the fort looking out at the ocean. You can also see the lighthouse from the property which is good. It can be amusing at times as highly curious Lankas watch you eat breakfast on the balcony as they go for their morning walks along the fort walls.

On the downside the beds are downright shocking. Apart from that though it has everything you would expect a budget guesthouse to have.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Rampart View Guest House
Address: 37 Rampart Street, Fort, Galle | Sri Lanka, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Galle
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Galle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Rampart View Guest House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Guest House is situated overlooking the sea and it has rooms with sea view. The view of the sunset & sunrise is what unique and the big terrace where the guests could have the sun bath is what differentiates our Guest House. Registered and approved Home Stay Guest House by the Sri Lanka Tourist Board. Free from alcohol.The view of the ocean, Southern & Northern side of galle. It is only ten minutes walking distance from the Galle town to our Guest House.We at Rampart View will deliver reliable and personalized service. ... more   less 
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