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“Quiet colonial charm close to Galle”

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Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure
Ranked #2 of 23 Hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence
York, England.
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99 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Quiet colonial charm close to Galle”
Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

The Tamarind Hill (TH) is a beautifully appointed restoration of a colonial home. Quiet and with a country charm, TH is everything that a large hotel is not, quiet, respectful and calm. Clients can truly relax in peaceful surroundings. Both standard and superior rooms are well furnished and decorated. The staff are generally a young group of people who are eager to please and are at all times friendly and helpful. The food is of very good quality but the main dining area would benefit from a mature and experience maître d' to steer the staff on a more efficient course. Overall a delightful destination.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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TamarindHill, Asia Leisure Team at Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for the review. It was our pleasure having you with us and we hope to see you again soon! We wish you all the best for a prosperous year 2014!

Best Regards,
Team at Asia Leisure
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

This small (13 rooms) hotel is a short tuktuk ride from the centre of Galle, and a perfect peaceful retreat away from the tourist hustle and bustle. The pool area (complete with cinnamon tree, monkeys and mango trees) out door bar, courtyard and front grounds are beautifully kept. The rooms are spacious, chic and clean. The whole place has a wonderful colonial charm, and the service is both friendly and courteous. The food in the restaurant is also delicious.
The beds are very comfortable.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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TamarindHill, Asia Leisure Team at Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure, responded to this review, February 16, 2014
Dear valued Guest,

Thank you so much for the lovely review. It's great to hear about your pleasant experience with us.
In relation to the room facilities and the dining experiences, we at Tamarind Hill are truly pleased with the fact that you have enjoyed all of it extensively.

Thank you once again for such a wonderful review and we do hope you decide to come again soon. We look forward to it.

Thanking you,
Asia Leisure Team
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

Stayed for two nights 14th and 15th Feb attending a wedding in Galle. Wasn't too sure initially from first impressions, but the peace tranquillity, attentive and friendly service from all the staff and the building itself made for a really enjoyable couple of nights. The Valentines dinner was lovely, and a quiet candle lit table in the courtyard garden is definitely the way to go if dining in house. The food was excellent, portion sizes about right and served at a leisurely pace to make the whole evening most enjoyable. Breakfast was really nice, eggs prepared and served as good as any hotel in SL, plenty to choose from and a great start to the day. Even just sitting under the fan in one of the lounge areas is a great way to spend the day. We were upgraded to a night in the Admirals suite which was a fantastic experience, and well worth booking if you have the cash to spare. Overall, well worth considering if you are planning a stay in Galle.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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TamarindHill, Asia Leisure Team at Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure, responded to this review, February 16, 2014
Ayubowan,

Firstly let me thank you our visiting our hotel and for posting such a wonderful review on Trip Advisor. It is pleasing to know that the property managed to satisfy you.

The fact that the surrounding atmosphere inclusive of the pool and added calm and serene nature was enjoyed by you is indeed an added advantage.

Thank you for this lovely review. we do hope that you visit us very soon and grant us the opportunity to make you feel at home once again.

Thanking you,
Asia Leisure Team
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

This hotel is one of the best I've ever stayed in.
The building is historic and the grounds immaculate. Pool area was lovely also.
Food and drinks and staff were also top notch.
Highly recommend this place when staying in Galle. A mere 5 min tuk tuk ride from the walled fort also.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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TamarindHill, Manager at Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure, responded to this review, February 16, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your lovely comments regarding Tamarind Hill. We are truly pleased that your stay at our property was enjoyable and we were able to deliver an unforgettable experience to you and your fellow travelers.
Thank you once again for your review on Trip Advisor, we at Tamarind Hill truly appreciate your comments and will consider it valuable feedback.
We hope to accommodate you once again and look forward to seeing you in the future.

Thank you,
Asia Leisure Team
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Dorset
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed February 4, 2014

We spent three delightful days at this small boutique hotel just outside Galle. The room was enormous and well decorated and maintained-the bathroom was also huge. The food was great, particularly the wonderful range of curries; there was a large, good pool; the restaurant and bars were lovely (although we were allowed to eat every night on the lawn, served under candlelight); and we were treated like members of the family. In fact, the friendliness was almost obtrusive at times, as various members of staff lined up to talk to us (practise their English?), but this determination to engage was a common theme of our holiday. If you want somewhere near Galle, but away from the bustle and noise, then this is a place to choose.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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TamarindHill, Manager at Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure, responded to this review, February 16, 2014
Dear Guest,

Let me start of by saying thank you for the commendable review which you have posted on Trip Advisor, it was simply wonderful to know that in your preference we stand out amongst some of the hotels in Sri Lanka.

With regard to the compliments you have made to our staff, do let me extend our heartfelt thanks on behalf of them, knowing that you had felt the effects of our service is indeed a huge achievement and we are happy that you were satisfied.

We hope you visit us very soon and thank you once again for this statement.

Thanking you,

Asia Leisure Team
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Oxfordshire
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

A small boutique hotel in a peaceful location. Most of the rooms are arranged around a courtyard garden. The rooms are large and tastefully decorated and each one has its own secluded patio and garden. The food is excellent although the choice is limited as you would expect for a hotel with only 13 rooms. The staff are very friendly and the service is excellent. There is a swimming pool, pleasant gardens, river access and free WiFi.

  • Stayed January 2014
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TamarindHill, Asia Leisure team at Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Ayubowan!

Greetings from Asia Leisure family.

Thank you very much for your lovely comments and Its a great reward for us to know that we have touched all your expectations. Its a such a pleasure to have you with us and look forward to welcome you back to our colonial castle in your next holiday too.
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed January 27, 2014

We had a night at Tamarind Hill last week and regretted only staying the one night! The property is lovely, evidently being an ex-governors home and being 250 years old. It is in a quiet area and you will need transport to get to the fort and other sites, although still well placed geographically. The rooms are huge and beautifully done out in period style whilst the common areas were great. We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner there and the food was excellent and very inexpensive. The service was outstanding and the staff very friendly, insisting on showing us the local flora and fauna! We were exhausted from a 24 hour trip the previous day and spent most of the time next to a delightful pool, with birds and wild life abounding. I can't recommend this place enough! Galle itself was disappointing for us.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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TamarindHill, Asia Leisure team at Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Ayubowan!

Greetings from Asia Leisure family.

We are really excited to see your comments and glad that you have enjoyed the nature,service standards ,food and recreational facilities to the fullest. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back .Please do contact us directly on marketing@asialeisre.lk to make your next stay with us.
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Property: Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure
Address: No 288 Galle Road | Dadella, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka (Formerly Tamarind Hill)
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Galle
#1 Family Hotel in Galle
#2 Luxury Hotel in Galle
#2 Spa Hotel in Galle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure 4.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built over 250 years ago, Tamarind Hill, Galle is a magnificent colonial manor house. Today it is a Small Luxury Hotel of the World. Marvellous living is defined in each of the ten spacious rooms & two grand suites, with a great selection of antiques. Suites offer a private balcony and exclusive butler service. Modern ingredients sit side by side with history ... In-room dining, complimentary wifi, LED screen TV's and more. Tamarind Hill's exquisite dining, signature treatments at the spa, a secluded infinity pool and the Gini Ganga river that flows by, are all part of fine pleasures here. ... more   less 
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