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“a calm retreat, beautiful building! Best boutique in Galle area”

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Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure
Ranked #2 of 23 Hotels in Galle
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Hong Kong, China
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“a calm retreat, beautiful building! Best boutique in Galle area”
Reviewed February 20, 2010

first off, the entrance is a complete mess, it will seem like you are driving though a building site! But when you get there..The building and rooms are amazing, really beautiful. Check in is fast and the whole atmosphere of this place is calm and peaceful. Neutral colours, tastefully decorated, which is lovely after the road trip to Galle!
The pool and public areas also lovely; only problem is that there is a working temple next to the pool and often smoke and noise drift over the wall and terrible smells too! This doesn't affect your room.
The food was lovely and seemed nicer than at the lighthouse over the road(which we were disappointed with, seemed rather dated). If you want a boutique hotel with a unique and luxurious setting , this is the place. Its nicer than the lighthouse hotel and the rooms are bigger than the also lovely galle dutch house hotel. SErvice at times was friendly but rather local in style; this is typical of SL though! recommended!
for breakfast- ask for the local style but you need to do that the night before.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 28, 2010

Having had two bad nights at other hotels we moved back to Galle and to Tamarind. The hotel is private location but not too far from the town (near to lighthouse hotel)

From arriving it was clear this was a little special, great rooms, great standards generally and all of the staff went out of their way to provide a great experience. Some of the food we had here was just terrific and down to the chef and the staff showing interest and genuinely wanting to do well and make you happy.

One of the best in Sri Lanka!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 22, 2010

We stayed at Tamarind Hill for 3 nights. It was wonderful. We had stayed previously in the centre of Galle - this is on the edge - it feels like you are in the country - and yet in less than 5 mins by tuk tuk you are in Galle and in 10/12 mins at the beach.

The hotel is a beautiful old colonial building that has been restored - the rooms are around a Courtyard garden with a pond and grass in the middle. The rooms are comfortable and offer everything you would want. The bathrooms are particularly spacious and well designed.

There is a wonderful swimming pool and nice comfortable seating area near it with cane settees and chairs.

There is a very homely lounge area with books to read where we had a cocktail each evening before and after dinner. There is even a small bar should you wish you use one.

The restaurant is wonderful - the food was spectacular the chef is a real star - he asks what you want and conjures up the most wonderful individually cooked food - we had booked for two nights but extended as it was so wonderful. Breakfast was wonderful too.

The staff are friendly, helpful and go the extra mile for you - they helped to make it a very special stay as did the Manager who also went out of his way to speak to the guests and make sure everything is ok. I would high recommend this hotel - it is a hidden gem.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2009

We stayed at the Tamarind Hill on the way down to Tangalle, it was the perfect place to stop to break up the 5 hour journey. Even though we arrived about 12 hours earlier than expected Charlie and Tweeney Wrey welcomed us with amazing hospitality and offering us anything that we could possibly require. The rooms are decorated with great style and have unusual touches to add a slightly different edge. Finishing touches such as mosi candles and incences were much appreciated. Our room had a private garden overlooking the swimming pool area which was divinely calm and relaxing. The swimming pool was empty and plush. Breakfast was a wide variety of both Sri Lankan and European food of both healthy and unhealthy varieties! Service was impeccable. Our whole experience at Tamarind was one of luxury, ultimate relaxation and comfort owed in the most part to Charlie and Tweeney who went out of their way to ensure that our stay was perfect. Definitely recommended!!!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 2, 2009

Tamarind Hill is a lovely relaxed boutique hotel with very high levels of service. Charlie and Tweeny Wrey who run the hotel were delightful and we very much enjoyed our stay there. It was our second last night of our honeymoon and they put on a special dinner in our own private garden looking out over the swimming pool – Couldn’t ask for more. We would definitely go back on our next trip to Sri Lanka – 5 *.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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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 Family Hotel in Galle
#1 Romantic 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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