We (a group of 10 friends) stayed at the hotel for 2 nights in mid December at the recommendation of our travel agent, Jetwing Tailormade because the Lighthouse was fully booked. However, having been to the Lighthouse to look around on our way to the Dutch Fort, we thought it’s a much better choice than the Lighthouse. We enjoyed our stay there.
No doubt it’s a beautiful property by the sea. The staff was friendly and helpful especially the chef who kindly steamed the live fish (in Chinese style!) we bought from fishermen at the beach.
The trouble we had was there were no twin beds in the suites. It was not made known to us at the time of booking. As we had two single ladies sharing a suite, the management at first put a roll-up bed for one of them. It looked so uncomfortable and after a little quibble, the management gave them another room at the end of the lobby. We appreciate their efforts and wish to thank them for the quick solution.
Turning to the rooms, my husband and I had an ocean view suite on the second floor. As the windows open into the corridor, we had to pull down the blinds most of the time so we could not enjoy the sea view from the room. The room is big, but dimly lit. Our friends felt the same too. In my room, four of the ceiling lights could not be switched on. The bed was placed on a raised platform, a design which made it easy to trip getting up from bed in the middle of the night. The other thing is there is noise from the traffic coming from the back, so the bathroom door must be closed to keep out the noise. The bathroom is well positioned. Afterall, I have no hesitation in recommending our friends to stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With beautiful views and a tranquil environment, unwind listening to the therapeutic sounds of the Indian Ocean. This outstanding place, offers pure relaxation and luxurious understated elegance and comfort. Throughout its expanse, in architecture and in choice of furniture and fittings, a strong Dutch influence prevails, giving you a glimpse of a historic past. Just a few seconds walk through the garden and find a pristine stretch of the beach with golden sands and turquoise sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Era Beach Hotel Galle