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“Superb - returned for second stay”
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Mango House
Ranked #4 of 154 Galle B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 16, 2013

Sophie and Hugh, the lovely owners, have made this place a wonder to stay at. Everywhere is so tastefully furnished and decorated and the rooms feel really tranquil. The four-poster bed is very comfortable and the bathrooms are gorgeous, with very effective showers. We left Galle to travel along the coast but returned to Mango House a few days later as we missed it. When we returned, it felt like going home. The breakfast is excellent with a good choice and very freshly made. The staff are very friendly and helpful. We will be returning to Mango House in March!

Room Tip: All room are beautiful but we slightly preferred the balcony room - it doesn't really matter. We...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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MangoHouse, Owner at Mango House, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2013

We are so glad you had a good stay with us - it was a real pleasure having you here. We are planning special ‘Eid holiday’ offers for guests from the Middle East region, which we will post on our website – so we hope you will return again.

Thank you for your lovely review – and hopefully see you soon!

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Reviewed November 9, 2013

A wonderful new boutique hotel. The rooms are furnished to an excellent standard with a outstanding eye to detail. The rooms are lovely and clean with all the accessories that you require. It is a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere which is a little oasis from the sometimes hectic Sri Lanka. The staff are excellent and very helpful. It is a must stay if you are in Galle!!

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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MangoHouse, Owner at Mango House, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2013

It was such a pleasure hosting you and we hope you’ll enjoy your last few days on the beach! Thank you very much for you review and we’re glad you enjoyed your stay here with us and hope you’ll come back again sometime. We have just bought some hammocks for the garden in keeping with the oasis ☺

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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Sophie and Huge were the best asset of the property (never underestimate the power of people to define most experiences). I was greeted with well informed explanations regarding the accommodation and neighborhood. The support staff were friendly and helpful. The overall property and room were very clean, well maintained and considered from overall design point of view. Breakfast was great as well as availability of and provision for other meals. Everything worked...plumbing, hot water, electrical, AC, Wi Fi signal, TV, etc. The place is well managed / feels safe and secure. Knowing what I know now, I would have planned the remaining few days of the southwestern portion of my trip to Sri Lanka around staying at Mango House. I have no negative comments about the experience.

Room Tip: Upper floor and room with a balcony overlooking courtyard...Was able to keep balcony doors open all...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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MangoHouse, Owner at Mango House, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2013

Thank you so much for your really great review. Having an architect compliment the layout and design of the house really means a lot to us after nine months of renovation works!

We really hope you’ll come and stay with us again and good luck with your work in Saudi.

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Reviewed October 30, 2013

after 2 weeks of travelling i found my paradise at the mango house. that was the highlight of my holiday. the 2 owners are amazing people with great sense of style.the renovation they did on that place is really exactly how a boutique hotel should look like. their taste is amazing and i felt like home there. the breakfast was very good, also the coffee and i enjoyed hanging around in the garden during the day and on the patio in the night. you can see monkeys in the garden eating from the mango trees there. the rooms and the bathrooms are wonderfully done and i did not miss a thing. i come back for sure!!!!!

Room Tip: there are single and family rooms and all of them look great
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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MangoHouse, Owner at Mango House, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2013

We really do hope you will come back and stay with us again - it was a pleasure having you here. We just had our opening party, which was fab and you were very much missed.

Thank you very much for your compliments of our small hotel – we are happy you felt right at home!

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

We stumbled upon Mango House as it was the only hotel offering a triple occupancy at that point, but I am so glad we booked it and discovered one of the most beautiful, simple & hospitable places to stay in Galle. Mango House is not just an ordinary hotel, the hosts Sophie & Hugh make you feel at ease & comfort the moment you step in. There is so much of attention to detail given to everything in that place, right from the way the place is built to the decor, the music, the soothing fragrance of the incense sticks etc. The combination of all leaves a lasting impression in your heart. Sophie & Hugh, you both have set up a fine-looking & friendly living option for the tourists (I refrain from calling it a hotel, as I have stayed in a lot of hotels & this experience went beyond that for me). You both have been extremely helpful & supportive to us with our sightseeing & travel bookings, inquiries & suggestions in order to make our stay in Galle a heart-warming memory. I would have loved to stay there a few more days & continue our wonderful conversations related to almost everything. I will surely recommend Mango House to all the people travelling to Galle & I am sure they will just leave with good memories as me.

Room Tip: Choose the cute family room which has 2 levels for more people than 2
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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MangoHouse, Owner at Mango House, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2013

Thank you so much for your words of praise – we are all so happy you had a great time with us. We also love that you don’t call it a hotel – we really strive to make it a second home for the guests, who choose to come and stay with us.

You are always welcome back!

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Reviewed October 9, 2013

Unfortunately for us, we didn't know of Mango House when booking our stay. We didn't stay here, but were drawn in by it's lush courtyard like an oasis. Sweaty, stinky and bedraggled, we were welcomed by the owner with a couple of properly cold beers.

We got chatting to the owner, a British ex-pat, who provided a great insight to starting a business in Sri Lanka. They have only just opened after lovingly restoring this beautiful building.

Interested in the property, I welcomed the chance to look around. The entrance lobby was so lovely and bright thanks to great big sky lights in the ceiling. It was also very cool thanks to big ceiling fans and air flow. The rooms were beautiful. A good size, tastefully decorated, with the whitest, crispest sheets I have seen. For those that like a nice bathroom, this place has it spot on.

Most importantly, the beers were cheap and cold.

Having been travelling around Sri Lanka, we have found Galle probably the worst in terms of tourist rip-offs. The owner also helped in this regard, giving us info about the local price of tuk tuks (and in the process we found out our own hotel was ripping us off).

A very calm place. Great potential. And off to a cracking start.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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MangoHouse, Owner at Mango House, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2013

Thanks so much for the nice review! It was great to have the chance to chat with you both and impart some of our experiences from here, as well as hear some tips on running hotels from an expert. Always glad to be of service with a refreshing beverage: We know how baked you can get walking around the Fort. Really glad you liked our renovation and that the garden feels like a bit of a sanctuary .. we’re still populating it with as many palms as we can get our hands on. Only sad you weren’t staying with us. If you come back to Sri Lanka, please do. Cheers.

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at this lovely guest house for three nights and fell in love with it. Mango House truly feels like a spa. We were greeted with fresh juice and deliciously-scented cool face cloths (which was such a treat in that heat). Our room was amazing! Big cozy bed and a beautiful bathroom with plenty of hot water and great water pressure in the shower. Plus, thoughtful and charming touches abound: bottled water in our room, fresh flowers, ceramic bottles housing shampoo and decadent-smelling body wash, and big fluffy towels. Great music, cool art and colourful decor really make this place stand out. We travelled for a month in Sri Lanka and no other place offered such beauty and creature comforts like Mango House. The breakfast fruit platter was beautifully presented and the fruit so deliciously sweet and fresh. And they have espresso! The hosts are very kind people, really warm and welcoming and made us feel at home and at ease. I would recommend this place in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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MangoHouse, Owner at Mango House, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2013

Thank you so much for your lovely review of Mango House! We are so happy you had a good time with us – we really enjoyed hanging out with you too and hope we can visit you in Singapore sometime soon.

It’s really satisfying to know you appreciated the attention to details we’ve tried to put into the house - that was one of our mottos when doing the renovation - and that the pressure pump did its job of blasting out a rainforest shower for weary travellers heated by the sun, the beds are crispy clean and comfortable giving guests a good nights sleep before the monkeys wake them up in the morning(!) that each guest is special to us – and that we have the best coffee in town (but no longer at home!)

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Additional Information about Mango House

Address: 3 Leyn Baan Cross Street | Galle Fort, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 154 B&Bs / Inns in Galle
Price Range: $84 - $239 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Mango House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of the historic Galle Fort, Mango House is a bright and airy Dutch colonial-style villa, mixing old elegance with a hip, Asian contemporary feel. From hand-made terracotta floor tiles and bespoke furniture to exclusive pattern designs and a carefully crafted lighting scheme, guests at Mango House enjoy a unique experience, bridging the best of colonial-era architecture with funky, modern twists.Set in a beautiful garden of mango trees and palms, the 7-room boutique hotel offers a peaceful haven for guests within easy walking distance of all Galle Fort's historic sights, restaurants and shops.Each room has a queen size four-poster bed, AC and fan, satellite TV and DVD player, with guests free to choose from an extensive library of films and documentaries. Two of our rooms open out onto a private courtyard, while three others enjoy private balconies. One room offers a second queen-size bed on a mezzanine, perfect for families traveling with children. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, rainforest showers and luxury organic amenities. Wifi access is free throughout the house and our complimentary breakfast is a choice between the full English, Continental or spicy Sri Lankan omelette topped off with fruit salad, yoghurt and Muesli, fresh juices, Italian coffee and Sri Lankan teas. For lunch and dinner, guests are less than five minutes walk from all Galle Fort's delicious range of cafes and restaurants, serving everything from traditional Sri Lankan curry to the best of European and Asian fusion cuisine. Those wishing to stay in can order from the menu of Crepe-ology, one of Galle Fort's top ranking restaurants, who will deliver delicious savoury crepes, salads and sweets for guests to enjoy on our veranda, in the garden or on their private balcony or courtyard. Mango House also offers guests personalised services including airport pick up and drop off, restaurant and spa bookings, tours and a 24-hour concierge service. ... more   less 
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