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“Lovely hotel and great food”
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Deco On 44
Ranked #5 of 23 Hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 24, 2012

We spent a lovely 3 nights here and would definately recommend this boutique hotel. The location is great and staff were very friendly and helpful. The hotel has 7 rooms, 3 of which overlook the nice pool. Our room was just steps from the pool and we spent leisurely mornings relaxing there, the staff brought us pool towels, glasses of water and slices of watermelon which was very thoughtful! Service was generally excellent. Our room was nicely decorated and spacious, the bathroom was good too though there was no door separating the bathroom from the bedroom. The hotel has a rooftop bar which is a nice place to have your dinner or a shisha, the night we ate there there were 3 other couples also eating on the terrace and they had a musician to entertain us. We ate downstairs on the veranda another evening which was also very nice. The food was excellent, they cooked crabs especially for one of the other couples which we were told were fantastic. There was no conventional bar however, though they did have limited wine and beer and you could bring your own or ask them to go to the supermarket for you. Breakfast was very good and we ate it on the veranda. The location was perfect for seeing the Fort, we took a tuktuk to the beach one day too and it didn't take long at all, the same guy came back to collect us that evening too. On our last day the hotel allowed us to keep our room until 2pm and we were able to continue using the facilities such as the pool until our driver took us to the airport at 9pm which was great. The journey to Colombo airport took only slightly less than 2hrs using the new highway which was a pleasant surprise. I would be delighted to stay here again. We greatly enjoyed our stay and it added to our holiday!

Room Tip: Our pool was right by the pool which we enjoyed a lot.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Do find the time to stay at this gem of a hotel in Galle for an unforgettable experience. I have never found hotel staff more obliging, friendly and able . The food was sumptious every time, served in generous portions and the breakfasts were a feast for the eye and the tummy.We stayed there for 4 nights. All this in a period house beautifully restored and full of ambience. If you appreciate comfort, tasteful design and elegance, this is the place for you.
Thank you, Deco 44 for a truly magical time. We really felt very at home here.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

The food is excellent and very decent in quantity and the staff is very helpful, they will try to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The price is reasonable compared to other hotels in the area and all the major facilities are included.

The rooms are very cozy and ambience is great. All the main attractions inside the Galle fort are within walking distance. Well worth the money you pay. definitely recommend it =)

Room Tip: "Neptune" Suite had a lot of privacy
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

Staff gave a warmly well come when we entered the hotel's door.They gave cool towels.We had good fresh from their cool towels.
We ordered some foods.So Chef (Executive) personally came and took the order.He is so knowledgeable and very pleasant. Staff were very happy to give the service.They are so professional and help full.We had very taste chilled beers.We had chat with some of staff and came to know lot of them worked at Amangalla,Adithya,Fotress,Airpot Garden etc previously.We noticed that they equally treated both locals and foreigners who came to their restaurant.We had a very tasty lunch and chocolate brownies.Chef and the Manager came to the table and took our comments about the foods and their service.It is a very good exercise since they opened this hotel in this January.They are giving execellent service.They have very good training about the hospitality.I don't hesitate to recommend this gem to any body who want to go and have a good time in beautiful Galle Fort.

Room Tip: Beautiful Deco art restaurant
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

We stayed at Deco on 44 on our very last night after more than 3 weeks in Sri Lanka. I cannot imagine a better way to end a fantastic holiday than staying in this beautiful hotel. The rooms are delightful, spacious and clean. The excellent and very, very friendly staff made us feel at home and were very good to our two children at 5 and 7 years. Our plane left at midnight but they let us keep our room the full day without extra charge as it was not booked anyway. This gave us an extra day in spacious luxury and the children an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful pool for many more hours. We had dinner twice in the excellent restaurant which also serves a plentiful breakfast - it is my impression that you can order anything you like. We wish Deco on 44 all the best!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

Very nice hotel, in the center of the galle fort. Kind of fancy in all the ways. Plenty of smiling staff, nice decoration and breakfast. Well decorated standard rooms, spacious and very clean.

BUT there "official rate" is from 190 to 250$ a standard (called deluxe) double room (depending on season). This is completely overpriced for sri lanka and most of all for this hotel. Forget it if you don't get it for maximum 130$ a night on reservations websites.
There problem is that they would like to be considered as an international boutique trendy hôtel. But there staff is not ready (very few of them speaks english), The swiming pool is nice but small, no mini fridge in the room as it is 26 degrees outside, very poor and ugly sofa in the bedroom, no or non wonking power generator when electricity falls down (quite often). It is very easy to claim that you are a 4 star hotel, and to make you pay the price. But you have to prove that you deserve it. And they don't

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

We stayed here for one night after a two week cycle tour of Sri Lanka and were very pleased to have chosen this small gem. Deco has only been open for six months and there are plenty of plans for more reception areas, a library and a bar. We enjoyed a large bedroom and bathroom and were pleased to have a complete room clean and fresh linen during the morning as we had a late checkout. The staff are professional, pleasant and eager to please. We ate dinner on the night of departure and it was probably the best " rice and curry" we had during our trip. The hotel is well positioned on a delightful side street in Galle and is quiet at night. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: We stayed in Star. Perfect room but no view.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 44 Lighthouse Street | Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 23 Hotels in Galle
Price Range: $94 - $282 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Deco On 44 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled within the historic Galle Fort in the south of Sri Lanka, Deco on 44 offers you the finest luxury accommodation within this unique, historic, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally built in the 1930’s by a wealthy gem merchant, Deco on 44 has been renovated and decorated keeping in mind the art deco theme of its original architects. We are Sri Lanka’s only art deco hotel and we welcome you to relax in our beautiful rooms and enjoy our scrumptious cuisine and personalized service that truly is a taste of paradise. The hotel contains 3 large suites(2 with private balconies, 1 with a sitting room), 1 Junior Suite on the upper floor and 3 Deluxe Rooms overlooking the fantastic swimming pool. Tours from the hotel can be arranged for a variety of activities including Whale watching. Enjoy the Galle Fort from one of its finest hotels. We await to welcome you. ... more   less 
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