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Deco On 44
Ranked #5 of 23 Hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence
Glasgow
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“Friendly, Clean, Well Located Hotel”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

This was lovely little hotel right in the heart of Galle Fort.
The staff were firendly and helpful and place was well run.
The room was big and clean (couldn't quite master getting more than 5 mins hot water though for a shower).
The food was very good.
The pool is good although some of the walls etc around the pool aren't very pleasing on the eye!
I would reccomend this place!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

This was our first stop on our trip. We arrived late afternoon to a friendly reception where most of the staff must have come to the courtyard to greet us and take our luggage. We we're soon asked to take a seat and given a complimentary fruit juice while doing the paperwork.

We were then shown to our rooms, one of 3 ground floor rooms opening onto the swimming pool. Rooms were spacious with high ceilings due to the colonial nature of the building and were tastefully decorated. The bed was very big a bit hard for my liking. The only problem we had was the fierceness of the A/C since I wasn't able to control it. However, I later learned that the remote control doesn't work if operated from the bed - the control needs to be pointed from underneath by the door (useful tip!)

The highlight for us was the breakfast which was made to order and included a vast array of tropical fruits followed by pastries and a choice of cooked items. Tip: the french toast with Palm syrup. I should also add that it's also worth having at least one evening meal at this hotel since they do an amazing curry with numerous dishes as many other reviews have already stated.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 29, 2012 via mobile

A central spot with a small garden and pool that attracted a mix of people.The rooms are big and the beds are really firm, a plus was the pillows - very soft and not a hint of damp. Sadly the TV didnt work - the message said the subscription had not been paid! Mendes the chef excelled himself though the service was a little haphazard at breakfast simply due to so many arrivals, the staff did their very best. Tip: book a taxi independently from Colombo for R.8500 and pay the driver the extra R.400 to take the highway. In Galle there are van transfers available at small cafes around the fort or go to Galle Fort Hotel where the vans hang around. Try supper on the roof or go to Fort Printers 5 mins down the hill for the best cafe food.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Jerusalem, Israel
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

we had an idealic stay at Deco on 44. The staff are attentive, intelligent, interested and well trained. the decor is extremely attractive, rooms are spacious, well equiped beautifullt designed and very comfortable. the pool is clean with perfect temparture, the breakfast is abundant and beutifully presented. we were upgraded to a suit and we also had a problem (not caused by the hotel) that was solved by the staff to our utmost satisfaction and in the kindest way. location is fantastic.
there's nothing we would change.
we felt almost like royalty

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Geelong, Australia
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

Only opened 7 months, Deco on 44 is a small hotel on Light House Street, Galle Fort. The rooms are spacious and beautifully appointed, the staff caring and attentive and the breakfasts amazing - especially the fruit platter which is enormous! Only one block from the ramparts - the ideal place to watch Galle's amazing sunsets and close to everything else in the Fort, Deco on 44 is highly recommended as a great place to stay if you're visiting Galle.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

We were upgraded to a large suite: spacious, well appointed & clean and stayed 2 nights. The hotel is situated in a central area so its easy to walk around and explore the many sights of the Fort. We ate out on both nights but the breakfasts were wonderful at the hotel, especially the fruit platter. The staff were eager to please and very attentive.

One of the days was a Poya day and the Fort was filled with young families, and we enjoyed being part of the crowd walking around the seafront areas.

Room Tip: We were upgraded to large suite with verandah. Unfortunately a couple of sudden torrential downpours...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wexford, wexford Ireland
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

Well what can I say about this place.... Just perfect.
On arrival we were told they had no double room so they upgraded us to a suit. I suspect this was just because we were on honeymoon. We were greetet by a huge smile a cold towel and a refreshing drink which was great after a long drive. The room was beautiful with a large balcony looking down on the street.
On the first night we ate dinner in the restaurant, altho the menu is small they have something for everyone and the food was the nicest we had had so far. When we returned to our room the bed had been turned down with flower petals on it and complimentary cake for us which was a really nice touch.
Breakfast was of the same standard as dinner with cereal, fruit, toast ect.
All the staff are genuinely nice and chat away to you which I haven't found I other hotels here.
They organised scooters for us at a knock down price and got them deliverd and when we got home they were interested to know what we had seen.
If we could have stayed here longer we would have. They sorted it so their driver could dire us to our next destination and he was just lovely aswell he showed us a few places on the way as we had a late check in with or next hotel. He couldnt have been nicer to us and not one of the staff ever hinted at wanting a tip which is so unusual for here so we tipped more generously.
If I'm ever back in Sri Lanka I will stay here again and reccomend it to anyone

Room Tip: We were in the sun suit which was lovely
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Deco On 44
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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