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“Stayed for a wedding and then some relaxing.”
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The Sun House
Ranked #11 of 23 Hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence
London, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Stayed for a wedding and then some relaxing.”
Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

I stayed for 4 nights. Three of which were a wedding of my best friend. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. From the gorgeous colonial buildings to the un faltering service this really was a special place. If you are looking for a quiet spot in galle away from it all you will find peace here.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Interestingly Tripadvisor removed our review on the place, even after we've validated our stay there. It's strange that Tripadvisor did not respond to our many queries on why our post was removed.

We actually wrote a lengthy piece on our nasty experience at The Sun House at Galle. We'll just attach photos of the Cockroach that was came onto our bed, then conveniently (and unhygienely) disposed in the corridor outside our room and the Bee that was found in our coffee press. Other than these pests, there were huge geckos in the entire room and lots of ants in the bathroom basin. Coming from Singapore, we know that such pests can be better managed, especially in an accomodation that charges exorbitant price.

Service was totally insincere, and we certainly didn't feel respected during our stay there. The female manager, Robyn, even suggested that it was only a bug that had crawled onto our bed at night, until she was confronted with the dead cockroach that the staff didn't even bother to throw away. Worst still was that she said we're just unlucky to have experienced all these during our stay. Overall, it was a terrible, overpriced stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

We arrived at the Sun House after a pretty long journey , we stayed in the Cinnamon Suite, what a delight like stepping in time when the house was a colonial mansion. The staff, the food and the whole ambiance was wonderful, highly recommended to anyone who wants to experience something special

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chino, Japan
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Its realy very good place to stay in galle.near the city center.can have nice walk to galle fort.god staff and they very helpfull.recomended to everybody.specialy I love this place for second and first in mount view nuwaraeliya great holiday in sri lanka

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful decoration in colonial style. Peaceful hideout! Unfortunately the kitchen could not meet the hotel's standards at all.
Be careful: we got approached twice by alleged cooks working in sun house, pretending to know us and offering their services. Up to you to trust them or not (certainly don't buy any suffran from them!)

  • Stayed January 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2013

We stayed at The Sun House for 3 nights and really enjoyed our stay. The Sun House is about a 10-12 minute walk to the Galle Fort area but the walk is vibrant and interesting.

We stayed in the Cinnamon Suite which takes over the whole top floor of the house. The room definitely has the wow factor and is tastefully furnished. It doesn’t have all mod the mod cons and is more shabby chic than contemporary. The lounge area of the suite has large sofas (albeit not very comfortable), an old writing desk, hundreds of interesting books and a wonderful view. The bedroom is large with ample wardrobe space. The bathroom is functional with a good rain shower (it could do with a little updating but perfectly clean). The bath itself is outside on a small balcony off the bathroom, it is not very private as it overlooks a quiet road.
The house itself is very nice and the staff are very welcoming. The breakfast and evening meals were very good. The on site boutique shop looked a little sad for itself as due to the humidity it is difficult to keep everything dry and a lot of the gifts were mouldy, it was also a haven for mosquitoes.

As with most accommodation in Sri Lanka it isn’t cheap and therefore guests expect a certain standard. The only thing I would like to see is higher quality bed linen; it was clean but a little worn in areas.

I would definitely recommend the Sun House and the Cinnamon Suite. We were able to look at a number of the other bedrooms and they were tastefully furnished but not enough natural light for us.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed January 17, 2013

We visited the Sun House for dinner during our stay in Galle. We enjoyed it and our drink in the atmospheric Dick's Bar beforehand. While the menu is very limited ,one starter, one main although it can be curried or not and three desserts, the quality of the cooking was very good.
It is clearly an attractive place to stay with a pretty setting and pool. It is small an intimate and I suspect better for couples and those who like peace and calm rather than families.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Property: The Sun House
Address: 18 Upper Dickson Rd, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Galle
#8 Luxury Hotel in Galle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Sun House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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