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“A little slice of Colonial Luxury”
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The Sun House
Ranked #10 of 23 Hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence
Brighton, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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“A little slice of Colonial Luxury”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2014

This was a real luxury however the staff were amazing. I asked for an early check in and was at the hotel for 8am, this was no problem. I wanted a late check out and left at 4pm, again this was not a problem. The hotel was secluded, quiet and very relaxing.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Hong Kong
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

We had a 4 night stay over the Christmas period. The staff were super friendly and helpful. The rooms were immaculate and stylish yet rustic. A walk back in time. This restored Dutch House is beautiful and homely. Meals beautifully presented with attention brought to every detail. Walking distance to Galle Fort. Highly recommend staying here. Geoffrey and Rukman were superb hosts and met all our needs. Go stay or just for a meal. Great atmosphere and surroundings. You will love it! We did!

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2013 via mobile

My father, sister and I (ages 22-60) are currently here on a family vacation from Toronto. We read tons of reviews but they do not even do it justice. The staff here are so incredibly wonderful, the put so much effort into absolutely everything that they do. From fresh flowers in the room, to anticipating every possible need I am blown away by the service.

The food!! The restaurant here is beyond belief. We've had both breakfast and dinner so far. We have two celiacs in our little crew so we are understandably difficult to feed.

The fish here was incredible, the chef clearly puts a lot of thought in to his dishes and does not disappoint.

Our room does not have air conditioning which I was initially worried about but with the fan and the wonderful sheets, I didn't even notice.

They have an incredible library here with every book imaginable. And a great shop with amazing prints.

The building itself is an old colonial building with a great courtyard. The multiple living rooms have shelves and shelves of old books. They lay out candles and incense every night. Perfect place to curl up with some wine and family game night (games also included)

As someone who is about to go on their honeymoon as well, I would absolutely recommend it for that too.

You will be happy as a clam here, regardless of the purpose of your trip.

I may never leave so see you soon!




Stayed December 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2013

We had a lovely relaxing time at The Sun House. We stayed with our toddler and the staff were very accommodating with his food preferences and didn't mind him running around all over the place. The staff were also incredibly helpful with recommendations of where to go and where to eat and when my husband got bitten on the hand by a giant centipede we were bowled over with how they looked after him - they took him to hospital in the middle of the night and even paid for everything as we didn't have any money on us (we obviously paid them back!) The rooms are very clean and charming with lovely furniture and we enjoyed chilling out in their big sitting room area every night lying on their comfy sofas reading and having delicious drinks brought to us. Also there is courtyard outside Dick's Bar which has a lovely atmosphere with the twinkly lights. All in all it was a very relaxing experience... loved it.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013

Quite simply the finest hotel we have ever stayed in.

The Cinnamon Suite is just perfection - it was the perfect start to our honeymoon.
The staff are friendly and attentive, but discreet; the food is delicious; the setting couldn't be better.

Overall it's luxurious without ever feeling flashy - it's a colonial home from home.
Effortless cool and comfort.

Room Tip: Pay a little extra and experience the Cinnamon Suite
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Balcombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2013

Stayed at this wonderful house twice during our trip in November. Spent one night in the Dumas Suite on 3 November and enjoyed the experience so much we returned again for the final two nights of our holiday on 9 November and stayed in the Cinnamon Suite. Both these suites are superb, the latter being total Colonial splendour. The house is wonderfully peaceful, surrounded by trees and wildlife. The birds we saw were beautiful and the monkeys fun to watch. The food is gorgeous - for breakfast my wife had superb Sri Lankan scrambled eggs and I had excellent poached eggs. Plenty of fruit, toast and curd and honey. The curries in the evening are sumptious. We were also very fortunate to be invited to a party by the owner (Geoffrey) on his island - again wonderful curries and liquid refreshment! (Thank you Geoffrey). I highly recommend a stay here - unforgettable. The staff are all excellent and cannot do enough for you to make your stay comfortable. They even ensured the return of my camera to the UK after I had left it in the taxi back to the airport (thank you Priyantha and Rukman).

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

Beautiful boutique hotel perched on the hill overlooking the town of Galle. We choose the Cinnamon Suite which fully lived up to its reputation as one of the world prettiest hotel rooms. For some reason theres no a/c in this room but don't let put you off - there are loads of fans to cool you down. The food was simply fantastic - well beyond expectations and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Our three night stay felt like we were special guests in someones house.

Top tip...We chose to fly down from Colombo International Airport to Galle on Cinnamon Air which was a quick and effortless way to arrive - 45 minute flight which landed on the lake, then a 10 minute minibus to the hotel. Same cant be said for the return though. We endured a 5 hour minibus drive in horrendous traffic on the return to Colombo. So would definitely take the sea plane both ways if we go again....

Room Tip: dont drive from Colombo - take the seaplane!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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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:5 star — The Sun House 5*
Number of rooms: 6
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