An older histroic property but very comfortable rooms. Very clean and the staff are friendly and helpful. A quiet escape from the city with a lovely view from the balcony. Reliable wifi (in common area only) and hot water. Food was simple but good and fresh. Good value for the money and we slept really well here - better than the 5 star places in Colombo as it was quiet and peaceful here. Easy to get a 3 wheeler (tuk-tuk) into town or to a nearby beach - expect to pay 200-300 rps each way or so.
Would not suggest using the front desk for transportation bookings though - the rates quoted for a van back to Colombo were almost 50% above the going rate through anyone else we aksed for a quote - the travel and tour shops in Galle Fort or on the beach in Unawatuna can help with this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Closenberg was built by Captain Bayley in 1860 on top of a peninsula overlooking Galle harbor and the Indian Ocean. Since 1889 it belongs to the Perera Abeyewardene family and is today preserved as a heritage hotel. Large spacious halls, long verandas adorned with antique furniture and terraced gardens are in keeping with Dutch architecture. High ceilings resting on tall round columns and large louvered Teak doors set in arched doorways permit the flow of cool air. Alongside an experience of Sri Lanka's rich colonial past, we offer our guest a welcoming atmosphere, fine dining and an unparalleled view. Closenberg Hotel unique features are: The best location at the middle of Galle Harbor, Uninterrupted seaview from all our rooms, Direct access to beautiful sandy beach ideal and safe for surfing and swimming in all seasons, The unique and timeless elegance of an old Sri Lankan Heritage Hotel often copied but so hard to achieve, A sophisticated blend of service, tradition and cultural experiences Luna Terrace Bar Lounge is the funky trendy place to go and be seen in Galle. Great selection of cocktails, top brand spirits, tapas and fine cafe food. The new infinity pool overlooking the surf of Magalle Bay is a "must have experienced". Closenberg is the ideal gateway for enjoying the beauty of Southern Sri Lanka! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Closenberg Hotel Galle