I booked the hotel for one night in January 2013. Just for fun (wanted some atmospheric place for a change).
Well, it is true, what is written here – there is some restoration needed. Anyway I won’t say it is too bad – rather tired than completely ruined. At least my room saw some recent painting and was really clean. However, something could be done to the bathroom: replacing the taps and clearing the sewage could do a good job. I was living in a contemporary block of the hotel stylized to resemble the older building, which dates back to the colonial times. For me it was a good stylization, nothing more is really needed (at least in the rooms). The style may seem simple or coarse, but it is a good match for the old part of the hotel, which is also not too smooth or luxurious.
The staff is amazing. You get all sorts of help (or “help” depending on how you may treat it). You’ll get a card from a guy saying his brother is a taxi driver and may take you to some excursions for a reasonable price (I never checked that afterwards). You’ll have a tuktuk driver at the entrance eager to take you to Galle (more expensive, than if you catch a tuktuk in the street). That’s on the one hand. You have a greeting tea, a lady helping you arrange the mosquito net and everybody asking you, whether you need anything. On the other hand. You sleep to the sound of the waves…
…7 a.m. The phone is ringing. Their question is – when you plan to check out today. Well… ordinary check-out hour, that is 12, as everywhere else. OK, they say. Do you want tea or coffee? Errrr… I know that locals wake up early, but… am I also supposed to do the same? OK, I’d have my coffee later… probably in two hours… Well, I never had that coffee. And never heard about it again. No early rising – no coffee (singing: “It’s now or never…”)
Anyway, I don’t treat that too seriously. I had my atmosphere I was after. That’s the main thing.
- 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