This is a real gem, perched on a cliff looking down on the ocean on all sides, a location that's hard to beat. The rooms are clean and pleasant with balconies looking out to sea, great to watch the sunset from. Food here is good, excellent breakfast and rice & curry dinner and the waiters are friendly and attentive. Lovely grounds and a verandah to sit out in. Much prefer to stay here than in the Fort, it is so much quieter and also more affordable. I always regretted not staying at the New Oriental when I was in Galle 20 years ago, now that it's morphed into the overpriced and sterile looking Amangalla, I couldn't afford it even if I wanted to. So appreciate the Closenberg for what it is because although there is room for some improvement, if totally renovated it could become out of most people's price range.
- 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