I can't understand anyone giving the Amangalla a one star either, you obviously need a good spanking and sent to bed without any dinner for being a spoilt brat and throwing your rattle out of the pram.
I have never stayed in the hotel but I have eaten in the restaurant on many occasions, the last time was at the end of march 2012 and the service and quality of food has not changed much.
The hotel, like the Galle Fort hotel, is a renovated colonial building which opened around 2005. It's a 20 minute trip by tuk tuk from Hikkaduwa where I usually stay, or a 20 minute rise from Una watuna.
The restaurant is beautiful, huge spacious high ceilings hung with enourmous chandeliers from thick beams of hardwood, floors of polished wood and furnished with absolutely gorgeous colonial antique furniture. There is always the most extravagant display of exotic flowers on displayinthe centre of the main reception and, if you are lucky, you'll also be given an show by the fruit bats which sometimes fly in and out through the massive windows to the verandah.
The menu is less limited than the Galle Fort but still only three or four dishes, all of which are cooked and presented a la Raj, white linen and silver. Lovely.
Portions are maybe a bit too 'nouveau cuisine' for my liking but if you are hungry go for the Sri Lankan curry speciality of the house; like an Indian Thali it is a number of different types of veg meat and seafood served in small bowls from a large platter, with wholemeal and white rice and bread.
The last dinner I had there cost around 120 Euros for 2, including wine. There is also a good wine list, not cheap but wine never is is Sri Lanka. Prices range from around $30 - $150. The waiter will fiil up your glass with an endless supply of ice cold mineral water.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the historic port of Galle, Amangalla sits within the ramparts of the 17th-century Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Named after the Sanskrit word for 'peace' and galla, the Sinhalese word for the town of Galle, the resort reveals the Fort's daily activities and its rich legacy. Offering views of the resort's 200-year-old gardens and of the Fort and harbour beyond, Amangalla provides for the leisurely exploration of this historic trading port and the surrounding countryside. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amangalla Hotel Galle