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“Eat here - the food is excellent”
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The Fort Printers
Ranked #1 of 137 Galle B&B and Inns
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Eat here - the food is excellent”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

We stayed here for just one night and enjoyed some of the best food in Sri Lanka - both in terms of appearance and taste. The hotel is ideally suited for exploring Galle and the area is certainly a great place to explore. The room we stayed in was huge! This is a very spacious hotel with large living rooms with sofas and a wonderful courtyard to have meals in. It was spotless and there was plentiful hot water. The lack of curtains and the proximity of the room to the road next door meant sleep quality wasn't fantatstic.
Service was very good.

Room Tip: Room 4 is close to the road and you cannot get WiFi here.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

We spent the last two nights of our tour staying at The Fort Printers and it was a great way to end our holiday. We had two rooms (2 adults and 2 teenagers) named History & Geography and both were very stylish. We loved dining in the courtyard and the food was excellent. It is an ideal location to explore the Fort and the many shops. We definitely wanted to stay longer as there was still so much to explore in the local area.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed August 26, 2013

We initially booked a 2 days stay that prolonged to be 12 , easily we could have spent here a couple of months, we will in the future.....Galle Fort is a stunning place, it falls under the patronage of Unesco and it has preserved all the charms of a different era.
The Fort Printer has been refurbished with incredible taste and style, choose from modern and slick rooms downstairs or stylish and antique on the first floor.
Peter and his team did an amazing job in accommodating all the needs of our big family and went beyond that, we felt completely at home. Our kids did not want to leave the hotel , staff was friendly, attentive and professional.
Food was outstanding , they are the king of Lobsters/Jumbo Prawns, the best we had in the country ,private yoga lessons were organized on site with great ease and always with a smile.
I wish they had a spa, but there is a great one within walking distance from the hotel.
My advise: even if you are after a beach/surfing holiday do not waste your money in staying in a crappy hotel in Unawatuna , stay at the elegant Fort Printer and take a short tuk tuk ride to the nearby beautiful beaches and when you are done come back home.
We surely be back .

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2013

I have nothing but praise for the Fort Printers Hotel with its very high standard of service, spacious and beautifully furnished rooms/bathrooms, and delicious cuisine. It was a pleasure to dine in the courtyard restaurant by the pool – for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The menu is not extensive but the quality and variety of food was exceptional. Unfortunately the pool is on the small side – not suitable for anything but a “dip” – but there is a reciprocal arrangement with “sister” hotel Frangipani Tree Resort in Thalpe (15 minutes drive) where you can relax in the tropical gardens and swim in the larger pool.

It was a joy to stay in this stylish hotel in the heart of Galle Fort in January 2013. Its lovely interior is so cool and calm – but step outside and you are immediately “hit” by the vibrant and colourful atmosphere of the Fort area. This hotel is certainly a great base from which to wander the streets and lanes of the Fort area – to explore both the historic aspects plus a great range of interesting shops, (many quite “up-market” and selling an array of high quality goods and souvenirs - unlike many other tourist destinations where it’s difficult to find anything other than “kitsch”). It’s also well worth the few minutes walk to the bustling main Galle township – especially to check out the fruit/vegetable, spice and fish markets. A day trip from Galle to a number of popular coastal beaches is easy by local bus or tuk tuk or by transport by the hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Kuala Lumpur
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

This beautifully converted old factory is an awesome base to explore the Galle Fort near main streets with lots of great shops and good restaurants within walking distance to the lighthouse and other main attractions. Loved the personal service, and the helpful and attentive staff. Gorgeous clean space, with tasteful interior. Wished we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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scotland
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98 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2013

We wanted a bit of a blow out last couple of nights in Sri Lanka as it was one of our birthdays so we chose Fort Printers. The hotel gave us a good deal on a short notice direct booking undercutting Agoda's price. The hotel is an excellent conversion of a beautiful colonial house with two nearby annexes which have also had a similar makeover. Our room at the top of the across the road annex was spacious and airy - they've made no attempt to recreate a colonial feel; instead using modern design to create simple but luxurious rooms. The room was accessed via a lovely sitting area with wifi and water, tea and coffee facilities nearby. A real pleasure to come back to after a day out and about in the hot and humid environs of Galle. We were on a B&B basis so had a lovely table served breakfast in the courtyard under the frangipani tree overlooking the pool. The staff were attentive without being ever present and happy to provide help or information as needed. It was no problem for me to borrow the hotel's Mac and printer to do boarding card printouts.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Chennai (Madras), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed here as the last part of our trip to Sri Lanka. We stayed in the New Building across the road. With an amazing floating staircase and the most comfortable bed we had experienced throughout Sri Lanka. It was a spacious room and the bath tub was to die for!

The members of management Peter and Rohann made our stay memorable as they prepared a cake for my girlfriends birthday as well as providing us endless advice about the Fort in Sri Lanka.
The food was delicious and I would reccomend this hotel for anyone!

From,
Juan and Amanda
Travelling from Chennai

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Fort Printers
Address: 39 Pedlar St | Galle Fort, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 137 B&Bs / Inns in Galle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Fort Printers 4.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
“Guests get the convenience of hotel services and the ambiance of a villa at Fort Printers… The eighteenth-century mansion turned printing facility now houses five stylish, antiques-filled suites—four linked via a second-story walkway, common in colonial buildings of the era; the fifth, poolside. The jackwood floors, copper-lined rain showers, and extra-long lap pool are generating a buzz among design-savvy visitors.” - Conde`Nast Traveler Hot List 2006 ... more   less 
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