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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Walk into the Galle Fort Hotel and you think that everything is right with the world. You pass a shuttered veranda bar, then a dining room, a huge vase of heliconia, a vast lobby lounge and then a gorgeous outdoor restaurant with a view through the frangipane trees to the swimming pool. It’s only when you get past this that...

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Pausanias, Thank you so much for your long and interesting review of GFH. Clearly your Loft Suite didn’t resonate at all well and you found it rather heavy going. Great shame as so many of our guests love the quirky features and unusual setting. The staircase adds charm and elegance to the Suite. You have muddled the conversation we...

Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

Nice place with great service. Happy hour on cocktails in the afternoon. We were there with our baby. The staff were very friendly. A beautiful hotel. Had some wine with snacks on their veranda. We will be back for sure.

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Chigwell, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We passed this hotel on a walk through Galle Fort and as it was our last night in Sri Lanka decided to stay and have dinner. We had a very pleasant last night meal in delightful surroundings. The hotel facilities looked very nice, but we were not staying there, so cannot comment further.

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear jrosshandl, Thank you so much for your review and I can’t think of a better way to end your last night in Sri Lanka than having dinner at GFH. I am very pleased that you had a pleasant meal in delightful surroundings and hope that one day you will return to stay a night or two and try all...

Sunrise Beach, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a lovely hotel. The history of this place is amazing with photos to show how it was restored. Beautifully decorated with Dutch antique furniture. The manager, David, made our stay quite memorable showing us around and making us feel so welcome. Thank you David

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear diana s s, It was a pleasure meeting you both and I am very pleased you had such an enjoyable stay with us at the hotel. It is such a unique place. Rescued from neglect and decay and lovingly and painstakingly restored in 2003 the property retains its historical value and authenticity while also boasting some modern creature comforts....

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a well converted historic building right in the heart of Galle Fort, with a lovely atmosphere and cheerful staff. We had a loft room with a very unusual design. The sitting area was downstairs, with the wash basin in a cupboard and the shower and loo were also downstairs. You had to go up a flight of stairs...

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear DeborahGill, It was wonderful to receive your review of GFH and descriptive account of your stay in the Loft Suite. The original structure of the 400 year old property before restoration was L - shape but the addition of the new wing and Loft Suites blends seamlessly following the same period architecture. The cupboard washbasin, shower follow Dutch period...

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights in the library suite which when I first arrived wasn't to the standard of the modern hotel we had stayed in previously but the whole place grew on me. Lovely little pool in the courtyard and a veranda for evening drinks which seemed very popular. We didn't eat dinner at the hotel but many people...

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Amanda C, Many thanks for your review of the hotel and while you make reference to the words modern hotel I should add that GFH is a 17th century heritage hotel, over 400 years old but skillfully updated for the modern age. The antique ebony and satinwood chest and almirahs, two enormous king size beds and two large daybeds...

London, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Old and beautiful architecture. Spacious and comfortable rooms. Very kind staff and amazing restaurant. This hotel is a great experience in Galle that I would recommend. Very peaceful break after a walk in the heat

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Adrien B, Thank you so much for reviewing the hotel and I am very pleased to read that you enjoyed the space and comfort of your room, restaurant, staff and architecture. The elegant colonial interiors of the hotel are definitely in stark contrast to the heat and bustle of the streets outside and a haven for gathering ones thoughts....

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a very pleasant one night stay. Like many hotels in the fort it is quaint. If you want ultra modern everything sparkling it's not for you. Grotty looking polished concrete floors afterthought bathrooms are the norm. A 400yo building wasn't designed with an elegant ensuite in mind. Food, service, pool area great. Plus you can get a drink. The...

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Rob M, Thank you so much for reviewing your stay with us and it’s great to read you had a very pleasant one night stay. The hotel certainly evokes a subtle sense of colonial grandeur, skillfully integrating and blending 17th century Dutch architecture with today’s contemporary life and needs. Great shame you missed out on a beer on your...

Leicester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Once again, I can't believe some of the earlier disparaging reviews that have complained that this delightful and historical shabby-chic treasure is both too old and too shabby! The building which houses this superb Hotel is fabulous and the common areas are very elegant and uplifting. We stayed in the Library room and virtually none of the furniture made sense...

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Keith 150, Your lengthy review and comments about your stay in the hotel are most welcome and I really appreciate your view in your closing paragraph that the hotel is most affordable. You also share my view that if you feel a connection with GFH through its historical aspect and gain an understanding of the Forts diverse culture, it...

New York City, New York
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel is a restored Dutch warehouse and prides itself on its historic nature but we found it just old and musty. The room had no natural light and smelled of mildew. We were in a loft room, where everything was on the ground floor except the bed, which was up a flight of stairs, something I did not appreciate...

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David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear LadyOnTheRoad132, Thank you very much for reviewing the hotel and it really is a shame you found this 17th century Dutch merchant house just old and musty! Certainly old because it is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which after more than 423 years has stood the test of time. Galle is a tropical destination, experiences heavy rain...

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Amenities

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  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Food & drink at the hotel
Galle Fort Hotel Restaurant
Galle Fort Hotel Restaurant
Cuisines: Sri Lankan, European, Asian, Fusion, Wine Bar
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Winner of the 2007 Unesco Award of Distinction for heritage conservation. A charming, friendly, award-winning and affordable heritage boutique hotel in the heart of the Galle Fort world heritage site and a perfect base for the best beaches, tea plantations, temples, rain forests and cultural attractions in southern Sri Lanka. Famous for its Asian fusion food made from fresh local seafood and market produce. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Galle Fort Hotel

Address: 28 Church Street, Galle, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle
Price Range: €173 - €463 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Galle Fort Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 12
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Hotel Style:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Galle
#15 Family Hotel in Galle
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“Avoid the loft rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles LadyOnTheRoad132, 2 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All the rooms face the pool, so any would be fine”
  • Four-poster bed
 of 5 bubbles doctorj42, 11 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Loft studios offer two floors with a view of the gardens and pool area.”
 of 5 bubbles RD866, 5 Dec 2016 | Read review
“The upgrade room in teh new refurbished area sounds good but is not very practical”
 of 5 bubbles djconslt, 10 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Front over looking the water”
 of 5 bubbles Candycan053, 6 Nov 2016 | Read review
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