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Galle Fort Hotel

South Coast, Sri Lanka

The renovation of Galle Fort Hotel is a triumph. The hotel evokes a subtle sense of colonial grandeur, skilfully updated for the modern age. This 12-roomed luxurious boutique hotel is an ideal base from which to explore Sri Lanka’s southern heritage.

At a Glance

  • Classic colonial charm with 21st century comfort

  • Rooms feature antique four-poster beds and wooden shutters opening onto wide verandas, taking you back in time to it's occupation as a gem merchants house

  • Due to the design of the building, most rooms look into the courtyard as opposed to out to the town

  • The cafe bar is a great place for meeting other travelers

  • The hotels serves some of the best food in Sri Lanka - both western and Asian

Couples

Insider's View

If you're looking for Sri Lankan food, head out of the hotel as they don't serve it. They do, however, serve delicious food from around Asia.

Clare Monro

Insider's View

For older families, the Mews is a really fun and unique suite with kids beds up on the mezzanine floor

Clare Monro

Insider's View

Only go for the Loft room if you are prepared to go downstairs to the loo in the middle of the night.

Jessica Campbell

Insider's View

The Grand Apartment boasts two bedrooms connected by a large living room - ideal for big families

Lucy Bailey

Insider's View

The left wing of the hotel is over 400 years old and the walls are made from coral, lime, sand and honey!

Lucy Bailey

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Galle Fort Hotel or take a look at our itineraries to South Coast

Description

Galle Fort Hotel's social heart is a convivial café bar, offering good-quality snacks, tea, coffee and alcohol, where Galle’s great and good come to gossip or watch the world go by. Yet the demands of guests are never overlooked and once you walk into the main hotel area, a more private interior unfolds – verandas and courtyards, columns and arches, all carefully restored to their original grandeur. A newer building at the back blends seamlessly, following the same period architecture. The interiors are elegantly furnished with a minimalist style, blending the old with the new. A sense of romanticism and tranquillity permeates this hotel, enriched further with the occasional chanting of the Muezzin from the nearby mosque.

The inner courtyard, with a small garden and 10-meter swimming pool, one of the largest in the Fort, offers a tranquil and exclusive area for guests. But a sense of history does not mean that the Galle Fort’s guests will gather dust; far from it.

The charming cafe-bar is becoming a favoured meeting point, with the Australian owners encouraging a genial atmosphere where intelligent opinions are to be shared, not hidden. An exciting restaurant, somewhat expensive by the standards of Southern Sri Lanka, yet very much in tune with Fort prices, receives positive feedback for its classic Asian-West dishes, freshly and locally bought, and overseen by the owner-chef Christopher Ong.

The staff ensure a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Meals can be taken on the terrace, the bar or in a grand dining room. Samanthe, the in-house male masseur, is trained in traditional Thai and Swedish Oil massage. A UNESCO award of distinction was given to the Galle Fort hotel in 2007 for "conservation excellence" and for "capturing the spirit of the Fort."

Accommodation

The Galle Fort Hotel has 12 exquisite air-conditioned rooms and suites each with a unique interior and opening out to the central courtyard and the swimming pool. All the rooms are luxuriously furnished with king-sized beds dressed with canopied mosquito netting, crisp white linen and comfortable pillows. The en-suite bathrooms are stylish and have showers with hot and cold water.

Garden Rooms

Three very generous rooms, each air-conditioned with a modern king size four-poster bed, luxurious white cotton sheets and a canopied mosquito net. The gallery bathroom has a shower, Grohe taps and Italian fittings. Beyond double French doors is a tiny, private parterre garden and wall fountain, and the poolside verandah provides a comfortable daybed to overlook the hotel courtyard and garden. Perfect for a lazy afternoon reading or for taking tea with freshly baked coconut and lime tart, or perhaps writing your postcards back home. The garden rooms are comfortable for two people and book early.

Loft Suites

More like a small villa these large, double storey, fully air-conditioned suites have a romantic loft bedroom overlooking the garden and pool from your antique four poster bed.

The sitting room is elegant and comfortable and furnished with antique almaris, long cushioned settees and a round, antique, dining table. A six meter atrium rises above the staircases where they open onto a light- filled inner courtyard framed with a panel of ancient tiles and fan palms. The large, verandah is furnished with colonial-style furniture and has views of the swimming pool, garden and grand colonnade..

Very Romantic !

Porcelain Suite

A fully air-conditioned suite with twenty foot ceilings and its own separate dressing/bathroom. The monumental Dutch windows and shutters open onto a spectacular, columned walkway which frames the courtyard, swimming pool and garden. The towering, bedroom walls feature C18th, blue & white porcelain imported by the Chinese to the Galle area. The antique Sri Lankan cabinets and four poster bed make this one of our most spectacular and romantic suites.

Very elegant !

Admiral Cheng Ho Suite

To commemorate the visit of Admiral Cheng Ho to Galle in 1406, this oversized, double-storey suite, with 36-foot ceilings, has been decorated with antique Chinese and South-East Asian fittings. The suite has two air conditioners and accommodation on two levels, which comprises a double bed upstairs and an antique Chinese opium bed downstairs.

A Chippendale-style staircase leads to a screen made from rare, antique columns. It provides privacy from the generous living area below. The two-storey outdoor bathroom has 36-foot columns with a huge, elevated waterfall shower: just like standing in a fresh tropical downpour.

Library Suite

This outsized, fully air-conditioned suite has two king size four-poster beds and a large separate bathroom with a generously-proportioned open shower.

The Library Suite features a chest and almirah made from the rarest 'tiger' satinwood and 'king' ebony and its cosy sitting area opens up as a balcony onto the archway of the main building. Perfect for small families, those traveling with parents or for two people wanting a king size bed each.

Swanky!

Grand Apartment 1

This grandiose, majestically-proportioned suite is one of two which together form the Grand Apartment. It is fully air-conditioned with its own attached bathroom with oversized shower.

Original shuttered windows, twelve-inch teak floorboards, and fifteen-foot lime-washed ceilings are part of an original design by the Comte de Mauny, the Edwardian 'faux noble' who escaped to Ceylon after his English wife found him in bed with his valet .

Stunning. ( but without valet!)

Mews Suite

A mini private villa with an air-conditioned cubby house for the kids.

Through the huge double-storey archway and behind solid wooden Jaffna Gates, you’ll find our Mews Suite.

Newly rebuilt and designed so we can welcome small families to the hotel. Upstairs kids can hang out in their own cubby mezzanine, with its low-slung king size bed, while downstairs, parents have their own private bedroom and en suite which leads onto a frangipani-filled courtyard garden with daybed and an open granite shower.

Grand Apartment 1 & 2

This grandiose, majestically-proportioned apartment occupies the entire top floor of the old wing and has two fully air-conditioned king size bedrooms, each leading off to their own attached bathrooms and oversized showers. With its private, full-length colonnaded verandah, this is the largest hotel suite in Sri Lanka.

Original shuttered windows, twelve-inch teak floorboards, and fifteen-foot lime-washed ceilings are part of an original design by the Comte de Mauny, the Edwardian 'faux noble' who escaped to Ceylon after his English wife found him in bed with his valet .

It is possible to rent just one of the apartment’s suites and share the living room and verandah.

Location & Directions

South Coast, Sri Lanka

Galle Fort Hotel is set in Galle's historic fort, a Unesco World Heritage site, about 3-4 hours from Colombo in Sri Lanka.

When to go

From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Galle Fort Hotel or take a look at our itineraries to South Coast

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