The Fort Printers
Galle, Sri Lanka
Located in center of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle, The Fort Printers is a charming boutique hotel with 8 rooms and a separate villa with rooms. This chic Galle retreat is the perfect base for exploring Galle and its surrounds.
At a Glance
Large rooms with lots of character in the main building. We recommend the headmasters in particular.
Great food and really reasonable prices. The restaurant is a popular destination for non-hotel guests as the food is so good.
The small pool in the central courtyard is not that private but perfect for cooling down in.
Some of the rooms in the main building do get noise from the courtyard but this is minimal as it is a small and intimate hotel.
The new villa located across the road from the historic printers has a more contemporary finish and more of a sense of light and space. It can be hired exclusively and is very private.
Our first "real" coffee was at The Fort Printers they import Illy beans which taste much better than the thick Sri Lankan brews.Emma Mark
Ask Wojtek to organize transport to The Frangipani Tree (sister hotel) where you can enjoy the pool and the coast for the day.Emma Mark
If you are looking for a room with more character, go for one in the older buildingScott Dunn team
Whilst today The Fort Printers is a chic, small hotel located within Galle Fort, the hotel building is steeped in history. As well as formerly operating as printers the building has also housed a school and so the 3 rooms in the main part of the building are named after subjects: History, Geography and Art and the suite (our top pick) is called the Headmasters Suite.
All these rooms have high, beamed ceilings and some have beautiful vistas across the roof tops of Galle.
Due to the popularity of the hotel The Fort Printers has acquired and developed an adjoining new wing as well as a villa which is located just across the road. There are 3 rooms in the new wing and they have a much more contemporary feel with polished concrete floors and more neutral décor. The villa is also contemporary and stylish and could certainly be hired exclusively for a family or party group.
The guests all dine together in the main building, so despite being divided by a street, there is a very communal feel.
The main hotel building houses 8 rooms 4 of which are located on the 1st floor and overlook the tiled roofs of the fort. One room, The Prefect's Room is located on the ground floor overlooking the pool.The remaining rooms are suites located on the ground floor accessed by a separate gallery on the ground floor and are the more minimalist in style. The pedlars wing, across the road has 3 bedrooms and can be taken as a whole, which is great for families.
|The Prefects Room||
The frangipani flower courtyard leads on to this spacious and stylish room, located on the ground floor. While this suite is located closest to the pool there is little noise in this intimate hotel. The elegant bathroom has been design to ensure that at the end of a long day you are able to relax in the antique bath tub.
|The Headmasters Suite||
An elegant suite, with your bed on a raised platform you have the stunning views of the lighthouse in Galle. With its hard wood floors and traditional wooden shutters this suite is the perfect combination of the buildings old history and the modern contemporary design. This suite is on the first floor gives you amply space with its own dressing room and its chaise lounge with brightly colored silk furnishings of Sri Lanka.
|The Arts Room||
As one of the rooms on the first floor the Arts Suite gives views of the tiled roofs of Galle, with access to the gallery that wraps around you have a sitting area. As with all the rooms of this floor, the polished wooden floors and exposed antique beams in the high ceiling mixes with the contemporary furnishings. The mosquito nets that hang from above your bed adds to the romantic setting.
|The Geography Room||
As one of the rooms on the first floor the Geography Room offers amazing views of the tiled roofs, with access to the gallery that wraps around -you have a sitting area to enjoy. As with all the rooms of this floor, the polished wooden floors and exposed antique beams in the high ceiling mixes with the contemporary furnishings.
|The History Room||
The History Room, on the first floor, offers amazing views of the tiled roofs, with access to the gallery that wraps around -you have a sitting area to enjoy. As with all the rooms of this floor, the polished wooden floors and exposed antique beams in the high ceiling mixes with the contemporary furnishings. The brightly painted furniture that decorates this room adds to the flavor and atmosphere of the unique hotel in Sri Lanka.
|41 Church Street Suite||
Set in a small residence the Church Suites are still part of the Fort Printers, while giving a more intimate setting, ideal for a special occasion if you take them all. The luxury feel of these suites is highlighted in the fresh approach taken by Fort Printers with the interiors – polished concrete floors and high ceiling with a balance of small touches. Each of the suites has poster beds with mosquito nets draped from them, and antique beds provide the ultimate romance and luxury to your stay.
This set of rooms maybe just across the street from the main residence but it still feels a part of it all, while being more private. Pedlars Wing is great for families, with three rooms and a unique mini library, there is plenty of space. While most guests will in the communal dining area in Fort Printers for whose staying in Pedlars Suite there is the option of eating in your residence.
The rooms in Pedlars Wing are more contemporary, with polished concrete floors and four poster beds, there is a stylish elegance to them. Each of the bathrooms have their own antique baths for you to relax in at the end of the day. Tying all the accommodation together is Fort Printers is the use of the Sri Lankan silks and the frangipani flowers that decorate though out.
The hotel has a great restaurant and a small pool. The Pedlars wing across the road has a small kitchen, where the guests can help themselves to drinks.
The hotel is perfectly placed in the middle of the UNESCO Town of Galle Fort. You can wander around the streets on your own, enjoying the beautiful little Dutch buildings and lovely shops. If you would like a guided tour or to do anything outside the city the staff will happily organize this for you.
Location & Directions
Galle, Sri Lanka
The Fort Printers is located inside Sri Lanka's historic UNESCO-listed fortress port of Galle.
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.