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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.

Couples, Culture, Honeymoon, Adventure

Insider's View

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

Insider's View

Try the prawn curry here it is highly recommended.

Emma Mark

Insider's View

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

Insider's View

If you are looking for a room with more character, go for one in the older building

Clare Monro

Insider's View

Take a wander in the evening to the Galle Fort Wall. The sunsets are stunning.

Jessica Campbell

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


Whilst today The Fort Printers is a chic, small hotel located within the citadel, 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 Headmasters Suite
The Arts Room
The Geography Room
The History Room


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.

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

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