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Prague
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45 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Atmospheric hotel in a restored (but not over-restored) Dutch era building. Splendid rooms and attractive public areas with attentive staff. Restaurant not very buzzy when I was there but food was exceptional. Overall strongly recommended.

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Thank tyrone33
David_El456, General Manager at Galle Fort Hotel, responded to this review

Dear tyrone33, Your brief and precise review, “Character historic property” expresses the spirit of GFH to a tee and is much appreciated thank you. Historic property because its foundations date back over 300 years and originally was a Dutch mansion and warehouse, and as such the 18th century doors and windows on the building’s façade are perhaps the best examples... More 

Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Lovely hotel. The food and cocktails in the hotel bar were fantastic. The gin and tonics were perfect and the little snacks provided were very tasty. We would visit again if were came to the Fort again.

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

Dear prandrew2016, It was really great to receive your review and read very precisely that the food and cocktails in the bar were fantastic. A gin and tonic taken in either the café bar or in the main bar is a wonderful colonial experience. It is the social heart of the hotel, where travelers exchange stories, escape the heat or... More 

Oman
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Luxurious hotel in a beautifully restored, historic colonial building. Super-stylish accommodation, great food and excellent, attentive service from every member of staff. Perfectly located for exploring Galle Fort and surrounding area.

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

Dear Robert B, Your review of the hotel is very much appreciated and so are your most generous comments about the hotel, its restoration, location, great food and excellent service. Your positive feedback will most certainly help us to further improve the quality of our service standards and product delivery in this wonderful hotel. Thank you. Kind Regards, David E More 

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30 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

With a change of ownership invariably things change. This time on our fourth visit for just a quick bite. I can't comment on the rooms,the public areas have been rearranged, some of the quality antiques are gone,the music turned up a notch and the front bar and retail space gone. The standard and style that made this a standout property... More 

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

Dear Hardwell, So glad you were able to visit us once again and indeed you would have noticed one or two changes to the hotel since you last came to Galle. Hotels are notorious for renovation and building improvements and our new bar and dining room has enhanced the colonial ambience of the property. The Café - Bar has always... More 

Ireland
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

What a finish to an amazing holiday. Stayed for two nights in this beautifully restored Colonial Hotel. We had a pool-side room. Only complaint I had was from the staff sweeping the leaves off the ground outside our room from about 6am. The staff were fantastic - particularly the Sri Lankan Manager of the Hotel who made us feel most... More 

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

Dear Susan M, It was wonderful to get your lengthy review and I must thank you so much for taking the time to write to us. Coming to the hotel and being made to feel welcome from the onset is so important and I am very pleased Zameer was able to show you great hospitality from the start. Our range... More 

Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

After a truly awful experience at Amangalla this afternoon we headed to the Galle Fort Hotel for drinks having had a gorgeous lunch there a few days ago. This place is charming with warm caring staff and a gorgeous atmosphere. Don't miss it, we will be going back.

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

Dear Sash035, It was very good of you to come back to the hotel for drinks after having an enjoyable lunch a few days before. I am also pleased that our staff looked after you in a warm and caring manner, adding to your experience that is uniquely part of the energy and atmosphere of this beautiful Hotel. You are... More 

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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed in the hotel for a couple of nights and our stay was memorable. The architecture of the hotel was balanced to preserve the heritage of the place and provide the modern amenities. The GM provided us with a brief history of the hotel which sets you up for the rest of your stay. The rooms are spacious with... More 

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

Dear Dip N M, We really appreciate your feedback and it’s great to know that your stay with us was a memorable one. Your observation about the hotels balance is a good one. Rescued from neglect and decay, and lovingly and painstakingly restored in 2004; Galle Fort Hotel retains its historical value and authenticity while also boasting some modern creature... More 

London, England
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We were lucky enough to spend one night of our trip in the charming town of Galle. We arrived at the Fort hotel early via train from Colombo and were welcomed by friendly staff who did their utmost to check us in early, and in the meantime we were entertained by the lovely David, with full history of this wonderful... More 

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

Dear Joworm, It was our pleasure to have you stay with us and we do appreciate your review together with comments that the hotel staff were welcoming and made every effort to check you in as soon as possible after you arrived from Colombo. The lobby is an impressive area of the hotel, particularly its grand ceremonial entrance arch which,... More 

Rottnest Island, Australia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 30 September 2016

We stopped in at the hotel hoping to do some work in a relaxed environment with good wifi away from the hustle of the rest of Sri Lanka. But instead we were met with an environment that was more hostile than the tuk-tuk drivers outside. We bought two drinks each (equal to 3500 rupees) way more expensive than anywhere else... More 

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

Dear Elliot L, Many thanks for your review of and I am pleased you choose to venture in to the hotel to do some work. There was no awkward environment when I introduced myself to you and your young group of friends in the bar. Clearly you had come into the hotel with your 3 pc’s to access our internet... More 

Port Vila, Vanuatu
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20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

This Hotel was initially the 'palace' for the dutch elite from the VOC (Verenigde Oost-indië Company), the first company registered in the world and dealing in spices from the colonies. The building has been restored in traditional 17th century dutch style, with the same high windows and furniture like you find in Amsterdam. Right in the middle of the action... More 

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

Dear Petrus W, Thank you so much for your interesting review of the hotel. I might just add that in 1640 the Portuguese had to surrender to the Dutch East Indies Company. After bombarding the Fort for four consecutive days, Dutch troops stormed the Fort and secured a victory in March 1640. With this victory the Dutch gained access the... More 

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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Galle Fort Hotel Restaurant
Galle Fort Hotel Restaurant
Cuisines: European, Sri Lankan, 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: $306 - $1,025 (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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