Galle Fort Hotel – Galle – Sri Lanka


This former merchant’s mansion is in the centre of petite and tranquil Galle Old Town. The hotel’s small number of rooms overlook a central, colonnaded courtyard with a pool and garden. The property feels more like a private residence than standard hotel.

We stayed in the Porcelain Suite, with its towering cabinets stocked with 18th –century china, a four poster bed swathed in Mozzie nets. We did hear that the more basic Garden rooms tho spacious and appealing had inadequate soundproofing.

Breakfast is served on the veranda, as is a set menu at dinner time. Both are tasty and refreshing but options are limited. The hotel’s terrace bar is one of the few reliably atmospheric options for cocktails and beers in Galle Old Town.

The Hotel had been sold just before our stay, the Australian couple who had lovingly developed the property had moved onto Malaysia. The new owners had not quiet grasped the importance of service, however this could have been just teething problems.

There’s little to do here but relax, which is part of its charm. The hotel is ringed by colonial buildings, a smattering of restaurants, the well-preserved ramparts for morning walks. Decent beaches are a 15-20 minute Kuk-tuk ride away.

I would suggest that a few days in Galle would probably be enough to experience most of its charms.


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