This highly praised
and much acclaimed hotel has many accolades under its belt ranging from
cuisine, ambience to bed linen! It is located in the middle of the 17th Century
Galle Fort, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as one of the best
preserved examples of colonial fortifications in all of Asia. The drive from
Colombo will take approximately 4 hours.
Being the 2007
recipient of the UNESCO award of distinction for heritage conservation means
that staying at the Galle Fort Hotel is not just a vacation, it is an
experience. This Australian owned hotel is a true example of a hidden gem and
somehow manages to flawlessly combine old world colonial with modern chic.
Everything is both expected and unexpected at the same time. Contemporary
cocktails served by sarong clad staff and impressive antiques alongside
fantastic non Sri Lankan cuisine and an unhurried, languid ambience- The Galle
Fort Hotel is in a league of its own.
The Galle Fort Hotel
has a great array of rooms of on offer all of which are tastefully decorated
with Dutch period antiques and are more than adequate in terms of space. The
rooms also feature individual designs ensuring that no two are alike.
These generous rooms, of which there are three
feature plush king size bedding, mosquito nets and air conditioning. Bathrooms
are en suite and French doors open out on to a private garden with a wall
fountain. Garden rooms can comfortably sleep two.
Designed to feel more like a private villa, Loft Suites have elevated
bedrooms with antique four posters that overlook the hotel courtyard. The
sitting room and private verandah are located on the ground floor and feature feature furnishings
such as long settees and typical colonial verandah pieces. There is also a six
meter atrium which rises above the staircase and takes you to a private
courtyard richly adorned with ancient tiles and fan palms.
This one of a kind suite features airy twenty foot ceilings and is so named
for the 18th century blue and white Chinese porcelain that frame the bedroom
walls. There is a separate dressing room and an attached bath. The view from
the impressive authentic Dutch windows and shutters is that of the striking
columned walkway that frames the hotel courtyard. Porcelain Suite is well
suited for those seeking a romantic getaway.
Admiral Cheng Ho Suite
Built to commemorate admiral Ho Cheng’s visit to Galle in 1406, this suite
is decorated in antique Chinese and South-East Asian fittings. This two storey
suite features stunning 36ft ceilings, a four poster bed upstairs and an
original Chinese opium bed on the ground floor. The en suite bathroom features
impressive 36 foot columns and an elevated waterfall shower.
The Library Suite features two king size double beds and a spacious open
concept bathroom. Furnishings include those that are made from rare ‘tiger’
satinwood and ‘king’ ebony. This suite also features a private living space and
balcony. It is well suited for families or a group of travelers.
This miniature private villa is well suited to those traveling with
children. It features a cubby mezzanine with low-slung beds on the upper floor,
while the ground floor houses the grown-ups bedroom. The suite opens out on to
a courtyard with a daybed and outdoor granite shower.
Grand Apartments occupy the topmost floor and can be rented individually or
together. The two apartments feature two king sized bedrooms and generous
showers as well as large verandahs. These apartments hold the current mantle
for the largest hotel suites in Sri Lanka and opulent furnishings such as
original shuttered windows and large teak floorboards really do give a
Apart from the
swimming pool, the bar at the Galle Fort is one that is considered amongst the
hottest within the city as many of the Galle hoi polloi come here to wind down
with a cocktail at the end of the day. The restaurant here is praised by many
as serving the best non Sri Lankan food to be found. Sumptuous Asian fusion
dishes with the Kung Pao chicken deserving special mention.
The Galle Fort and the 400 odd buildings within it provide
much to do and much to see. The city of Galle itself and the nearby beach towns
of Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna are also well worth a visit. For a complete list of
activities in the south coast visit our south coast destination profile