Gallle Fort Hotel

AREA South
FROM COLOMBO 116km - 3 hours 30 minutes


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.Garden RoomsThese 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.Loft SuitesDesigned 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 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.Porcelain SuiteThis 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.

Library Suite
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.

Mews Suite
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
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 grandiose feel.


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.

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