The Galle Fort Hotel


The Galle Fort Hotel This carefully considered transformation of an abandoned historic residential compound into a stylish luxury boutique hotel has evocatively captured the spirit of place of the colonial World Heritage fortified town of Galle. The restoration has been carried out with sensitivity to the historic fabric and the surrounding urban context, retaining the buildings modest scale and street facade. The removal of unsympathetic elements has revealed the original Dutch Villa and its later English architectural Dutch influences, while the elegant interior design and modern additions have added new layers of meaning. The restoration was undertaken using local expertise and craftsmanship. The temporary adaptation of the hotel into an emergency shelter in the aftermath of the 2005 tsunami and the subsequent contribution of the hotel to the recovery of Galle through cultural tourism have demonstrated the potential of such commercial ventures to contribute to community development in an historic urban heritage context...
  • "One of the finest boutique hotels in Sri Lanka, superb Asian fusion cuisine , smooth as silk service"... Lonely Planet 2007
  • This is one of Sri Lanka's gems - the epitome of a boutique hotel with no pretension, no formality and effortless style. This transformation of a 17th century merchant's house has already received acres of press coverage - all I can add is that it is not to be missed whether it's for lunch or an entire honeymoon!...The Times
  • "Often overlooked in favour of the aman next door, but its a fraction of the price, the food is better and the chances are you'll have the courtyard pool to yourself. "... Wallpaper Magazine
Distance From Colombo : 132 km
Guests have a choice of 11 large and shuttered rooms and suites, including a blue-and-white suite decorated with Chinese porcelain, another with traditional Peranakan decor, and two-level loft suites with mosquito net-swathed four-posters, opening off open-sided galleries overlooking a beautiful courtyard. The white sheets are talcum-soft, the pillows of the sort you want to take home, the floorboards are teak and the paintwork lime-washed; although the feel is minimalist, the comfort factor is high and the detailing perfectly apposite.
The Galle Fort Hotel
Activities :
  • Spa
The Galle Fort Hotel
  • Conde Nast Traveler: "Best New Hotels of 2005"
  • Destinasian Magazine: "2005 Luxe List : Best New Luxury Asian Hotels"
  • Australian Gourmet Traveller: "Top Twenty favourite Hotels in the World"
  • Wallpaper magazine "Most desirable hotel bed linen in the world"
  • Trip Advisor - 2005 Traveller's Choice Awards  "Hidden Gem of Asia"
  • The Australian - "Top 10 romantic
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