The Fort Printers

The Fort Printers The Fort Printers: an 18th century mansion restored into a luxury boutique hotel and located at the corner of fashionable Pedlar and Church streets in Galle Fort, comprises 5 opulent suites elegantly furnished with a mixture of classic and contemporary hand-made furniture and accessories. The Fort Printers was listed as one of the best new hotels in the world and included in Conde Nast Traveler Hot List 2006.

One enters the villa through a grand hallway with a view of the inner courtyard and the magnificent frangipani trees. The drawing room with high ceilings is well appointed with deep sofas and seating alcoves under ceiling-high original teakwood windows which open onto the gallery. The outside gallery is enclosed by door-high louvers which allow views of the bustling street whilst preserving the privacy of the villa within.

The drawing room evokes a feeling of minimalist grandeur and an ideal place to relax with a book during the day and hear the world pass by or have evening drinks in the soft copper lighting and appreciate the quiet of the dusk.

The Fort Printers offers a fresh and vibrant menu that uses predominantly fresh seafood and organic local produce. The chefs plan the menu for the day based on guests' preferences, and lovingly create soups, mezzes, and mains comprising grilled fresh seafood, Mediterranean inspired specialties, and traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry (which includes several vegetable dishes and at least one fish or meat curry).

As seafood and particularly yellow fin tuna is abundant in the area, you can expect to find dishes with sashimi, grilled or seared tuna, lobster, prawns and several kinds of fish. The meals are served in the frangipani courtyard overlooking the thin lap pool or in the grand dining room and at times to suit the whims of the guests.

'Guests get the convenience of hotel services and the ambience of a villa at Fort Printers... The eighteenth-century mansion turned printing facility now houses five stylish, antiques-filled suites-four linked via a second-story walkway, common in colonial buildings of the era; the fifth, poolside. The jackwood floors, copper-lined rain showers, and extra-long lap pool are generating a buzz among design-savvy visitors.' - Conde`Nast Traveler Hot List 2006.
Distance From Colombo : 132 km
The Fort Printers
Positive :
  • Charming old property which was once a school, then a fabric weaving factory and then a printing house, so its got a lot of history.
Negative :
  • Can be rather stuffy and humid in the heat of the afternoon!
The Fort Printers
Varsha & Chetan, London, England: A wonderful, unique place. Lovely rooms, fantastic service. Thank you for the great food & for a wonderful few days in Galle.

Mike & Sheila, Somerset, England: What a unique and beautiful place. Excellent food and the most kind and friendly service. Hope to come again sooner rather than later.

Wayne & Hiroshi Ling Umehara, USA:
The designers and decorators have done a great job. It was a lovely experience staying at the Printers. Definitely 5 star! Will be looking forward to returning!

Marjane Haeg, Sweden:
It was fantastic to see such a beautiful boutique hotel in Sri Lanka with great atmosphere and peaceful environment, great food and nice beds!
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