Within the walls of Galle Fort is a special place to be, full to the edges with Dutch-influenced antique buildings that were built for the tropical heat. One of the most impressive of all these buildings is the Galle Fort hotel: a mixture of styles and additions over the intervening years, but at its heart an 18th-century Dutch warehouse and mansion. The rooms are all individually decorated with some stand out suites. One, the Admiral Cheng Ho, pays homage to said sailor’s visit to Galle in 1406. The property is so atmospheric that it adds its own dimension and talking point to your stay in this already fascinating destination.
Wander through the preserved streets of Galle, then enter the impressive arch and vaulted ceiling of the hotel which feels like a continuation of the historic city and the perfect place to rest your head. Enjoy a sundowner on the stylish terrace looking to the street outside, take a swim before dining in the fine restaurant famous for its seafood.
Anywhere inside Galle Fort represents the most exclusive Sri Lankan real estate. Galle Fort Hotel is conveniently and comfortably located inside the fort, and everything is within easy walking distance.
Restaurant & bar
Terrace & lounge
Children over 6 welcome
The front desk staff were fantastic, and the room was beautiful - a delight to return to in the afternoon. We saw a lot of nice hotels in the city but think we probably stayed at the best.
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All the hotels inside Galle Fort are of a high standard and we thought long and hard before choosing the Galle Fort Hotel as the one to showcase. Perhaps, more than any other, it feels true to the style and history of the city. Dark woods and high ceilings provide an atmospheric place to relax, and are the ideal counterpoint to the city’s energetic buzz. In the day, sunlight shines down on the interior garden courtyard, dappling the pool with patches of shade. Strict planning regulations mean that many hotels don’t have a pool, and never will, making this one feel even more inviting.
Take a privately guided tour of the city, taking in everything from the historic buildings, lighthouse, colourful houses and cobbled streets to the iconic cricket ground. Gaze out over the fortified walls and the rocky coastline as the sun sets over the horizon, and return to the hotel for a dinner of aromatic local dishes at the renowned restaurant.
If you’ve still got it, prove it. And if you never had it (like us) then just sit back enjoy the show