Galle Fort Hotel

28 Church Street, Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka

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Though fashionable enough, the Galle Fort Hotel is hardly just luxury lodging — checking into a suite here assures a bit of a cultural experience as well. The hotel is located within the massive stone walls of the seaside fortifications built to defend the port by the Dutch East India Company. And it’s as picturesque as a World Heritage Site ought to be: the winding streets of the carefully preserved colonial village are lined with villas, schools, china shops, Dutch and British churches and the odd Buddhist temple.

Like other exotic destinations “discovered” by the travel industry, the Galle area has been inundated with enterprising expatriates. The space occupied by the Galle Fort Hotel, once the home of gem traders, was one of the many local treasures snapped up and renovated by foreigners some years ago. You’ve got to hand it to the Australian and Singaporean proprietors, though – the Galle Fort Hotel manages to come off chic and international while at the same time remaining true to its own history. Each of the fourteen guest rooms has its own dimensions and character. Some are apartment-sized, featuring four-poster beds draped with mosquito nets; others have private verandahs. But all of the rooms are designed in a minimalist style, boasting Chinese antiques and white linens so soft you’ll be dreaming about them later.

Have a hankering for fried okra? Some say the finest Asian cuisine in Sri Lanka is served by the sarong-clad staff in the hotel’s restaurant. The sorbet in particular is something of a legend. Venture outside the hotel, or better yet, the fort’s stone ramparts, to experience other island attractions. White tea plantations, a Japanese peace pagoda, and of course the obligatory gorgeous sunset over the ocean – all of it surrounds the Galle Fort. And though the beach beckons year-round, keep your eyes open for seasonal oddities like elephant polo, puppet theatre, and the bamboo lantern festival.

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  • 11 Rooms
  • Style: Contemporary Classic
  • Atmosphere: Quiet

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