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Where is Galle Located?

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Galle is located approximately 124 km from the capital Colombo.

The author, Senani Ponnamperuma, has stayed at a number of the hotels listed here while researching his books. These are his personal hotel ratings. He has no affiliation with any of them. Luxury hotels as well as more reasonably priced hotels are listed.

For your convenience links to some reputable hotel booking companies have been provided. (The author himself uses Agoda).

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Amagalla Hotel

                         

The building that houses the Amagalla Hotel was originally built in 1684 as the quarters for the Dutch Governor and his staff. When the Dutch moved their headquarters to Colombo the building was used as staff quarters. In 1865 the British first used the building as a barracks and then converted it into a hotel named the New Oriental Hotel. This hotel in its heyday was one of the finest hotels in Asia and was a favourite amongst the British Raj. European travelers stayed at this hotel when their ships pulled into Galle harbor on their journeys to and from countries such as Australia, Singapore, Malaya and Indonesia.

When ships no longer called into Galle harbor the grand old lady of Galle slowly lost her luster and slowly fell into disrepair. The author as a young boy in the 1970's remembers staying at this hotel when it was a mere shell of its past glory.

Recently revives and refurbished it is now one of the most exclusive hotels in the world. It exudes an old-world charm but offers modern day conveniences.

Four Star Hotel Rating Sigiriya

Value

Very expensive in keeping with its image of exclusivity.

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Experience

Experience a by-gone era when the British Raj frequented this hotel and sat drinking Gin and Tonic on the veranda.

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Food

The meals are sumptuous and the selection extensive. Both Western and Sri Lankan food is served.

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Rooms

Rooms are huge with high ceilings, air conditioned and well furnished with period furniture and fittings.

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Presentation

The hotel is clean and professionally managed. The staff is well trained, courteous and helpful.

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Location

The hotel is right in the heart of Gall Fort, walking distance from all the major sites.

Jetwing Lighthouse                    

Jetwing Lighthouse Galle View from Varanda

Built on a rocky promontory just ten minutes from Galle the hotel overlooks the sea. The food, service prices and swimming pools are excellent.

Sit and view the sunset.

The beach is mediocre.

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Value

Expensive but worth the money.

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Experience

This upmarket eco-resort brings you close to nature while pampering you with all the creature comforts of a 5 star hotel.

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Food

The food is superb.

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Rooms

The rooms are large and well furnished.

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Presentation

The ambiance is slightly dated. The staff is well trained, courteous and helpful.

Four Star Hotel Rating Sigiriya

Location

Located 10 minutes from Galle. Makes up for it by being on the beach.

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Cantaloupe Levels                    

Close to Unawatuna, 6 kms (15 mins) from Galle Fort, a contemporary boutique hotel with breathtaking views of the harbor. Rooms are large, service is excellent.. The beach close-by is good.

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Value

Currently is excellent value for money. Prices may go up once it is established.

Four Star Hotel Rating Sigiriya

Experience

The view of coast line and ocean, tents, and general high quality of the hotel makes it worthy of consideration.

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Food

The meals are excellent and the selection extensive. Both Western and Sri Lankan food is served.

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Rooms

Rooms are large, air conditioned and well furnished.

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Presentation

The hotel is clean and well managed. The staff are enthusiastic and helpful. The elephant theme may be slightly overdone.

Four Star Hotel Rating Sigiriya

Location

The hotel is about 20 minutes from Sigiriya. The near perfect view is ruined by overhead power transmission cables.

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Photos of Sigiriya Village Hotel, Sigiriya

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Sigiriya Village hotel is ideally located just a few minutes from the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. It provides a breathtaking close-up vista of the Sigiriya Rock from the hotel. What better way to enjoy breakfast or dinner on a moonlit night than gazing up at the magnificent rock almost at your doorstep.

The hotel cabanas dotted throughout the compound are large and comfortable, the staff helpful and courteous and the food excellent. The Ayurvedic massage at the end of a grueling day was very relaxing.

Room Tip: The cabanas can be a fair walk from the restaurant and reception and a bit hard to navigate at night.

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Value

Good Value for money.

Three Star Hotel Rating

Experience

Great for rest and relaxation before and after a busy day.

Four Star Hotel Rating Sigiriya

Food

The meals and selection available are good. Both Western and Sri Lankan food is served.

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Rooms

Rooms are large, air conditioned and well furnished.

Four Star Hotel Rating Sigiriya

Presentation

The hotel is clean and well managed. The staff are friendly and helpful.

4 Star Rating – Location Kandalama Hotel

Location

The hotel is in the heart of the Fort.



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