Caroline Clements

Fort Bazaar

Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

by: Caroline Clements

  • Why

    A tour of Sri Lanka.

  • When

    April 2017

  • Who

    Me and @helloscruffalo

Highs + Lows

  • Complimentary afternoon tea and cakes in the central courtyard, daily from 3-4pm. How could you not?

  • The service here is extremely warm and welcoming.

  • Breakfast is very good, taken at the in-house restaurant Church Street Social or on the patio in your room. It’s an indulgent spread of fresh fruit, toast, pastries, jam, coffee or tea and delicious eggy breakfast dishes to chose from.

  • Unfortunately the swimming pool wasn’t finished when we visited, but they had back up – an option to visit their sister venue, The Beach House in Talpe (15 minutes away via complimentary Tuk-Tuk).

  • One night wasn’t enough!

: 46/50
  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

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Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique hotel in a restored 17th century merchant’s house.

  • Vibe

    Colonial-chic with elegant modern touches and a relaxed vibe.

  • Location

    Super central, right in the heart of the Galle Fort on the main drag, Church Street.

  • Rooms

    18

  • Music

    Mulatu Astatke

  • Year Opened

    2016

  • Designed By

    Simone Grace

  • Pool/Gym

    They were still building the pool when we visited but the hotel can transport for you their other site The Beach Club at Talpe Beach for a swim.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, Church Street Social is the hotel’s restaurant on the ground floor entrance of the hotel. It’s open all day serving food that spans Sri Lanka, Moroccan and Mediterranean dishes. Breakfast here (included in your room) is very good, so are the milkshakes.

  • Bar

    Yes, the coolest non-alcoholic bar serving epic juices, smoothies and mocktails.

  • Minibar

    Mini bar only included soft drinks, water, tea and coffee but drinks are free. The hotel doesn’t have a license so can’t serve alcohol.

  • Wifi

    Yes, it’s free, but isn’t very reliable.

  • Children

    Bring them - some bedrooms are family sized with separate room for the kids.

  • Price

    Affordable luxury.

In the Area

Watch all the local activity – kids swimming in the beaches on the outskirts or playing cricket, and families enjoying a early evening stroll.

Walk around the Galle Fort at sunset

Galle Dutch Fort, Church Street, Galle, Sri Lanka

Watch all the local activity – kids swimming in the beaches on the outskirts or playing cricket, and families enjoying a early evening stroll.

In a sweet pink house, serving homemade ice cream. Our favourites were the mango, burnt butter and cinnamon.

Dairy King

Dairy King, Church Street, Galle, Sri Lanka

In a sweet pink house, serving homemade ice cream. Our favourites were the mango, burnt butter and cinnamon.

A tiny neighbourhood restaurant with about 10 seats that serves a buffet of traditional, homemade Sri Lankan curries in clay pots – curries include fish, dahl, chicken, bringal (eggplant), banana and mango chutney.

Coconut Sambol

coconut sambol, පල්ලිය පාර, 加勒, 斯里蘭卡

A tiny neighbourhood restaurant with about 10 seats that serves a buffet of traditional, homemade Sri Lankan curries in clay pots – curries include fish, dahl, chicken, bringal (eggplant), banana and mango chutney.

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