Kate Atkinson

The Dutch House

Galle

by: Kate Atkinson

  • Why

    An adventurous safari across one of Guardian’s declared 2013 up and coming travel destinations.

  • When

    October 2013.

  • Who

    Little old me.

Highs + Lows

  • Old Dutch merchant’s house, beautifully restored. It dates from just over three hundred years ago in 1712 and was once an orphanage for boys.

  • The loll about lounge – I really loved the living area of the hotel and the vast collection of board games and books for a homely touch.

  • Breakfast –I loved the breaky – it was unreal! Made so so well and tasted incredible. The best Western breaky I have ever had in Asia, hands down – I loved the way the greens were criss crossed – it’s the small things…!

  • Service - Needs sharpening.

  • Minibar – With a hotel of this elk, a great minibar and those final touches can be all the difference – eg. a collaboration with a new think tank like The School of Life or new publication goes a long way, or a strong itinerary.

  • Fitness – Colonial bric a brac lends itself to having some old fashioned sports equipment!

: 39/50
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  • Life Changing

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  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

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  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Important Bits

  • Type

    Preserved historic mansion and fine example of Ceylon architecture.

  • Vibe

    Hillside plush yuppy meets coastal dreamin.’

  • Location

    Set up on a hill overlooking Galle Harbour. It’s the ultimate place to explore Galle’s fort, market and shopping precinct while escaping the hustle and bustle. It’s in Sri Lanka’s beach side Southern Province.

  • Rooms

    Four.

  • Music

    None.

  • Year Opened

    1712.

  • Designed By

    Old Dutch merchant’s house, beautifully restored. It dates from just over three hundred years ago in 1712 and was once an orphanage for boys.

  • Pool/Gym

    Pool with an outlook on pretty Galle town and the coast.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, along with a great veranda and lounge to lol in. It’s like being in your own posh mansion back garden. Breakfast was an especially nice treat with a hound nestled at my feet. You can dine in morning, noon or night

  • Bar

    No, but you can order any kinds of drinks in and slurp them while testing your mind on an intellectual board game.

  • Wifi

    Free WiFi!

  • Children

    It could work, but maybe not for other guests. This place is seriously luxe!

  • Price

    Exxy, but with a vintage Rolls Royce out the front, they don’t scrimp on luxury here. It’s worth it!

In the Area

Full of history and mystery and town’s biggest highlight.

The Galle Fort

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Full of history and mystery and town’s biggest highlight.

one of the best spas I have EVER been to – incredible traditional ayervedic massage in a cute setting in the back of a colonial style house. Must visit.

The Sanctuary Spa in Unawatuna

Welle Dewalaya Road, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

one of the best spas I have EVER been to – incredible traditional ayervedic massage in a cute setting in the back of a colonial style house. Must visit.

Sometimes when you travel, you just want a reliable café, with a reasonably priced menu, decent people and a nice view. This is it! Order the house Mama’s curry

Mama’s Galle Fort Roof café

76 Leyn Baan Street, Galle, Sri Lanka

Sometimes when you travel, you just want a reliable café, with a reasonably priced menu, decent people and a nice view. This is it! Order the house Mama’s curry

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The Dutch House

23 Upper Dickson Road, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka

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