Galle Fort Hotel
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Had another day at the hospital yesterday. It wasn't quite so overwhelming as the first day. Still saw some crazy stuff that would never be done at home. The midwives and nurses were a bit more accepting of me and are starting to offer experiences to me. Spent the rest of Thursday afternoon in town with Kaitlin, found the 'pants man' as the other …
First stop on my trip to Sri Lanka was Galle (pronounced 'gol').
I had arrived the night before at around 1 am on a flight from Hong Kong with a brief stop-over in Bangkok. I stayed the night in Colombo. After Lara had arrived on her morning flight from New York, we were driven from Colombo to Galle the next morning. Galle is located in …
... the pain she feels - I wish I could empathise but we are lucky enough to know that we will never be without someone who loves us and cares for us. Being taken to that home must feel just like that. They are fed and have a sink to wash in and a change of clothes, but you need a lot more than that don't you?
The following day was also an emotional one in different ways.
I was on the OT ward at the HWH (occupational therapy) which I was really looking forward to because ...
Over the last few days I made my way around Yala national park (the only way to get down here as it is forbidden to drive through sacred land). I did all my travelling via local bus to spice things up a bit, getting a good feel for local life and most importantly for me - to hear some local music! I ended up at a town called Matara for the night, a busy non touristic town that I didn't enjoy overly. The following morning I made my way to the ancient fort of ...
... will not be leaving until tomorrow. I think a lot of people are quite excited about crossing the equator and I like many am a polywog (never sailed across the line before and met King Neptune, to confess your sins- apparently quite a ceremony has to be performed!) Having not seem much of Galle and having finished my work for now, some of us went off after lunch: Steve the mate, Ron, Roger and Max the BM and me. We got a tuktuk, via the cash machine and went ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
Sat outside on the balcony and had a few cocktails with the girls. Was a lovely evening and enjoy the quiet atmosphere of Galle Fort
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The food was dreamy....
The food at the Galle Fort Hotel was so delicious.
So much love and passion went in to the preparation of the food.
I've never stayed at a hotel like it. Every meal was a feast.
In fact, we stayed at the hotel for a week and although we were out and about during the day, we always ate at the hotel. There was no need to go anywhere else. We knew we were being fed the best food in Galle and Southern Sri Lanka for that matter!
As good as it gets!
Staying in the Galle Fort Hotel is truely a unique experience.Once I entered the doors of the hotel I felt a sense of calm and tranquility.The suites are exceptional and luxurious with great attention to detail.Having travelled the world and stayed in many boutique and five star establishments.This Hotel is the only one I make a point of visiting again and again.The deserts are beyond!
We had checked into a more expensive resort hotel in Galle but when we wandered down the street and had an amazing asian fusion dinner at this beautiful, restored colonial hotel we decided to check in and stayed longer in Galle Fort than we had planned.
Wow! Just stay here
We stayed here the first week in July 2005 and can honestly say that it is one of the best hotels we have stayed in anywhere in the world. Exceptional food, superb hospitality, and you should just try the beds and pillows! Heaven.
Galle Fort has gone through many incarnations - occupied by the Portuguese in the 15th Century, the Dutch in the 17th Century and then the British, it is a fascinating amalgum of all these influences, with a unique Sri Lankan overlay. This history is reflected in the meticulously restoration that has transformed a derelict Dutch merchant's mansion into the magnificent Galle Fort Hotel. The first international-class hotel to open in the Fort, the owners have sensitively captured the spirit of the building, filling it with period antiques while allowing guests the luxury of modern plumbing, airconditioning and swimming pool.
There are so-so hotels.......and then there are boutique hotels in Sri Lanka. This is certainly the best of about 5 of the latter on offer.
Ok, I'll be honest, I didn't actually stay at the Galle Fort because it was still being refurbished when I visited (I stayed in a rather grim alternative that I'd rather not mention). I did however have pre-dinner drinks and dinner at the Galle fort, and what a fabulous experience that was. Chris made dinner, a fabulous adaptation of Sri Lankan Cuisine with those little twists that show the genius of a truly gifted chef. I was shown the rooms of the soon to be opened hotel and wished I could have stayed. The difference between a good hotel and a great hotel is in the details, and its the details that Karl and Chris have been so careful to perfect. They are marvelous hosts, and their commitment to Galle, its people and its visitors has really been demonstrated by their response to the Tsunami. I can't wait to go back, And wish them every success in the future
Galle Fort Hotel - At Peace with the World !
Chris Ong and Karl Steinberg, co-owners of the Galle Fort Hotel run their hotel the way you would want it run, and I guess given that everyone wants things a little different thats no small feat.
The GFH is one of our favourite ' home from home ' locations anywhere - whether you are dipping in for some shade and a iced tea or staying there as a guest you won't be dissappointed.
Its worth the drive from Colombo - but one word of warning, once you are there tell your driver not to wait as you won't be leaving anytime soon - Chris's food will see to that - its Thai/ Malay/ Chinese with a twist - sensational!
My advice is - Go there, stay there - its superb!
Lots of class
I was in Galle before the hotel part of the Galle Fort Hotel was completed, but I ate numerous meals there during my week-long stay in the town. The creative cuisine, presentation and service were top rate. The hotel's hosts--Chris Wong and Carl Steinberg--were present, involved, and charming. I long to return there so I can luxuriate in the hotel as well as the food.
Wow! What a find
The Gallefort Hotel provides the perfect oportunity to experience SriLankan life in a luxurious environment.
The owners have obviously been meticulous in retaining the ambience of colonial charm whilst modernising it for todays needs.
The friendly bar which overlooks the bustling street was abuzz with locals and tourists exchanging travel tales.