The Galle Fort is one of the worlds’ most authentic and unspoiled heritage sites; and the Galle Fort Hotel is proud to be one of its most gracious and remarkable landmarks.
With foundations dating back over three centuries, the property was originally a Dutch mansion and warehouse, and as such the 18th century doors and windows on the building’s façade are perhaps the best examples of their kind within the Fort.
A regency top floor was added during the British era when the house was refashioned for the Maccan Markars, a renowned family of gem merchants. Along with a grand Palladian colonnade, a ceremonial entrance arch was installed, which, to this day, never fails to take guests’ breath away.
Rescued from neglect and decay, and lovingly and painstakingly restored in 2003; the property retains its historical value and authenticity while also boasting some modern creature comforts.
In 2007 UNESCO awarded the hotel the Asia Pacific Heritage Award of Distinction, calling it “a masterpiece of cultural heritage and conservation”. The restoration work on the property laid a marker for how every other building in the Fort should be restored, and continues to be its most splendid example today, one of the best historic hotels in Galle.
Galle Fort is one of the most uplifting cultural experiences that Sri Lanka can offer and the Galle Fort Hotel, which began life as an 18th century Dutch villa, can rightly claim to be at its heart, offering magnificent accommodation in one of Sri Lanka’s most historic locations.
World Luxury Hotel Awards - 2018