Reviews from the Aesthetic VoyagerBy Galle Fort Hotel on Monday, July 20th, 2015
Extracted from Aesthetic Voyager
Wonderful Galle is a must see on any journey around Sri Lanka. Situated close to the southern-most tip of the island Galle forms a natural post, which is the reason the Portuguese, the Dutch and then the British chose it as the colonial centre of trade, a status Galle only lost to Colombo hundreds of years later.
Stay in this UNESCO World Heritage Site for a minimum of two or three days on your journey around Sri Lanka for an alternative to the beach life, and for a welcome shopping break.
Where to stay
Galle Fort Hotel one of the unique Colonial hotels in Galle, has a wonderful history. Spanning its chequered history, the space has been a town house, a post office and a bakery amongst other occupations.
Set within the 17th-century fortifications of Galle, this hideaway has a calm that attracts writers — including, recently, Paul Theroux and Alexander McCall Smith (who worked on one of his detective books in his room).
Galle Fort Hotel has just eleven rooms, many of which are suites, with their own original features. Aesthetic Voyager stayed in The Library, which in line with its namesake, offered plenty of reading material for lazy poolside afternoons when all the shopping and site-seeing is complete. The interiors have an elegant traditional colonial-tropical look, with four-posters draped with white chiffon.
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