Why we love it

Fortaleza might not be one of the most famous hotels in Galle but we love it. Fortaleza, and its collection of properties, is the ideal accommodation to explore the historic Galle fort, the surrounding region and the nearby beaches.

There is something very special about having your own renovated merchant house in the heart of the 16th century Dutch colonial Fort. Each of the properties have been beautifully and respectfully converted and each has a very different style. They offer a luxurious feel but without the high price tags of some of the other larger hotels within the fort.

We also love the bar and restaurant, which is located at the main headquarters on Middle Street. Stepping down into the sunken courtyard is where the heart and soul of Fortaleza lies, and the restaurant and bar really take shape. A talented head chef produces the perfect array and food, using only the best local ingredients. Lovely dishes can be matched with a nice cocktail or a glass of wine from the varied wine list.

The properties:

Fortaleza is a collection of five exquisite properties. Comprising of sixteen separate bedrooms, one a spice ware house, now an established boutique hotel and courtyard restaurant and four renovated Dutch merchant houses.

Each of the villas and bedrooms are unique in style and design. They vary from luxurious master suites, comfortable queen size bedrooms, twin bedrooms and family suites. All properties are a short walk from each other, to the restaurant, the shops, boutiques, and museums. Fortaleza’s aim is to provide stylish accommodation, with a homely touch and personal service.

 

Eco feature

Fortaleza is involved with a number of education based initiatives in Galle and the surrounding area.


Standard Rooms

Room rates: April – June & 1 Sept – 14 Dec ($161), Jul – Aug & Feb – Mar ($196), 15 Dec – 31 Jan ($219)

Each house has at least one standard room, which offer very comfortable accommodation in either twin or double bed setup. The rooms come with air conditioning, four poster beds, high quality mattresses, Crisp linen, mosquito nets and en-suite facilities.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Wifi
  • Private bathroom

Deluxe Bedrooms

Room rates: April – June & 1 Sept – 14 Dec ($207), Jul – Aug & Feb – Mar ($253), 15 Dec – 31 Jan ($288)

The Library Room (No.9), Queen Room (No.5 & Landesi) and Garden Room (No.50) are all in the Deluxe Bedroom category. They offer more space for lounging as well as sleeping. Each comes with air conditioning, four poster beds, high quality mattresses, Crisp linen, mosquito nets and en-suite facilities.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Wifi
  • Private bathroom

Childrens Bunkroom

Room rates: April – June & 1 Sept – 14 Dec ($115), Jul – Aug & Feb – Mar ($115), 15 Dec – 31 Jan ($175)

No. 5 Middle Street has created a Children’s Bedroom with two bunk beds, making it a great base for up to four kids. It’s next door to the Master Bedroom and so is ideal for a family travelling with children. The room has its own ensuite bathroom facilities.

 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Wifi
  • Private bathroom

Master Bedrooms

Room rates: April – June & 1 Sept – 14 Dec ($230), Jul – Aug & Feb – Mar ($288), 15 Dec – 31 Jan ($345)

Each of the properties have a master suite which offer spacious living combined with stylish furnishings and antique furniture. Each comes with air conditioning, king-size four poster beds, high quality mattresses, Crisp linen, mosquito nets and en-suite facilities and bath tub.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Wifi
  • Private bathroom

No.1A Court Square

Room rates: April – June & 1 Sept – 14 Dec ($230), Jul – Aug & Feb – Mar ($288), 15 Dec – 31 Jan ($345)

No. 1A Court Square is a charming one bedroom apartment overlooking the main square inside Galle Fort. It comes with wonderfully ornate double bedroom and private upstairs sitting room and balcony. It’s a perfect romantic haunt for those looking for something cool and quirky.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Wifi
  • Private bathroom

No.50 Lighthouse Street – Exclusive use

Room rates: April – June & 1 Sept – 14 Dec ($230), Jul – Aug & Feb – Mar ($288), 15 Dec – 31 Jan ($345)

No. 50 Lighthouse Street with its white columned façade appears much as it would have 250 years ago, but inside you step into the 21st century avatar of it. It offers a peaceful little retreat and the opportunity to sleep in your own house on one of the main streets in Galle Fort. The contemporary extension blends seamlessly into the old along the length of a cobbled courtyard at the back. There are four bedrooms, each uniquely designed and offering a very comfortable stay for up to 8 people.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Wifi
  • Private bathroom

No.5 Middle Street – Exclusive use

Room rates: April – June & 1 Sept – 14 Dec ($230), Jul – Aug & Feb – Mar ($288), 15 Dec – 31 Jan ($345)

No. 5 Middle Street was originally built in 1789 as the residence of a Dutch merchant, but fell to ruin and was only rescued from dilapidation in 2012. The renovation has cleverly combined original style with some more modern extension in the form of a side wing. Each room is individually designed with a blend of eastern and western touches, fine art, handmade furniture, oriental rugs, handmade tiles and polished concrete floors.The ground floor has spacious dining and lounge facilities and the four bedrooms are all located upstairs, with views out across the balcony onto the garden.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Wifi
  • Private bathroom

Landesi House – Exclusive use

Room rates: April – June & 1 Sept – 14 Dec ($230), Jul – Aug & Feb – Mar ($288), 15 Dec – 31 Jan ($345)

Landesi meaning ‘Dutch Origin’ in sinhalese and is a beautiful example of Galle’s Dutch colonial architecture. Eighteen foot tall wooden columns flank the entrance of the house, leading into a vast dining room with a high timber ceiling. The ground floor continues into a homely lounge area which looks out onto a colonnaded garden that extends to the back. The lounge on the first floor has a well stocked book case and Satellite TV for lazy lounging days. There are three bedrooms, sleeping a maximum of six guests making it ideal for a small group or family.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Wifi
  • Private bathroom

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Mark Smith - March 05 2019:

Awesome place to stay in a great location. Perfect to recharge your batteries after a day of exploring. I\'d highly recommend Fortaleza, particularly to couples.


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