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In the heart of Galle Fort
Lighthouse Street entrance
The main entrance hall
The Library Room
Contemporary sculpture, stone bathrooms & fresh flowers
Original, exposed coral walls
Restaurant courtyard at night


A boutique hotel and restaurant
in the heart of Galle Fort

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This elegant colonial building, once a spice warehouse, was built around 1600 in the heart of Galle Fort by a Dutch merchant. More recently it has been converted into a boutique hotel with four air-conditioned bedrooms, each of which — filled with handmade furniture and decked with bright flowers — exudes its own personality.

Life in Fortaleza revolves around its beautiful restaurant and living area with its exposed original coral walls and its shaded courtyard with fresh herb planters, palms and banana trees. There you can relax on the day bed with a honeyed lime juice, tuck into some freshly caught fish, or share one of Fortaleza's signature table barbeques. Popular with weekenders from Colombo searching out delicious food, Fortaleza's chef is one of the best in Sri Lanka. We always use the freshest seasonal produce, grown locally, and we source only the best quality fish and meat.

Staying at Fortaleza will give you the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful town of Galle and the local area, indulge yourself, and eat well.


"What a beautiful hotel! A gorgeous room filled with character and charm that stays true to the surroundings of Galle. The staff could have not been more attentive and friendly throughout our stay. Just wonderful".

Adam & Kathryn, Bangkok, Thailand, 18/12/13

We truly enjoyed our stay in the Turquoise room which was peaceful and perfect, the hospitality was exceptional and the coffee was very strong! All in all a wonderful stop".

Team Pierre, 29/12/13