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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 located on Lighthouse Street, once a spice warehouse, was built around 1600 in the heart of Galle Fort by a Dutch merchant. It has now been converted into a boutique hotel and restaurant with four beautiful air-conditioned bedrooms, each of which — filled with handmade furniture and decked with bright flowers — exudes its own personality.

We have recently added some amazing new rooms within an extraordinary villa around the corner from our original building; Fortaleza at No.5 Middle Street. The house combines traditional scale and motifs with some exceptional contemporary twists. The bedrooms are on the first floor, with a huge private dining and sitting areas on the ground floor, all beautifully furnished. There is also a TV room, an open lawn and courtyard at the rear of the house.

We also offer the charming Barefoot Flat, a self contained flat decorated with Barefoot fabrics just a short walk from Lighthouse Street.

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. Our staff are always happy to share their knowledge and we have a 24 hour front desk.


"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