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Fortaleza

COLLECTION OF FIVE PROPERTIES WITHIN THE HISTORIC GALLE FORT

Fortaleza is a wonderful mix of rooms in five restored merchant properties dotted throughout the southern coast’s little historic urban anomaly that is Galle Fort. From classic boutique hotel to private Rococo elegance and town-house high-style, each offers it’s own charm and individual style.

All properties are within a short cobbled-street stroll of No. 9, whose courtyard restaurant and bar serves as gathering spot for guests and, often, the wider Galle crowd.

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The Rooms

No. 9 Church Cross Street, the original Fortaleza and once a spice warehouse, was built around 1700 in the heart of Galle Fort by a Dutch merchant. No.9 has four beautiful en suite bedrooms.

The two Turquoise Rooms sitting adjacent to each other on the ground floor, open onto the large hallway of No.9, which in turn opens on to one of Fort’s central cobblestoned streets. One of the rooms can serve as a twin bedroom, meaning the two rooms combined, can work well for families.

The Library Room is a charming double bedroom on the first floor of No. 9 with beautiful wooden floors and furnishings.

The Master Room is the largest of the No. 9 bedrooms with high ceilings, wooden floors and a large four-poster bed. It has ample sitting/reading space and a day bed that can serve as a bed suitable for children.

No. 5 Middle Street is an original Dutch house built in 1789. It was renovated in 2012 and remains true to its heritage, retaining its original facade, high timber ceilings and towering arches. The house has four bedrooms; all on the first floor in addition to expansive living areas on the ground floor.

Master bedroom is a beautiful, large double bedroom with an exquisite luxury bathroom to match.

The queen room is a light and spacious double bedroom with a queen-sized bed and love-ly antique furniture.

The twin room has lovely four-poster single beds, not so often seen.
The Bunk Room is a perfect children’s “dorm room” with a unique bunk bed to comfortably fit four. Cleverly thought out, the room sits next to the Master Bedroom and has less of an-tique furniture and more bright, soft furnishing.

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No. 50 Lighthouse Street, an elegant building of Dutch heritage, spans a full block of its central Fort location. The original structure, with its white columned facade has been re-stored with exceptional attention to detail.

There are two Garden Balcony Rooms, each featuring a canopied king-sized four-poster beds and wonderful open air bathrooms.

The Master Balcony Suite is a large wooden-floored suite with a private balcony and a spacious bathroom.

The Garden Room is a double bedroom on the ground floor of No.50. This is the smallest of the bedrooms in the house but equally well styled and laid out.

No 1 Middle Street, also known as Landesi, sits next to the Groote Kerk, better known as the Dutch reform church and opposite the esteemed Amangalla Hotel .

The Garden Bedroom here is a ground floor double bedroom with light, Indian fabrics, look-ing out onto the garden.

The Queen Bedroom is a spacious double bedroom which keeps it’s character with the Dutch origins of the house.

The Master bedroom is a beautiful, high-ceilinged double bedroom with large antique dou-ble bed and plenty of sitting/reading space.

No. 1A Court Square is an exceptional one-bedroom suite in a charming Dutch period building. It consists of a wonderfully ornate double bedroom and private upstairs sitting room and balcony. Perfect honeymoon haunt.

What’s to do

Each property is within the rampart-enclosed Fort and serves as an ideal location to hop into the Fort’s labyrinth of gem stores, boutiques and cafes, or jaunt a little further to beaches of the south.

Location

Galle Fort sits on the south-western edge of the island. The highway from the airport (with a little Colombo cross-over) whisks you down in around 2 hours. Trains from the centre of Colombo (Fort station) can have you in Galle in around 2-3 hours (speed can vary). Domestic flights (seaplane) from the capital don’t make great time savings but are an excellent way of commuting you from Kandy or the central hills. You’ll land at the lake at Koggala and have a short drive from there into the Fort.

Out for the evening

All of the Fortaleza properties scream location, location, location. Within the Fort you are spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat and drink. However, should you wish to escape the Fort walls for a change of scenery then you are also in luck.

If it’s beach vibes you are after, then Wijaya Beach Restaurant with it’s safe swimming lagoon and wood fired pizzas are just a 15 minute tuk tuk ride away.

Head another 5 minutes further south and you’ll find slightly more upmarket Talpe Beach Club, where the music is always on as are the cocktails.

Curiously named Bedspace Kitchen in Unawatuna is a little off the beaten path but worth seeking out for it’s interesting fusion of Western dishes utilising fresh, local ingredients.

Food & Drink

An informal restaurant that attracts guests and visitors alike- the courtyard at No.9 has a kind of Tropico-Latin vibe. Rough stone walls show off the buildings heritage but mixed with modern touches.

The head chef serves a menu fairly timeless and well-perfected. Pan-fried mahi-mahi (a local white fish) and quite enormous grilled prawns sit alongside quicker lunch options of wraps and salads, all well accompanied with homemade pickles and chilli jams.

Desserts of banoffee tart and coconut panacotta gives something, perhaps, a little more familiar.

Pool

The lack of a pool at any of the properties of Fortaleza is the price one pays for prime location within the ramparts of Galle Fort. Whilst one or two of the larger 5 star hotels such as Amangalla and Galle Fort Hotel do offer this luxury, pools are few and far between within the walls of the heritage listed Fort. There are several good quality spas for an indulgent massage or two though and when it all gets too hot, Unawatuna beach is close enough.

Families

No.9 Church Cross Street and No.5 Middle Street are both family friendly and offers twin and dorm rooms suitable for families of any size or groups of families travelling together. Dining options are plentiful within the Fort and there’s enough variety to cater to even the fussiest of eaters.

To and From

Properties to head to before or after your stay
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