We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Closenberg Hotel

Show Prices
Enter dates for lowest prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
We check 200+ sites to find the latest and lowest prices.
Professional photos
Closenberg Hotel
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

295 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
There are newer reviews for Closenberg Hotel
See the most recent reviews
Showing 242: English reviews
napoli
Reviewed 10 August 2014

This hotel, a little bit outside Galle, used to be the villa of a Dutch entrepreneur, and has a fascinating colonial atmosphere. Furthermore, there is a very scenic pool, and a private (even though a bit awkward) access to the see. The only "minus" is that a renovation is now necessary.

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank francesco-1966
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reviewed 27 July 2014

A classical hotel, and probably the best in absorbing Sri Lanka's colonial and Dutch cultural heritage in down south Sri Lanka. The staff is very friendly and always willing to help you. Architecture reflects the Dutch colonial heritage of Sri Lanka and the building is probably 150 years old and restored with great delicacy and respect for its history. The...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Sanjay J
Reviewed 16 July 2014

Loved the Luna Terrace and the Infinity pool. The view was spectacular from the rooms and from the terrace & pool. Service was super and food was good. Common areas could be maintained a bit more but not losing its charm.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Rajitha M
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 23 June 2014

What this Hotel lacks in modern facilities it certainly makes up for in simplicity, charm and good service. It is a smaller hotel that has done a great job to hold on to its colonial era, decorated in dark wood and white walls (and a strange fish tank, that we were told was part of the original homestead) The waiters...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Katie J
colombo
Reviewed 13 June 2014

I went to the Closenberg Hotel with a group, and dropped in for afternoon tea on the way to Galle from Matara. The service was slow, but the short eats and tea were good. The staff was polite. The scenery and the view of the bay were breathtaking. The coral decorations in the middle of the lobby area clashed with...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank sstravelbug
Colombo
Reviewed 17 May 2014

Had my 3rd Stay at Closenberg with the family. We really enjoy the Calm and quiet nature of the hotel as it used to be. New interesting addition is the Salt Water Swimming Pool. It is a small infinity type pool with a nice view of the sea. The service and the staff was very good as usual.

 Report
Helpful?
3Thank Nirmana
Reviewed 13 May 2014

I loved this hotel it was so colonial but had some awful decorations, namely the fish tank, every inch should just be destroyed it is so ugly, and what is the decorative piece they have in the dinning room! Yuk!!! Saving that the views are amazing, everything is in some serious need of updating however it was present enough

 Report
Helpful?
5Thank Tracy J
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reviewed 13 May 2014

One of the finest properties in the island. Location: Hidden away up on a cliff with stunning views of the bay. Staff/service: Very attentive and friendly and always there to assist with a smile. Room: The rooms had balconies facing the ocean fitted with AC units, Hot water, Bath tubs and very comfortable pillows. The food: A wide variety of...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Apinash S
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 6 May 2014

Closenberg Hotel is the Best of Galle. A place you do not want to leave. Colonial beauty and history. Not only the most stunning view of the ocean and bay, sunrise and sunset, from all rooms and everywhere on the grounds, but constant cool fresh breezes which cannot be found staying elsewhere in Galle. Although staying down in the Galle...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank BeingJoy
Kochi, Kerala, India
Reviewed 29 March 2014

We stayed at the Closenberg for 3 nights. All in all a good experience. The new block rooms have a stunning view. A little bit of money spend on maintenance and upkeep could make this galle's best hotel. The view is brilliant, from all sides. Service was good, nothing to complain.

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Sumith D

204 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (169)
Viewed
Dining (12)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (18)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (39)
Viewed
Family/Play Areas (2)
Viewed
Room/Suite (12)
Viewed
Bathroom (2)
Viewed
View from Room (11)
Viewed
Other (73)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (35)
Viewed
Room/Suite (9)
Viewed
Dining (9)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (3)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (10)
Viewed
View from Room (2)
Viewed
Other (2)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Galle hotels
1.6 km away
Cantaloupe Levels
Cantaloupe Levels
#3 of 29 in Unawatuna
373 reviews
10.7 km away
Koggala Beach Hotel
Koggala Beach Hotel
#2 of 5 in Koggala
384 reviews
5.9 km away
Apa Villa Thalpe
Apa Villa Thalpe
#14 of 29 in Unawatuna
265 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.9 km away
CoCo Bay Unawatuna
CoCo Bay Unawatuna
#2 of 29 in Unawatuna
642 reviews
2.5 km away
Flower Garden Hotel
Flower Garden Hotel
#9 of 29 in Unawatuna
792 reviews
4.4 km away
Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Room Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Banquet Room
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Closenberg was built by Captain Bayley in 1860 on top of a peninsula overlooking Galle harbor and the Indian Ocean. Since 1889 it belongs to the Perera Abeyewardene family and is today preserved as a heritage hotel. Large spacious halls, long verandas adorned with antique furniture and terraced gardens are in keeping with Dutch architecture. High ceilings resting on tall round columns and large louvered Teak doors set in arched doorways permit the flow of cool air. Alongside an experience of Sri Lanka's rich colonial past, we offer our guest a welcoming atmosphere, fine dining and an unparalleled view. Closenberg Hotel unique features are: The best location at the middle of Galle Harbor, Uninterrupted seaview from all our rooms, Direct access to beautiful sandy beach ideal and safe for surfing and swimming in all seasons, The unique and timeless elegance of an old Sri Lankan Heritage Hotel often copied but so hard to achieve, A sophisticated blend of service, tradition and cultural experiences Luna Terrace Bar Lounge is the funky trendy place to go and be seen in Galle. Great selection of cocktails, top brand spirits, tapas and fine cafe food. The new infinity pool overlooking the surf of Magalle Bay is a "must have experienced". Closenberg is the ideal gateway for enjoying the beauty of Southern Sri Lanka! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Closenberg Hotel

Address: 11 Closenberg Rd, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle
Price Range: $140 - $387 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Closenberg Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Hotels.com, Agoda, Orbitz, Travelocity and Expedia so you can book your Closenberg Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Closenberg Hotel Galle
Hotel Style:
#21 On the Beach Hotel in Galle
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Closenberg Hotel staff and other travellers.
3 questions
Ask a question
Sri Lanka

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Closenberg Hotel staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“All of the main rooms have balconies with similar views.”
 of 5 bubbles 567jujub, 7 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All the rooms have sea view”
 of 5 bubbles Sumali-Herath, 5 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Remember to order your food ahead of time giving plenty of time for them to prepare it.”
 of 5 bubbles PrashRambuks, 21 Aug 2016 | Read review
“All rooms have ocean views”
 of 5 bubbles Hilt0nC, 5 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Level 1 - all with balconies and views across the bay.”
 of 5 bubbles RodL515, 2 Jun 2016 | Read review
5 of 5