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Reviewed 23 July 2011

We stayed here over Easter. We usually prefer to stay in a private villa for privacy and space, but had left booking to the last minute and could not find something suitable, so gave The Fort Printers a try.

We had the Prefects suite which was a very large room with a good sized bathroom adjacent. The room was more than large enough for us and our two boys - an active eighteen month old toddler boy and a 3 month old newborn baby, plus all the accompanying prams, travel cots (although they will supply a cot if you need), sterilisers, toys etc. The hotel has spacious common areas including a large sitting room at the front of the property which meant we actually spent little time in the room anyway.

The staff were excellent, very very accommodating and fantastic with young kids. We arrived back to our room late one night and the staff had made the bed up with all the toys arranged under the mosquito net - a really lovely touch that delighted our toddler.

The only downsides are that the pool was directly opposite our room (ie less than a metre from our door) and unfenced - however, this is not unique to this type of accommodation - for us, this meant a very close eye on our toddler at all times, however living and travelling around Asia you become very used to this type of arrangement so not really a stand out. The only other downside was that the hot water to the bath had very low water pressure, which meant we couldn't fully appreciate the amazing claw foot tub in the bathroom.

I would definitely stay at The Fort Printers again and also recommend it to anyone looking to stay within Galle Fort. It is located about 200 metres from the Galle Fort Hotel and also right opposite Barefoot, a great shop for picking up Sri Lankan souvenirs. The food was also great and very well priced.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank MamaBear2011
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Reviewed 1 July 2011

We really enjoyed our stay at the Fort Printers. The hotel itself is really lovely and such an interesting old building. The rooms are huge and airy, very clean and modern. We enjoyed the pool for a quick dip to escape the heat of the fort. Services was very good and the staff were really helpful and friendly. We were able to organise a bike ride into the countryside and they were able to help us do this. Really great hotel, would definitely recommend. You may find that the food is slightly on the expensive side, but we were happy to pay as it was such a lovely setting.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Kat188London
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Reviewed 14 June 2011

We recently spent 2 very enjoyable nights in this interesting and extremely comfortable and well-renovated hotel with our 7 week old baby. We were greeted by the friendly and helpful manager and staff and the service throughout our stay was excellent. We stayed in the Headmaster's and the Prefects' Suites - both different in design but equally well designed and decorated. our room had distant views of the sea across the old and interesting fort buidlings. The hotel has a small courtyard with swimming pool and this is where we ate breakfast and dinner. teh food was fresh and well cooked too.

The Fort Printers is the perfect place to stay in Galle for exploring the fort and visitng the beaches close by. We will certainly go again!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Thank DustyAsia
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

For an intimate, private setting in the heart of Galle, The Fort Printers is the place to stay.
We stayed in the Prefects room by the pool and loved the beautiful spacious room and setting overall in this attractive historical building. It was a nice change to have free internet in your own room.

We compared to top a couple of the other top end hotels in Galle and the Fort Printers is good value for money. The food delights were a real bonus. We thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the fresh food on offer and the service was excellent.

Thank you all for making our stay a real treat. Donna & David

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank henleigh
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Reviewed 17 April 2011

I am glad we stayed here in the heart of the Fort and the hotel is unique and quirky. Rooms are individually designed and named and certainly spacious.We were booked into the Headmaster's, but the electricity kept cutting out, so we were moved instantly into the Prefect's on the ground floor level next to the small pool and courtyard. No problem. Yes it is lovely. Food and service are good. But this hotel, like Galle Fort itself, charming as they both are, takes itself a bit too seriously. Galle Fort seems to have fallen victim to Marrakesh's "riad factor" - houses and hotels dolled up by foreigners, a number of chic gift shops - and unrealistic prices. Our bill for the 3 nights here was the biggest of any during our 2-week trip, not least the 5,500 rupees we paid for an indifferent bottle of Californian white wine. We were never presented with a wine list and the waiter never warned us that, of the the three whites available, we were choosing the steepest. I have to add, that this was the only hotel during our trip that gave no complimentary "goody" for a 3-night stay - not even a cocktail to apologise for the inconvenience of moving to another room. Mind you, the grilled lobster was delectable. The desserts, on the other hand, were not. They couldn't even serve all the options on the menu. As I wrote in the visitor book, the banana cake should be abolished forever. 2 slices of banana BREAD (more like) in a dish (!) just doesn't do it. Could do better.

Room Tip: Beware the prices of food & wine!
  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank IntrepidHector
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