Situated within the walls of Galle Fort, a 17th century UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fort Bazaar is a striking boutique hotel centred around a traditional courtyard. The creation of Teardrop hotels, the team behind the acclaimed Wallawwa, this property has a fresh and current feel.
The 18 light and airy rooms and suites are sleek in style and come with comfortable four-poster beds, white-tiled en-suites and modern amenities, from air conditioning to speedy Wi-Fi. Each manage to strike the perfect balance between contemporary and classically cool, making sure Galle’s rich heritage remains a feature. This amalgamation of the city’s rich culture is also reflected in the hotel's overall architecture and interior design; the building has been beautifully renovated back to its glorious 17th century self and furnished with tasteful and understated Middle Eastern touches, reflecting the fort’s Moorish history.
The buzzy restaurant and bar, Church Street Social, offers a tempting range of dishes that blend together traditional Sri Lankan cuisine and Middle Eastern influences, staying true to Galle’s past as an important spice trading hub. It is a popular spot with guests, locals and day-trippers alike so you can expect a lively atmosphere here. At night, the candlelit interior courtyard is reminiscent of a scene from Arabian Nights: bliss. We highly recommend unwinding after a day's sightseeing with a drink in hand here, or indulging in a treatment (or two!) from the hotel's on-site 'Z Spa, if you are in need of deeper relaxation.
All in all, we believe Fort Bazaar is an exciting new addition to the hotel and restaurant scene in Galle; not only does it respect the coastal city's melting pot legacy, but it also holds up against the high calibre competition. It’s worth noting that at present, the swimming pool isn’t open, but free access to another hotel's pool just 10 minutes away is provided (plus, the staff are happy to arrange transfers to beaches nearby!). Also, there is currently no liquor license, although you may bring your own alcohol.
Thanks to its prime position on Church Street, many of the key city sites are on your doorstep; our favourites - the renowned lighthouse and Dutch Fort - are a mere 10 minute wander away.
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Leslie Siben, India