Fortaleza Restaurant and Boutique Hotel - Sri Lanka - Galle

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8.7 out of 10 9 Church Cross Street, Fort Galle (Show on map)

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Floors:1, Rooms:4, Check-in time:12:00, Check-out time:11:00

Although our address is Church Cross Street, the main entrance, pictured right, lies on Lighthouse Street.
We opened Fortaleza in 2012 and offer four, beautifully furnished, air conditioned en-suite bedrooms.
In the adjoining courtyard, you will find our stunning Restaurant and Bar with its impressive exposed coral walls.

The main facade on Lighthouse Street is fronted by tall, fine timber columns, headed with carved, floral motifs.
Careful attention to the renovations is reflected in all parts of the building.

Originally, a spice warehouse built by a Dutch merchant around 1700, this was our first building in the Fort and we were enthused by the scope for a small boutique hotel and restaurant, in certainly one of the most elegant buildings within the Fort.

Our Restaurant & Bar is open all day from breakfast through to the evening. We usually close the kitchen at 10pm and guests are free to linger on.
The photo on the left shows the entrance to the restaurant from Church Cross Street.

Our food is an eclectic mix of western and Asian dishes, although aim to take advantage of the very best local ingredients.

Lighthouse Street runs nearly 700 metres through the centre of the Fort, from the international cricket ground just outside the main entrance gate in the north, to the most southerly point where it meets Rampart Street.

Our building is located halfway down Lighthouse Street, in the centre of the Fort and at the junction with Church Cross Street..

Close to our building are several schools; at the start of the day and mid afternoon when the schools close, the streets are teeming with white uniformed children carrying satchels.

The main entrance gives way to an open hallway which extends the full height of the building.

Here, we exhibit exceptional, paintings from local artists and the hallway also contains antique artefacts, contemporary sculptures and somewhere to relax when you arrive before we show you to your room.

Location

Area Info: 9 Church Cross Street, Fort Galle, Galle, Sri Lanka

Address: 9 Church Cross Street, Fort Galle

Area Info

The seaside town of Galle is 116 Km. from Colombo by road or rail down the southwest coast. Both routes are picturesque following the coastline closely for much of the way.

Todays town has grown greatly and spreads into the hinterland but the Fort is the slowbeating heart of Galles history. The walled city has stood since the early sixteenth century through the Colonial periods of the Portuguese Dutch and British and in our present times is proclaimed as an Archaeological Reserve and been identified as a living World Heritage Site.

The etymology of the name Galle is explained as probably a corruption of the Sinhalese gala a cattle fold or postingplace from which the Portuguese named it PointdeGalle. The simpler and more popular theory is found in the similarity of the Sinhalese word gala for rock which the Portuguese duplicated by adopting the Latin word gallus for rooster. They thus designed the coatofarms of the city as that of a rooster standing upon a rocky perch.

The Portuguese took Galle from the Sinhala kings in 1587 and erected the first fortifications a single wall fronted by a moat which extended from the sea to the harbor. The Dutch landed in 1640 with 12 ships and 2000 men under the command of Wilhelm Jacobsz Coster who defeated the Portuguese after severe fighting and a fourday siege.

The Dutch later converted the Portuguese fortalezza into a single bastion which they named Zwart Bastion and built a formidable line of defence ringing the walled town by ten bastions which endure to this day. Akersloot Bastion is named after the birthplace of Coster the Dutch commander who captured Galle. The name has been chiselled on a stone at the spot and also bears a date which however has no bearing on the date of erection of the Bastion. The grim old walls are a favourite promenade for Galles citizens and its visitors alike.

Through the rolling streams of Time and Change Galle still retains as few other towns in Sri Lankaan atmosphere of the past. The town was graced with considerable civic amenities and military features. Two hundred years ago there was introduced a stormwater drainage system which prevented flooding in the Fort so sophisticated as to have great bricklined underground drains which were automatically flushed twice a day by the tide.

Despite recent facelifts and new facades to many of the houses and the introduction of modern civic amenities like electricity telephone systems water and drainage services the streets remain narrow and many are known by their original names such as LeynBaan street Zeeberg street and Moderabaay street. A peep into the old houses reveal them to be spacious and airy with large ornamental doors and windows pillared verandahs and cool inner courtyards and gardens.

Policies

Each hotel gives sometimes different policies for cancellation or changes this for different room types and rate offers.
To make this easy for you when you roll over the cancellation note behind each room type you will be able to get informed.

Always we are ready to make changes for you after your reservation is made.
You only need to inform us by mail in order for us to make the modifications and re confirm it with the hotel.

For the Sri Lanka all resorts and hotels have their own policy, for secure bookings and cancellation terms.
You will be informed on that during the bookings procedure that will be send to you after package deal is confirmed with you.

For any additional services it might be that the cancellations term is not the same.
In case different you will be informed from that on a separate note.

Maybe you are interested in a different arrangement or extra services? Just email us.
The details you can find on the contact us page, and we will gladly assist you.

Floors:1, Rooms:4, Check-in time:12:00, Check-out time:11:00

Although our address is Church Cross Street, the main entrance, pictured right, lies on Lighthouse Street.
We opened Fortaleza in 2012 and offer four, beautifully furnished, air conditioned en-suite bedrooms.
In the adjoining courtyard, you will find our stunning Restaurant and Bar with its impressive exposed coral walls.

The main facade on Lighthouse Street is fronted by tall, fine timber columns, headed with carved, floral motifs.
Careful attention to the renovations is reflected in all parts of the building.

Originally, a spice warehouse built by a Dutch merchant around 1700, this was our first building in the Fort and we were enthused by the scope for a small boutique hotel and restaurant, in certainly one of the most elegant buildings within the Fort.

Our Restaurant & Bar is open all day from breakfast through to the evening. We usually close the kitchen at 10pm and guests are free to linger on.
The photo on the left shows the entrance to the restaurant from Church Cross Street.

Our food is an eclectic mix of western and Asian dishes, although aim to take advantage of the very best local ingredients.

Lighthouse Street runs nearly 700 metres through the centre of the Fort, from the international cricket ground just outside the main entrance gate in the north, to the most southerly point where it meets Rampart Street.

Our building is located halfway down Lighthouse Street, in the centre of the Fort and at the junction with Church Cross Street..

Close to our building are several schools; at the start of the day and mid afternoon when the schools close, the streets are teeming with white uniformed children carrying satchels.

The main entrance gives way to an open hallway which extends the full height of the building.

Here, we exhibit exceptional, paintings from local artists and the hallway also contains antique artefacts, contemporary sculptures and somewhere to relax when you arrive before we show you to your room.

Area Info: 9 Church Cross Street, Fort Galle, Galle, Sri Lanka

Address: 9 Church Cross Street, Fort Galle

The seaside town of Galle is 116 Km. from Colombo by road or rail down the southwest coast. Both routes are picturesque following the coastline closely for much of the way.

Todays town has grown greatly and spreads into the hinterland but the Fort is the slowbeating heart of Galles history. The walled city has stood since the early sixteenth century through the Colonial periods of the Portuguese Dutch and British and in our present times is proclaimed as an Archaeological Reserve and been identified as a living World Heritage Site.

The etymology of the name Galle is explained as probably a corruption of the Sinhalese gala a cattle fold or postingplace from which the Portuguese named it PointdeGalle. The simpler and more popular theory is found in the similarity of the Sinhalese word gala for rock which the Portuguese duplicated by adopting the Latin word gallus for rooster. They thus designed the coatofarms of the city as that of a rooster standing upon a rocky perch.

The Portuguese took Galle from the Sinhala kings in 1587 and erected the first fortifications a single wall fronted by a moat which extended from the sea to the harbor. The Dutch landed in 1640 with 12 ships and 2000 men under the command of Wilhelm Jacobsz Coster who defeated the Portuguese after severe fighting and a fourday siege.

The Dutch later converted the Portuguese fortalezza into a single bastion which they named Zwart Bastion and built a formidable line of defence ringing the walled town by ten bastions which endure to this day. Akersloot Bastion is named after the birthplace of Coster the Dutch commander who captured Galle. The name has been chiselled on a stone at the spot and also bears a date which however has no bearing on the date of erection of the Bastion. The grim old walls are a favourite promenade for Galles citizens and its visitors alike.

Through the rolling streams of Time and Change Galle still retains as few other towns in Sri Lankaan atmosphere of the past. The town was graced with considerable civic amenities and military features. Two hundred years ago there was introduced a stormwater drainage system which prevented flooding in the Fort so sophisticated as to have great bricklined underground drains which were automatically flushed twice a day by the tide.

Despite recent facelifts and new facades to many of the houses and the introduction of modern civic amenities like electricity telephone systems water and drainage services the streets remain narrow and many are known by their original names such as LeynBaan street Zeeberg street and Moderabaay street. A peep into the old houses reveal them to be spacious and airy with large ornamental doors and windows pillared verandahs and cool inner courtyards and gardens.

Each hotel gives sometimes different policies for cancellation or changes this for different room types and rate offers.
To make this easy for you when you roll over the cancellation note behind each room type you will be able to get informed.

Always we are ready to make changes for you after your reservation is made.
You only need to inform us by mail in order for us to make the modifications and re confirm it with the hotel.

For the Sri Lanka all resorts and hotels have their own policy, for secure bookings and cancellation terms.
You will be informed on that during the bookings procedure that will be send to you after package deal is confirmed with you.

For any additional services it might be that the cancellations term is not the same.
In case different you will be informed from that on a separate note.

Maybe you are interested in a different arrangement or extra services? Just email us.
The details you can find on the contact us page, and we will gladly assist you.

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Special Diet Meals (upon request)
  • Safe
  • Massages
  • Shuttle service roundtrip airport
  • Bar
  • Restaurant/Dining
  • Free public parking on site
  • Ironing Service
  • A La Cart Restaurant
  • Wireless Internet (Charge)
  • Breakfast Room
  • Shower/Douche
  • Tea and Coffee Facilities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Laundry
  • Room Service

Restaurants (Eat and Drink)

RESTAURANT & BAR
Stepping down into our sunken courtyard is where the heart and soul of Fortaleza lies.
A beautiful blend of classic Dutch architecture meets a soft touch of Sri Lankan timber.
a gathering point for many, this is where our restaurant and bar really takes shape.
With our head chef Arun is at the helm producing the perfect array and food using only the best local ingredients. Our food can be matched with anyone one of our elaborate cocktails or a glass of wine from our varied wine list.

In the open courtyard, umbrella-shaded tables are surrounded by large pots of fresh basil and other herbs. Banana trees with outsized fruit, palms and a spectacular bougainvillea line the entrance from Church Cross Street.

In the day, the restaurant is a quiet, cool oasis for a relaxed breakfast, lunch or simply an ice-cold drink or snack away from the heat and bustle of the streets.
In the evening, it is transformed into a magical place, with spot-lit tropical foliage, fairy-lights, and the spectacular backdrop of the coral wall.
A gathering point for many, there is plenty of space to accommodate up to 50 guests seated at private dining or communal tables.
With prior notice large dinner groups and private functions can be arranged.

We also pride ourselves on having the best music in the Fort.
As one of our guests put it; we have “the coolest tunes on the island”.

OUR FOOD
We use the very best quality, fresh ingredients sourced from the local area.
We buy our fruit, vegetables and salad leaf in the local market, our meats are all locally reared and all our fish and seafood are caught by local fishermen.

Our menu has been designed to bring you that little touch of home while enjoying the vast culture that is Sri Lanka.

We maintain hints of Asian flavours however into a western style menu.
our main aim is to ensure that when dining with us whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner that we leave you not only satisfied but also with a pleasant homely reminder.

Rate Information

Extra person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Government issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check in and may incur additional charges.
And special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Extra Bed (s) and Children

Children that are below 6 years stay free of charge when using existing beds.
Children that are below 2 years stay free of charge i.a. cotscribs.
Children that are and above 12 years and adults have extra charge per person per night extra bed.
Children from 3 to 11.99 years have 50% DISCOUNT on extra bed charge.
Additional bed or baby cot can be only 1 per room.
Any extras are not calculated in the total costs and will have to be payed locally.
Only if stated in the room type extra bed is included if selected in the total room rate.
Extra discounts for additional children More than 1 in room you can always request in the comments field.

Transportation Policy

Many hotels offer transfer or transportation services. Sometimes free of charge. Just mail us after you have made your reservation and we will find the best options.
For individual tours and trips you can make a choice from our selection under the tabs on top of this page. With most City Tours you are picked up from your hotel.

Additional information

The two Turquoise rooms are located on the ground floor, from the entrance hall. These are the two smaller bedrooms.

A wooden spiral staircase from the hallway leads to the two larger bedrooms on the first floor; The Master Bedroom and the Library Room.

All our rooms have four-poster beds with mosquito nets, thick mattresses and the finest quality linen.
The rooms are stylishly, but simply furnished with handmade furniture and local fabrics.
All rooms have some interesting books about the Fort and are decorated with fresh tropical flowers.

The Library Room
The Library Room lies on the first floor, with shutters that open underneath the columned facade and overlook Lighthouse Street.

Positioned on the corner of the building, with its high timbered ceilings, the bedroom also benefits from a huge round window which casts light from Church Cross Street.

The bathroom, with a shower, washbasin and WC has a shuttered window that looks onto the main courtyard and provides a welcome through-breeze.

The Master Bedroom
The Master Bedroom lies on the first floor, with shutters that open underneath the columned facade and overlook Lighthouse Street.

Positioned on the corner of the building, with its high timbered ceilings, the bedroom also benefits from a small round window, which casts light from the courtyard.

This is our most spacious bedroom, with an en-suite with a shower, washbasin and WC.

The Turquoise Rooms
The turquoise rooms are similar in size, one of which has a twin bed option.
Both rooms open up onto the main hallway and have en suite bathrooms with a shower, washbasin and WC.

Both rooms are beautifully furnished with handmade teak furniture and local fabrics.
They are air-conditioned, with mosquito nets, thick mattresses and the finest linen.
One Turquoise Room looks out onto Lighthouse Street across the narrow veranda forming the main facade.
The second Turquoise Room has a large window facing Church Cross Street.

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