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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Great views to be had at this historic hotel, which would clearly have been top class in its day. It has the potential to be great again, but requires money to be spent on it. Step one would be to remove the cement grottos in the dining area, which are an eyesore. The rooms were clean and quite spacious. And...

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Canberra
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Over the centuries the colonial powers did some real damage to Sri Lanka. Is it a silver lining that this stunning hotel now sits overlooking the bay? This building is actually an old European inspired grand home that has been extended, and the hotel is still run by descendants of those well-to-do Sri Lankans. The dining and sitting spaces are...

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Reviewed 23 December 2016

The property has a lot of charm and a great location overlooking the water in Galle. The beach was really close by and the food and service were excellent. The rooms were very comfortable and the infinity pool was definitely a huge plus.

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Reviewed 22 December 2016

Closenberg isn't just another hotel you visit. This historic property has stunning views and old world charm. A family run hotel, with friendly, kind staff (many who have been working there for decades and) who were always looking out for my children as they ran around exploring this gorgeous property. If you are looking for something different than the forced...

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St. Petersburg, Russia
Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Luxury pool to chill with friends while watching surfing and waves. Romantic ocean view, quite and peaceful place. Place where you can take the best pictures. Atmosphere of relax and freedom. Must see.

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Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Colonial building located approx. 1km away from Galle (Pinnaduwa) highway exit. Narrow road leading up to the hotel but when you reach the hotel you will be blown away with the breathtaking views of the Indian ocean. Rooms are big and clean plus all rooms are equipped with a balcony overlooking the ocean. Food was tasty and staff were friendly....

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reviewed 12 November 2016

The location is unique and the property is yet another colonial example of Galle heritage. We had good Sri Lankan lunch served by friendly staff. I was told that most staff has been working for long years. Though difficult, a better eye for maintenance will take the hotel a long way.

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negombo
Reviewed 28 October 2016

Great place,very comfortable,views terrific.Staff were delightful rooms spot less. Decor a bit tired but renovation is on the cards in the near future,I personally loved the dining room and the relaxing areas lhope they do not modernize it too much as it gives you the feel of past elegance.

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We stayed here for 3 nights. The hotel is quite old, and unlike some old hotels we stayed in, it has not been renovated for quite some time. Its major strength is its location overlooking the ocean giving guests wonderful sea views. The staff are also very friendly and helpful, and the dinners are very good, while the breakfasts are...

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The Beach
Reviewed 9 October 2016

What a delightful escape from the usual hotel ritzy busy dazzle of today....possibly the establishment needs some freshening up but on the whole this is what makes it unique. Recommend Closenberg to anyone who loves historic/colonial places to stay.

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Breakfast included
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • 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: RM562 - RM994 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Closenberg Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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Also Known As:
Closenberg Hotel Galle
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#21 On the Beach Hotel in Galle
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“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
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