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Closenberg Hotel
Ranked #20 of 26 Hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 September 2017

This hotel is an older hotel but the rooms are clean and have a balcony that has wonderful views of the coast. The baths needs replacing as old but the beds are comfortable and the rooms are clean. They all have a fan plus air conditioning which I like as not an air conditioner person so really dislike when no fans in rooms. The staff are great and helpful. It's an old place with character with an infinity pool that is stunning on the lower level. Worth staying at if you appreciate charm and good service.

Room Tip: Higher floors with balcony
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

The hotel has beautiful gardens and a great view of the beach, however there is no beach access from the hotel.
The staff were helpful and mean well, but I am afraid the standard of the bedrooms and bathrooms came as a shock. I have not stayed anywhere this bad, since I was backpacking twenty years ago! Dirty and stained, cobwebs everywhere, the rooms really need a makeover.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 August 2017

We stayed for 10 days at Closenberg. The rooms were spacious with a private balcony over looking the bay. It was so restful to sleep with the sound of the waves at night. Our family enjoyed the infinity pool and bar where we were served delicious snacks and super chilled beer (especially the calamari, fried rice and of course French fries). Breakfast was varied and the staff were happy to provide for individual tastes. The grounds of the hotel are amazing, which my son enjoyed exploring. The local surfing beach was right on the doorstep - great for budding surfers and experts alike. Lots of delightful beaches are nearby and Galle Fort is great for eating out or souvenir shopping. All in all an excellent stay. My even better if ... improve the toiletries in the bathroom.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

I wanted to splurge on a luxurious stay for once and unfortunately for me I chose the Closenberg. I booked 3 weeks in advance and reached the room to find dirty towels, broken kettle and broken telephone. The layer of dust on the door made it seem like no one had cleaned it in a year! The curtains had some red stains on them and I don't even want to know what it was.

I insisted they clean the room again and for that I had to leave and get out. Not ideal since I had been travelling since 8 a.m. It was now 3 p.m. You would think the least they could do would be arrange some transport to take me to the fort area but no, they only got a tuktuk. The manager was rude and asked me 'what can I do'! I told him he only had to provide me the service I had already paid for well in advance!

A terrible experience. I will be back in Sri Lanka and galle many times but never again will I stay here!

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

Stayed for one night with family. The hotel is located at a beautiful location and has a great view of the town and ocean. The whole hotel has a history of it's own and from the time you enter you get the feeling your taken back in time. Good comfortable rooms with a nice view of the beach and ocean. Food was great, freshly made and with great taste. They had a lovely infinity salt water pool. A good hotel to choose for people who likes history and a place to relax in, while the kids have an adventure of their own either discovering different pathway of the hotel or just splashing in the pool.

Room Tip: Upper floor with sea view
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Closenberg Hotel

Address: 11 Closenberg Rd, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Galle
Price Range: RM 386 - RM 792 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Closenberg Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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 
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