No. 39 Galle Fort Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
7.2
Reviewed:
03-Nov-2014
Atmospheric, well located and very comfortable sum up our stay at No.39. After the hustle and bustle of the fort, diving in and out of cafés and boutiques, and photographing iconic landmarks, it was heaven to return to our tranquil and comfortable abode, which was right at the heart of everything.

Ajith, the housekeeper, welcomed us in his quiet way, always with a shy smile and, with assistance from a second member of staff, kept the house clean and tidy.  He was also the cook, and although still a novice in the kitchen, we were pleased with his efforts, especially his curries.  The menu is fairly limited but included grilled fish, salads, sandwiches and kids’ meals – all dishes Ajith felt confidant cooking.

Although this is a great family house, the cement stairs (sans stairgates) and minimal kids’ facilities make it less suitable for toddlers.  That said, there are two daybeds at the entrance to the master bedroom that can sleep children up to ten years old.
 
The soft pillowy quilts made the beds very comfortable and we particularly loved the upstairs bedroom for its extra space and breezy rooftop views.  We found the bathrooms to be fairly small, but all were nicely finished in smooth polished cement. Note that Ajith is a live-in housekeeper and spends much of his time in the kitchen or discretely in his quarters, which are located next to the garden bedroom.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:9 Outside Area:6
Living Area:8 Bedrooms:7 Bathrooms:6
Kitchen:6 Facilities:6 Staff:7
Value:8
Highlights

Location, Location, Location!  The house is just a few minutes walk from some of the fort’s best restaurants, bars and shops – stop by Fortaleza for a meal, the ever-popular Pedlar’s Inn Café or drop into The Living Room (just opposite) for a nightcap.  The Dutch Hospital – a new precinct of restaurants (we love Sugar), cafés, shops and bars – is also close by.  You can stroll to all of the fort’s interesting landmarks – including the lighthouse, the Maritime Museum, the Dutch Reformed Church and the ramparts – in less than ten minutes, as well as to the town’s international cricket test stadium.

Surprises

There is no swimming pool, however there are many swimming beaches in the local area (and hotels with pools).  A water pump to the back of the house (near the garden room) makes a bit of a din but Ajith aims to operate it when guests are out (as much as possible).  As is often the case in houses in the fort, mosquitoes can be pesky around dawn and dusk so do bring repellent.

Guest Reviews (62)

Adriana T, United Arab Emirates checked out on 13-Mar-2019
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
27-Apr-2019
We had a great time having you as our hosts. You made us feel like we are in a 7 star hotel (Dubai style). As we write these words, you are being missed, until our next visit.

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Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Meghan S, Australia checked out on 03-Mar-2019
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
27-Apr-2019
Thank you for looking after us so well while we stayed in this beautiful home and explored Galle. We will miss your amazing cooking and kind hospitality.

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David C, Sri Lanka checked out on 23-Feb-2019
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
02-Mar-2019
You have a beautiful house we have appreciated and enjoyed our stay .

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Sam P, Sri Lanka checked out on 20-Jan-2019
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
02-Mar-2019
No.39 is synonymous with our visit to the Galle Literary Festival. Nuwan and Isuru took great care of us and accommodated our eccentric requests. This house has become our temporary home. We just love it. Good luck for the New Year, may it flourish always.

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Value:1
Yao Z, China checked out on 21-Feb-2019
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
02-Mar-2019
The villa brings you a feeling of home. We can chat and play cards in the yard. We also cook Chinese meals on the Lantern Festival. Really a different experience on my journey.

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Zhouying Y, China checked out on 17-Feb-2019
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
02-Mar-2019
It has been a wonderful experience staying at No.39 Galle Fort. Our families loved the villa very much. Will recommend it to our friends.

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Lucille O, Australia checked out on 07-Jan-2019
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
02-Mar-2019
Fantastic Stay at No.39 Galle Fort. Thank you for the wonderful service. A great atmosphere at the villa.

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Bianca P, Sri Lanka checked out on 02-Jan-2019
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
04-Jan-2019
Thank you for a wonderful time and taking such good care of us. I couldn't think of a better place to stay at New Years eve night in the heart of Galle Fort. The house is truly beautiful. Best wishes for 2019!

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Viviane O, United Kingdom checked out on 30-Dec-2018
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
04-Jan-2019
Had an amazing stay at number 39, beautiful villa. Nuwan is so helpful and makes some great curry. Thanks for everything.

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Mullapudi N, India checked out on 14-Dec-2018
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
04-Jan-2019
We Stayed at No.39 Galle Fort from 7-13th Dec 2018 - a family of 3. Our stay was made very pleasant by the wonderful service of the boys Wasantha and Nuwan. We enjoyed our stay a lot.

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Cherrie G, Sri Lanka checked out on 10-Nov-2018
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
04-Jan-2019
We all love this house. Calm and beautiful. Nuwan and Wasantha have looked after us so well - what an amazing meal. Seafood Kebabs, crab curry, fried rice. Best meal on our trip!! We have been so comfortable and loved every minute in Galle. Many thanks to you both from all of us.

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Adam R, Australia checked out on 07-Nov-2018
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
04-Jan-2019
Awesome time #39, such a beautiful villa and brilliantly hosted by Nuwan & Wasantha! Prawns, champagne, lobsters and of course the cricket made this trip extra special - good days everyday! Until next time Sri Lanka!

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Anne-Marie D, New Zealand checked out on 20-Dec-2018
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
21-Dec-2018
Visiting Galle for the first time from New Zealand. This is a beautiful oasis of calm to come back to after the frenzy outside - loved it and would love to come back!

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Zhiqiang C, China checked out on 26-Jul-2018
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
15-Aug-2018
Wonderful stay, service is very good. Heart warming experience, thanks, good job!

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Chef Joel Miele, Australia checked out on 23-Jul-2018
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
15-Aug-2018
A fantastic stay at this charming and beautiful villa. The staff were awesome and looked after us so very well. Highly recommended. Big thumbs up.

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Mr Burmoi, India checked out on 05-Jul-2018
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
13-Jul-2018
We had a wonderful here at the villa. The staff were so nice and attentive. The villa is gorgeous and the town of Galle Fort is totally charming. Thank you for everything!

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Linda W, United Kingdom checked out on 23-Mar-2018
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
05-Jun-2018
Amazing! We had a fantastic stay and were so well looked after. We asked for traditional Sri Lankan food and had some delicious meals, the food was incredible and the service was great. We were so well looked after and we are sad to be leaving. Thank you Nuwan and Nishal.

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Gabriella and Sophie, United Kingdom checked out on 18-Feb-2018
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
04-Jun-2018
We have spent the most magical two days at No.39 Galle Fort. Wonderful hospitality from the entire team and such a beautiful villa, an oasis tucked away! The food has been excellent, with great Sri Lankan specialties.The staff have been ever so attentive, kind and helpful. We would love to return one day, thank you.

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Michaella R, Australia checked out on 12-Mar-2018
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
16-May-2018
What absolute luxury! We had a delightful time and were well cared/attended to. Thank you.

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William K, Canada checked out on 07-Mar-2018
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
16-May-2018
What a beautiful, welcoming house. Garden is exquisite, beds are so comfortable, everything beautifully maintained, we enjoyed our stay.

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Christopher, Australia checked out on 06-Jan-2018
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
16-Feb-2018
Thank you very much for the wonderful stay at No.39. We had a great time.Thanks to your hospitality, the perfect service, delicious food and beautiful house. We hope to be back soon!

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Shelby P, Singapore checked out on 02-Jan-2018
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
16-Feb-2018
What a way to finish 2017! Nuwan and Wasantha provided wonderful service and the villa itself is a spectacular sight. Can't imagine a more comfortable way to enjoy Galle, Thank you! Happy New Year!! We had a lovely experience and are looking forward to returning! Thank you!

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Ashwin K, United States checked out on 29-Dec-2017
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
04-Jan-2018
We had a truly wonderful stay at No. 39 Lighthouse Street, Galle Fort and we are sad to leave. Nuwan and Vasantha were incredibly hospitable and kind and took very good care of us. The home was beautiful and very clean. It was also a fantastic location. Thank you for accommodating us, we home to be back again soon.

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Chris W, Australia checked out on 14-Dec-2017
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
04-Jan-2018
It was a great pleasure to stay in such a well preserved heritage home right in the center of Galle Fort. The beds were very comfortable and the decor and furniture matched perfectly. The home was spotlessly clean. Wasantha, the housekeeper, did a wonderful job. Our chef, Nuwan, cooked superb meals and presented them superbly. Both the staff cheerfully attended to our needs. The manager Mark was in contact to make sure all was going well. I would recommend No. 39 to anyone who is looking for luxurious accommodation in a fascinating world heritage renown site.

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Rituraj K, India checked out on 04-Oct-2017
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
04-Jan-2018
We had some difficulty locating the place but when Nuwan opened the door it was awe to find such a beautiful place complete with small garden and high ceilings. The decor takes us back to the colonial era - it is really a pleasure for the two days we stayed here. The service is also worth mentioning - the staff looked after us in every possible way. The ambience and hospitality - both were great. Many thanks.

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Katrina S, Sri Lanka checked out on 30-Sep-2017
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
09-Oct-2017
No.39 Galle Fort is a beautiful villa to relax in and enjoy. The Fort itself is beautifully maintained and the restorations of the old buildings have been done so well. We enjoyed our stay and thank Nuwan for looking after us and preparing our meals. Thank you.

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Ji Ung K, Hong Kong checked out on 18-Sep-2017
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
02-Oct-2017
You have made our stay in No.39 Galle Fort an absolute dream! The location and the villa itself is right out of a James Bond novel! It is ravishing and decadent. We will recommend No.39 to all our friends and family who are considering an amazing holiday with lots of hospitality and culture. The food prepared by Dilshan was simply impeccable and he needs to be utilised to his full culinary skill! Nuwan has done a great job keeping the accommodation tidy and running smoothly. We hope to be back soon!

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Octavia B, Australia checked out on 04-Sep-2017
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
02-Oct-2017
Unfortunately we have to leave today from a far too short stay at No.39. It has been fabulous - Galle is beautiful. But the best thing has been No.39. Spacious,relaxing, so lovely and the team looked after us so well. The food was spectacular - starting with curry for lunch on arrival. We had the crab (twice), hoppers for breakfast and the parrot fish last night. I am going to recommend No.39 to everyone and I'm hoping I can come back and enjoy it all again.

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Deborah H, Australia checked out on 05-Aug-2017
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
23-Aug-2017
Thank you for a beautiful end to 2 weeks in Sri Lanka. We would love to take Lahiru and Nuwan back with us! The villa was a lovely oasis in Galle Fort. Thank you to Lahiru for our amazing cooking class and for caring for Debbie after her little misadventure.

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Resnick H, United States checked out on 24-Jul-2017
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
23-Aug-2017
Thanks to Lahiru and Nuwan for their perfect hospitality, fantastic food, attentive housekeeping, and charming care of guests. It was great to stay in such a historic house in the middle of Galle Fort, with the Indian Ocean breaking on the walls. We look forward to returning.

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David D, Canada checked out on 01-Mar-2017
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
05-Mar-2017
A wonderful house! So relaxing. Loved waking up with birds and fresh air. Our cook Dilshan is amazing. He does 5 star cooking and has a 5 star attitude. The house is beautifully decorated with furniture carefully picked. Loved it!

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Martin C, United Kingdom checked out on 19-Feb-2017
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
05-Mar-2017
What a splendid house - so cool and welcoming - better than a hotel. The staff were wonderful providing delicious food - kind and thoughtful - we all enjoyed our stay here in Galle - and hope it stays the same charming town! Thank you - we hope to come again - just for more tips on improving our cooking skills!

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Hua F, China checked out on 15-Feb-2017
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
05-Mar-2017
With No.39 these streets are heaven, now home feels so foreign.

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Maggie D, United Kingdom checked out on 28-Jan-2017
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
05-Mar-2017
We LOVED the villa and Galle Fort. To have the place to return to after walking around town is a godsend.Thanks for allowing us to stay. Ajith cooked us a perfect seafood BBQ the first night and it was amazing, he is such a great chef and such a lovely guy. Thank you once again and hopefully, God willing, we will return to this beautiful place again!. Would certainly recommend to our friends.

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Sam Perera, Sri Lanka checked out on 15-Jan-2017
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
05-Mar-2017
What can I say? The Galle Literary Festival and No.39 and us - the perfect fit. It is the haven we escape to, the nest, the cocoon in the house we love.Thank you for an incredible 4 nights.The two Ajith's held the fort remarkably well considering our hectic schedule. Lahiru who stepped in to relieve a sick Ajith who conjured culinary delights was marvelous.We will be back and wish No.39 all good things in the coming year. Thank you & thank you!

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Edith H, Malaysia checked out on 02-Jan-2017
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
09-Jan-2017
Ajith's food was good, he was always pleasant and helpful! Loved the passion fruit juice in the morning. Galle Fort was a pleasant surprise. We all enjoyed the BBQ prepared by the chef! Ajith's curries are better than in any restaurant in Galle. Highly recommend. His BBQ was wonderful. Happy New Year!

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Alex W, Macau checked out on 23-Dec-2016
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
09-Jan-2017
A lovely sanctuary in the midst of Galle Fort. Thanks to the Ajith's (x2!) for their service during our stay. The garden was a lovely bit of green to relax and enjoy. A well appointed home away from home.

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Chris M, United Kingdom checked out on 17-Dec-2016
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
09-Jan-2017
We stayed for 3 nights, and what an amazing place this is, so peaceful and quiet.We ate in two nights and the food that Ajith prepared was just fantastic. Both he and Kumara were very attentive but discrete. The Fort is a great place to shop or just soak up the atmosphere. We ate at Tuk Tuk and would recommend it to others. All in all just great.

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Afrah S, United Kingdom checked out on 11-Nov-2016
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
09-Jan-2017
Thank you for an enjoyable stay at the property. Ajith and Ajith were both courteous and helpful. Any problems were addressed by them. The property is clean, tidy and well maintained. Thanks again!

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Suraj P, Sri Lanka checked out on 04-Nov-2016
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
04-Dec-2016
Had a great stay at the property.It would have been even better if we were more than three people. We will definitely be back in the future. Thanks to the team of Ajits for looking after us being our guide and answering our unending questions.

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Oshea S, Australia checked out on 26-Oct-2016
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
19-Nov-2016
Such an amazing villa, such an amazing team! We are in love with the Fort,and we have been blown away by the quality of the villas here.The service has been great, good WIFI, attention to detail within the property is second to none, we will be seeing you again! Much thanks from all of the team to Mark & the Ajits.

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Kim B, Singapore checked out on 08-Oct-2016
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
19-Nov-2016
We have loved our stay in Galle and Ajits x2 have looked after us very well. Our son has loved playing with them and they have been very helpful and courteous. They are a credit to the house.

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Xu Y, China checked out on 05-Oct-2016
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
19-Nov-2016
Love the environment and the decoration of the villa. The manager and assistants are all nice and helpful. Everything is perfect. I will come back here again one day and may live here :)

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Nitin T, India checked out on 06-Sep-2016
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
07-Oct-2016
It was really great and awesome experience staying at no.39 light house. This was home away from home. Everything was well attended and Ajith's cooking was really good. Very hospitable staff and extremely neat. We would love to come here again.

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David C, Singapore checked out on 06-Jul-2016
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
07-Oct-2016
Fantastic villa and fantastic two nights stay. Thank you to both Ajith's for their service.

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Mehvesh M, Hong Kong checked out on 29-Mar-2016
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
07-Oct-2016
What a fabulous beginning to our Sri Lanka journey! Ajith is a fantastic cook who spoiled us with one delight after another.Together with the other Ajith they make an incredible team. The villa is beautiful and beautifully kept - credit to the owner, the wonderful caretaker Mark, and the villa team. A kind, gentle baby sitter, Pushpa, was the perfect addition to the team, who allowed us to have a truly relaxing experience. We will be back for longer!

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Rosa P, United Kingdom checked out on 26-Mar-2016
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
07-Oct-2016
Wonderful house, fabulous team. Both Ajith & Ajith were brilliant hosts. Food was great, we would highly recommend fish curry. Amazing service! Will definitely come back again!

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Kate G, Australia checked out on 05-Mar-2016
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
07-Oct-2016
Thank you so much for a great relaxing stay! Everything about the villa is divine and we feel very at home. Ajith makes delicious food and has taken excellent care of all our needs, always with that gorgeous smile! Thank you again and we hope to see you again in the future!

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Yasmeen A, United Arab Emirates checked out on 01-Mar-2016
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
07-Oct-2016
We had a wonderful break in this house. It has a great serene vibe.Thank you for a terrific 3 days. The staff is extremely helpful and efficient.

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Camilla H, United States checked out on 26-Feb-2016
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
07-Oct-2016
Wonderful trip to Sri Lanka. The accommodations were very comfortable. We particularly enjoyed the curry and rice dinner and setting on the veranda in the evening. The staff were welcoming and very helpful.They were knowledgeable of where to go and what to do in Galle. A great way to end our trip to Sri Lanka! We will recommend to others the villa. Thanks for assisting with our trip to Galle.

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Sam P, Sri Lanka checked out on 17-Jan-2016
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
07-Oct-2016
We are back at No.39 after a hiatus of 3 years and it's like coming home. We spent a wonderful 4 nights. Ajith's cooking was excellent and exactly what we needed during the hectic schedule of the Galle Literary Festival! We hope to come back each year. Thank you for sharing this wonderful space. I'd recommend it to anyone visiting Galle!

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Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Bhudeni W, Sri Lanka checked out on 11-Jan-2016
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
16-Sep-2016
A lovely stay at 39 Galle Fort Villa, which is located conveniently in the middle of the Galle Fort but still afford a calm and relaxing atmosphere. The rooms and other amenities were comfortable, the BBQ was super and the two ajith's looked after us very well. Thank you for an enjoyable stay, we look forward to coming back and will recommended it to others.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Yi S, China checked out on 06-Oct-2015
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
16-Sep-2016
We all love the beautiful house and appreciate smiles and services. Mark's cooking is so impressive. Thanks to you and all the best. We'd like to recommended No.39 to our friends who's going here.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Vijayakumar A, India checked out on 04-Oct-2015
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
16-Sep-2016
Our stay at No. 39 was awesome, it was homely, our caretakers were very friendly. We had asked to serve us barbecue dinner upon arrival and the spread was wide and delicious. The main cook (Ajith Kumar) took care of us. His Sri Lankan curry was very authentic, He always has a smile on his face and was very accommodating. We were surely visit again.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
James Rogers, Hong Kong checked out on 07-Jan-2016
Overall Rating:
9.5
Reviewed:
14-Jan-2016
From walking through the door on our first day we were taken aback by the welcoming atmosphere and the delightfull staff. Mark and the team attended to our every need and there was nothing left wanting. I would truly recommend staying at No.39 vs. any hotel chain in the Galle Fort area. Absolutely wonderful overall. And don't worry about eating out, both the BBQ's and the Sri Lankan cooking in the villa were outstanding. Truly exceptional.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:9 Bathrooms:8
Kitchen:8 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:10
Helen S, Kuwait checked out on 08-Nov-2015
Overall Rating:
8.5
Reviewed:
13-Nov-2015
What a fantastic villa! A beautiful villa in a beautiful location

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:9 Outside Area:7
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:9 Bathrooms:8
Kitchen:7 Facilities:7 Staff:10
Value:9
Nicola Fletcher, Qatar checked out on 11-Jul-2015
Overall Rating:
9.4
Reviewed:
20-Jul-2015
The villa is just amazing!!! You are 'right' in the middle of Galle Fort!! We felt very special being able to call number 39 home for 5 days!!

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:9
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:9
Kitchen:8 Facilities:9 Staff:10
Value:9
Yi Wang, China checked out on 07-Apr-2015
Overall Rating:
9.5
Reviewed:
09-Apr-2015
this is my first time to say 'Superb' experience because of professional service with LOVE! Comfortable stay, old fashion deco, and know well of local culture.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:9
Kitchen:8 Facilities:8 Staff:10
Value:10
Thom Kleiss, Singapore checked out on 25-Oct-2014
Overall Rating:
8.4
Reviewed:
26-Feb-2015
'39 Galle Fort' is a fantastic place to stay. It has a central location in the Fort, all is in walkable distance. The villa is very well designed, with the old colonial features well preserved in a modern facility. Great place to relax after a daytrip to the countryside or beaches, great place to doze a day away while staying in the Fort. Good for kids. The service of the house staff was truly excellent, with good local dishes cooked from scratch (recommended the fresh tuna curry)and a very friendly attitude towards their guests. All was attended to in great care and detail. I fully recommend to stay in 39 Galle Fort - great family place! We will surely be back. Dr Thom KLEISS and family, Singapore

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:8 Outside Area:7
Living Area:9 Bedrooms:9 Bathrooms:9
Kitchen:8 Facilities:7 Staff:9
Value:9
Priyanka Holsinger, Sri Lanka checked out on 28-Dec-2014
Overall Rating:
8.3
Reviewed:
15-Jan-2015
The location is fabulous. You can walk to the bars, restaurants, beach and ramparts. The staff is obliging and un-intrusive. The place is tastefully put together to offer the visitor modern comforts with a touch of Sri Lankan charm.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:8 Location:9 Outside Area:10
Living Area:8 Bedrooms:9 Bathrooms:8
Kitchen:7 Facilities:8 Staff:8
Value:8
Ranil De Silva, Sri Lanka checked out on 08-Oct-2014
Overall Rating:
8.3
Reviewed:
18-Dec-2014
Villa 39 is a beautiful oasis in the Galle Fort. It is spacious, comfortable and very tasteful. The location could not be better as it is in close proximity to any place you might want to visit at the Galle Fort. There are so many spaces to relax and unwind within the villa and the rooms are well appointed with well designed bathrooms. The staff are attentive and accommodating...what more might one want from a holiday villa.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:8 Location:9 Outside Area:9
Living Area:8 Bedrooms:9 Bathrooms:8
Kitchen:8 Facilities:7 Staff:8
Value:9
Eveline Cadell, Sri Lanka checked out on 01-Nov-2014
Overall Rating:
9.3
Reviewed:
13-Nov-2014
Wonderful villa in Lighthouse street - beautifully appointed for relaxation with friends or family. Totally wonderful location to explore Galle's restaurants and shops and opposite the best lounge bar in town. Loved it and will definitely go there again!

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:9
Living Area:9 Bedrooms:9 Bathrooms:9
Kitchen:9 Facilities:9 Staff:9
Value:10
No. 39 Galle Fort /villa/39-galle-fort.aspx Price starts at $280 - $600 per night
7.96 out of 10
based on 64 user reviews. Atmospheric, well located and very comfortable sum up our stay at No.39. After the hustle and bustle of the fort, diving in and out of cafés and boutiques, and photographing iconic landmarks, it was heaven to return to our tranquil and comfortable abode, which was right at the heart of everything.

Ajith, the housekeeper, welcomed us in his quiet way, always with a shy smile and, with assistance from a second member of staff, kept the house clean and tidy.  He was also the cook, and although still a novice in the kitchen, we were pleased with his efforts, especially his curries.  The menu is fairly limited but included grilled fish, salads, sandwiches and kids’ meals – all dishes Ajith felt confidant cooking.

Although this is a great family house, the cement stairs (sans stairgates) and minimal kids’ facilities make it less suitable for toddlers.  That said, there are two daybeds at the entrance to the master bedroom that can sleep children up to ten years old.
 
The soft pillowy quilts made the beds very comfortable and we particularly loved the upstairs bedroom for its extra space and breezy rooftop views.  We found the bathrooms to be fairly small, but all were nicely finished in smooth polished cement. Note that Ajith is a live-in housekeeper and spends much of his time in the kitchen or discretely in his quarters, which are located next to the garden bedroom.
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