Sri Lanka In Style Picks Galle Fort Hotel to Evoke Yesterday's Nostalgias

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Set on a narrow street in Galle's historic fort, this hotel in Sri Lanka is celebrated most for its simplicity and charm, and Sri Lanka In Style is proud to have it as part of their exclusive portfolio of properties.

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Even despite its privileged location in the heart of Galle Fort, its relaxing ambiance and evocative interior design, The Galle Fort Hotel stands out for its stylish range of accommodation that suits a variety of budgets

Sri Lanka In Style welcomes the highly recommended Galle Fort Hotel to the company's list of prestigious Sri Lanka hotels. The Galle Fort Hotel is an evocative base from which to explore Galle's mesmerising beaches, ancient temples and verdant tea plantations not least the historic Dutch fort. This hotel in Sri Lanka is as historic as the magnificent fort that protectively surrounds it since it dates back to the seventeenth century itself. Painstakingly restored and transformed by owners Karl Steinberg and Christopher Ong from a collection of abandoned though majestic warehouses into a luxurious boutique hotel, their efforts won them the prestigious UNESCO Award of Distinction for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2007.

The Galle Fort Hotel has been the recipient of numerous other accolades during its short history as a Sri Lankan hotel including 'the most desirable hotel bed linen in the world' (Wallpaper Magazine), 'one of the top five places in the world to chill and relax' (The Australian Travel Magazine) as well as being mentioned in the 2005 Conde Nast Hot List. Its cuisine is also frequently praised with Ong's delicious and reasonably priced Chinese Straits dishes - a modern combination of the most popular Chinese and Thai dishes as well as some of his innovative creations - frequently causing a stir.

At this one of the oldest hotels in Galle Fort, guests are encouraged to relax and feel at home, whether they choose complete privacy or the opportunity of community with fellow travellers. The inner terrace overlooking the beautiful azure swimming pool is a particularly popular place for guests to mingle and enjoy the conviviality of shared travel stories accompanied by delicious cocktails with new friends. It is equally idyllic as a place to relax, read a book or even write one as sarong clag waiters beneath whirring overhead fans discreetly take care of your every need.

With the fort on your doorstep, this is a particularly privileged place to stay. Walk out of the front door and enter into a place that seems to have been transported back to an earlier time in history. Quiet streets lead past antique shops, intimate boutiques and souvenir stores, tiny cafes and flower-filled homes to the fort's main attractions; churches, a mosque, a lighthouse, a Buddhist temple, a handful of museums, a clock tower, colonial buildings and of course the magnificent ramparts. A stroll atop their summit at sunset is the perfect way to end the day.

"Even despite its privileged location in the heart of Galle Fort, its relaxing ambiance and evocative interior design, The Galle Fort Hotel stands out for its stylish range of accommodation that suits a variety of budgets", says Miguel Cunat, CEO of Sri Lanka In Style.

The rooms of the Galle Fort Hotel are spacious, and designed to suit anyone's taste. Choose from a Garden Room, a split-level Loft Room or from one of the five individually styled suites; the Cheng Ho Pavilion and the enormous Le Grand Appartement de Compte de Mauny are especially grand. Each room at this hotel in Sri Lanka benefits from comfortable beds dressed with the softest cotton linen, plenty of interesting furniture and modern bathrooms that feature celadon bottles filled with delicious citrus scented toiletries from Thaan and Haan of Bangkok.

Sri Lanka In Style is a Sri Lankan based travel design company that specializes in offering travel consultation and services for clients visiting Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka In Style hand-selects Boutique Hotels and Villas in Sri Lanka and offers a full portfolio of concierge style services including chauffeured cars, expert guides and a wealth of local travel advice all designed to ensure that guests can sit back and derive maximum satisfaction from their time whilst in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka In Style provides interesting alternatives and "out of the box" ideas which provide a conversational currency long after the holiday itself has finished.

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