41 Lighthouse Street is a small property, set away down one of Galle's characterful streets and evoking the charm of the Fort.
A stay at Fort Printers is a step back in history. Housed in a an 18th century mansion that over the years served as a Buddhist college and a printers, the hotel’s building has both Dutch and British influences, with high ceilings and large windows. Today, Fort Printers has been restored into a unique and characterful boutique hotel, accommodating guests in a handful of simple but comfortable suites. Situated within the 16th century Galle Fort, you can spend the day exploring the area’s historic delights before cooling off in the pool and tucking in to fresh seafood in the charming courtyard.
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Accommodation is spread across the main building and two villas, with guests able to book individual suites or entire villas. The villas each have a sitting room complete with small library and iPod dock, as well a private dining area.
There are six suite categories, which differ in terms of their view type and size, although all offer at least 27 square metres of space. Amenities include air conditioning, Wi-Fi, a chaise longue/sofa, hairdryer, minibar and tea/coffee facilities. All have double beds - some of which are four-poster -and a few have an additional sofa bed. Suites in the main building are more traditional in style, featuring hard wood floors and exposed beams, while those in the two villas have a more contemporary feel.
Fort Printers is situated within the Galle Fort, making it a good base for exploring the fort itself, the surrounding countryside and the beaches around Galle.
Food and drink
Guests can enjoy all meals in the pretty shaded courtyard, which makes a peaceful spot in which to relax, or in the elegant dining room. Breakfast includes fresh fruits, juices, home-made cereals, breads and Sri Lankan hoppers, while lunch may consist of fresh salads, burgers, grilled tuna or sandwiches. Dinner usually involves fresh seafood, Mediterranean-inspired dishes, mezzes and traditional Sri Lankan curries, with the menu changing each day based on guests’ preferences.
Facilities and activities
There’s a small pool on site for those wanting to cool off after exploring the fort and surrounding area.
This is an attractive hotel in an ideal location within the fort. The rooms are spacious and nicely decorated, but are fairly simple in terms of their amenities compared to other hotels.
Please note that some of the opening windows in the rooms have low sills and the windows are not fitted with barriers or restrictor devices, so guests should take extra care, especially if staying with children.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Your guide will take you into the walled area of the town which consists of narrow streets lined with European style buildings, traditional churches and small shops selling lace and jewellery.
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