The Charleston

The Charleston

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Charleston Rooms with a courtyard view.
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#23 of 56 hotels in Galle
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Location
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
Nestled within the historic walls of Galle Fort, The Charleston offers a captivating escape that seamlessly blends old-world charm with modern comforts. This enchanting property invites guests to embark on a journey through time, immersing themselves in the rich history and culture of the fort. With tastefully designed rooms, each adorned with unique touches, guests can indulge in a serene and luxurious ambiance. The Charleston also boasts an on-site restaurant, Charlie's Bar, where guests can savor delectable cuisine amidst an intimate setting. From the charming courtyard to the attentive and friendly staff, every aspect of The Charleston is designed to create a memorable and immersive experience. Discover the magic of Galle Fort and create cherished memories at The Charleston.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
24-hour security
Concierge
24-hour check-in
Laundry service
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary welcome drink
Rooftop bar
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun terrace
Doorperson
Umbrella
Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Dining area
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Minibar
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Tile / marble floor
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Business
Boutique
Languages Spoken
English, Sinhala

Location

78 Lighthouse Street, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka
Getting there
Great for walkers
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Koggala Airport
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O v wrote a review Mar 2024
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful hotel with impeccable service ✨ Great value for money compared to other hotels. Our room had a terrace overlooking the beautiful garden. I loved the fact that the rooms are de-cluttered and free from unnecessary amenities; however, you can get whatever you want (boiled water, slippers, q-tips etc) from house keeping within minutes.

I would book again and can highly recommend staying at the Charleston.
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Date of stay: March 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Dilani Silva, Guest Services / Front Office at The Charleston
Responded 30 Mar 2024
Dear Oskar, It was lovely to have met you. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! We're absolutely thrilled that you found your stay at The Charleston beautiful and our service impeccable ✨. It's fantastic to hear that you enjoyed the terrace view of our lovely garden. We're truly touched by your kind words and can't wait to welcome you back for another wonderful stay. Until then, take care and all the best!
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Mike K wrote a review Mar 2024
Kineton, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Clean and cool, the Charleston offers great food, sharp rooms and impeccable service. I stayed for two nights, enjoyed the sunset over the terrace, the excellent coffee and heavenly food. The Italian chef was incredible. The air conditioned dining room is a welcome attraction, particularly for someone who has been exploring the fort and walking it's walls.
The Charleston is a beautifully restored facade with an ultra modern boutique hotel behind.
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Date of stay: March 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: the sunset terrace fills up pretty quick so snag a table as early as possible.
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Response from Dilani Silva, Guest Services / Front Office at The Charleston
Responded 30 Mar 2024
Dear F7635KFmikek, Thank you for choosing to stay with us at The Charleston. It was a pleasure to have you as our guest, and we're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience, from the sunset views to the excellent food and service. Your kind words mean a lot to us, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another memorable stay.
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Sabreenic wrote a review Nov 2023
UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Charleston is stunning and run by lovely knowledgeable staff and a fantastic chef Dulaj Ranga. The terrace has the most beautiful ocean views of the Galle Fort rampart historic walls and serves food from Charlie's restaurant bar including fabulous cocktails mixed by Janitha. Here you can watch the sun come up whilst enjoying breakfast and the most spectacular sun sets over a glass or two of wine. Everything about this Art Deco hotel is delightful from the stunning interior design to the uber comfy rooms with the softest pillows and wonderful range of bathroom products. Such a fun sport to explore the old city and enjoy a wonderful daily menu of delicious food.
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Date of stay: November 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Front Office Manager Charleston, Owner at The Charleston
Responded 25 Jan 2024
Dear Sabreenic, Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience at The Charleston. It's always a pleasure to know that our stunning location, delicious food, and comfortable accommodations contributed to your memorable stay. We appreciate your kind words about our staff, Chef Dulaj Ranga, and Janitha's cocktails. We look forward to welcoming you back for another delightful visit. If there's anything specific you'd like to share or any way we can make your next stay even better, please don't hesitate to let us know. We appreciate and value your feedback. Best Regards, Dilani Front Office Manager
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joethong wrote a review May 2024
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent three weeks driving around Sri Lanka and, with a few days left before heading to the Maldives, decided to explore the southern province. Despite May not being the ideal season to visit the southwest, our experience at The Charleston at Galle Fort more than compensated for it. From the moment we arrived, we were treated to exceptional hospitality that truly set The Charleston apart. I hold top elite status with several hotel chains and have stayed in numerous premium five-star hotels, but the level of service here was on another level. The staff went above and beyond in every aspect, from the warm welcome at check-in to the personalized attention throughout our stay. The location, just south of Galle Fort, serves as an excellent base for exploring the area.
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Date of stay: May 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Call the hotel in advance to help with parking of your car.
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Response from Dilani Silva, Guest Services / Front Office at The Charleston
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi Mr Thong, so nice to hear from you. Trust you are in Maldives now. Thank you so much for taking time to review us in detail. So glad to know that our team was able to create fond memories for you, even though your stay was short. It’s truly heartwarming to hear that you appreciated the exceptional hospitality and personalized attention. Galle Fort is indeed a fantastic base for exploring the southern province, therefore do visit us again for a fabulous holiday. Safe Travels! Best Regards, Dilani
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anecessaryevil wrote a review Feb 2024
Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Walking around the fort near Sunset we stumble the prawn this redeveloped residence. The bar is on the top floor overlooking the west over the ramparts. The wine list is quite reasonable with some wine by the glass and a beer was only ₹700 and a glass of rosé was about ₹2600.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Front Office Manager Charleston, Owner at The Charleston
Responded 10 Feb 2024
Dear anecessaryevil, Thank you for sharing your experience and it means a lot to us! It sounds like you had a lovely time enjoying the bar's view and reasonable wine list. Your feedback is appreciated, and I hope you get to visit us again soon. Best Regards, Dilani - Front Office Manager
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María L wrote a review Jan 2024
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice and clean, but EXTREMELY overpriced.
This hotel takes advantage of the terrible state of other hotels in Galle and charges at least 3 times what it really is worth. Rooms are clean and modern, but nothing more than an average western hotel. Then the staff pester your every move trying to compensate.
Rooms don't even have a kettle for tea and coffee.
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Date of stay: January 2024
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Front Office Manager Charleston, Owner at The Charleston
Responded 10 Feb 2024
Dear 773mar_al, I'm sorry to hear that you found the hotel to be overpriced and that our standards did not meet your expectation. Glad that you found our rooms clean and modern. t's unfortunate if the staff's attempts to go above and beyond for guests came across as pestering. Your feedback about the pricing and lack of certain amenities will be valuable for the hotel management as we are still in the pre opening stage. Thank you for sharing your experience, and I hope you have more enjoyable stays in the future. Best Regards, Dilani - Front Office Manager
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Deepika Banerjee wrote a review Jan 2024
Bengaluru, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had lunch at the Charlie’s restaurant and bar at the Charlston hotel Galle. It was one of the best meals we have had in Sri Lanka so far! Ordered Jumbo prawn curry, Charlie’s club sandwich, Salmon poke bowl, Charlie’s vegetarian club, a bottle of Rose de’ Anjou wine followed amazing coffee!
Highly recommend having a meal if you are visiting ir staying in Galle.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Front Office Manager Charleston, Owner at The Charleston
Responded 25 Jan 2024
Dear Deepika, We're thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic dining experience at Charlie's Restaurant and Bar in The Charleston Hotel, Galle! Thank you for considering it one of the best meals you've had in Sri Lanka so far. We truly appreciate your recommendation and are delighted to have been a highlight of your visit to Galle. We look forward to the pleasure of serving you again in the future. Best Regards. Dilani Front Office Manager
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PHILIP L wrote a review Mar 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
There were many things that impressed us about staying at The Charleston but probably the detail to service was the thing that amazed us the most . Even before we arrived the staff were in WhatsApp communication asking us about arrival times and dietary concerns . We were treated with such great care during our stay . The rooms are beautifully decorated and clean . The breakfasts are delicious - both local and international choices . Sun set cocktails at Charlie,s Bar are a must !
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Dilani Silva, Guest Services / Front Office at The Charleston
Responded 30 Mar 2024
Dear Mr Lakeman, Thank you for sharing your wonderful feedback about your recent stay at The Charleston. It was indeed a pleasure to have met you. Glad to hear that you were impressed by our attention to detail and commitment to service excellence. It was our pleasure to anticipate your needs and ensure your comfort even before your arrival. It means a lot to us that you liked the unique features in our rooms and enjoyed the delicious breakfast options. We couldn't agree more – sunset cocktails at Charlie's Bar are definitely a highlight! We can't wait to welcome you back!"
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fiona a wrote a review Jan 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We couldn't fault this hotel. Amazing service, absolutely pristine rooms and really good food! The breakfast menu is to die for, with a wide range of options that change each day. Our room was kept perfectly clean and during the turn-down service, the staff left a little box with a piece of fudge in and a fun fact about the hotel / Sri Lanka. This also changed daily, so the attention to detail here is second to none!
If you're in Galle looking for the best hotel in the centre of the Fort, or just want to watch the sunset with a cocktail - this is the place to go.
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Date of stay: January 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Front Office Manager Charleston, Owner at The Charleston
Responded 10 Feb 2024
Hi Fiona, so lovely to hear from you. Thank you for sharing your fantastic experience at the hotel! It's wonderful to know that you enjoyed the amazing service, pristine rooms, and delicious food. The attention to detail and the personalized touches truly made your stay special. I appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback, and I hope you have more memorable experiences in the future. Do visit us again. Best Regards, Dilani - Front Office Manager
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chris d wrote a review Feb 2024
Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited Charlie’s restaurant within the hotel which is a lovely location overlooking the ancient walls and sea. We had a lovely seafood Provençal and fresh local catch. The service was very attentive and overall I would recommend this restaurant.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Front Office Manager Charleston, Owner at The Charleston
Responded 22 Feb 2024
Dear M1782MXchrisd, Thank you for taking time to review the Charlie's restaurant and sharing your feedback. Glad that we met your expectations and of course we always go for the best fresh seafood. Your recommendation is much appreciated and please visit us again to try out more of our unique dishes. Best Regards, Dilani
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joethong wrote a tip May 2024
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Call the hotel in advance to help with parking of your car."
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Mike K wrote a tip Mar 2024
Kineton, United Kingdom1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"the sunset terrace fills up pretty quick so snag a table as early as possible."
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Bruce B wrote a tip Jan 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Quite hard to find but well worth it."
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PRICE RANGE
R 2,451 - R 3,550 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Charleston
Which popular attractions are close to The Charleston?
Nearby attractions include Lihiniya Gems (0.2 km), Cara Jewellers (0.1 km), and Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Charleston?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at The Charleston?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a desk, and a dining area.
What food & drink options are available at The Charleston?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to The Charleston?
Conveniently located restaurants include Church Street Gourmet, Cafe 82, and The Bungalow Galle Fort - Restaurant & Bar.
Does The Charleston have airport transportation?
Yes, The Charleston offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Charleston?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Sinhala.
Are there any historical sites close to The Charleston?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Galle Fort (0.6 km), Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (0.1 km), and Galle Fort Clock Tower (0.2 km).
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