Closenberg Hotel

Closenberg Hotel

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R 1 191
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3.5
#27 of 56 hotels in Galle
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.7 of 5 bubbles
Value
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!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Airport transportation
Banquet room
Concierge
Parking
Wifi
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Poolside bar
Car hire
Currency exchange
Newspaper
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Coffee / tea maker
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Seating area
Bottled water
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Bay View
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, French, German, Sinhala and 1 more

Location

11 Closenberg Rd, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 63 out of 100
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Koggala Airport
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Mawella Lagoon Airport
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Nalin Ahangama wrote a review Apr 2023
Kotte, Sri Lanka32 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Closenberg Hotel has a history of over 150 years and you can really feel the ambience of that by gone era when you step into that beautiful old building.
It is also located on a breathtaking location, perched on a hillock between the Bay of Magalle and the Galle Harbour, with great views of the Dutch Fort and Rumassala.
The room was decent, well furnished and had a balcony overlooking the bay. There is a beautiful infinity pool overlooking the bay, which is now managed by an Italian duo who operate a Pool Bar named Bacuzzi. They have plans of introducing an Italian restaurant as well quite soon.
We only had breakfast at the hotel but it was decent and the quantity was quite generous. One has a choice of Eastern or Western breakfast although the options are limited given this is a small hotel.
Given its fabulous location and grand old building that is the hotel, I wish it was better maintained. Even the gardens could be done up to look nicer.
Overall, I.would recommended this hotel to anyone who appreciate the grand old world charm of the bygone era.
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Date of stay: April 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: It is a bit run down now, but the location and old world charm makes up formit
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Gihan De Silva wrote a review Feb 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka57 contributions12 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It was amazing to stay in this hotel to feel the real beautiful view of of the sea from at higher point from the Galle City. Great food with great tase. Go with the Sri Lankan cuisine, you will never regret.
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Date of stay: November 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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regm889 wrote a review Dec 2023
Bangkok, Thailand878 contributions296 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice old hotel with a restaurant near beach, difficult to find acess road, tried local delight TOR lunch it was fine. Good view of of the sea with greenery around. Strolled around along coconut trees
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Travel_Life wrote a review Oct 2023
Maldives91 contributions10 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This is situated in a beautiful location but when we entered to the hotel we felt it is not well maintained and neglected. Their sevice was good but food was not that much taste.

I suggest if they maintain that hotel in a good condition they can get better business.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Tre M wrote a review Dec 2023
Mumbai (Bombay), India3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The rooms come with an amazing view of the indian ocean. Closenberg seems to be a heritage hotel perched atop of a low lying cliffside corner of Galle beach.
Mornings here are a wholesome treat for the soul accompanied by heartful(Sri Lankan preferred)breakfast followed by equally delicious meals. The hotel is laced with a skirting pool and cute front gardens ahead of every room. Beds are big, soft and fluffy. Though located in what seems to be a busy part of Galle, the hotel is nestled in a quieter corner, therefore, making it the perfect quaint getaway!
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Date of stay: January 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Dinusha H wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
can't rate this place at all. We had a wedding there yesterday and we got a very bad experience there. Only the taste of lunch is Ok but nothing else. Their service is really bad when we asked to serve guests, they ask us to serve the other guests and they don't know how to talk to a guset of us. And they have done some durty thing at the plate count.they added extra count of plates we didn't used. We have all the proofs for what they have done. We trusted their brand name and reputation but didn't meet with our need.very disgusting!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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alexmiller1992 wrote a review Feb 2024
Siem Reap, Cambodia2 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It was so good that we stayed twice, rearranging our trip so we could end it there as it was a total highlight. Staff were unbelievably kind and helpful, they were so wonderful with our wee baby that it felt like a home away from home. Best drinks in Sri Lanka, food was delicious and it’s just got a generally cool vibe. Beaut view and location, close enough to the action but just away so you can feel like you’re on your own secluded island. LOVE Closenberg, take me back!!!
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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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Raffael K wrote a review Nov 2021
Varkala, Kerala, India15 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a 2 day staycation here and loved it. The rice & curry was the best we had in the south coast of Sri Lanka and the view from the pool is just unbeatable. There was a music evening while we were there and the music was really good too! Really enjoyed this place.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Emanuel J B wrote a review Feb 2024
7 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely spectacular! My recent stay at this exquisite property left me utterly spellbound. From the moment I set foot on the grounds, I knew I had stumbled upon a true gem. The location itself seems plucked from the pages of paradise, with its breathtaking vistas and serene ambiance.

Let's talk about the food—prepare your taste buds for a symphony of flavours! Each dish presented with meticulous care and bursting with mouthwatering deliciousness. And the staff? Well, they're simply unparalleled. Their warmth and hospitality made me feel like royalty from the moment I arrived.

The sea-view room, oh, what a marvel! Its ethereal charm and mesmerising vistas made it nearly impossible to tear myself away. And don't even get me started on the infinity swimming pool! The fact that it's filtered with salt water from the sea adds an extra touch of luxury that's simply unparalleled.

This place truly has a way of calming the soul and rejuvenating the spirit. I have absolutely no complaints. None whatsoever! I would not hesitate for a moment to return to this idyllic haven, and I wholeheartedly recommend that everyone experience its magic at least once in their lifetime. Trust me, you won't regret it.
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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 solo
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Dechen1989 wrote a review Nov 2021
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka104 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Closenberg truly is one of the perfect locations for a romantic getaway. Best rice and curry in Galle!

The infinity pool bar Luna Terrace has a salt water pool and is the most magical place to be at on a full moon night 😍 The friendly staff have been working here for ages and it used to be the owners summer home. So much history here!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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jaasir c wrote a tip Dec 2023
2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring cash "
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Varoon N wrote a tip Dec 2023
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"do not leave without trying the brinjal moju"
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Apoorva S wrote a tip Sept 2023
New Delhi, India122 contributions7 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Good for photography. Good for peace and quiet. Not good for working and wifi is average. Parking space available. Try not to walk. "
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Nalin Ahangama wrote a tip Apr 2023
Kotte, Sri Lanka32 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"It is a bit run down now, but the location and old world charm makes up formit"
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Lucy S wrote a tip Mar 2022
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We have only eaten the restaurant so far so cannot rate the rooms yet. Next time!"
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PRICE RANGE
R 901 - R 1,085 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
closenberg hotel galle
LOCATION
Sri LankaSouthern ProvinceGalle DistrictGalle
NUMBER OF ROOMS
16
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Frequently Asked Questions about Closenberg Hotel
What are some of the property amenities at Closenberg Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Closenberg Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a desk, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Closenberg Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Closenberg Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Closenberg Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Shack Beach Cafe, Aluroma Family Restaurant, and Luna Terrace.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Closenberg Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Closenberg Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Closenberg Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Closenberg Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Tamil, and Sinhala.
Are there any historical sites close to Closenberg Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Galle Fort (2.2 km), Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (2.0 km), and Galle Fort Clock Tower (2.2 km).
Does Closenberg Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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