Galle, Sri Lanka
The Fort Bazaar is a fresh and contemporary 18-room hotel located in the heart of Galle Fort, a 17th century UNESCO World Heritage Site on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. The boutique accommodation emerged after a 9-year renovation of a historic town house hotel once occupied by spice, tea, and gem traders, centuries ago. Today, The Fort Bazaar is a vibrant beacon, offering Galle Fort’s hippest hotel, restaurant, and bar.
15 stylish rooms open onto a central courtyard, and three spacious upper suites boast balconies with views over the fort’s red-tiled roofs to the Indian Ocean beyond. Rooms are sleek and modern, with warm wood floors, abundant natural light, contemporary four-poster beds, and light wood beams cutting a geometric path across high ceilings. The chic understated interiors feel distinctly Middle Eastern, reflecting the fort’s Moorish history while expertly updating the design for the 21st century.
Set amidst ageing coral walls on historic Church Street – a central thoroughfare in Galle Fort – this stunning hotel offers the ideal location from which to explore the streets lined with boutiques, colonial churches, and heritage buildings. The Fort’s many attractions and sights are all within walking distance, but the most sought after just might be the hotel itself, home to a fabulous restaurant, bar, cinema, and the luxurious Z Spa.
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The Fort Bazaar Information
- Location & Getting There
The Fort Bazaar is located in the centre of UNESCO World Heritage site Galle Fort. Colombo International Airport is a 2.5 hour drive.
The Fort Bazaar offers 18 stylish rooms and suites, dubbed ‘Bazaar’ and ‘Banyan’ bedrooms. 15 of these open onto a central courtyard, while three spacious upper suites boast balconies with views over the fort’s red-tiled roofs and to the turquoise waters of the ocean beyond.
All of the spaces offer a level of luxury befitting a high-end hotel. Rooms are sleek and modern, with warm wood floors, abundant natural light, contemporary four-poster beds, and light wood beams cutting a geometric path across high ceilings. The chic understated interiors feel distinctly Middle Eastern, reflecting the fort’s Moorish history while expertly updating the design for the 21st century.
The Fort Bazaar is a hub for guests, both inside and outside of the hotel. Social spaces buzz with energy in the gourmet restaurant, vibrant bar, and in the alfresco courtyard dining and lounge area where the sweet scent of buds fills the air. Blissful spa treatments are offered at Z Spa on site and the 15-metre outdoor pool is a central meeting spot for cocktails or afternoons soaking up the sun.
Just outside the front door, the energy of Church Street is electric, with locals and visitors mingling among the shops, markets, churches, and historic buildings of Galle Fort. Escape to one of Galle’s breathtaking beaches for a surf or a swim. Bike through rural hinterlands. Visit lowland tea plantations for tasting sessions and tours. Watch a cricket match on the iconic test ground, 200 metres away. Seek out exotic wildlife in rainforests or at sea. The activities are endless and provide incredible opportunities to experience all facets of Sri Lanka’s diverse landscape.
The Fort Bazaar welcomes children and young guests.