Fortaleza Church Cross Street is a small, laid-back boutique hotel with gastro café which adds to the attractions of Galle Fort. This four-bedroom boutique hotel and restaurant is housed in a Dutch period building originally owned by a merchant who used it as a spice warehouse. The building has been caringly refurbished, retaining high roofs and some of original one-foot thick Kabok walls. A magnificent sculpture by Sri Lankan artist Laki Senanayake stands tall at a mezzanine level in the lounge area. A winding wooden staircase takes you up to cozy bedrooms with hardwood floors and bay windows. Interiors have handmade hardwood furniture, luxurious soft furnishings, art and sculptures. The charming verandah restaurant and living area is set within the same premises. Children below 12 years are not accommodated at Fortaleza’s hotel due to the heights and steep staircase, but are welcome to dine at the restaurant.