The Bartizan is a ten-bedroom boutique hotel which blends seamlessly with the old world charm of the historical Galle Fort’s ramparts and turrets. The hotel has one of the most enviable locations inside the fort, bordering both Pedlar and Rampart Streets with 180 degree views across the shimmering Indian Ocean. Although the Bartizan is situated inside the Fort the property excludes a spacious airy feel with its open ground floor seating area, wide balconies and large windows. One of the best features is its rooftop terrace with a recreated Bartizan that could pass muster as an original feature of the Fort.
The Bartizan has rooms that are highly individualistic in style and that successfully combine ancient and modern overtones. All possess a/c, safe, shower, fridge, free Wi-Fi, minibar, telephone.
Small Single Room with Partial Sea View (11 sq m): This hidey-hole is the smallest room with a small double bed ideal for a solo traveller. Accessed by a private outdoor staircase.
Courtyard Rooms (14 sq m): These rooms are on the ground floor and have a set of double doors opening up to the courtyard and, just beyond, an interior set of doors with glass windows to provide both light and privacy in your room. Queen-sized bed, built-in sitting bench and modern bathroom with rain shower and hand-held shower.
The North Tower Room with Terrace (11 sq m) is an appealing top-floor room with double bed and a simple but delightful private roof top terrace, affording breathtaking views. Enjoy beautiful ocean sunsets and views of the ramparts.
The South Tower Room (11 sq m) is a small but charming room with double bed and possessing beautiful sunset views over the ocean.
Deluxe Balcony Rooms with Courtyard (38 sq m): These impressively large rooms have a separate sitting area and a built-in sitting area. Bathrooms also have a spacious vanity area. King-size beds and the sitting area can be converted into an extra bed.
Deluxe Balcony Room with Sea View (34 sq m): Another impressively large room, on the first floor, with a private balcony with partial sea view and a built-in sitting area.
Superior Balcony Room with Partial Sea View (40 sq m) and with Sea View (37 sq m): These large second-floor room with vaulted ceilings opens up to a large private balcony with views of the ocean and fort. Separate sitting area which can convert into an extra bed; bathroom has rain shower and vanity area.
Family Suite with Balcony and Sea View (55 sq m) is a first-floor room that could comfortably sleep a family of four in its Super King bed and two extra single beds. Large private balcony with iconic view of the ocean and Galle Fort. Sitting area, work space and a separate living area which can be converted into a separate sleeping area for two additional people.
Relax on the open air, sea view rooftop terrace in the evening and watch the sun setting in the horizon. The ramparts are a hive of activity in the evenings with both locals and tourists enjoying the fresh air and beauty of the Galle Fort. Breakfast is served in the Dutch-style cobblestone courtyard on the grounds floor or on your balcony. The hotel does not serve dinner as many of the best restaurants are a few minutes’ walk away from the hotel; breakfasts, though, receive praise. Guests are able to walk across the street to view the lighthouse or even climb down the ramparts and paddle in the sea. There is free WiFi and afternoon tea and cake is also served.
Why We Like It
The enviable 180-degree ocean views from the rooftop terrace
The Bartizan has a wonderful position in Galle Fort with views over the Indian Ocean. About 2.5 hours from the international airport.