Nestled in the heart of Galle Fort, lies a grand mansion, peppered with frangipani trees and cane-woven swings. What started off as a rendezvous for merchants that came throughout the year to barter priceless goods from across the ocean in the Fort of Galle, set off a tradition as a meeting point for decades to come. Thus birthing ‘The Merchant’. 

Built during the ‘Century of lights’, in the year 1710, by the Dutch, ‘The Merchant’ now more than three hundred years old (in age), A luxurious boutique hotel with 14 rooms, boasts 4 deluxe rooms, 6 superior deluxe rooms, and 4 premium deluxe rooms, along with breathtaking balconies that overlook the rest of the Fort while opening up to a beautiful courtyard in the center. Designed with contemporary aesthetics and a touch of vintage fanfare, ‘The Merchant’ offers an eclectic mix of yesteryear charm.

All the rooms feature modern and elegant décor and the hotel provides high-speed free wifi and a selection of local and international TV channels. Lush bathroom amenities are inspired by a range of natural ingredients.  

Enjoy fine dining at the ‘Spice Chest’, The Merchant’s very own restaurant, and dive into a gastronomical escapade with fresh catch from the sea and choose between authentic Sri Lankan or a variety of international cuisines. Have a fun night out with friends and lounge at the bar and enjoy an array of specialty cocktails or sip on freshly squeezed juice, sourced locally from the vendors at the Galle markets. 

‘The Merchant’ also offers a wide variety of exciting outdoor excursions and water sports such as river canoeing, diving, snorkeling, and hosts/ arranges guided walks across Galle Fort. Discover the antiquities on display at the Galle museum, take an enchanting stroll across the ramparts, click a selfie at the lighthouse and wander through beautiful Dutch-built churches. 

Located in the Living World Heritage City of Galle Fort in Sri Lanka, on its most iconic street, The Pedlar Street. Within a 2 hour drive (150 KM) from the Colombo International Airport or 1-hour 30-minute drive (120 KM) from Mattala International Airport or 2-hour drive (125 KM) from the capital city of Colombo.

Galle Fort, Surrounded by a rampart wall first built by the Portuguese in the 1500s is set on a peninsula on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. It was later adapted by the Dutch and British and also famously known as Dutch Fort. The heritage value of the Fort has been recognized by UNESCO and named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its historical, archaeological, and architectural value, which even after more than 500 years maintains the appearance of its glory days. 

Some of the attractions located within Galle Fort 

The Clock Tower


Old Library

A game of tennis

The Rock Jumpers

Meera Mosque

The National Maritime Museum

The Old Dutch Hospital

The All Saints Anglican Church

The Sunset over the Indian Ocean

Swimming Beach by the Light House

The Dutch Reformed Church

Some of the nearby attractions.  

Rumassala Beach

Unawatuna Beach

Talpe Rock Pools 

Stilt Fisherman 

Dalawella rope swing

Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery

Tea Estates and Cinnamon Plantations        

Ambalangoda Mask Making

Explore the Galle Market

Galle International Cricket Ground 

Rain Forests – Hiyare within 21 Km, Kanneliya within 43 Km and Kottawa Arbortereum within 22 Km


Luxurious 14 room boutique hotel overlooking Ocean, Lighthouse, or Historic All Saints’ Church. Rooms feature modern and elegant décor and a balcony. All our guest rooms are situated across 2 floors and provided top-of-the-range in-room amenities. Our Church Street Villa also provides more secluded townhouse accommodation with colonial architecture.

Room CategoryBed TypeNo of Rooms AvailableArea 
Deluxe RoomQueen Bed4221 Ft²
Superior Deluxe RoomTwin Bed or King Bed6277 Ft²
Premium Deluxe RoomKing Bed 4312 Ft²
The Church Street TownhousePrivate Villa As a Villa or 2 townhouses




Spice Chest –   Open from 7:00 AM till 11:00 PM – Breakfast Served from 07:00 AM to 10:30 AM.   

Seating Capacity – Outdoor Seating: 86 Indoor (Air Conditioned) Seating: 24

All-day dining restaurant specialized in Sri Lankan flavours, that serves selection of authentic local food and beverages and fine selection of international flavours to fulfil everyone’s taste buds. Trendy bar also serves a fine selection of beverages influenced by local flavours and international signatures.      


With up to 110 seating capacity air conditioned in-door or out-door function space with personalised food and beverage options. 

Hotel Reservations-

Telephone – +94 91 222 9223 +94 91 222 9224 +94 77 120 1373

Email- [email protected]

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Hotel Address- 64 Pedlar Street, Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka

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