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Kikili House
Ranked #12 of 142 Galle B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 June 2013

This is the perfect place to stat in Galle if you are looking for high style, 5 star attention and reasonable prices. It was right in the middle of the town and close to everything. A total joy to stay in and the staff were wonderful. Each morning we discussed our plans for the day and whatever was need appeared and got arranged.
A perfect stay in a stunning gem of a house.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Henri T, Marketing Assistant at Kikili House, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2015

Thank you for staying with us, great to hear that everything was as you wished. 'A total joy' is a lovely way to describe your stay. It was a total joy to have you with us also! Do come again soon.

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Reviewed 2 June 2013

Owners Hen and Koki have infused their lovely guesthouse with a special kind of magic that will help make your stay in Sri Lanka a very memorable one for all the right reasons. I only had the pleasure of staying there for one night but would happily return and stay for the duration of any future trips to Galle. Colourfully decorated, Kikili is a feast for the eyes reflecting the wonderful vitality of Sri Lanka, but at the same time it’s a soothing haven of tranquillity. Within an hour of arriving I was contentedly nodding off over a good read in the book-lined lounge. The house feels homely enough to put you instantly at ease, helped by the relaxed warmth of Hen and Koki. Yet it also has oodles of style and is full of thoughtful and luxurious touches that will leave you feeling way more pampered than you would in your average guesthouse. Among other sweet features my room had padded hangers, Kikili bathrobes, good quality toiletries in the lovely en suite shower room, a very lovely sunhat and beachbag with beach towel, or fluffy blanket for my use (see pics), and a copy of Vogue. Plus the sunny terraces, beautiful sunny little garden, sunny hosts, and sunny staff all make Kikili a very bright and happy place to stay. I was also fortunate enough to experience one of Kikili's events on the evening of my stay - a Bollywood themed dinner party with delicious Indian banquet by a great guest chef, and incredible attention to detail in the fabulously vibrant décor (pic). I can’t wait to go back.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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Henri T, Marketing Assistant at Kikili House, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2015

We hope to see you again very soon here at Kikili House. We are delighted we made you feel at home here. It's the small details that make all the difference when you are away from home, especially in another country! The dinner party was a fabulous night, made even more special by the guests that we had present. Thank you for all your comments, we love to give our guests and happy and warm experience here.

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Reviewed 1 June 2013

I had the recent joy of staying at Kikili House and just being one of the Family. Henri and her staff are inclusive, yet have the ability to leave guests to their own. the rooms are very pleasant, I stayed in a double and while lovely for one person, would of been a bit squeezy for two. so ask for a larger room as they have them. there is no pool and the 90+% humidity would of made my stay perfect. We had western and traditional breakfast. Staying in a B&B was not my first choice, but I would thoroughly recommend it, we found out more about the local goings on, we had wonderful and interesting guests there. I am going back again in January and will definately stay with Henri and the team again. Close to the city centre in Galle, pick up plenty of spices and tea!!
Kilkili thanks for your kindness and see you in January. !!!! room pricing a little high for May.

Room Tip: If there are more than one of you, ask for a larger room. they have two that are quite spacious. I s...
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Henri T, Marketing Assistant at Kikili House, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2015

We were so pleased to see you again when you came back to us! It was a pleasure to have your company here again with us at Kikili House. Idealy it would be fabulous to have a pool however our hideaway here doesnt quite accommodate it, we hope you still found some lovely tranquility and restbite in the shade of the garden and in the wonderfully furnished house. Our rooms here vary in size and we will always try to accommodate the guests wishes. We are thrilled you enjoyed spending your time here with us. See you again soon hopefully!

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Reviewed 31 May 2013

I had my best first solo travel experience at Kikilli.. not used to travelling "a la just one", I felt at home instantly.. Loved the colourful, warm interiors, my 4 poster private ensuite room, the generous breakfasts, no time restrictions and the ease of the proprietors and other guests. I had massages recommended, a pool for my daily laps and transport to various local beaches organised swiftly.. I'd done no planning, except to book my flight & a few nights to start at Kikilli... I joined in with other passing visitors at the house so had company for dinner & drinks, a private yoga lesson on the roof terrace & everything organised without a glitch. I extended my initial three night stay to a whole week before heading inland.. Galle is gorgeous and for me Kikilli became a home away from home.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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Henri T, Marketing Assistant at Kikili House, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2015

It's great to hear you made the most of your time here and you felt so at home with us. We welcome solo travellers as well as groups and couples. We always try to help you to feel at home here and find your feet in Galle and the surrounding area. Anything we can do, just ask! Do come to join us again soon and let us help you to organise some more trips and activities!

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Reviewed 29 May 2013

An utterly heavenly respite from the hustle & bustle of Galle life! As soon as you step across the threshold and you are greeted with a whoop & open arms by the gorgeous hosts, Hen & Koki, you know your holiday has truly begun. Kikili House is one of its kind in Galle & it provides a service like no other. Kikili House is beautifully, & colourfully, decorated. All the rooms have comfortable double beds, mosi nets, air con & the coolest bathrooms - all ensuite. The atmosphere makes you feel like one of the family, it's warm, welcoming & your hosts are always there to advise you on the next part of your holiday. There is no other accommodation like is in Galle - it's either boutique hotel, luxury villa, backpackers or...the most gorgeous B & B I have ever stayed in! I couldn't recommend it highly enough.....worth a trip to Sri Lanka just to experience staying there!! I'll be back, that's for sure!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Henri T, Marketing Assistant at Kikili House, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2015

Thank you for all your kind words, we aim to make you feel like part of the family here at Kikili and are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay so much. The house offers a unique experience, a place for you to sink into the chair or relax under the beautiful trees in the garden after escaping from the exuberant energy of Galle town. Do come again soon to join us in Kikili House!

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Reviewed 28 May 2013

Oh my, how to begin? My first experience of Sri Lanka and Galle was with my daughter in February 2013. We were so fortunate to stay at Kikili House, a small guest house where we were so well looked after by Hen and Koki and their wonderful staff. The atmosphere is so relaxed and welcoming and from the moment we arrived we were relaxed and comfortable....fabulous rooms, air conditioning, cofortable beds, beautiful garden and terraces, delicious breakfasts,amazing colourful furnishings and decor. Nothing was too much trouble for Hen and Koki and life there was a very pleasant experience indeed. Kikili House is situated a short tuk tuk ride from all the sites and beaches in Galle. We went with our trusted tuk tuk driver to beaches, Galle Fort, tea plantations, temples, paddy fields and restaurants. It was always lovely to return to the comfort of the familiar surroundings of Kikili and to spend time chatting with the other delightful guests. I would highly recommend this unique guest house for anyone wanting to visit Galle and the surrouning area.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Henri T, Marketing Assistant at Kikili House, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2015

We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us here in Sri Lanka, it is a great haven here to relax after days out visiting the many sights of Sri Lanka that are not far. We always look forward to meeting the variety of guests that walk through the door and love to hear that you felt at home in Kikili House. Do come again soon to see us!

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Reviewed 28 May 2013

My first stay at Kikili House (I say my 'first' because there are certainly going to be many, many more stays!) came one early, particularly wet morning before last Christmas. I was already thanking the Lord for the new Colombo to Galle highway when I arrived into what must be the plushest, lushest bosom of the tropics. Riotously colourful, hilariously exuberant, compellingly comfortable, joyously jolly...that's the hosts, the staff, the setting and decor...all together and in my mind inseparable. Galle is a very special place and Kikili House is the perfect location from which to dip in and out on foot. Although as I relaxed, I found myself not needing to move far beyond Kikil's beautiful garden and the delicacies that appeared from the kitchen. The generous rooms arranged around the open central communal rooms and garden create a community...of very smiley people! It's a very nice place to simply be, whether travelling alone or not. I don't know why I've written this...I meant to keep it a secret....shush!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled solo
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Henri T, Marketing Assistant at Kikili House, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2015

We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay here at Kikili House. The garden is blossoming and we are so pleased that you felt at home here. We look forward to your next visit, you can expect a very warm and jolly welcome.

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Additional Information about Kikili House

Address: 32 Lower Dickson Road, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 142 B&Bs / Inns in Galle
Price Range: £38 - £127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kikili House 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the heart of Galle, 2 mins from town and 5 mins to Galle Fort. A safe, well looked calm, colourful, cosy, friendly, comfortable, home stay. English speaking staff who know the area well, excellent advice given, nothing is too much trouble. Large spacious air con bedrooms, with en suite modern bathrooms, with a very good laundry service and sumptuous breakfast, western or Sri Lankan. ... more   less 
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