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“Charming, quaint & comfortable” 4 of 5 stars
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Mrs Khalid's Guest House
102 Pedlar Street, Galle, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #19 of 107 Specialty Lodging in Galle
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“Charming, quaint & comfortable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

My friend & I visited Galle in Dec'10. It was our first night in Sri Lanka & we were thrilled at this lovely place.
It is right in the heart of Galle Fort area - walking distance from just about everything worth visiting. Our 1st floor room overlooked Pedlar's Street and even a slice of the ocean.
Rooms are spacious, beds are comfortable, bathrooms very clean, the heater can be switched anytime for hot water. What more can one ask for from a home-stay?
Mrs. Khalid was amazing - reminiscing about escapades from decades gone by and forever giving us tips of where to goo for good 'deals'. She really is a grand old lady.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

We were travelling to Sri Lanka in December/January and, because it is really busy at that time of year, booked far in advance (in August). We booked Mrs. Khalid's through hostelworld.com. Everything seemed great from the reviews and from our (MULTIPLE) email contacts with the staff.

When we got to Galle, however, we found that the guest house was closed for renovations. It had been expected to re-open in early December, but it was now just after the New Year and it had not re-opened. There was a small sign directing us to another place that was NO WHERE NEAR what we had come to expect from the reviews.

Now I can understand when renovations take longer than expected. But I am still kind of shocked that in all our email exchanges (maybe 15 with the last 8 in December), Sabri never mentioned that the place was closed. There was ample opportunity to tell us. I would have still stayed, too. As it is, I felt like I had been given the 'ole bait and switch.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011 via mobile

This is a colonial style building with wooden floors and beds. Don't listen to the Lonely Planet - the genial manager, Sabri, didn't mind when we came home at 4am in the morning on New Year's Eve (2010). We missed breakfast the next day,  but he whisked up a tasty brunch for us at 3pm. The location of the Guest House is great, just a stone's throw from a number of five star hotels. Of course, this isn't a 5 star hotel so you need to lower your expectations accordingly. However, this is a charming guest house in a great location which is excellent value for money.

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Angles, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2011

Home from home - very friendly staff, excellent breakfast, clean and large room, comfortable bed, quiet, good position in Galle near the outer sea wall. Mrs Khalid's son kindly allowed us to use his computer and internet connection whenever required.

We also employed the driver to take us back to the airport - well worth while, quick,cheap. safe and comfortable.

Room Tip: at front of building with sea view
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  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2011

I've stayed at Mrs. Khalid's five or six different times in the past two years. I've stayed there alone, I've stayed there with spouse and teenagers. It's perfect: clean, bright, quiet, easy. Meals are fun and delicious. I've met many fellow guests there who are also really delightful people. Mrs. Khalid is a sweetheart, her son is very pleasant and helpful. The location is excellent, in sight of the fort walls. Very restful, secure place.

Room Tip: Try to get one of the two rooms in front upstairs.
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  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2011

One of the highlights in our holiday. lovely sea view rooms with balcony, good and clean hot water bathrooms, spotlessly clean and the tasteful Mrs.Khalid's residence is all ways kept immaculate. we stayed here four nights though most of the days were raining we never felt bored. the sea view balcony was great asset while we spent most of the rain flatted days by just lazing on this wonderful balcony, reading all day with plenty of teal/coffee and tasty home cooking. Khalid's is different from a normal guest house in sri lanka. its special and highly respected among the local community in Galle for its long standing reputation and being a institution in Galle. indeed this is an icon of Galle.

Room Tip: ask for sea view balcony
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2011

Mrs Khalid's is exactly what I want of a guest house - well positioned (in the Fort area, right by the sea walls), spotlessly clean, simply furnished, the owner provides the right degree of friendliness and privacy. The food was always excellent, the sheets crisp white cotton. Perhaps it is more to the taste of slightly older travellers as it specialises in serenity (and bans the consumption of alcohol on the premises).

Galle itself is charming - a beautiful World Heritage Site that is far from being a museum. It is lively, has good restaurants and cafes and tempting shopping. Plenty to see and do.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 102 Pedlar Street, Galle, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle
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Ranked #19 of 107 Specialty Lodging in Galle
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Number of rooms: 42
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