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Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

I needed a place to spend a night in Kandy and typed in 'off the beaten track'. And Helga's Folly popped up. One of my better decisions. Have never seen anything like this. Every piece of the hotel is art: the rooms are like stepping into a fever dream, the public spaces are incredible for the design and the detail...

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Blythspirit77, Guest Relations Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear Madam. Thank you for staying with us and thank you too for taking your valuable time to write and post your great photographs and lovely review of 'our home' which is much appreciated by all the Folly 'family'.. Helga's Folly is home not only to Madam Helga and her husband, but to many of us who have been here...

thornnay
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

When I first knew I was going to Sri Lanka I wanted to find something different. I read up about HF and wanted to go straight away. It didn't disappoint at all. As just visitors it's $3 dollars to visit or a drink. So a glass of wine for $5 dollars and a good few hours spent painting walls and...

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Blythspirit77, Public Relations Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear Madam. Thank you so much for visiting us and for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review, about our home, which it is not only to Madam Helga and her husband but also to many of us who have been here for many, many, many decades. Your review is much appreciated by all the Folly family. Always...

Coolangatta, Australia
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Helgas Folly is a magical collection of art, history, family treasures and antique furniture. Every inch of every wall and ceiling is adorned with frescos and murals ranging from traditional Sri Lankan images to the amazing Madhatter's Tea Party and the beautiful Jane Lillian Vance Grotto. The webpage states "If expecting a regular hotel experience, best look elsewhere" and this...

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Blythspirit77, Public Relations Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear Madam Julie. Thank you so much for taking your valuable time to write your beautiful review, about 'our' home, which it is not only to Madam Helga and her husband, but also to many of us who have been here for many, many decades. Thank you. Always a great pleasure having guests such as you who look beyond the...

Beijing, China
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Staying at Helga's Folly is a one-of-a-lifetime experience. Created and meticulously manicured by Madam Helga de Silva, a Sri-Lankan noblewoman descended from a long line of aristocrats, it is the most bizarre, eccentric (both words in their most positive sense) and charming establishment you will encounter in your life. Discreetly tucked away on a small mountain overlooking the Kandyan lake,...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 September 2016

If Salvadore Dali, Lady Gaga and Antonio Gaudi made a house, it would be this. But luckily for us, Madame Helga has maintained her family residence and made it as interesting as they would have. The massive mansion/chalet has rooms, stairways and hallways painted and decorated differently and therein lies its charm. It's like you've fallen through the Rabbit Hole...

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Blythspirit77, Public Relations Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear Madam. Thank you so very much for staying with us and writing your very great review of our home, which is very much appreciated by ALL the family.. Home to not only Madam Helga and her husband, but also to many of us who have lived here for many, many, many moons.. Always a great joy to have guests...

Ascot, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 September 2016

My spiritual home .. Looking forward to yet another visit in December .. The Birch Forest is awaiting a painted cardinal ... in memory of a dear friend recently lost .. This delightful and poignant art installation by Scarlet Bailes .. A birch forest within the walls where guests are welcome to add their special cardinal in memory of a...

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Blythspirit77, Public Relations Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear Madam. Thank you so very much, once again, for your lovely review, and MUCH look forward to welcoming you back as always. You are very much a Folly family member, as you know, and as Madame Helga likes to put it, "daughter of the house"! We are very blessed with many such 'daughters', who are passionate about the house....

Kandy, Sri Lanka
Reviewed 25 September 2016

As a local I have been coming to the Folly for years; it is a favourite haunt of mine and I generally meet up with friends for drinks here. It is not a hotel that everyone might warm to, but it does have its own special, magical ambiance, and if you have the whimsy in you, it is perfect. I...

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Berlin, Germany
Reviewed 21 September 2016

The restaurant and the bar are fancy, even the owner might be a very special person, but not the rooms. We wanted to stay two nights, but after sawing the room we decided to leave, even we felt betrayed. The rooms are the money not worth. The furniture and the dekoration are cheap. We booked for 140€, but the room...

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Blythspirit77, Guest Relations Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear Madam. Just to say perhaps you got mixed up with another hotel, easily done. Our rooms are not carpeted. Our bathtubs cast iron and porcelain, however there are some water marks, where the water come's down from the taps, in the tubs which are being re enameled. Room rate is not correct, unless it was a family room. Sorry...

Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here a couple nights. It is definitely a unique experience. I enjoyed it more that my wife. If you like to be adventurous this is a good place for you. The unique ambience and art make this a cool place. We met Helga at breakfast and that was a pleasure. There are a number of...

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Blythspirit77, Guest Relations Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear Sir. Sorry that your wife did not enjoy her English breakfast or the fresh coffee. Did you complain at the time? If so was nothing done? Builders as you would have noticed are 'about' giving us a new roof etc.. Extra dust. So very sorry. We are surrounded on two sides by jungle, monkeys habitat! Glad that you met...

Lucerne, Switzerland
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

(- so it says in their description.) We were interested in paying a visit to this infamous hotel & restaurant, as you must be too. We had read the box in the Lonely Planet, saying that "for many it's actually one of the most interesting sites in Kandy". It's not difficult to find, and it's not a very strenuous walk...

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Blythspirit77, Public Relations Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear Sir and Madam. So sorry that you felt unwelcome in our home, which it is to many of us, who have been here for many, many decades. Perhaps you got mixed up with another website, as no where have we got:" You should be interested in our hospitality, we will be delighted to assist you".. What our website clearly...

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  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
HF is just a Sri Lankan’s home with some history and color, backed by jungle, and if expecting a regular hotel experience, best go elsewhere.... quite a different concept to a normal hotel. Please be assured that you should be interested in our hospitality, we will be delighted to assist you..Thank You ... more   less 

Additional Information about Helga's Folly

Address: 70 Rajaphilla Mawatha, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy
Price Range: $134 - $213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Helga's Folly 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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Also Known As:
Helga`s Folly Hotel Kandy
Helgas Folly Kandy
Helgas Folly Hotel Kandy
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Kandy
#14 Family Hotel in Kandy
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“Better to visit than stay”
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“Monkeys try to get inside, (especially when the bread rolls are baking), so keep the door to the balcony closed!”
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“Ask for rooms that overlook the Kandy valley.”
 of 5 bubbles Bournemouth_ASD, 28 Sep 2016 | Read review
“The bathrooms have slots to the floor.”
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