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Helga's Folly

70 Rajaphilla Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #13 of 51 Hotels in Kandy
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We came across the most unexpected hotel when we were in Kandy , Sri Lanka in Dec 2014 , Helga’s Folly www.helkgasfolly.com . Set up on a mountainside overlooking Sri Lanka’s second largest city , Kandy it is a labour of love that is a vintage, lover of culture’s , artists , designers , eccentrics delight . It is run... More 

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Blythspirit77, Owner at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind and very gracious review, which is much appreciated by all. So glad that you were able to understand and enjoy what 'she' had to offer. When the curtain goes down on me, I am confident that another exciting stage will emerge. Thank you, but Issie was born with that important gift of being... More 

Robertson, Australia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You cannot go to Kandy without visiting Helga's. They serve high tea which we were supposed to do as part of our tour but this did not happen as time ran out. However we did have a short visit and Madame Helga gave us a quick tour of the salons on the ground floor. YOU HAVE TO GO!! IT IS... More 

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

Dear Madam Barbara. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write your gracious review, which is much appreciated. So glad that you were able to understand and enjoy the Folly, 'our home' which it is not not only to Madam Helga and her family, but to many of us who have been here for many decades. All the... More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had great expectations of Helga's Folly but we disappointed. On our arrival, although the décor was interesting, the complete lack of enthusiasm of the staff and the absence of other guests didn't greatly inspire us. We were shown the bedrooms which were appropriately shabby but they were lifeless. Worse still most of them reeked of stale cigarette smoke. We... More 

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner and I were taken to visit Helga's Folly by our tour guide one afternoon during our short stay in Kandy. We were enchanted by the Hotel and decided to dine at Helga's Folly that evening. So glad we did. We had the place to ourselves and enjoyed a lovely romantic dinner with some French bubbles on the balcony.... More 

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Blythspirit77, Owner at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear 'The weather'. Thank you so very much or taking the time and trouble to write your gracious review which is much appreciated by ALL. So very glad that you were able to understand and enjoy what HF has to offer. Sorry that we could not meet and hope we do the next time around. Take care, and all the... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice place to stay.....................nice friendly staff........................the food was great. I would stay there again. ........... I loved the decor ........................................not a bad location however the road upto it is very very dark so it can be intimidating if your alone.

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

Thank you so much for taking time to write your kind review Paul. So very glad that you were able to understand HF and were able to enjoy 'her'. Take care, and hope to see you back again. All the very best for Christmas and the coming year, from all at Helga's Folly. More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I think it is a safe bet to say that there is nothing in the world quite like Helga's Folly. Once you leave the main road and snake up the drive, you are transported into a fantastical world of the imagination, full of fun, whimsy and allusion. We called into Helga's for lunch, but stayed for hours and only left... More 

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Blythspirit77, Owner at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear Pauline. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write your very lovely review, which is much appreciated by us all at HF. We are delighted that you were able to understand and enjoy our home in the hills. Although sadly we were not to meet, I was very glad that I was able to have a few... More 

London, England, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If in Kandy go visit Helga Folly, a wild, intriguing and an interesting place. Every corner you turn you will come across more and more fascinating art work here and there...if you have opportunity ask if Madame Helga is around, she is so great, so mad, so exciting...mesmarising..

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Blythspirit77, Owner at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Thank you Rainu, for taking the time and the trouble to write your kind and 'flattering' review, which is greatly appreciated by all at HF. So very glad that you were able to understand and enjoy our home in the hills. Take care and hope to see you here again. All the very best for Christmas and the New Year,... More 

Bray, Ireland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Perched on the side of a hill looking down onto Kandy with the jungle encroaching into the garden sits this wonderful Folly created by Madame Helga. Have been trying to get there for a number years and finally made it. I wasn't disappointed. There are all kinds of paintings done on every available surface including the bedroom ceilings,curtains made out... More 

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

Dear Carly Mc Thank you so very much for taking the time to write your gracious review, which is much appreciated by all. So glad that you were able to understand and enjoy HF. Wishing you all the very best for Christmas and the New Year, and look forward to having you back. From all at HF. More 

Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Others have tried to capture the spirit of this place with theatrical comparisons ... I'll go with Addams Family meets Sunset Boulevard (and a touch of the Time Warp from Rocky Horror). A very positive description I hasten to add. We were looking for a restaurant on our first night in Kandy and were underwhelmed by the options until we... More 

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Blythspirit77, Owner at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review, and the quote from one of my favorite movies, another bonus! Glad that you were able to understand her. All much appreciated by the Folly family, some of whom have been with us for many, many, many decades! Sorry that we could not meet, perhaps... More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Utterly charming and totally bonkers. Husband and I went in off-season for late supper (9.00pm) nobody else there but sweet old maître-d' opened the kitchen for us. Served a great (strong!) cocktail as we gawped at the surroundings (press cuttings to photos to pictures to bric-a-brac thrown together into most exotic mish-mash.) Food was good, set menu idea with a... More 

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Blythspirit77, Owner at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review here. Much appreciated by the Folly family, some of whom have been here for many, many, decades.. So glad that you were able to understand the house. All the very best from us all. Take care. More 

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Address: 70 Rajaphilla Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 40
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Also Known As:
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#6 Romantic Hotel in Kandy

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