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Helga's Folly

#11 of 52 Hotels in Kandy
Certificate of Excellence
70 Rajaphilla Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Have you ever stayed in King size bed with most beautiful & intrinsic artwork and silk pillows, as you look in awe at the nature of the beast that is staying at the Folly! The most admirable, intriguing place you are yet rest your head after the day's busy thoroughfare of the Kandyan streets. An escape in a Jungle pool... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we visited the Helga's folly hotel and took a tea there. It says that 'it is one of the most extraordinary hotel in the world'. We confirm it is! The design & deco are unique and like no other places. Definitely a place to go in your trip! And if you can afford it, and not afraid by the 'family... More 

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

Dear sir. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write to Trip advisor your nice review, which is much appreciated by all the Folly family. So glad that you were able to understand 'our' home , which it is not only to madam Helga and her family, but to many of us here. We do have cheaper rooms... More 

London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were staying at a hotel down the road but wandered up to Helga's Folly to take a look - and I'm so glad we did! The staff were happy for us to come and have a look around for a few dollars. It is full of interesting history of the family and amazing decor. As it says on their... More 

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

Dear Madam . Thank you so much for visiting us, and taking time to write your kind and very helpful review, which is much appreciated by all the Folly family. So very glad that you were able to enjoy what our home Helga's Folly could offer, which makes it all worthwhile to keeping open for appreciative guests such as you.... More 

Wilmington, Delaware
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited Helga's Folly back in February and it is a place that I will never forget. If you are in Kandi it is a must visit. My friends and I didn't stay there, but we went for a long lunch and exploration. The hotel is funky and fabulous. It has such an interesting history, design, and an amazing place... More 

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

Dear Madam. Thank you so very much for taking your precious time to write your lovely review. We are so very happy that you enjoyed your meal and could understand 'our' home, which it is to many of us here, apart from Madam Helga and her family. If coming this way again, do let us know your budget, and perhaps... More 

Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

firstly, don't even think about the queen's hotel except for the doormen directing you elsewhere. helga's is an iconic family home but more than that, especially if you don't want to be stuck in backpacker kandy. stay there and hang out and write on your own with attentive staff by a pool touching the rain forest with flora and fauna... More 

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

Dear Sir. Thank you so very much for visiting us, and taking your valuable time to write your lovely review which is very much appreciated by all the Folly family. Gives us much pleasure that you enjoyed and understood 'our' home which it is to not only our madam Helga and her family, but to some of us who have... More 

Ascot, United Kingdom
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I first visited Helga’s Folly in 1981 when it was the Chalet Hotel, and half of the building was a ‘normal’ hotel, and the other half family home. My husband was working on the Victoria Dam project at the time and used the Chalet as his base for site visits. At the time I had no knowledge or appreciation of... More 

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

Dear Georgina. Thank you so very much for taking your time to write your lovely, poignant review. now translated to all the beaming faces around, will assure you of a very great welcome on your next visit. We are all very touched, and humbled that you like Charlie LLewlyn, a regular visitor,who also found solace, and happier memories here. I... More 

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94 reviews 94 reviews
56 hotel reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We happen to love quirky, eccentric things—and Helga's Folly has that in spades. We didn't have the budget to spend the night in the hotel, so we opted for dinner instead. It was as weird and wonderful as we hoped it would be. From the moment you walk in, Helga's is an eyeful. Bring your camera 'cause you'll want to... More 

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

Dear Madam. Thank you so much for visiting us and thank you for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review which is much appreciated by all the Folly family. So very glad that you were able to understand and enjoy what 'our' home, which it is to many of us here, apart from madam Helga and her husband.... More 

1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Stayed there for one night and must say it was a funky experience. We were welcomed with smiles and friendly staff. The hotel has got a lot of history which is all around inside and on the walls. Though our room got floaded after heavy rain, the staff quickly and with a smile sorted us out with another room thumbs... More 

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

Dear Sir. Thank you so very much for taking your precious time to write your lovely review which is so very much appreciated by us all at Helgas Folly. So very glad that you were able to enjoy what 'our' home has to offer, and had done 'homework' on it, and come with an open mind. The monkeys which live... More 

Ascot, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

A visit to Kandy is for me a must when in Sri Lanka .. especially a stay at Helgas Folly to experience its uniqueness and creative vibe. The Folly is somewhere to recharge the soul .. it is not a faceless hotel that offers bland starred 'could be anywhere in the world' hospitality ... if that is what you want... More 

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

Dear Madame Luker. Thank you so very much for taking your precious time to write your very much appreciated heartfelt review. As a very regular, and loyal guest who totally understands and enjoys what 'our' home has to offer, and who understand and genuinly loves 'our' home, makes it so worthwhile to us to encourage the family to keep the... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We stayed at this hotel several years ago and can't believe it is still is business and looks the same. We still laugh about just how awful this hotel was. We have lived and worked in many countries and must have stayed in literally 1000's of hotels? However this is the only one I would have paid to have NOT... More 

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

Dear Sir/ Madam Our home Helga's Folly, which it is not only to the family but to many of us, who have been here for decades, we know the house is either loved or hated, and we are very sorry that you fell into the later. We keep rates high as we are not in competition with other hotels, and... More 

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