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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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Ascot, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 

NYC
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88 reviews 88 reviews
52 hotel reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a mixed experience at Helga's Folly, in a nut shell I don't regret having stayed here, but I wouldn't stay here EVER again (box ticked). We arrived in Kandy on the 30th of December and had booked 2 nights at Helga's Folly, which set us back over $500 Aus, up there with the most expensive accommodation in Kandy... More 

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

Dear Madam. The house which is clearly explained in our website: "Helga's Folly is a Sri Lankans home with some history and color and not a boutique or starred emporium. If expecting a regular hotel experience, best look elsewhere'. We also are aware that our home, which it is to not only madam Helga and her family but to many... More 

Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we didn't stay here but visited and had a drink. perched above the lake and not that easy to find, this is definitely on the list for anyone interested in design. A colourful, eccentric, quirky and very original place. The old house has been completely been made over and painted in the current owners eccentric style that it is becoming... More 

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

Dear Sir. Thank you for visiting 'our' home and taking time to write you nice review. We are happy that you understood and enjoyed Helga's Folly. The 'present' owner madam Helga was born in the house, and her parents built it in the 30's as a family home in the hills. The house was added to and became a hotel... More 

Swansea, United Kingdom
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Dear Souls Thinking to Come to Helga's Folly, This is the 5th time that I have come to Helga's Folly. I have just spent six weeks at the Folly, recovering from the passing of my wife of 60 years, knowing that Helga's Folly, where we both enjoyed so many happy times over the years, would help and fill that gap... More 

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

Very dear Charlie. Thank you so very much for your lovely poignant, straight from the heart review. Knowing 'that' ghastly numbing nightmare road on which you travel, and hope to awake from, 'that' pain, 'that' half person one becomes overnight. Touches all our hearts here to feel that you found some sort of solace, and some healing here. HF is... More 

Glossop, United Kingdom
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241 reviews 241 reviews
61 hotel reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

Didn't stay here but wanted to visit after reading about it being gaudiesque/daliesque. Tbh it's more Addams family than that, basically a big ego trip for the owner and her family. Cant deny its not interesting and worth a visit though. Go by tuktuk or it's a sweaty walk uphill. Entrance is 400 rupees or 3 dollars.

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

Dear Sir. Thank you . Glad that you found the house interesting although not what you may have expected. As our website says: "Helgas Folly is just a Sri Lankan's home with a bit of the islands history and some color! HF does not pretend to be anything more! Madame Helga likes to call the house a "nursery", where some... More 

1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

After feeling a bit gloomy after three days of constant rain since arriving in Sri Lanka our driver recommended afternoon tea at Helgas before heading off to Adams peak. We also saw in the lonely planet. Negotiating the Tuk Tuk up the steep path w went in for green tea and chocolate and banana toasties!!!! As we were not staying... More 

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

Dear Madam Morgan. Thank you for visiting us and for taking time to write your nice review. So glad that you were able to understand and enjoy 'our' home which it is to many here. Look forward to welcoming you back. All the very best. Warm regards from us all at the Folly. More 

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