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Helga's Folly

70 Rajaphilla Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #11 of 51 Hotels in Kandy
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
I_luv_travelling2010 Newbury, United Kingdom
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Firstly I wouldn't call Helga's Folly a hotel, not in your normal sense of the word anyway. It is more of a guesthouse. Staying here was definitely an experience and not something we will forget easily! It is right on the hill overlooking Kandy but not really close enough that you can walk into the town but reception can always... More 

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

Dear Madam. Thank you so much for your helpful Tripadvisor review. Thank you too for saying that that we are not a hotel as such..Very important, as our website:helgasfolly.com , clearly states on the first page"Helgas Folly is not a boutique or starred emporium, if expecting a regular hotel experience, best look elsewhere".. Candles are 'our thing'..Although we have chandeliers,... More 

Gold Coast, Australia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Helga's is one of those places that is disappearing in a homogenised world of franchise hotels and retail outlets. The decor is a collection of paintings, photos, plates, trinkets, skeletons, candles and just about anything else you can imagine. You could spend hours just studying the walls - better than a ticket to a local museum. The food was excellent... More 

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

Dear Sir. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write your kind and gracious review, of 'our' home which it is to any of us here, and so much appreciated by us all. The house was designed and built in the 30's by madam Helgas mother in the Bauhaus style as a home in the hills, which became... More 

Perth, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

the amazing place Helgas folly that helga made with help of some amazing artist the coolest hotel and at the same time scariest. You could stay there but I thing it would be scary at the same time. So I would recommend just popping by having a look around and having a dink to all something to eat. I can... More 

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

Dear Sir. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write your gracious review about our home which it is to many of us. So glad that you enjoyed your visit. All the very best for 2015, and hope to see you here again. Raymond and all at the Folly. Thank you. More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were captivated by this place. It is quite bonkers, in the nicest possible way. The art is astonishing, the story behind it all even more so. The food was superb and the service perfect. In a way I am tempted to slate it so that few people find it and we can save it just for us... However, having... More 

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

Dear Madam. Thank you so very much for taking your valuable time and trouble to write your gracious review, which is much appreciated by us all at Helgas Folly, and home to many of us. So glad that you could understand and enjoy the house and what it has to offer. Take care and all the very best to you... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was wonderful in this magical place. The service was discreet and the staff fantastic . It is one of the most unique places I have ever been to and I was only sad I could not spend more time there . Ten out if ten

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

Dear Madam. Thank you so much for taking time and the trouble to write your gracious review which is very much appreciated by us all at HF. So glad that you were able to understand and enjoy 'our' home, which it is to many of us here. All the very best for 2015, and look forward to having you back.... More 

Singapore
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5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sure it is a bit shabby, but in our generic world there are few places left in the world like this. It is remarkable and you should take the chance to stay in this fabulous eccentric hotel. I do think that it would be fantastic for a party. Lonely Planet says that it is great for a visit but not... More 

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

Dear Mr Jen. Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to write your very gracious review about 'our' home which it is to many here. Your review is much appreciated thank you. So glad that you were able to understand and enjoy what Helgas Folly has to offer. All the very best for 2015, and look forward... More 

Singapore
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the first review I've ever written for Trip Advisor, I've stayed in hundreds of your recomendations. So I'm taking the time to write this because Helga's is such an amazing Sri Lankan experience, that really no trip to Serendib would be complete with at least a one night stay with Helga and her team. This place really is... More 

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

Dear Sir. Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to write your very gracious review,of 'our' home, which it to many here We feel very humbled and honored to know that this is your first ever revue! Thank you, we all very much appreciate your kind words. Wishing you a very happy and peacful 2015, and hope... More 

Perth, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hold on to your hat for a 'trip' into the 60's and beyond. What a truly amazing place. There is not one square millimetre of ceiling, walls or floor space that doesn't have something going on. From Art Deco to acid trips this place has it all. The food was good but the ambiance was amazing....busy, busy, busy!!!! We thoroughly... More 

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

Dear Sir and Madam. Thank you so very much for taking the time and trouble to write your gracious review, which is very much appreciated by us all at the Folly. We are so very glad that you were able to understand and enjoy 'our' home which it is to all of us. Thank you for coming, and look forward... More 

Bucharest, Romania
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here for dinner last week. First the positives: The place is amazing and must be unique in Sri Lanka if not the world. As plenty of others here have mentioned it is an eccentric mix of mouldering fantasy meets a romantic gothic novel. All the tuk tuk druvers know where it Is so no pribkems gettibg here. So... More 

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

Dear restaurant guest. We are sorry that you had a long wait and that the food was not up to much. We cook to order, and unless we know the guest, we just book a table and await arrival. Did you complain about the food at the time? If so was nothing done? Food is taken very seriously here, and... More 

London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

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 

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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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#4 Romantic Hotel in Kandy
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