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Helga's Folly

#15 of 54 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Charming, colourful and most interesting Hotel with wall to wall amazing artworks and historical family photos. Not one square inch is unadorned. It's a crazy but beautiful character filled home, with a magnificent view overlooking Kandy. We enjoyed cocktails and canapés with Madame Helga. Her staff were delightful. A unique and unforgettable experience. Definitely will be back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I took 14 guests from Australia to visit for drinks and supper and they just absolutely loved it. We were sorry we didn't stay there. Helga was charming and entertained us with many stories and gave us all a glimpse into an interesting and fascinating history. The hotel is an amazing blend of colours, art, history personal mementos and provides... More 

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Helga's Folly is an experience of colour, style, glamour and history. It is a family home and it's personality reflects this. We fell in love with this "anti-hotel" as soon as we arrived, as it was exactly what we had dreamt it would be, a coherent explosion of all the things I mention in my first sentence. As most of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stumbled across this place during a day trip to Kandy and I'm glad we stopped by for lunch as the food was really nice and the staff were lovely. It's a bit of a weird place and I'm not sure I would stay the night but I would happily go back to eat there again!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We only dropped by for a nosey due to trip advisor comments and was worth it. Went there for drinks only and found ourselves creeping around the entire hotel exploring, absorbing, photographing, investigating. A kind of surreal mix between cluedo, house of horrors and a museum. Very interesting place to spend a few hours....No wonder Kelly Jones found the inspiration... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

this is not a five star hotel with five star food. this is a five star house-cum-hotel of like for like with a history you will find nowhere else in sri lanka. if you want to sleep in the same room as presidents from india to america did, come. want to watch leopards drink from the pool dripping down from... More 

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

Dear sir. Thank you so very much for taking your precious time and trouble to write you gracious review, which is very much appreciated and we are all grateful for. Your review brought many smiles! Thank you, as we have had some rather sad reviews which many here take much too heart, as management we tell our staff: "One cannot... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

As I stepped out of the TukTuk at the front door to Helga's Folly, I breathed a relaxing sigh, feeling like "coming home". Returning to one of my favourite places in Kandy, indeed, in Sri Lanka, which I visit at least annually. Helga's Folly is always a getaway in Kandy which I most anticipate. Appealing to all the senses, it... More 

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

Dear Madam. Thank you as always for taking time and trouble to write your lovely and always appreciative reviews. .Keeping the doors open for regulars sch as you, is a joy, and makes it all worthwhile. You are one of our lovely Folly Blythspirits.. Take care and look forward to having you back soon, your room awaits, and looking forward... More 

Hanoi, Vietnam
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I will never recommend people to stay here except for a quick visit. I got really sick after 2 nights smelling the moldy pillow and room in Helga's Folley. I asked them to change the moldy sheets and pillows in our rooms but nothing happened. I don't understand why the owner spent too much time and money in decorating but... More 

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

Dear Sir. We are indeed sorry that you had a bad time at our home. You mention that you came in December, and wonder why it has taken you 8 months to write your review. December we had floods, and much of the time the trains to Kandy were cancelled due to the landslides. Sorry about the wait, and I... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I had high expectations of this hotel and the actual hotel is really amazing, you could spend hours looking around at all the detail. For me the character of the hotel is not matched by the character of the service which was pretty poor. The hotel really markets itself on the big character of its proprietor but you are lucky... More 

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

Dear Sir. Thank you for taking time to write to Trip about us. Glad that you found the decoration of 'our' home' which it is to many of us here apart from Madam Helga and her husband to your liking. So sorry that you thought the staff did not give you much service. Please let us know when you came... More 

Ft. Thomas KY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

When I travel I want an adventure. I want to escape from beige walls, dull paintings, Musak elevator music, and furniture themes replicated in every room. Helga's Folly is the kind of place I'm looking for. It is a rich, novel experience all its own. It is comfortable but at the same time takes me out of my comfort zone.... More 

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

Dear Mr Rudy. thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write your kind review which is much appreciated by all the Folly family. So very glad that you were able to understand and enjoy what our home has to offer, which is 'home' not only to Madam Helga and her husband but to many of us... More 

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