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Helga's Folly

70 Rajaphilla Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #13 of 48 Hotels in Kandy
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The most extraordinary place. i absolutely loved everything about my stay at Helgas magical folly and will definitely go back again and again! It was both peaceful and exciting! and i felt very much like a princess in another dimension floating about this incredibly eccentric home. The folly has a truly lovely energy about it, and Helga and her husband... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't think of this as a hotel, think of it as an invitation into Helga's life. It feels like you have stepped back into old Hollywood glamor/ Alice in wonderland/the Addams family. We had an amazing night at Helga's folly- so much to look at, and an amazing story to learn. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Helga's Folly is a one-of-a-kind experience. It is not a hotel, not even a boutique hotel, but a home - Helga's home, which we are all invited to. This important feature of the Folly is made very clear when you arrive as one is greeted by endless newspaper clippings and photographs of all the members of her family. Every part... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Visited Helga's for lunch whilst staying in Kandy. It is an absolutely beautiful home with much character, set lunch menu was fantastic value and we experienced exceptional service. Would have loved to stay overnight however had already booked alternative accommodation. Will absolutely be booking on my next visit to Sri Lanka! A must see...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is a must visit place with amazing arts and decorations. It has a rich history with paintings and wall arts that u just could not take your eyes off. Visited this hotel as a tourist instead of staying there. I Should have stayed instead for the candle night.

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

Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to write what you thought of Helgas Folly. We all are delighted that you could understand our home, which it is to many of us, who have been with the family for decades. Look forward to having you back, a warm welcome awaits. All the best. More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

Was to spend a night here. The day and night managers are both lovely. We stayed in the nut cracker suite for our honeymoon. The decor throughout is unique and eclectic, though the place does smell musty and look tired in parts. Our bathroom was modern-in the 80s. The suite had a private dining area outside the main bedroom, but... More

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

Dear Mr Brownfeet. We are all indeed very sorry that you left Helgas Folly distressed. We gave you the 'Nutcracker' suite with a 50% discount, as you were on your honeymoon, on a budget and desired it, last minute booking by telephone. The new waiter Bandara who was responsible in putting another couple at your table in the adjoining dining... More

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a comment (with pics and artwork) left in the ledger-sized comments book - and it sums up Helga's Folly perfectly! A 5 star hotel it is not - but it is so much more. The house has been in Helga's family for generations - the blue dining room was her mother's bedroom (with views down across the lake)... More

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

Dear madame Kinsley. Thank you so very much for taking the time and trouble to write your lovely, long, happy review, which is so very much appreciated by all of us. Always a joy when guests truly understand our home, which it is to many of us who have been here for decades. We much look forward to seeing you... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Yet again, back in Kandy, another opportunity for experiencing Helga's Folly. Unfortunately, Helga suffered a fall two months ago and has been unable to personally attend to guests since then, as she usually does so well. I was told she has been confined to bed and to her upstairs home, unable to walk downstairs. I missed meeting her this visit.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Helga's Folly is an extraordinary site, artistically and historically important, and without a doubt one of the most interesting places in Kandy (and, indeed, in Sri Lanka). It is decorated in a lavish, exuberant style with vivid murals on its walls painted by local Sri Lankan artists and thematically drawing upon Sri Lankan religious and cultural motifs as well as... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My wife and I stayed at Helga's Folly on our recent trip to see the Esala Perahera in Kandy. The Folly is not simply a place to stay while in Kandy; it is a full-fledged attraction in its own right. Most of the walls are murals, and each room is lavishly decorated according to Helga's unique artistic taste. The overall... More

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

Thank you so much sir for taking the time and trouble to write your lovely review, which is much appreciated by all the folly family, as HF is home to not only madam Helga and her husband but to many of us who have been with the family for decades. Not an easy house to understand for some..We are so... 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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#10 Romantic Hotel in Kandy #14 Family Hotel in Kandy

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