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Helga's Folly

70 Rajaphilla Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #12 of 47 hotels in Kandy
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Location
    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
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Brisbane, Australia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Durham, North Carolina
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have no doubt that once upon a time, maybe in the early 1960s, this was a cool place to hang out. It is no longer. Truly awful in every possible way. The only folly here is agreeing to pay the insanely overpriced rates. When you first walk in you initially think the place might be ok and maybe it... More

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Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is like nothing I've seen before. You could spend hours here going from room to room looking at the quirky art pieces and old photographs on the walls. An enjoyable evening was spent at Helga's starting with a delicious Arak cocktail followed by a spectacular three course around an elaborate table setting. A once in a lifetime experience... More

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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We went for dinner and had a fabulous evening - we were very sad to leave. I'd love to see it during the day and will definitely visit if I'm ever in Kandy again. You're not going to get an experience like this anywhere else in the world. It's like walking into a chapter of Alice in Wonderland except with... More

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Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Having stayed at or dined at Helga's Folly across 14 years I can attest to their attention to detail, both in the rooms and in the food. There is no where else like this in Sri Lanka, perhaps the World, and they pitch themselves in a category of their own. The food is of gourmet quality and arguably the best... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

After coming down to the city from Club Lespri our son persuaded us to visit '' a very odd place' in Kandy. Odd it turned out but an exceptional experience which is unforgettable. Most of the hotels at the end of it gets erased from our memory but not this. It's a jumble of a chinese temple, a museum &... More

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Put away those preconceptions about what your hotel should be; this is an experience. Kandy has all sorts of accommodations where you can rest your body but Helga's Folly is where you go to feed your soul. I spent one night there ( probably in the same room where Sir Laurence Olivier slept, but maybe not ) and I was... More

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Address: 70 Rajaphilla Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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