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Helga's Folly

#13 of 53 Hotels in Kandy
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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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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Hanoi, Vietnam
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35 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Helga's Folly isn't for everyone. If you want a traditional, business like hotel with posh, contemporary surroundings and no surprises, well, please stay away. But if you're up for surrounding yourself with creativity, history, richness of color and sound, surprises around every corner, and just a slight touch of madness in the air - you must do yourself the biggest... More 

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

Dear Miss Sue. Thank you so very much again for taking your valuable time midst your very heavy schedule to once again write your much appreciated appreciation about Helgas Folly, which is home not only to madam Helga and her husband, but to many of us here, and like to think as you are a frequent visitor a member of... More 

Colombo, Sri Lanka
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

My friend and I were looking for a weekend break away from Colombo and, having already visited Kandy multiple times, we came specifically for Helga's Folly. It was wonderful. Our room was beautiful and the food was excellent. It was a real treat to explore the house and relax in such beautiful surroundings.

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

Dear madam. Thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write your much appreciated review. So glad that you and your friend were able to understand Helga's Folly, which is home to many of us here, apart from Madam Helga and her husband, and appreciate what the house has to offer. As an expat here, we look... More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We had a dream time staying for a week at Helga's Folly. A magical time in every way. Our party included two adults and 2 children - 6 and 13 and we all adored it. Helga's Folly is unlike anywhere else - probably on the planet. It is beautifully designed, conceived, and created. Every room - both communal and private... More 

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

Dear Madam Martha. Thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review, which is so very much appreciated by us all at Helga's Folly. So very glad that you were able to understand and enjoy what 'our' home, which it is not only to madam Helga and her husband but to many of us... More 

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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

I had very high hopes for helga's folly. Me working for a travel agency, It was IMPOSSIBLE to get through to them. They were not at all helpful. They first kept putting me on hold, then promised to call me back, then kept cutting the line. finally I found another contact and I was asked to send a request via... More 

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

Dear Madam. So very, very sorry that you were kept waiting, then cut off, and that no one called you back. Would you please be so kind as to let us know when this was, and did you get the name of the person answering the telephone? Any help in order to find the 'could not care less' culprit would... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 via mobile

The most fantastic dream of my holiday in SL.Visited Helgastwo years ago and met the lovely lady herself...had cocktails...entranced by the accentricity...fascinating toilet wall collage..wax candlewax

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

Dear Madam Jennifer. Thank you for visiting us , and thank you so much for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review, which is very much appreciated by all the Folly family here. So glad that you were able to understand, be 'entranced' and enjoy what 'our' home has to offer. Do hope you enjoyed our country. Thank... More 

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