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Helga's Folly

70 Rajaphilla Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #11 of 46 hotels in Kandy
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
Emma B Brisbane, Australia
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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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Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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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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9 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

I can't comment on the hotel as we didn't stay, but the restaurant was like nothing we've ever been to before. There isn't a spare space on the walls for pictures, paintings, taxidermy, artefacts, trinkets, book shelves - it felt like we were being watched by the walls' many eyes. We were the only people in the room so we... More

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Vienna, Wien, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

What shall I say... one of my favourite hobbies is to try and find the most unusual hotel wherever we travel... and here it is: Helga's Folly. It is the one of the most extraordinary hotels we have ever been at, From the outside to the entrance to the hallway, the garden, the terrace, the living rooms... it is breathtakingly... More

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Haifa, Israel
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22 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

visited the place lataly. dont no about its hotel functioning, but the decore - all over the place - is unique and very impressive. all sorts of wall paintings, sculptures. and the sort gives it the look of an "anarchistic" look. wonderful to visit and see.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I have visited Helga's Folly in Kandy many times over years. I always love the entire experience, but am very surprised to read today that the house has been attributed to the "Blow family history"!! Helgas Folly is one of Sri Lanka's Heritage houses, with so much Sri Lankan history, and the only paintings hanging there are of Helga De... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Helga's Folly is a place unlike any other. The hotel is an archive on the Blow family history as well as an art installation. Helga is an incredibly knowledgeable and fascinating host. All the rooms are decorated differently, and we are thinking of coming back until we stayed in every one of them. Kandy is worth the visit just to... 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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