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Lennox Head, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

My visit to Helga's Folly was such a sensory overload, every room was an adventure, I felt so comfortable and welcome from the moment I arrived, my husband and I stayed for 2 nights and enjoyed a delicious dinner each evening. Our room was very comfortable with its unique furnishings,we would definitely stay again.

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Brighton, Australia
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OK, so this place won't suit everyone, but we loved it. The staff are welcoming and efficient whilst being surrounded by garishly painted walls and eye catching artefacts. If you're after a bland international style hotel don't bother, but for those with a sense of fun come and indulge your senses. Oh, and don't open your door to the monkeys.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised once I get to know about this gem.. in Kandy!! Every single wall of the property has a story to tell and displays a ridiculous amount of art which includes paintings, photographs and of course plenty antiques. Accommodation seems to be decent (I did not stay) and for those who are interested in spending a night...

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Delhi, India
Reviewed 1 week ago

I cant get over this place. It was such a scenographic delight with each room curated differently. It has a very eerie and a dark feel to it. Be prepared to be spooked out but you must go on a tour of the entire building. The food, I felt, was pretty average. But its a great place to spend a...

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

Thank you for visiting and taking your precious time to write your review of 'our' home which it is to not only madam Helga and her husband but to many here who have lived here for many decades. As food is taken seriously, grateful if you could let us know when you came and what you ate!! Thank you so...

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a meal in the restaurant. Fabulous location and worth the money paid. However meal very disappointing. Friday menu of vegetable curry was very dry and stuck to the pottery plate it was presented on and the tuna fish curry could have been better. Overall a worthwhile experience but only because of the location.

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

So very sorry that you were not happy about your meal here. Did you complain at the time? If so was nothing done? Please let us know when you came, so that we could look into the matter further, as we do take food very seriously here. All the best from all at Helga's Folly.

Oxford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is an absolutely gem. I am so glad we took the time to go and see it as it was probably the highlight of our entire Sri Lanka trip! We found Kandy to be tiresome and difficult at times (constantly being harassed for money is not pleasant) regardless of the great tourist spots so visiting Madame Helga's was...

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

Dear Madam/ Sir. Thank you so much for visiting us, and also for taking your precious time to write your gracious review, which is much appreciated by all the Folly family. Always a joy when guests are able to understand and enjoy what 'our' home, which it is to not only Madam Helga and her husband but to many who...

Brussels, Belgium
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place is incredibly decorated and worth the visit BUT : - the welcome was very cold, I had the impression of intruding - very little choice in non-alcoholic drinks (no juices, only bottles of over sweetened sodas) or just a very bad drink menu - there are clearly two different price lists for foreigners and locals and the foreigner-one...

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

Dear Sir and Madam Thank you for your comments . I am sorry you felt you had a cold welcome. If you could let us know when you came to the folly I will look into reception. The Folly as you noted is a four generational family home and has a striking historical and family history. I am sorry you...

San Francisco, California
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Out of all of the wonderful things I experienced during my first trip to Sri Lanka, Helga's Folly was one of the most memorable. All of the staff were incredibly gracious and accommodation. The food tasted impeccable (freshly prepared!) and was presented beautifully. Words cannot describe the uniqueness and wonder that surrounds Helga's.

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

Thank you so very much for visiting our home which it is not only to Madam Helga and her husband but to many who have been at the Folly for many, many decades. Thank you too for taking your precious time to write your lovely review which is much appreciated by all. All the very best for 2017 and much...

london
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even the Tuk Tuk driver struggled to find this hideaway. We unfortunately arrived after dark so didn't get to see the brightly painted exterior. There is too much to take in over a single cocktail - history, art, quirky artefacts and of course a real sense of pride in working there from the staff we met. The fixed menu was...

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

Thank you so much for visiting us and also for taking your valuable time to write your gracious review. Yes we do have many cat paintings, and two adopted abandoned brother kittens Tommy and Toby.. All the very best for 2017. Warmest regards from all the Folly family.

Cairo, Egypt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A MUST see hotel in Kandy!! Didn't stay at the hotel but decided to go have a drink at their lounge. The place is a museum of strange decorations, paintings and memorabilia. A truly great eye candy experience in an unimaginable place. if you're into seeing strange and unique sights around the world, this is a MUST visit. You'll be...

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

Dear Madam and Sir. Thank you so very much for visiting us, and thank you too for taking your valuable time to write your gracious review about our home, which it is to many of us who have been here for many, many, many years. Thank you. All the very best for 2017 and hope to welcome to back. From...

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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
HF is just a Sri Lankan’s home with some history and color, backed by jungle, and if expecting a regular hotel experience, best go elsewhere.... quite a different concept to a normal hotel. Please be assured that you should be interested in our hospitality, we will be delighted to assist you..Thank You ... more   less 

Additional Information about Helga's Folly

Address: 70 Rajaphilla Mawatha, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy
Price Range: $93 - $105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Helga's Folly 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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Also Known As:
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Helgas Folly Kandy
Helgas Folly Hotel Kandy
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Kandy
#14 Family Hotel in Kandy
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“Make sure you explore the hotel, each room is different”
 of 5 bubbles saratW5058GH, 2 weeks ago | Read review
“Come here to chill out for a few hours in the afternoon/evening so you can see it both in the daytime and night.”
 of 5 bubbles 62juliannep, Dec 14, 2016 | Read review
“Better to visit than stay”
 of 5 bubbles grahame663, Dec 5, 2016 | Read review
“Monkeys try to get inside, (especially when the bread rolls are baking), so keep the door to the balcony closed!”
 of 5 bubbles JulieP942, Oct 11, 2016 | Read review
“Ask for rooms that overlook the Kandy valley.”
 of 5 bubbles Bournemouth_ASD, Sep 28, 2016 | Read review
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