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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

One of many highlights one has travelling Sri Lanka & definately not to be missed!! Loved it so much last year we brought 12 friends with us frim NZ. Not only was the 3 course lunch exactly what we wanted we reunited with the fabulous Helga!! Sanju in reservations was very professional & prompt to deal with, unlike some other...

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

Dear Madam. Thank you so much for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review about 'our' home which it is not only to Madam Helga and her husband, but to many, some of whom have been with Madam Helga's family for many, many, many decades. Your review is much appreciated by us all. Thank you too for bringing...

Ascot, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There is no place in the world like Helga's Folly. If you are looking for sterile hotel blandness then look elsewhere. This is a unique experience in a tropical forest. Make no mistake, if you can't stand monkeys, expressive artwork, quirky characters and humble hospitality then this may not be the place for you. But then why, I ask, of...

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

Dear Sir. Thank you for taking your precious time to write your lovely review, about 'our' home which it is not only to Madam Helga and her husband but to many who have been with her family here for many, many, decades. Your kind words are much appreciated and touched us all, and makes keeping the door open worthwhile. We...

Lihue, Hawaii
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After reading all the reviews we couldn't wait to visit, we had our driver find it and arrived at 1:30 PM on Saturday for a lunch, We walked in and was met by the host who told us that Lunch wasn't being served. Bummer but no big deal. I started to walk around looking at the place when the Hostess...

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

Dear Sir. Very sorry that you encountered this unpleasantness in 'our' home which it is not only to Madam Helga and her husband but to many here who have been with the family for many, many years. Please let us know when you came and the management will look into this. You did not meet the host or hostess, as...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here in Dec 2016. This is listed as a Hotel in Tripadvisor. Not exactly sure whether this is a hotel or not although they do have some rooms but not sure whether anyone actually stay. If this is in fact a hotel, then it will have zero rating (do not stay there). But, as a unique quirky interesting place,,,...

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

Thank you for visiting 'our' home which it is not only to Madam Helga who was born here 73 years ago and her husband, but home also to many who have been here for many, many, many years with the family. Helga's Folly is a Heritage Hotel, and not for everyone, as our website clearly states: "not a boutique or...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

You already know when you book here that it's a self-styled anti-hotel. When you arrive, it's brilliantly weird, with almost every wall and surface decorated in some way. I loved it, and spent a while wandering round looking at it all. It's not one of your standard 'business' hotels, and that is what makes it so much fun as a...

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

Thank you so much for visiting and staying with us. Thank you too for taking your valuable time to write your gracious review of our home which it is not only to Madam Helga and her husband but to many who have been with the family for many, many, many decades, all of whom hugely appreciate your lovely review. It...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was really looking forward to my stay at Helga's Folly after reading rapturous reviews about its uniqueness - and unique it most certainly is. My room, however, had not been maintained well, and could have used a thorough cleaning. My bed net/canopy (more for show than for protection) was dusty and I had to move it aside to be...

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

Dear Madam. Thank you for staying at our home which it is to many who have been with the family for many, many, many decades, but very sad to read that your room was dirty and mosquitoe net too, as after some of the repairs to rooms, we put new nets on the fourposters and pumpkin bed frames on the...

Geneva, Switzerland
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really, this place is awesome in the true meaning of the word. The service is fine, the staff are very nice, the food is hit or miss, the rooms are tending toward moldy, the hot water takes forever, the Internet is spotty, the beds are just ok, the monkeys wake you up playing in the morning. And the hotel is...

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

Dear Sir. Thank you for staying with us and also for taking your precious time to write your gracious review of 'our' home which it is not only to Madam Helga and her husband but to many who have been here for many, many, many decades . Your understand and appreciation of what our home can offer is much appreciated....

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

the venue is amazing , exactly as i expected , so much lovely art work , furniture , collectables and fun items of tat what is lacks is some major organisation - the staff seemed to be over stretched and tired - when trying to communicate with them they do not have time for you - tried to call three...

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

Dear Madam. Thank you for all your very helpfull constructive criticism. Madam Helga and her husband have seen your letter and are appalled , and grateful for bringing all this to their attention, and have taken action. We are all very sad that you encountered all of this here. As you wrote to us that no one was around to...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited this place to get to know how this place will work With my mind when I'm comparing others ideas and the news I got about this place. What I realized this is an amazing place should remain its original style because it's unique and it's a part of history and heart of Sri Lanka. To chill to eat...

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

Thank you for your lovely review of our home sir, which is home to not only madam Helga and her husband but to many of us who have been with the family for many, many, many decades. Your lovely words are much appreciated by all. Very best from all at Helga's Folly, who very much look forward to welcoming you...

Loughrea, Ireland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Helga's Folly is a truly quirky and eccentric place and you should not visit Kandy without seeing it! So let me start with the really great things, which includes the property itself, the excellent dinner and breakfast that we totally enjoyed and the really friendly and helpful staff. We enjoyed a very sociable atmosphere after dinner, it was the sort...

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

So sorry to read all this, but did you complain at the time? If so was nothing done? The mattresses of most of the beds are new as are the nets. We are so very sorry that you had a bad experience in our home which it is not only to madam Helga and her husband but to many, many...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
  • 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 - $130 (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:
Helga`s Folly Hotel Kandy
Helgas Folly Kandy
Helgas Folly Hotel Kandy
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Kandy
#10 Family Hotel in Kandy
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“Every room has unique artwork decorating it. I like being suprised so I would select at random for this reason.”
 of 5 bubbles tluker, 4 days ago | Read review
“I don't think this is a Hotel. If it is, then don't stay. Unless you want totally strange experience. . It's more like place to go and see.”
 of 5 bubbles chamathf27, 1 week ago | Read review
“Don't stay!!”
 of 5 bubbles eddieore, 3 weeks ago | Read review
“The single room was much smaller than the double room and not much cheaper.”
 of 5 bubbles EREL131, 4 weeks ago | Read review
“Have a look at the bathroom before you choose a room”
 of 5 bubbles YorkshireBlueskies, 4 weeks ago | Read review
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