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Rome, Italy
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This hotel is not for everyone. If you like blank walls and minimalist style, this is not the place for you. However, if you are an artist, and you love art and history - and occasional furry monkey friends hanging out in the balcony, delicious Sri Lankan dishes and lounging at the pool situated in the middle of the jungle... More 

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Hong Kong
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52 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

To be fair the staff were courteous to us when we decided to change hotels and I appreciated having walked around the hotel and viewed it and I would have chin upped myself and cracked on had we HAD to stay here but it was filthy. From top to bottom, filthy. I literally only sat on hard surfaces because I... More 

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

Dear Madam/ Sir Sorry that you had a wasted trip to our home, which it is not only to Madam Helga and her husband but to some here who have been with the family for over 30 years. We have been brought up to be gracious to all, and if anyone does not like our home, to let them go... More 

Santa Marta, Colombia
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited this hotel/art gallery/experience and was astounded at just how FULL of art, antiques, stories, colour and detail it was. It's like a cross between Alice in Wonderland and Santa's Grotto...on the hill in kandy! I can't believe there is anywhere quite like it in the world and wandering the dark corridors which are adorned in mirrors and murals... More 

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

Dear madam. Thank you for visiting us and thank you too for taking the time to write your lovely review. Always a joy to have guests such as you who can understand and appreciate what HF has to offer. All the best and look forward to welcoming you back. More 

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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

An extraordinary place, a must seen when you come to Kandy. The wall paintings, the history of that place, the Jane Liliane Vance Grotto, the decoration, the paintings. I fell in love with the ambiance, specially at night, when all the lights are on, the Nat King Cole musique is playing, then the ambiance is cosy and delightful. Eating dinner... More 

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

Dear Madam. Thank you for visiting us, and thank you for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review. So enjoy having guests such as you who can understand and enjoy what HF has to offer. All the best and look forward to welcoming you back. More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's very difficult to describe what taking a trip to Helga's Folly is like, discovered by my writer friend when we were desperate to find somewhere different for dinner during a rainy day in Kandy, it's a bit like stepping into another world. From the jazz music playing throughout the hotel, to the paintings adorning the walls and the beautiful... More 

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

Thank you so very much for visiting us, and thank you too for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review about our home, which it is to not only Madam Helga and her husband, but so it is to many of us who have been here for many, many, many decades. Makes keeping the doors open worthwhile, for... More 

United Kingdom
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55 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We just went for a visit to Helga's Folly to have a mooch around and I must say we weren't disappointed. For a small fee, you can wander the halls of this majestic building and wonder at the architecture, the furniture, the beautiful paintings and the decoration. It is full of history and I am sure could tell a real... More 

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

Thank you so much for visiting us, and thank you too 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 of us who have been here for many, many decades.. Keeps keeping the doors open worthwhile for guests such as you, who... More 

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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Definitely an interesting place to visit as it's very quirky and unique. Enjoyed our pre dinner drink in the lounge. Strangely we were placed in a large empty room away from the other diners but perhaps it was meant to be a romantic touch. We weren't offered the mulled wine and canapés that were meant to precede the meal which... More 

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

Dear Madam/ Sir Thank you for visiting us, but very sorry to read that you were dissapointed with your meal. If you be kind enough to let us know when you came, it would help us with our inquiry. Very sorry that you were not given the mulled wine, did you ask for it? Was it a Full MOON DAY?... More 

Harare, Zimbabwe
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 24, 2016

Highly recommended as a quirky place with a past and history to spend time absorbing. We had had to preorder our menu from a delightful sounding list of options and had had friendly and courteous email communications. Upon arrival we were not greeted but simply pointed towards a room. 30 minutes waiting, yes taking in the quirkiness of it all,... More 

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

Dear Madam. So very very sorry to hear about all of this. If you could be kind enough to let us know when you came, and we would look into it. Again many apologies. All the best. Helga's Folly management team. More 

Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

I needed a place to spend a night in Kandy and typed in 'off the beaten track'. And Helga's Folly popped up. One of my better decisions. Have never seen anything like this. Every piece of the hotel is art: the rooms are like stepping into a fever dream, the public spaces are incredible for the design and the detail... More 

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

Dear Madam. Thank you for staying with us and thank you too for taking your valuable time to write and post your great photographs and lovely review of 'our home' which is much appreciated by all the Folly 'family'.. Helga's Folly is home not only to Madam Helga and her husband, but to many of us who have been here... More 

thornnay
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

When I first knew I was going to Sri Lanka I wanted to find something different. I read up about HF and wanted to go straight away. It didn't disappoint at all. As just visitors it's $3 dollars to visit or a drink. So a glass of wine for $5 dollars and a good few hours spent painting walls and... More 

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

Dear Madam. Thank you so much for visiting us and 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 also to many of us who have been here for many, many, many decades. Your review is much appreciated by all the Folly family. Always... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
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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: $94 - $150 (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:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Kandy
#14 Family Hotel in Kandy
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  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travelers prefer

“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
“The bathrooms have slots to the floor.”
 of 5 bubbles 863elked, Sep 20, 2016 | Read review
“If there are some empty ones - have a look around, they are glorious!”
 of 5 bubbles Debsacrazy, Sep 9, 2016 | Read review
“Each room is different. The bath in room 2 needs replacing but it is compensated for by the the beautiful view from the balcony.”
 of 5 bubbles rohanm208, Aug 17, 2016 | Read review
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