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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I loved Helga's Folly: part hotel, part art installation. It commands a beauitful view above Kandy and is the product of the bohemian imagination of Helga da Silva, a true original. She has turned her home into an expression of her creativity with each room decorated in a loud and sometimes psychedelic style. Over the top? Maybe but you will... More 

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

Dear Sir/ Madam. Thank you so much for staying with us, and thank you too for writing your lovely review about 'our' home, which it is to not only to madam Helga and her husband, but to many who have been here for many, many, many, many decades. Having guests such as you who are able to understand and enjoy... More 

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3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We changed our plans at the last minute and booked 3 nights here. When we arrived it was amazing to walk into such a quirky and unique hotel, with so many secret passages and rooms to explore. The staff were friendly and so helpful. When we dried our clothes on the balcony and they got stolen by the monkeys, one... More 

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

Dear Sir. Thank you for coming and thank you too for your nice review of our home, which it is not only to Madam Helga and her husband, but to many of us who have been here for many, years..HF is home to us all. Your nice review is much appreciated. Thank you too for your very helpful and constructive... More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This hotel is certainly unique- our stay was a mixed bag though. Plus points- the decor is bohemian and eclectic and will suit creative types. There is a lot to look at and you can spend hours looking around, lovely music always playing and is very atmospheric. The dinner is good with different selections each night. Down sides...mainly the staff... More 

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Thank bc20161
Blythspirit77, Guest Relations Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

Dear Madam/ Sir. Thank you for staying with us, and thank you too for all your helpful and constructive criticism which will be looked into. Thank you. Guests chose where they like to sit, and some book ahead. Waiters like putting guests together, as it makes life easier for them, however as I have written, some guests want solitude, and... More 

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68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Helga's Folly was amazing. You have to see it to believe it. It was truly delightful. The staff was warm and welcoming. The dinner was delicious and served by candlelight in the most unique dining room(s) I've ever seen. Be warned though, the rooms have seen better days. Pretty shabby, outlet didn't work, phone was dead, uncomfortable bed and pillows,... More 

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Thank annyong1
Blythspirit77, Guest Relations Manager at Helga's Folly, responded to this review

So VERY sorry to hear about all the things that were wrong. Did you complain to anyone AT THE TIME? If so was nothing done? Help us enormously if you could graciously let us know when you came, and which room you had. I am at the desk everyday, and I am so sorry that you made no complaint to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is incredible. It's definitely different from any other hotel and feels a lot like a house because of all the photos and artwork everywhere. Each room as painted a different colour and our room was green with dragons and owls on the wall and butterflies painted on the windows. It was a pretty amazing place. The staff are... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review, which is much appreciated by all the Folly family. So very glad that you were able to understand and enjoy our home. Take care, and all the very best, and look forward to welcoming you back. From all the Folly family. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Places like this don't come alone often. An absolute MUST see for creatives, dreamers, wanderers, anyone with a sense of adventure. The Hotel is a home, it is rustic, eccentric, with glamour and nostalgia cooked up on a hilltop in Kandy. If not for the scenery, if not for the wall doodles, if not for dinner ,Go for curiosity, it... More 

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

Thank you so much Vicky. Loved having you. Love your 'doodles'..Thank you. Take care, and ALL the VERY best from all the Folly family.. Look forward to welcoming you back. More 

Oakland, California, United States
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Oh, are there words? I had the most incredible stay at Helga's Folly. In the lush mountains of Kandy, Sri Lanka, I sipped whisky among fireflies and new international friends, I swam in a dreamy pool with a whimsical statue and a monkey lifeguard, I ate a delicious candlelit dinner and scrumptious Sri Lankan breakfast in a dining hall of... More 

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

Dear Madam. Thank you for giving us the pleasure of having you stay with us. Thank you too for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review and upload your great photograph, which is much appreciated by all the Folly family. It is always a pleasure to have guests such as you, who understands what we can offer and... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

When we stumbled across the Helga's Folly website we knew it was the place we had to stay in our one night in Kandy, and it certainly didn't disappoint! Part hotel, part museum, Helga's Folly is a magical place like nothing we have ever seen before. Each room is unique with walls lined with murals and an enchanting collection of... More 

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

Thank you so very much for giving us the pleasure of you staying with us, and also for writing your lovely review about 'our' home, which it is to not only Madam Helga and her husband, but to many of us who have been here for many, many, many decades. Your lovely review is so much appreciated by us all.... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Anyone with a remote interest in the arts will be utterly captivated by this fascinating house, which is definitely the most unique and inspiring place we have ever been. An eclectic collaboration of the work of hundreds of artists over the years, the interior and exterior of Helga's Folly is a rich feast for the eyes and every inch of... 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 for your lovely review, which is so much appreciated by all the Folly family. We are always so very happy, when guests are able to understand 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,... More 

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27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

My partner and I were on a 2 week surfing vacation down in Weligama and decided to take a couple of days out to visit Kandy and experience something different. We had no idea where to stay and came across Helga's Folly whilst browsing on line. The photos of the place immediately captivated our imagination and having read some great... 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 your lovely and gracious review of 'our' home which is so very much appreciated by all the Folly family. Always a joy to have the pleasure of guests such as you, who could understand and enjoy what our home has to offer. 'Our' home which it is to... More 

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  • Free Internet
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  • 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: $95 - $163 (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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