We stopped at Helga's Folly for a morning drink on the recommendation of The Lonely Planet Guide and were so captivated by the exotic decor that we decided to return for dinner that night. While the hotel is captivating by day, it is by night that it really comes into its own. A combination of fairy light and candelabras gently illuminate a cornucopia of wildly improbable memorabilia. The walls are filled with bold murals covered by interesting paintings and photos.
We had a coctail while we chose our food and were then shown to the equally extraordinary dining room. Helga's Folly eschews the common practice of providing a huge menu and instead concentrates on a small selection done well. The food was excellent and the service attentive and enthusiastic (albeit I was not sure how well I was understood).
While Helga was unfortunately unwell while we were there, her receptionist rang her to ask what the amazing scented flowers were which perfumed the whole hotel. I probably wouldn't have been pleased to receive such a call if I were in her position. However, she could not have been more charming and my only regret is not to have met her properly.
If you like your restaurants bland and uniform, Helga's Folly is not for you. However, if you want to experience everything that life has to offer, then it is somewhere not to be missed.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Helga`s Folly Hotel Kandy
- Helgas Folly Kandy
- Helgas Folly Hotel Kandy