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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 12 September 2015

You'll read much about Helga's Folly, so I can only add our experiences over the two nights we stayed - it was extraordinary, relaxing, delightful, and a pleasure to feel 'looked after' in this sprawling, rambling, slightly ramshackle home. The bedroom was comfortable, if slightly dark, but the bathroom was clean and the swimming pool spotless. The monkeys woke us...

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

Dear Sir. Thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write your lovely review of 'our' home, which it is to many of us here, apart from Madam Helga and her husband. We are so very happy that you were able to understand and enjoy what HF has to offer . Your gracious review has been appreciated...

Greater London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 September 2015

So this was probably one of the most interesting hotels I have ever visited. I travelled with my cousin and she booked this hotel so I was not sure what to expect whe. We arrived. I have to honest that when we first walked into the hotel I felt a little uncomfortable with the gothic interior, but we were welcomed...

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

Dear Madam. Thank you so very muc for taking your valuable time to write your gracious review, about our home which it is not only to Madam Helga and her husband, but to many of us here. Your review is much appreciated by us all. THANK YOU. So very glad that you were able to understand and enjoy what HF...

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 August 2015 via mobile

So many better places to visit here but of you fancy a Freudian discussion this is your building. So many confused frescos and bizarre plastic skeletons and Christmas decorations over already gaudy, not Gaudi, art. Is indeed in the eye of the beholder but we left with more of a sense of terror than awe and a bit of a...

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

Dear Madam. It is indeed sad that you left the Folly which is home to many of us here 'freaked'!! The Folly was involved with much history of the island. It is sad that you were not able to understand the paintings, many of which were done and gifted by noted and well known artists..Corbusier, Picasso amongst them, the latest...

Stroud, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 August 2015

Helga's Folly is an experience of colour, style, glamour and history. It is a family home and it's personality reflects this. We fell in love with this "anti-hotel" as soon as we arrived, as it was exactly what we had dreamt it would be, a coherent explosion of all the things I mention in my first sentence. As most of...

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

Dear Sir. Thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write your kind and gracious review which is much appreciated by all the Folly family. So very glad that you were able to understand and enjoy what our home had to offer, home which it is to many of us apart from Madam Helga and her family....

Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 24 July 2015

As I stepped out of the TukTuk at the front door to Helga's Folly, I breathed a relaxing sigh, feeling like "coming home". Returning to one of my favourite places in Kandy, indeed, in Sri Lanka, which I visit at least annually. Helga's Folly is always a getaway in Kandy which I most anticipate. Appealing to all the senses, it...

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

Dear Madam. Thank you as always for taking time and trouble to write your lovely and always appreciative reviews. .Keeping the doors open for regulars sch as you, is a joy, and makes it all worthwhile. You are one of our lovely Folly Blythspirits.. Take care and look forward to having you back soon, your room awaits, and looking forward...

Hanoi, Vietnam
Reviewed 22 July 2015 via mobile

I will never recommend people to stay here except for a quick visit. I got really sick after 2 nights smelling the moldy pillow and room in Helga's Folley. I asked them to change the moldy sheets and pillows in our rooms but nothing happened. I don't understand why the owner spent too much time and money in decorating but...

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

Dear Sir. We are indeed sorry that you had a bad time at our home. You mention that you came in December, and wonder why it has taken you 8 months to write your review. December we had floods, and much of the time the trains to Kandy were cancelled due to the landslides. Sorry about the wait, and I...

Reviewed 12 July 2015 via mobile

I had high expectations of this hotel and the actual hotel is really amazing, you could spend hours looking around at all the detail. For me the character of the hotel is not matched by the character of the service which was pretty poor. The hotel really markets itself on the big character of its proprietor but you are lucky...

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

Dear Sir. Thank you for taking time to write to Trip about us. Glad that you found the decoration of 'our' home' which it is to many of us here apart from Madam Helga and her husband to your liking. So sorry that you thought the staff did not give you much service. Please let us know when you came...

Ft. Thomas KY
Reviewed 25 June 2015

When I travel I want an adventure. I want to escape from beige walls, dull paintings, Musak elevator music, and furniture themes replicated in every room. Helga's Folly is the kind of place I'm looking for. It is a rich, novel experience all its own. It is comfortable but at the same time takes me out of my comfort zone....

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

Dear Mr Rudy. thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write your kind review which is much appreciated by all the Folly family. So very glad that you were able to understand and enjoy what our home has to offer, which is 'home' not only to Madam Helga and her husband but to many of us...

Cincinnati, Ohio
Reviewed 25 June 2015

Helga's Folly isn't for everyone. If you want a traditional, business like hotel with posh, contemporary surroundings and no surprises, well, please stay away. But if you're up for surrounding yourself with creativity, history, richness of color and sound, surprises around every corner, and just a slight touch of madness in the air - you must do yourself the biggest...

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

Dear Miss Sue. Thank you so very much again for taking your valuable time midst your very heavy schedule to once again write your much appreciated appreciation about Helgas Folly, which is home not only to madam Helga and her husband, but to many of us here, and like to think as you are a frequent visitor a member of...

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reviewed 22 June 2015

My friend and I were looking for a weekend break away from Colombo and, having already visited Kandy multiple times, we came specifically for Helga's Folly. It was wonderful. Our room was beautiful and the food was excellent. It was a real treat to explore the house and relax in such beautiful surroundings.

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

Dear madam. Thank you so very much for taking your valuable time to write your much appreciated review. So glad that you and your friend were able to understand Helga's Folly, which is home to many of us here, apart from Madam Helga and her husband, and appreciate what the house has to offer. As an expat here, we look...

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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
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy
Price Range: $122 - $182 (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.”
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“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.”
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