Divest yourself of all expectations and standards before you enter.This is not a hotel...it is an experience, guaranteed to be memorable!. There is never a dull moment here. Sensational eye candy overload everywhere, accompanied by Marlena Dietrich and Frank Sinatra. Definitely a major 'wow factor' to this eccentric, colour-saturated testament to the power of creative spirit unleashed.
But as with Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire, there is great benefit to low voltage lamps and lots of candles. The place is tired, worn and, quick frankly, dirty. Cobwebby, moldy, mildewy and often even grungy, as if no one has actually moved or cleaned anything in 50 years.
So don't look too closely.
Just relax and let the whimsy wash over you. It will, I promise.
Intensely up-close monkey encounters right on our balcony shortly after a most lovely jungle sunrise.
Excellent, laid-back service from a kind and attentive staff.
In the end though, I have to say, not enough bang for what is a lot of buck! Way over-priced for a definite lack of proper, clean facilities ( some of the bathrooms will scare you!), mediocre food and worn-out furnishings.
Still, I have to say, both appealing and appalling simultaneously, a one-night experience here is something you'll be talking about years after you've forgotten every other hotel on your trip, and isn't that part of a memorable adventure!
The kind and attentive staff were eager to please
- 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