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“If you love art, history, or creativity, do not miss Helga's Folly, the most unusual and amazing family home/mansion/hotel you w”
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Helga's Folly
Ranked #23 of 53 Hotels in Kandy
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5 reviews
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“If you love art, history, or creativity, do not miss Helga's Folly, the most unusual and amazing family home/mansion/hotel you w”
Reviewed 8 July 2013

Madame Helga DeSilva Blow Perera should be as famous as Henri Matisse or Frida Kahlo. Her large family home is her oeuvre, and you get to stay in it, surrounded by antiques, whimsically painted walls, ornamented ceilings, and the most art you will ever see displayed in one house. The food is A+ excellent (so are the gins & tonics); the service is wonderful; the atmosphere is so magical you will never be able to explain your experience. NOT TO BE MISSED.

  • Stayed June 2013
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2013

An amazing find on the hills overlooking Kandy lake. This is an family home from the 1930's which is now also a hotel run by Helga, who was brought up in the house.

This is not like any hotel I have ever stayed in in the world. It has spectacular ornate bedrooms and wonderful common areas. And a very personal service, and nice food.

Definitedly recommended as something unusual and very special. We really enjoyed out one day there.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 June 2013 via mobile

Not for those seeking 5 star luxury so don't look for it here. What you do get is a unique experience that you will want to tell your friends about. You could easily spent an hour taking in all the momentoes in the lounge area.
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  • Stayed June 2013
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Reviewed 13 June 2013 via mobile

We stayed one night and the experience lived up to expectations. From the moment we arrived, we felt extremely well looked after. This is not your classic hotel but the luxury is in the details at Helga's Folly. Satin bed sheets, silver tea pots and the general feeling that no request is too unreasonable. The place gives a great insight into the Burgher lifestyle, a little known (to us, at least) but fascinating part of Sri Lanka's history. The best example of this being Madam Helga herself, who personally ensured that we enjoyed our stay. This will remain one of the best memories of our trip!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2013

I love Helga's Folly! Unique, eccentric, eclectic, fabulous.

Had dinner here in December. Guests are permitted to roam the premises prior to the meal, which was the best part. Every room is more fun than the next.

Dinner was served in a darkly-lit, mysterious dining room which may have felt kinda ominous, except...they played ABBA from the speakers! Enjoyed meeting, and speaking to, the other diners.

Helga made a point of dropping by the dining room - she looked regal in a red kimono -- stopping at each table and ensuring that everyone was happy.

DO NOT miss Helga's Folly if you're in Kandy. It beats the hell out of the Temple of the Tooth.

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2013

My partner and I went there for a dinner on the 19th of April. It seemed quite expensive for our budget, but the staff was amazing and organized a budget-experience for us which still involved excellent service and extraordinary food in unique settings. This was a night we will never forget.

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2013

A feast for the senses. My fiancee had stayed before and raved but this was my first time. I was enchanted by the art, the very romantic room with an antique bed, the seemingly endless collection of art and by Helga herself. The food was excellent and there is a good selection of wine (no easy task in Sri Lanka). If it is not within your budget, just go for a drink or meal.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Helga's Folly
Address: 70 Rajaphilla Mawatha, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Kandy
#8 Family Hotel in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Helga's Folly 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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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