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“'Helga's Folly' one of Sri Lanka's treasures!”
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Helga's Folly
Ranked #24 of 56 Hotels in Kandy
Reviewed 11 February 2014

If your hearts desire is perfect plumbing and homogeneous hotel rooms please do not book a stay at Helga’s Folly!
If however you desire an experience ‘Like no other’ in a ‘Land like no other’ I urge you to book a room and stop a few nights or longer at this most extraordinary wonderland nestled in the Kandian Hills..
Madam Helga thank you for welcoming the world and his wife .... Giving them the opportunity to step into your home to experience and absorb the Folly’s history, stories and eclectic decor..... To wander the labyrinth of rooms displaying their one-off works of art is a joy for the folk who ‘Get It’!!!
The Jane Lillian Vance grotto is a place to ponder - admire the Grotto’s vibrant and meaningful masterpieces .. to reflect on the essence of our very being. It is a truly beautiful and poignant corner to rest a while.
Alice and I stepped into this ‘Wonderland’ that is Madam Helga’s home, to be touched by its magic and to embrace being ‘Folly Children’ ...

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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10  Thank SueLuker
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

Although we did not stay here, we visited Helga's for an early evening drink. This hotel has the most character of any hotel I have ever been to. We saw a few of the rooms. Each one has its own style. We also had the pleasure of meeting Helga, who took us on a brief tour and explained the history of the place. Although Helga's may not be for everyone, if you want something really unique and special I would not miss out on staying here.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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6  Thank Danielle C
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

I went to Helga's Folly just to see it. Just as I entered the door, I knew I had to spend a lot time, consuming this absolutely fantastic place. The historical effects, the modern art, the atmosphere, the view over Kandy and all the other obvious things are one thing. Then there is the fabulous food. I have dined 1000's of time alone. This is the first time I wasn't bored in-between courses.
If you should be lucky enough to meet Helga, you will get a completely different dimension to it all once again. There are thoughts and history behind every single doodle and object in this magnificent house.
If ever in Kandy, do treat your self with a wonderful and absolutely different experience. It can not be compared to anything!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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5  Thank El B
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

No occupants on the day we visited. Was asked to pay $3 each to look around or have a drink ($4).

The person at the reception asked us to feel free to walk around, but we asked for an escort. The waiter showed us around to the Red Room, Blue Room and a few bed rooms. The common areas are quirky and have period furniture. But the rooms smelt musty and felt damp. Some "murals" crude bordering on grotesque. Specially the large black snake drawn across the toilet wall.

They have 32 rooms, of which max 10 are taken during the peak season.

Approach the "hotel" with a sense of morbidity and you may like the experience! The friend I took had goose bumps and was willing to pay whatever they asked merely to leave fast!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank 1LifeStand
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

The place is crazy and therefore worth a visit and at most have a drink (although getting there already drunk might help) but the place is filthy - really really just plain dirty and smelly. We ate dinner there and we laughed our head off as it's like being in a completely nutty world and we were all convinced that we would be sick the next day. We weren't sick but it was still the worst meal we ate in Sri-Lanka and the wait was ridiculous. So glad that we were not staying here!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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4  Thank anuka9
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

Very hard to put a stay at Helga's into words. The whole place is like a living piece of art with wonderful surprises around every corner. From the decor to the setting to the music there is something enchanting about this place that actually hits you with a real emotional impact. And that's even before you meet Helga herself. She is a wonderful host in every sense- welcoming, fascinating and above all kind. It was a true pleasure to meet her. The staff are also terrific- warm but unobtrusive. The food was also wonderful.

Kandy itself is a beautiful town and only a couple of minutes in a tuk tuk so this is the perfect place to stay. Even if you weren't planning on visiting Kandy I would recommend the trip just to stay at Helgas.

Room Tip: No two rooms are the same but they all looked fabulous. The staff are very accommodating so I'm...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank cardle
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

I was at Helga's Folly over the christmas period and felt like this was the best christmas present possible. The detail in this place is unreal, there has been so much thought and loving energy that has been dedicated to this hotel, its unlike anything i have ever seen. Every room and hallway has amazing painting and bright colours, the furniture is so unusual i wish i could have taken it all back with me to Australia. The food and service was also fantastic, everyone there was so friendly and helpful. The pool is surrounded by jungle is is the perfect oasis to relax and unwind.
I met Helga and fell in love, she is a great hostess and makes sure everyone is comfortable and happy, I want to go back!!

Room Tip: any room will do, they are all so unique and amazing
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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5  Thank Bri H
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Additional Information about 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: £63 - £113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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