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Helga's Folly
Ranked #24 of 56 Hotels in Kandy
Reviewed 4 May 2014

I have visited Helga's Folly in Kandy many times over years. I always love the entire experience, but am very surprised to read today that the house has been attributed to the "Blow family history"!! Helgas Folly is one of Sri Lanka's Heritage houses, with so much Sri Lankan history, and the only paintings hanging there are of Helga De Silva's ancestors.
Helga married a Blow and has hung some photographs of her late Blow husband and immediate family, and some newspaper cuttings about her blood relations and children, amongst the by far predominantly De Silva Family heritage photographs, of which there are many hundreds! Wonderful history!
Multiple walls are covered with the history of the De Silva family, many of great Sri Lankan historical value, concerned as they are with Helga's Grandfather George E. De Silva, one of Sri Lanka's most loved and revered Statemen.
Very much a Sri Lankan home, it is one of the must see sights and experiences of Kandy with delicious food and amazing ambience!
Sorry to "Bernie540", you are completely mistaken about Helga's Folly history, which has nothing at all to do with the Blow family except as mentioned above. It is all De Silva, all Sri Lankan, and I encourage everyone visiting Kandy to go see and experience this eclectic, artistic, amazing, unique creation, which is also a Sri Lankan home, for yourselves. I am happy to read, Bernie, that you also appreciated and enjoyed Helga's Folly as I always do!
 

Room Tip: Close your eyes and use a pin! All will be a unique experience! All different.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Helga's Folly is a place unlike any other. The hotel is an archive on the Blow family history as well as an art installation. Helga is an incredibly knowledgeable and fascinating host. All the rooms are decorated differently, and we are thinking of coming back until we stayed in every one of them. Kandy is worth the visit just to stay at Helga's Folly, the food was excellent every time we tried it and the staff couldn't be more helpful.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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6  Thank Bernie540
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Love the place LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!! and am going there just to drink the wine and smoke!

the food we ordered was expensive and not that good (fish was OLD!)

still you have to go see the place its amazing! ..... i will be going again for sure just for drinks and to hang out! very cool place!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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8  Thank Mohandelanerolle
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

They say you either love or hate Helga's as we have just stayed for the fourth time you can guess which camp we are in!
The food was delicious as usual the room 12A just as we remembered it. The staff gave excellent service with no request too much trouble. It was magical drinking or G& Ts in the JLV grotto with Helga. There isn't enough room here to describe the magic of Helga's and all of its history, thank you Helga can't wait for next time.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
10  Thank redvanmorrison
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Blythspirit77, Owner at Helga's Folly, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2014

Thank you so very much for taking the time to write your gracious and lovely review. Much appreciated by all the Folly family, some of whom have been here for many, many decades!
All the very best.
Take care.
H.

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

I agree with the positive reviews. Helga's is incomparable. It defines the term unique. Multidimensional in every sense. Mysterious, homey, makes a bed of time and space. The only regret I have is that I did not take advantage of eating there every morning and evening, an elegant experience within the experience. Do yourself a favor and stay there for as long as you can. You may find that life itself may be a work of art.

Room Tip: Each room has its own name and decor. Each contributes to the experience.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

A real jewel in Kandy's crown, Helga's Folly is a magical experience! It's like staying in a museum, but with the added benefits of home like comfort, fabulous food, and Helga's incredibly interesting and helpful presence! Perched on a hill, overlooking Kandy, the Folly is full of character, and living history. The kitsch, but tasteful interiors with a profusion of family pictures and paintings make for an artistic and unusual habitat. Monkeys running around on the roof, and the swimming pool are a reminder you're (almost) in the jungle. In short, a must visit for the aesthetically inspired or for those interested in an experience beyond the ordinary.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
3  Thank Umku
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

If you find art, horror and goth cool... Then this is the place.
You got to stay here at least one night and experience this hotel fully, including the lobby area that has a bar that looks like a 50's movie laboratory, and serves green cocktails

Room Tip: Each room has its own theme, So have a look around or check the site for what you fancy before book...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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6  Thank zahran z
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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 - £112 (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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